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Analysis of revised WIAA Rural/Urban Basketball Proposal

12/01/2017, 5:15pm CST
By Travis Wilson

On Friday, the WIAA unveiled a revised Rural/Urban basketball divisional placement plan at its Board of Control meeting in Stevens Point. It builds upon the original Rural/Urban plan announced in June, but addresses several criticisms with the initial proposal, namely that some schools would be moved up two divisions, as well as the enrollment discrepancy this created within divisions.

The exact wording of the rule is not provided yet, but the foundation of the plan uses the existing five-division structure to create a base division for all teams. Under both the original and revised proposals, Division 1 and Division 2 would not change. The bottom enrollment cutoff for Division 1 would remain 1,200, while the bottom enrollment cutoff for Division 2 would remain 600. No team would move into or out of Division 1 or Division 2.

The lowest 128 teams in enrollment would be used to create the "base" Division 5, with all remaining schools under 600 enrollment placed equally into Division 3 and Division 4 for baselines.

All teams in the base versions of D3, D4, and D5 would then be given a designation of "City", "Suburban", "Town", or "Rural". The "City or Suburban" and "Rural or Town" designations are based on official U.S. Census information. Information from the US Government on what those classifications mean can be found by clicking here. There are a number of categories that municipalities can fall into, but the main four that the WIAA will be using are "City", "Suburban", "Town", and "Rural".

All teams, both public and private, would be reviewed based on their designation. Any teams under 93 in enrollment would not be adjusted.

Teams that fall into "base" Division 5 that receive a designation of "City" or "Suburban" would move up one division to Division 4. Team that fall into "base" Division 4 (prior to adjustment up for D5 teams) that receive a designation of "City" or "Suburban" would move up one Division to Division 3.

This creates a slight imbalance in the number of teams in each division. For boys basketball, there would be 116 teams in D5, 94 in D4, and 118 in D3.

The following schools have enrollments above 93, fall into "base" Division 5, and have a designation of "City" or "Suburban" and would thus move up to Division 4:

Abundant Life Christian/Saint Ambrose (Private)
Eau Claire Immanuel Lutheran (Private)
Green Bay N.E.W. Luth. (Private)
Heritage Christian (Private)
Lourdes Academy (Private)
McDonell Central Catholic (Private)
Newman Catholic (Private)
Salam (Private)
Sheboygan Area Lutheran (Private)
Sheboygan County Christian (Private)
University Lake School/Trinity Academy (Private)
Young Coggs (Private)

The following schools would normally fall into "base" Division 4 but have a designation of "City" or "Suburban" and thus move up to Division 3:

Aquinas (Private)
Cristo Rey Jesuit (Private)
Destiny (Private)
Hope Christian (Private)
Howards Grove (Public)
Kenosha Christian Life (Private)
Kohler (Public)
Lake Country Lutheran (Private)
Luther (Private)
Milwaukee Academy of Science (Private)
Milwaukee Collegiate Academy (Public)
Milwaukee Juneau Complex (Public)
Milwaukee Lifelong Learning (Public)
Racine Lutheran (Private)
Regis (Private)
Saint Mary Catholic (Private)
The Prairie School (Private)
Winnebago Lutheran Academy (Private)

The following are private school teams that have a designation of "Town" or "Rural" and thus do not move:

Assumption (Private)
Catholic Central (Private)
Central Wisconsin Christian (Private)
Columbus Catholic (Private)
Faith Christian (Private)
Living Word Lutheran (Private)
Madison Country Day (Private)
Manitowoc Lutheran (Private)
Northland Lutheran (Private)
Pacelli (Private)
Roncalli (Private)
Saint Mary's Springs (Private)
Saint Thomas Aquinas (Private)
Wayland Academy (Private)
Wisconsin Valley Lutheran (Private)

The following are private school teams under 93 in enrollment with "City" or "Suburban" designations and thus are not adjusted:

Coulee Christian/Providence Academy (Private)
Eastbrook Academy (Private)
Valley Christian (Private)

The full breakdown of Divisions 3 through 5 can be found below. The WIAA used the enrollment figures for the 2018-19 season for determining the information.


