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Kennewick Schools Move Back to 4A

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KENNEWICK, Wash - The Kennewick School District is shaking things up in high school sports!  Today the Kennewick superintendent, along with the help of athletic directors and principals, voted in favor of moving the three Kennewick High Schools back up to the 4A classification.

That means the 4A CBL would consist of 11 teams, as follows:  Eastmont, Kamiakin, Kennewick, Southridge, Wenatchee, Moses Lake, Richland, Walla Walla, Eisenhower, Davis and Pasco.

"The opportunity to go head to head with Richland and Pasco in every sport is really what tipped the scales," says Southridge athletic director Steve Biehn. 

But the decision isn't as clear cut as you may think.  Now the remaining 3A CBL schools are left in quite a pickle.  Hanford, Sunnyside and West Valley now have to find a new league.  Their options are to petition the WIAA to place them in a league, opt up to the 4A class, or join up with a nearby league, most likely Spokane.  Assistant Superintendent Dave Bond says the issues should be sorted out by mid-January.

Playoff berths will also be affected by the change.  Early estimates say that the new 4A CBL could garner as many as 5 playoff berths each year. 

As for a new name, well, the Athletic Directors and School District say they don't want a number in the name just in case the league fluctuates.  So they say they'll stick with Columbia Basin League for now.