History Of The Narrows League


1980:
South Kitsap (Port Orchard), Port Angeles, and Bremerton from the disbanded original Olympic League join the six-team Tacoma City league (the five Tacoma public schools and Bellarmine Prep) to form the brand new Narrows League.

1984: Bremerton and Port Angeles leave the Narrows League and returns to the newly re-created Olympic League.

1990: Added North Thurston (Lacey) and Timberline (Lacey) from the Black Hills League.

1993: Added River Ridge (New Lacey school).

1997: Added Peninsula (Purdy) and Gig Harbor from the Pierce County League and split into two divisions, the "Bay" division and "Bridge" division.

1999: North Thurston, Timberline, and River Ridge switch to 3A and join the new Pac-9 League.

1999: Added Capital (previously 3A) and Olympia (previously 3A) from the Rivers League.

1999: Gig Harbor switches from the bridge division to the bay division, Stadium realigns from bay to bridge for all sports except football.

1999: For football season only, added North Kitsap (Poulsbo), Central Kitsap (Silverdale), Bremerton, Port Angeles, and Olympic (Bremerton) from the Olympic League, and realigned with teams north of the Narrows Bridge in the "Bridge" division, and teams south of the Narrows Bridge in the "Bay" division. This creates two distinct Narrows League alignments for different sports (football as one alignment, all other sports as another) through 2001.

2001: The Narrows League votes to accept the 4A Olympic League schools (North Kitsap, Central Kitsap, Olympic, Bremerton, and Port Angeles) into permanent alignment for all sports after the Olympic League folds.

2001: Peninsula opts to leave the Narrows League and return to 3A, joining the restructured Seamount League in the fall of 2001.

2001: Shelton, a 4A school playing in the 3A Pac-9 League, replaces Peninsula as a permanent member of the "Bridge" division.

2006:  Due to the WIAA's reformatting of the classification system, Bremerton, Olympic, Port Angeles, and Shelton from the Bridge division, and Capital from the Bay division are reclassified as 3A. Bremerton, Olympic, and Port Angeles will join the revived Olympic League. Capital and Shelton align in the new Western Cascade Conference. The Narrows league is realigned into two new divisions for baseball, basketball, fastpitch, and football. For all other sports, it will be a one-division league of 11 teams (baseball will be a one-division alignment of 11 teams for 2006-07 only, then return to the two-division format in 2007-08).

2008:  After being reclassified once again as a 4A school, Shelton will return to a morphing Narrows League, basically replacing North Kitsap, who will drop to 3A and realign in the Olympic League. For football, and all other sports except for basketball, baseball, and fastpitch, the Narrows will be a one-division, 11-team format. Basketball, baseball, and fastpitch will continue to operate with two divisions.

2010:  Once again, the WIAA re-formats the classification system and uses a tier system, as opposed to school population as was used in the past. This dramatically changes most schools' classification, and drops Lincoln, Wilson, and Foss to 3A. To accomodate the change, the Narrows League becomes a multi-classification league, with both 4A and 3A schools. Capital, Timberline, and Yelm are invited to join the new Narrows 3A division, with Bellarmine Prep (2A opt up), Central Kitsap, Gig Harbor, Mount Tahoma, Olympia, Shelton, Stadium, and South Kitsap in the 4A division.

2012:  Due to changing numbers, leagues are morphing once again. In the Narrows, Shelton and Mount Tahoma drop to 3A status and move into the Narrows 3A. Capital goes to 2A and moves into the Evergreen Conference. Yelm shifts from Narrows 3A to the Narrows 4A. North Thurston returns to the Narrows, moving from 2A Evergreen to 3A Narrows.

2014:  Central Kitsap drops to 3A and moves into the Narrows 3A alignment. Timberline moves from Narrows 3A to Narrows 4A. Capital moves from Evergreen 2A to Narrows 3A.
 
2016:  Mainly due to the WIAA's decision to classify schools for 4 years instead of 2, the Narrows League folds after 37 years. Three of the 4A Narrows teams, South Kitsap, Olympia, and Bellarmine Prep will join the reformatted 4A South Puget Sound League along with Curtis, Emerald Ridge, Graham Kapowsin, Puyallup, Rogers, and Sumner. Gig Harbor, Timberline, and Yelm drop to 3A and join the new South Sound Conference. Stadium drops to 3A and joins the new Pierce County League. In Narrows 3A, Lincoln, Mount Tahoma, and Wilson join the new 3A Pierce County League. Capital, Central Kitsap, North Thurston, and Shelton become part of the new 3A South Sound Conference. Foss drops to 2A and joins the 2A South Puget Sound League.