Notes:

* - Public school team designated as "City" or "Suburban" by U.S. Census data and thus moved from Division 4 to Division 3

# - Private school team designated as "City" or "Suburban" by U.S. Census data and thus moved from Division 4 to Division 3

~ - Private school team designated as "City" or "Suburban" by the U.S. Census data and thus moved from Division 5 to Division 4

^ - Private school team designated as "Rural" or "Town" by U.S. Census data and thus not adjusted up

+ - Private school team designated as "City" or "Suburban" by U.S. Census data but under 93 enrollment and thus not adjusted up

Revised Rural/Urban Basketball Placement Plan for Divs. 3-5

Team Enrollment Classification Public/Private Base Division Adjusted Division Note
Adams-Friendship 491 Rural Public 3 3
Altoona 416 Suburb Public 3 3
Amery 461 Rural Public 3 3
Amherst 326 Rural Public 3 3
Aquinas 281 City Private 4 3 #
Arcadia 345 Town Public 3 3
Baldwin-Woodville 470 Town Public 3 3
Barron 415 Rural Public 3 3
Berlin 560 Town Public 3 3
Big Foot 474 Town Public 3 3
Black River Falls 488 Town Public 3 3
Bloomer 384 Town Public 3 3
Brillion 320 Rural Public 3 3
Brodhead 333 Town Public 3 3
Brookfield Academy 330 Suburb Private 3 3
Brown Deer 561 Suburb Public 3 3
Campbellsport 425 Rural Public 3 3
Carmen Northwest 463 City Public 3 3
Cedar Grove-Belgium 352 Rural Public 3 3
Chilton 387 Rural Public 3 3
Clinton 364 Rural Public 3 3
Clintonville 506 Town Public 3 3
Columbus 383 Town Public 3 3
Cristo Rey Jesuit 235 Suburb Private 4 3 #
Denmark 477 Rural Public 3 3
Destiny 285 City Private 4 3 #
Dodgeville 420 Town Public 3 3
Dominican 353 Suburb Private 3 3
East Troy 587 Town Public 3 3
Edgerton 516 Town Public 3 3
Edgewood 536 City Private 3 3
Ellsworth 490 Town Public 3 3
Evansville 552 Town Public 3 3
Fox Valley Lutheran 584 City Private 3 3
Freedom 534 Rural Public 3 3
Gale-Ettrick-Trempealeau 418 Rural Public 3 3
Golda Meir 368 City Public 3 3
Hayward 561 Town Public 3 3
Hope Christian 305 City Private 4 3 #
Howards Grove 272 Suburb Public 4 3 *
Kenosha Christian Life 279 Suburb Private 4 3 #
Kenosha Reuther 382 Suburb Public 3 3
Kenosha St. Joseph Catholic Academy 328 Suburb Private 3 3
Kettle Moraine Lutheran 425 Rural Private 3 3
Kiel 445 Rural Public 3 3
Kohler 244 Suburb Public 4 3 *
Laconia 323 Rural Public 3 3
Lake Country Lutheran 309 Suburb Private 4 3 #
Lake Mills 403 Town Public 3 3
Lakeside Lutheran 401 Town Private 3 3
Little Chute 497 Suburb Public 3 3
Lodi 495 Town Public 3 3
Lomira 377 Rural Public 3 3
Luther 226 Suburb Private 4 3 #
Marshall 319 Town Public 3 3
Martin Luther 508 City Private 3 3
Mauston 503 Rural Public 3 3
Mayville 386 Town Public 3 3
Milwaukee Academy of Science 200 City Private 4 3 #
Milwaukee Collegiate Academy 300 City Public 4 3 *
Milwaukee Juneau Complex 203 City Public 4 3 *
Milwaukee Lifelong Learning 221 City Public 4 3 *
Milwaukee School of Languages 558 City Public 3 3
Nekoosa 398 Town Public 3 3
New Holstein 351 Rural Public 3 3
North Fond du Lac 427 Suburb Public 3 3
Northland Pines 420 Rural Public 3 3
Northwestern 456 Rural Public 3 3
Obama SCTE 399 City Public 3 3
Oconto Falls 506 Town Public 3 3
Omro 396 Rural Public 3 3
Oostburg 320 Rural Public 3 3
Osceola 536 Town Public 3 3
Peshtigo 372 Town Public 3 3
Platteville 418 Town Public 3 3
Poynette 335 Rural Public 3 3
Prairie du Chien 341 Town Public 3 3
Prescott 376 Town Public 3 3
Racine Lutheran 234 City Private 4 3 #
Racine Saint Catherine’s 367 City Private 3 3
Regis 221 City Private 4 3 #
Richland Center 404 Rural Public 3 3
