(BRANDON HANSEN/Managing Editor of the Chewelah Independent)
The final out of the Chewelah Cougar softball team bookended the school’s first season in the Class 2B Classification. As the girls finished up getting photos taken to the trophy, a sunburned, travel-weary self commented to new Statesman sports guy Taylor Newquist, who had to cover more games than I had to, “Boy, I think that’s enough softball until next year.”
And then it dawned on me, Chewelah had just finished its first year in the Class 2B ranks, a move that had caused a bit of hand-wringing. But I can tell that this move was successful on a multitude of levels.
Chewelah for years was one of the smallest teams in the Class A classification. This was a problem because the difference between a big or small school in Class A is wide, ranging from 214 to 461. This means the small schools might struggle to have a JV while other schools can field a varsity along with two developmental teams. As Geno Ludwig has said multiple times Chewelah was putting its freshman and sophomores up against school’s juniors and seniors and it was simply unfair. More