WIAA Board approves EWC realignment

The WIAA Board of Control approved the first consideration of a massive realignment proposal affecting conference affiliations in the northeast and east central portions of the state and addressed a number of other action items at its Dec. 6 meeting.

The conference realignment proposal impacts 76 schools in eight leagues, including Plymouth and the other schools currently in the Eastern Wisconsin Conference.

A revised eight-team Eastern Wisconsin Conference would be formed to include current members Kiel, New Holstein, Sheboygan Falls and Two Rivers, while moving Brillion, Chilton, Roncalli and Valders from the Olympian Conference.

Another conference will be created that includes Campbellsport, Kewaskum, Plymouth and Waupun from the Eastern Wisconsin Conference; Berlin, Ripon and Winneconne from the Eastern Valley Conference and Kettle Moraine Lutheran from the Wisconsin Flyway Conference to create a new eight-team league.

Plymouth is opposed to being placed in the new conference because of travel and athletic programs concerns.

“It would be substantially more mileage for us which is my biggest concern,” said Mike Slagle, PHS athletic director.

Only two schools in the proposed conference are within 30 miles of Plymouth, compared to five of the seven in the current EWC.

“Some of the schools in the new conference don’t have all of the sports like we do. Berlin is the only one with swimming besides us,” Slagle pointed out.

Another proposed conference would combine the Central Lakeshore Conference with a number of Olympian Conference members to form a 14-team league consisting of Cedar Grove-Belgium, Elkhart Lake Glenbeulah, Hilbert, Howards Grove, Kohler, Manitowoc Lutheran, Mishicot, Oostburg, Ozaukee, Random Lake, Reedsville, St. Mary Central, Sheboygan Area Lutheran and Sheboygan County Christian.

Membership rules require a 40-day window for schools involved in realignment plans to appeal the first consideration of the WIAA Board before it takes final action.

Therefore, schools have until Jan. 15, 2014, to file an appeal of the board’s initial vote. The board’s final action on the realignment plans will be at its Jan. 29 meeting when it can either approve of reject the plan.

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