Area Football-Only Conference Realignment Plans Advance; WIAA Task Force Meets January 6

Stevens Point (OnFocus) – The WIAA’s plans for football-only conference realignment has moved forward, and the Conference Realignment Task Force has revised plans for the 2021-22 season.

The Marawood and CWC Small will play two crossover games under this plan.

In 8 Man Football Changes, the CW West and CW East will each have 6 teams.

(Schools and enrollments)

Marawood

1 Abbotsford 222
2 Auburndale 227
3 Colby 281
4 Edgar 175
5 Marathon 258
6 Pittsville 183

CWC Small

1 Assumption 127
2 Iola-Scandinavia 197
3 Loyal 149
4 Pacelli 177
5 Rosholt 168
6 Wild Rose 186

8 Man Football

CW West

1 Bruce 143
2 Cornell 111
3 Lake Holcombe 102
4 McDonnell Central Catholic 129
5 New Auburn 94
6 Prairie Farm 83

CW East

1 Alma Center Lincoln 156
2 Athens 156
3 Gilman 119
4 Greenwood 136
5 Owen-Withee 154
6 Thorp 175

CENTRAL 
1 Almond-Bancroft 117
2 Bowler 121
3 Marion/Tigerton 173
4 Newman Catholic 143
5 Port Edwards 117
6 Tri-County 157

Criteria the Task Force used in finalizing its plans:

Football-Only:
The Conference Realignment Task Force applied the following rationale to submitted plans and in developing modifications to submitted plans:
1. Provide a conference for all member schools
a. Group by enrollment
b. Group by geography
2. Work to maintain paired 7-team conferences and 8-team conferences where reasonably able within
geography and enrollment
a. 6 team double crossover also works
3. Competition within football groupings as rationale was not compelling at this time
4. Participation numbers and levels offered
5. Potential flexibility within forecasted regional shifts of co-ops and 8-player allow for future considerations

TIMELINE

January 6, 2021 – Realignment Task Force Meets

  • Hear appeal from those denied by task force
  • Hear member schools affected
  • Task Force modifies and finalizes solutions
  • Task Force submits proposals

January 7, 2021 – Publish

February 11, 2021 – Realignment Task Force Meets (if needed)

February 12, 2021 – Publish

March 5, 2021 – Board of Control Meets

April 6, 2021 – Realignment Task Force Meets (if needed)

April 21, 2021 – Board of Control Meets

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David Keech
Author: David Keech

David Keech is a math teacher in Wisconsin Rapids and public address announcer for Abbotsord High School. He officiates basketball, baseball, and softball in central Wisconsin. He has reported on amateur sports since 2011, known as 'KeechDaVoice.' David can be reached at [email protected]