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WIAA Conference Realignment Task Force advances new, non-football proposals

04/10/2024, 3:30pm CDT
By WIAA

From the WIAA --

The Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association Conference Realignment Task Force reconvened at the executive staff office Tuesday to finalize plans that were remanded by the Board of Control at its March 5 meeting for further consideration.

Schools and conferences associated with those remanded were re-evaluated by the Task Force, resulting in recommendations that include 54 schools assigned to six conferences.

Following its deliberations, the Task Force recommends the Greater Metro Conference maintain its current nine-team configuration with Divine Savior Holy Angels and Marquette being gender-specific members of the league.

The new construct of a seven-team North Shore Conference includes Cedarburg, Grafton, Hartford, Homestead, Nicolet, Slinger and Whitefish Bay. A new conference, yet to be named, was formed with Kettle Moraine Lutheran, Kewaskum, Plymouth, Port Washington, Sheboygan South, West Bend East and West Bend West.

In the modified seven-team version proposed for the Southeast Conference, Oak Creek moves from the Southeast Conference into the eight-team Classic 8 Conference with Arrowhead, Catholic Memorial, Kettle Moraine, Mukwonago, Muskego, Oconomowoc and Waukesha West.

Waukesha North and Waukesha South will move from the Classic 8 into the Woodland Conference, joining Brown Deer, Cudahy, Greendale, Greenfield, Milwaukee Lutheran, New Berlin Eisenhower, New Berlin West, Pewaukee, Pius XI‚ÄąCatholic, Shorewood, South Milwaukee, West Allis Central, Whitnall and Wisconsin Lutheran to form a 16-team league with two divisions. The schools assigned to each of the divisions will be determined if the recommendation is approved.

Conference configurations for the remanded realignment plans, as well as all the original realignment proposals submitted, are available on the Conference Realignment Requests and Proposals page of the WIAA Website at https://www.wiaawi.org/Schools/Conferences/Conference-Realignment/Requests-and-Proposals.

The Task Force’s recommendations are advanced to the Board of Control for final consideration at its meeting Tuesday, April 23.  The Board will have the options to approve or reject the realignment recommendations. If approved, the modifications will be implemented for the 2025-26 sports seasons.

The WIAA, as defined by its Constitution, is a voluntary, unincorporated, and nonprofit organization. The membership oversees interscholastic athletic programs for 514 senior high schools and 43 junior high/middle level schools in its membership.

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