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Archbishop Murphy to join Wesco


Last updated 2/1/2018 at Noon

Archbishop Murphy High School will be joining the Western Conference for non-football sports starting with the 2018-19 school year.

Representative from Archbishop Murphy and the Western Conference agreed to terms after meeting with Washington Interscholastic Activities Association district directors on Sunday, Jan. 28.

School and league officials and administrators worked out the conditions of membership over the next two years, which will serve as a probationary period. The two parties will revisit the conditions after the end of the current classification cycle, which will also come to a close after the 2020-21 season.

The Archbishop Murphy football team will play in a new 2A league. The Northwest Conference will include Lynden, Burlington-Edison, Sedro-Woolley, Lakewood, Mountlake Terrace, Cedarcrest, Sehome, Bellingham, Blaine and Anacortes.

Archbishop Murphy will continue be in the 2A classification for the postseason.

The conditions of the agreement between Archbishop Murphy and the Western Confernece are as follows:

• All transfer students enrolling at AMHS will go through an eligibility hearing through the District I Eligibility Committee.

• Wesco Athletic Directors will consult to determine if they desire to have Archbishop Murphy opt up to the 3A classification for the next allocation cycle starting in 2020-21.

• Within the next year, AMHS will provide a facility upgrade plan to Wesco that includes a five-year plan for facility improvements to its Athletic Facilities. AMHS will rent facilities as needed to meet Wesco expectations for hosting events that can’t be accommodated at their facility.

• Wesco schools will put in writing any perceived or actual AMHS violations and provide to AMHS. AMHS will respond in writing per the WIAA regulations.

• For the next two years (2018-19, 19-20). Any AMHS transfer within a 50-mile radius will only be eligible for regular season participation for the first calendar year after enrollment at AMHS.

• AMHS will meet all expectations as outlined in the Wesco conditions of membership application. This includes a full audit, in accordance with best practices of the entire athletic program, including potential recruitment and transfer students, financial assistance and the student enrollment process. WIAA will conduct the audit and will assign the auditor.


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