Sultan’s Zane Sailor bobbles the ball during the game on Oct. 18, 2019 in Granite Falls. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Sultan’s Zane Sailor bobbles the ball during the game on Oct. 18, 2019 in Granite Falls. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Emerald Sound Conference opts to start play during Season 2

The 14-team league will make its debut in Season 2 with basketball and wrestling.

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The debut of the Emerald Sound Conference has officially been moved to Season 2 of the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association’s modified schedule for the 2020-2021 school year.

League president Scott Sifferman, athletics director at Sultan High School, told The Herald in an email that the league made the decision at a meeting Monday.

That means the 14-team league, which includes local schools Granite Falls, South Whidbey, Sultan, King’s and Cedar Park Christian, won’t be participating in the alternative seasons for cross country, golf and tennis offered in Season 1 of the WIAA’s new schedule. Practices for Season 2, which includes basketball, wrestling, girls bowling, boys swim & dive and gymnastics, begin Dec. 28. Emerald sound schools offer just basketball and wrestling at the varsity level.

Sifferman said the league plans to offer cross country, tennis and golf in both Seasons 3 and 4. Half the league’s schools will participate in each season, with conference tournaments for each sport taking place at the end of Season 4.

The Class 1A league is set to enter its first school year of existence after five schools from the short-lived North Sound Conference merged with schools from the Emerald City League and independent charter school Summit Sierra to form a conference that will feature tiered divisions — based on competitive balance — in some sports.

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