CURRENT NARROWS LEAGUE ALIGNMENT (beginning Fall, 2014-- Narrows League ceases operations in 2016)

4A Narrows League
Bellarmine Prep
Gig Harbor
Olympia
South Kitsap
Stadium
Timberline
Yelm

3A Narrows League
Capital
Central Kitsap
Foss
Lincoln
Mount Tahoma
North Thurston
Shelton
Wilson


 

ALIGNMENT HISTORY OF THE NARROWS LEAGUE



Tacoma City League
:

Bellarmine Prep
Henry Foss
Lincoln
Mount Tahoma
Stadium
Woodrow Wilson


Narrows League 1980-1984
:

Bellarmine Prep
Bremerton
Foss
Lincoln
Mount Tahoma
Port Angeles
South Kitsap
Stadium
Wilson


Narrows League 1985-1989:

Bellarmine Prep
Foss
Lincoln
Mount Tahoma
South Kitsap
Stadium
Wilson


Narrows League 1990-1992
:

Bellarmine Prep
Foss
Lincoln
Mount Tahoma
North Thurston
South Kitsap
Stadium
Timberline
Wilson


Narrows League 1993-1996
:

Bellarmine Prep
Foss
Lincoln
Mount Tahoma
North Thurston
River Ridge
South Kitsap
Stadium
Timberline
Wilson


Narrows League 1997-1998
:

BAY DIVISION
Bellarmine Prep
Lincoln
Peninsula
Stadium
Timberline
Wilson

BRIDGE DIVISION
Foss
Gig Harbor
Mount Tahoma
North Thurston
River Ridge
South Kitsap


Narrows League 1999-2001 (Football alignment)
:

BAY DIVISION
Bellarmine Prep
Capital
Foss
Lincoln
Mount Tahoma
Olympia
Stadium
Wilson

BRIDGE DIVISION
Bremerton
Central Kitsap
Gig Harbor
North Kitsap
Olympic
Peninsula
Port Angeles
South Kitsap



Narrows League 1999-2001 (All sports except football)
:

BAY DIVISION
Bellarmine Prep
Foss
Gig Harbor
Lincoln
Olympia
Wilson

BRIDGE DIVISION
Capital
Mount Tahoma
Peninsula
South Kitsap
Stadium


Narrows League Fall 2001 - Spring 2006
:

BAY DIVISION
Bellarmine Prep
Capital
Foss
Lincoln
Mount Tahoma
Olympia
Stadium
Wilson

BRIDGE DIVISION
Bremerton
Central Kitsap
Gig Harbor
North Kitsap
Olympic
Port Angeles
Shelton
South Kitsap

 

Narrows League beginning Fall, 2006 through 2007 (football , fastpitch, and basketball alignment):

BRIDGE DIVISION
Foss
Gig Harbor
Lincoln
South Kitsap
Wilson

BAY DIVISION
Bellarmine Prep
Central Kitsap
Mount Tahoma
North Kitsap
Olympia
Stadium


Narrows League beginning Fall, 2006 through 2007 (all other sports):

Bellarmine Prep
Central Kitsap
Foss
Gig Harbor
Lincoln
Mount Tahoma
North Kitsap
Olympia
South Kitsap
Stadium
Wilson

 

2007-2009 Narrows League alignment (basketball, baseball, fastpitch ):

BRIDGE DIVISION
Foss
Gig Harbor
Lincoln
Shelton
South Kitsap
Wilson

BAY DIVISION
Bellarmine Prep
Central Kitsap
Mount Tahoma
Olympia
Stadium


2007-2009 Narrows League alignment (football , all other sports except basketball, baseball, fastpitch ):

Bellarmine Prep
Central Kitsap
Foss
Gig Harbor
Lincoln
Mount Tahoma
Olympia
Shelton
South Kitsap
Stadium
Wilson



Narrows League alignment 2010-2011

4A Narrows League
Bellarmine Prep
Central Kitsap
Gig Harbor
Mount Tahoma
Olympia
Shelton
South Kitsap
Stadium

3A Narrows League
Capital
Foss
Lincoln
Timberline
Wilson
Yelm



Narrows League alignment 2012-2013

4A Narrows League
Bellarmine Prep
Central Kitsap
Gig Harbor
Olympia
South Kitsap
Stadium
Yelm

3A Narrows League
Foss
Lincoln
Mount Tahoma
North Thurston
Shelton
Timberline
Wilson

 



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