Ripon 558 Town Public 3 3
River Valley 439 Rural Public 3 3
Saint Croix Central 419 Town Public 3 3
Saint Francis 540 Suburb Public 3 3
Saint Lawrence Seminary 376 Rural Private 3 3
Saint Mary Catholic 242 Suburb Private 4 3 #
Saint Thomas More 530 City Private 3 3
Sheboygan Falls 534 Suburb Public 3 3
Shoreland Lutheran 329 Rural Private 3 3
Somerset 473 Town Public 3 3
Southern Door 321 Rural Public 3 3
Spooner 351 Rural Public 3 3
St. John's NW Military Academy 364 Suburb Private 3 3
Stratford 322 Rural Public 3 3
Sturgeon Bay 397 Town Public 3 3
Tenor/Veritas 487 City Private 3 3
The Prairie School 270 Suburb Private 4 3 #
Tomahawk 400 Town Public 3 3
Turner 464 Suburb Public 3 3
Two Rivers 478 Town Public 3 3
University School of Milwaukee 395 Suburb Private 3 3
Valders 365 Rural Public 3 3
Viroqua 356 Town Public 3 3
Watertown Luther Prep 426 Town Private 3 3
Waupun 548 Town Public 3 3
Wautoma 427 Town Public 3 3
West Salem 543 Suburb Public 3 3
Westby 363 Rural Public 3 3
Westfield Area 318 Rural Public 3 3
Whitewater 586 Rural Public 3 3
Winnebago Lutheran Academy 299 City Private 4 3 #
Winneconne 486 Town Public 3 3
Wisconsin Dells 429 Town Public 3 3
Wittenberg-Birnamwood 321 Rural Public 3 3
Wrightstown 492 Rural Public 3 3
Xavier 540 City Private 3 3
Abbotsford 192 Rural Public 4 4
Abundant Life Christian/Saint Ambrose 124 City Private 5 4 ~
Algoma 255 Town Public 4 4
Athens 188 Rural Public 4 4
Auburndale 241 Rural Public 4 4
Augusta 195 Rural Public 4 4
Belleville 259 Rural Public 4 4
Bonduel 304 Rural Public 4 4
Boscobel 239 Town Public 4 4
Boyceville 205 Rural Public 4 4
Brookwood 209 Rural Public 4 4
Cadott 242 Rural Public 4 4
Cambridge 255 Town Public 4 4
Cameron 273 Rural Public 4 4
Chequamegon 240 Rural Public 4 4
Chetek-Weyerhaeuser 267 Town Public 4 4
Clear Lake 191 Rural Public 4 4
Cochrane-Fountain City 223 Rural Public 4 4
Colby 292 Rural Public 4 4
Coleman 219 Rural Public 4 4
Colfax 267 Rural Public 4 4
Crandon 237 Rural Public 4 4
Crivitz 211 Rural Public 4 4
Cuba City 241 Rural Public 4 4
Cumberland 272 Rural Public 4 4
Darlington 221 Rural Public 4 4
Dodgeland 238 Rural Public 4 4
Durand 296 Rural Public 4 4
Eastbrook Academy 75 City Private 5 4 +
Eau Claire Immanuel Lutheran 108 City Private 5 4 ~
Edgar 192 Rural Public 4 4
Elk Mound 316 Rural Public 4 4
Fall Creek 248 Rural Public 4 4
Fennimore 247 Rural Public 4 4
Gibraltar 197 Rural Public 4 4
Glenwood City 220 Rural Public 4 4
Grantsburg 261 Rural Public 4 4
Green Bay N.E.W. Luth. 118 City Private 5 4 ~
Heritage Christian 165 Suburb Private 5 4 ~
Horicon 224 Town Public 4 4
Iola-Scandinavia 216 Rural Public 4 4
Johnson Creek 194 Town Public 4 4
Kewaunee 310 Town Public 4 4
Ladysmith 285 Town Public 4 4
Lancaster 281 Town Public 4 4
Lincoln Hills 288 Rural Public 4 4
Living Word Lutheran 198 Rural Private 4 4 ^
Lourdes Academy 181 City Private 5 4 ~
Manawa 229 Rural Public 4 4
Manitowoc Lutheran 205 Town Private 4 4 ^
Marathon 242 Rural Public 4 4
Markesan 243 Rural Public 4 4
McDonell Central Catholic 152 Suburb Private 5 4 ~
Melrose-Mindoro 223 Rural Public 4 4
Menominee Indian 259 Rural Public 4 4
Mineral Point 199 Rural Public 4 4
Mishicot 238 Rural Public 4 4
Mondovi 271 Rural Public 4 4
Montello 247 Rural Public 4 4
Necedah 208 Rural Public 4 4
Neillsville 286 Rural Public 4 4
New Glarus 234 Rural Public 4 4
Newman Catholic 127 City Private 5 4 ~
Oconto 303 Town Public 4 4
Osseo-Fairchild 288 Rural Public 4 4
Ozaukee 230 Rural Public 4 4
Pacelli 218 Town Private 4 4 ^
Palmyra-Eagle 283 Rural Public 4 4
Pardeeville 245 Rural Public 4 4
