One more school, much more change, everybody's on board. That's the latest Catholic League news.
In the 2008-09 school year, its first as a full-fledged member of the PIAA (following a get-used-to-things 2007-08), the CL will welcome Lansdale Catholic, which has always competed in suburban conferences.
Also, said Steve Pawlowski, who oversees high schools for the archdiocese, it's likely all sports will move to divisions determined by enrollment. Currently, only football (Red for big, Blue for not) features such an alignment.
"Baseball is leading the way," Pawlowski said. "As we move into the PIAA, I could see us striving for consistency. And that Red-Blue would make sense for all sports. We're working on this."
It's uncertain whether divisional changes would take place for '08 or '09.
Pawlowski added that all CL schools, including La Salle and St. Joseph's Prep (fully private schools not part of the archdiocese), completed application paperwork that will be submitted to the PIAA. No problems are expected.
The athletic directors yesterday completed their annual 3-day meeting at the Jersey Shore. PIAA officials were part of the process. *
- Ted Silary