The Coastal League will disband on Jan. 1, 2013

The Twin Harbors’ smallest schools will be without a league to compete in as of Tuesday, Jan. 1.

On Dec. 21, the majority of athletic directors from the Coastal 1B League voted to disband the league “due to sportsmanship, compliance/eligibility and, most importantly, safety issues” related to Taholah, according to documents obtained by The Daily World.

“The majority of member schools felt that by going independent, it would better empower those schools to ensure the safety of their respective community members and student-athletes,” the letter from league president and Lake Quinault athletic director Keith Samplawski concluded.

The league’s ADs, in a 4-1 vote, disbanded the league. This allows the six schools — Lake Quinault, Taholah, Oakville, Mary M. Knight, Wishkah and North River — to fill out the remainder of their winter sports schedules on their own, as well as future seasons. With the vote, the current league schedule was rendered null and void.

Also at the Dec. 21 meeting, the league sanctioned Taholah on two separate issues, according to the Coastal League meeting minutes.

In the minutes, league officials called for Taholah’s 2013 track & field team to be banned from postseason action, due to a finding from a WIAA report on the 2012 team regarding eligibility standards. The sanction also included a recommendation to forfeit all team points scored at the District IV and the WIAA 1B state meets.

Also noted in the minutes of the meeting, league representatives approved a motion to ban exclude all of Taholah’s athletic teams from postseason play, beginning Dec. 21, 2012, for one calendar year for “numerous sportsmanship, compliance/eligibility and serious safety issues.”

Following the votes on the sanctions, the league then voted to disband.

Taholah representatives were not present at the meeting. Taholah officials were not available for comment.

As stated at a Taholah School Board meeting on Thursday, the school will appeal the sanctions.