(BRANDON HANSEN/Managing Editor of the Chewelah Independent)
I thought I covered nothing but small schools when I living in the metropolis of Centralia which is surrounded by farm fields and poorly painted barns with Seahawks logos on them.
Then, after moving back to Stevens County, all of a sudden there are a handful of 1B schools in our coverage area. Having covered several of them for years now, and seeing how Chewelah benefited from the drop from 1A to 2B, I feel like the WIAA should work more and more to facilitate small school athletics.
First, I would like to see private schools prevented from competing in these smaller classifications. Private schools usually end up having higher income parents and sports programs that are run like small colleges as opposed to schools.
To win these days, bigger schools are running programs – something that’s tough to do at Chewelah’s level or lower. You’re happy when you have a full roster, much less recruiting a top-level coach or athlete. More