Realignment Proposal for Football-Only Conference Changes Would Impact 7 Conferences

Marshfield (OnFocus) – A group of schools and conferences in central  and northern Wisconsin have developed a proposal for football-only conference changes that has been submitted to the WIAA.

The proposal affects seven different conferences and multiple schools switching conferences. The proposal explains that these changes would be the least number of changes necessary for the benefit of affected schools and conferences.

This is a developing story. Check back with OnFocus as we get insight from area coaches on these proposed changes

Conferences impacted under the proposal:

  • Valley Football Association
  • Great Northern
  • Heart O’ the North
  • Middle Border
  • Lakeland
  • Cloverbelt
  • Marawood

Area Schools changing conferences in the proposal:

  • Wausau East – to the Great Northern
  • Ashland – to the Heart O’ North
  • Hayward – the the Heart O’ North
  • Fall Creek – Cloverbelt to the Marawood

(Below is the proposal submitted to the WIAA)

Conference realignment solution: 
We know full well and appreciate the time and energy spent in developing the 
football districts, a great deal of thought was put into the districts and we do not take the 
request we are making without acknowledging that. While there is no “easy solution” 
that will not impact a number of schools, the change that impacts the least is as follows. 
Valley  
Great 
Northern 
Heart of the 
North 
Middle 
Border 
Lakeland 
Cloverbelt 
Appleton 
West 
Ashland (to 
HON) 
Ashland 
Amery 
 
Flambeau 
 
Elk Mound 
D.C Everest 
Antigo 
Barron 
Baldwin-Woo
dville 
 
Grantsburg 
 
Neillsville/Granton 
Hortonville 
Hayward (to 
HON) 
Hayward 
Ellsworth 
 
Hurley 
 
Stanley-Boyd 
Marshfield 
Lakeland 
Bloomer (To 
middle 
border) 
Bloomer  
Ladysmith ( 
to 
Cloverbelt) 
 
Ladysmith 
Stevens 
Point 
Medford 
Cameron  
Osceola 
 
Lake 
Holcombe/C
ornell 
 
Durand 
Wausau 
East (to 
GNC) 
Wausau East   
Chetek-Weyer
haeuser 
(To Lakeland) 
Prescott 
 
Chetek-Wey
erhaeuser 
Osseo-Fairchild 
Wausau 
West 
Mosinee 
Cumberland 
Saint Croix 
Central 
Rib Lake /  
Prentice 
Mondovi 
Wisconsin 
Rapids 
Rhinelander 
Northwestern 
Somerset 
Unity  
Regis 
 
Merrill 
Saint Croix 
Falls 
 
Webster 
 
 
 
Spooner 
 
 
 
 
Another solution would involve many moving parts, conferences and schools; as
a result there may be a number more schools impacted by another solution.  We do
realize an unknown number of other schools may request a conference/district change.
Our above solution is one with the smallest moving parts.

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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]