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WIAA approves realignment plan

The Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association logo.
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A major high school conference realignment plan was approved Wednesday by the WIAA Board of Control meeting in Stevens Point.  The 10-1 vote will impact eight Northeast Wisconsin conferences and 76 schools.  Precipitating the move was the request of Green Bay East and West high schools to withdraw from the Fox River Classic Conference.   In recent years, the two schools had a difficult time competing in both boys and girls sports and their enrollments had slipped to 1200 students at East and just under a thousand students at West.  Their requested move to the Bay Conference was approved, leaving the FRCC with 10 teams.   Joining the city schools in the newly formed Bay will be Menasha and Appleton Xavier. The Eastern Valley Conference will take on former Packerland and Olympian conference members Denmark, Luxemburg-Casco, Marinette, Oconto Falls and Wrightstown.   The remaining Olympian Conference teams will join the Central Lakeshore Conference to create a 14 team league.  The Eastern Wisconsin Conference will take on Brillion, Chilton, Manitowoc Roncalli and Valders while losing Plymouth to a new, un-named conference.  That league will include Berlin, Campbellsport, Kettle Moraine Lutheran, Kewaskum, Ripon, Waupun and Winneconne.  Plymoth and Xavier voiced the strongest objections to the plan.  Xavier did not want to lose several natural rivals in the Fox River valley area while Plymouth would become the largest member of the new conference with a greatly expanded travel requirement plus the fact the offer sports most of the other schools do not.  Affected schools have 40 days to file a formal appeal.  The Board of Control is scheduled to take final action on the plan in May.  The conference overhaul would take effect with the 2015-16 school year.