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By Jaryd Cline
Sports editor 

WIAA announces spring sports rule changes


February 7, 2018

The Washington Interscholastic Activities Association (WIAA), during the Executive Board’s January meeting late in the month, approved a couple rule changes for three spring sports that will be implemented this season.

On Jan. 28 and 29 in the WIAA offices in Renton, the panel of nine district directors approved new rules for golf, softball, and track and field.

For golf, rangefinders now will be acceptable to use at the State Golf Championships beginning this season. Last season, Andrew and Luke Gerchak, along with Emily Hurst, all advanced to the state tournament. Luke finished in a three-way tie for 26th overall at the boys tournament at the Sun Willows Golf Course in Pasco, while Andrew just missed the cut for the second day with a round-one total of 86. Hurst finished just outside the top 30 at the 1B, 2B, 1A girls championships at the Horn Rapids Golf Course in Richland.

For softball, the Executive Board agreed to add a 15-run rule after three innings along with a 10-run rule after five innings. If a team is ahead by 15 runs after the bottom of the third inning, or up by 10 after the end of the fifth, the game is called.

The new changes in the track and field rules applies to the state championships. All events at the state meet will be seeded based on the individuals’ district qualifying times and distances. In the past, track events were seeded by the district finish, not times.

There also was some South Central Athletic Conference news that doesn’t affect Goldendale. SCAC East school Columbia (Burbank) will drop to the Class 2B level beginning next school year.


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