Berlin officially signs with Wasaren
Waterford and Saratoga Central Catholic joined the Wasaren League in 2016 after Granville left to join the Adirondack League. That left the Wasaren League with an odd number of teams, nine, so Berlin's addition makes it an even 10.
Berlin had been in the Central Hudson Valley League and actually was one of the bigger schools in that league. A move to the Wasaren League should save money in travel costs with most of the travel within a hour of the school.
"The travel makes sense for both them and us," said Tom Husser, the Hoosick Falls athletic director.
Berlin's BEDS (enrollment) number is 199, setting it in Class C. Six of the 10 schools in the league are in Class C.
The league will split into two divisions, large and small. Large schools will include Tamarac, Mechanicville, Stillwater, Hoosick Falls and Greenwich, while the small schools are Spa Catholic, Waterford, Berlin, Cambridge and Hoosic Valley.
According to a press release from the league, a decision hasn't been made on how a league champion will be decided.
"We had choices of dividing north and south, east-west or large school-small school and decided the [school size] would be best and fairest for the league. To avoid any issues, we decided to use the BEDS numbers for the division breakup," Husser said.
With five teams in each division, teams will play their division members twice. Then they'll play a single game against each of the other division. Tentatively, the league is looking to add a crossover game between teams with the same standings — No. 1 vs No. 1, No. 2 vs No. 2 and so on. That gives teams a chance at two non-league games, something that the Wasaren teams didn't have this fall.
In a press release, Mike Apostol, the president of the Wasaren League, said he feels Berlin will be a good fit in the Wasaren League.
"We feel that Berlin is a good fit because of its size, location and philosophy that sports are an integral part of the school community," Apostol said.
Berlin superintendent Stephen Young said he's pleased to be in the Wasaren League.
"The board of education and I anticipate that the level of competition in the new league will allow our students to hone their skills in soccer, volleyball, basketball, baseball, softball, track-and-field and cross-country," Young said in a press release.
The Wasaren League is combined of schools in Washington, Saratoga and Rensselaer counties.
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