North Salem Moves Down to 5A Bracket
Finally, after the North Salem Vikings submitted their request to move from 6A down to 5A, the OSAA granted it. The OSAA had a unanimous vote on Feb. 13 for the level change, and they will be moving down to 5A after this season due to their unsuccessful run in 6A.
In an interview with the Statesman Journal, North Salem’s Athletic Director Brodie Cavaille said, “[North Coaches] have the knowledge to coach them up but they don’t have the kids to coach up in some of those programs.”
Of course, there were criterias that needed to be met for the level change. These criterias include: more than 50% of its students qualify for free or reduced lunch, the school’s team sports, such as football and baseball, must have finished in the bottom 50% of the final OSAA rankings 75% of the time in the past 3 years, the school’s teams must have finished in the bottom 20% of the OSAA final rankings at least 50% of the time, and the school’s teams had a winning percentage of 25% or less at least 40% of the time.
Taking those criterias into mind, the OSAA decided to change North Salem’s sports programs into 5A.