Sports Update: Trout Lake in Process to Move to OSAA
Oregon School Activities Association (OSAA)
On February 11, 2018, the OSAA Executive Board voted to accept Trout Lake School into the OSAA beginning in the 2020-2021 school year. Trout Lake School will become a member of the Big Sky League in Oregon for high school sports beginning in the Fall of 2020.
The move to OSAA relates mostly to our sports programs at the High School level.
As the number of teams in our league has decreased, it has been more and more difficult to fill schedules, and travel costs have increased. Trout Lake High School has been considering different options for our sports programs for a number of years. Last winter, we requested that the WIAA release us so that we could pursue affiliation with the Oregon Schools Activities Association.(OSAA). On September 23rd, the WIAA Executive Board voted unanimously to release Trout Lake, Glenwood, Klickitat, Bickleton, and Lyle/Wishram in order to pursue full membership in the OSAA.
In conjunction with our request to join, we have met several times with the Big Sky League in Oregon. This league currently has 11 schools and has voted unanimously to accept us into their league. This will give us a robust league in which to compete, and would improve travel times and our scheduling process. In addition, all of Oregon, boys and girls, play fall soccer. Again, this will help in scheduling and travel.
When Trout Lake is granted full membership in the OSAA in the Fall of 2020, the school will no longer be able to combine with Columbia High School as we have done for girls soccer and baseball for a number of years. This is unfortunate as our school has appreciated the opportunities provided by these combines and also greatly appreciates Columbia High School for being willing to partner with us. We have begun the process of reaching out to Oregon schools to form co-ops and are very encouraged at the responses. The school is confident that both girls soccer and baseball will still be options for our students that are interested. As with any change, there may be a few bumps along the way, but we are confident that it will be filled with great opportunities for our students.
Should you have further questions, never hesitate to contact Crystal Lanz, Superintendent, at firstname.lastname@example.org or Steve Allaway, athletic director, at email@example.com. Thanks for your support of Trout Lake School.