Parkview 254 Rural Public 4 4
Phillips 226 Rural Public 4 4
Random Lake 301 Rural Public 4 4
Reedsville 206 Rural Public 4 4
Roncalli 285 Town Private 4 4 ^
Saint Croix Falls 297 Rural Public 4 4
Saint Mary's Springs 252 Rural Private 4 4 ^
Salam 151 City Private 5 4 ~
Sheboygan Area Lutheran 177 City Private 5 4 ~
Sheboygan County Christian 97 City Private 5 4 ~
Shiocton 220 Rural Public 4 4
Spencer 230 Rural Public 4 4
Spring Valley 208 Rural Public 4 4
Stanley-Boyd 295 Town Public 4 4
Thorp 194 Rural Public 4 4
Unity 256 Rural Public 4 4
University Lake School/Trinity Academy 123 Suburb Private 5 4 ~
Valley Christian 72 City Private 5 4 +
Wabeno Area/Laona 195 Rural Public 4 4
Waterloo 268 Rural Public 4 4
Webster 196 Rural Public 4 4
Weyauwega-Fremont 256 Rural Public 4 4
Whitehall 200 Rural Public 4 4
Williams Bay 193 Rural Public 4 4
Wisconsin Heights 229 Rural Public 4 4
Young Coggs 174 City Private 5 4 ~
Albany 105 Rural Public 5 5
Alma/Pepin 118 Rural Public 5 5
Almond-Bancroft 121 Rural Public 5 5
Argyle 95 Rural Public 5 5
Assumption 146 Town Private 5 5 ^
Bangor 180 Rural Public 5 5
Barneveld 123 Rural Public 5 5
Bayfield 132 Rural Public 5 5
Belmont 103 Rural Public 5 5
Benton 90 Rural Public 5 5
Birchwood 73 Rural Public 5 5
Black Hawk 107 Rural Public 5 5
Blair-Taylor 163 Rural Public 5 5
Bowler 87 Rural Public 5 5
Bruce 138 Rural Public 5 5
Butternut 59 Rural Public 5 5
Cambria-Friesland 116 Rural Public 5 5
Cashton 161 Rural Public 5 5
Cassville 67 Rural Public 5 5
Catholic Central 131 Town Private 5 5 ^
Central Wisconsin Christian 85 Town Private 5 5 ^
Clayton 113 Rural Public 5 5
Columbus Catholic 137 Town Private 5 5 ^
Cornell 110 Rural Public 5 5
Coulee Christian/Providence Academy 69 Suburb Private 5 5 +
De Soto 151 Rural Public 5 5
Deerfield 186 Rural Public 5 5
Drummond 117 Rural Public 5 5
Elcho 103 Rural Public 5 5
Eleva-Strum 183 Rural Public 5 5
Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah 150 Rural Public 5 5
Faith Christian 66 Rural Private 5 5 ^
Fall River 134 Town Public 5 5
Flambeau 167 Rural Public 5 5
Florence 106 Rural Public 5 5
Frederic 120 Rural Public 5 5
Gillett 153 Rural Public 5 5
Gilman 111 Rural Public 5 5
Gilmanton 46 Rural Public 5 5
Goodman/Pembine 106 Rural Public 5 5
Granton 69 Rural Public 5 5
Greenwood 132 Rural Public 5 5
Gresham Community 105 Rural Public 5 5
Highland 81 Rural Public 5 5
Hilbert 129 Rural Public 5 5
Hillsboro 152 Rural Public 5 5
Hurley 162 Rural Public 5 5
Hustisford 140 Rural Public 5 5
Independence 122 Rural Public 5 5
Iowa-Grant 184 Rural Public 5 5
Ithaca 134 Rural Public 5 5
Juda 101 Rural Public 5 5
Kickapoo 161 Rural Public 5 5
La Farge 61 Rural Public 5 5
Lac Courte Oreilles 50 Rural Public 5 5
Lake Holcombe 88 Rural Public 5 5
Lena 102 Rural Public 5 5
Lincoln 170 Rural Public 5 5
Loyal 145 Rural Public 5 5
Luck 133 Rural Public 5 5
Madison Country Day 111 Rural Private 5 5 ^
Marion 138 Rural Public 5 5
Mellen 79 Rural Public 5 5
Mercer 44 Rural Public 5 5
Monticello 104 Rural Public 5 5
New Auburn 87 Rural Public 5 5
New Lisbon 171 Rural Public 5 5
Niagara 137 Town Public 5 5
North Crawford 149 Rural Public 5 5
Northland Lutheran 68 Rural Private 5 5 ^
Northwood 112 Rural Public 5 5
Oakfield 143 Rural Public 5 5
Oneida Nation 125 Town Public 5 5
Owen-Withee 143 Rural Public 5 5
Pecatonica 131 Rural Public 5 5
Phelps 58 Rural Public 5 5
Pittsville 184 Rural Public 5 5
Plum City/Elmwood 174 Rural Public 5 5
Port Edwards 99 Town Public 5 5
Potosi 114 Rural Public 5 5
Prairie Farm 101 Rural Public 5 5
Prentice 139 Rural Public 5 5
Princeton/Green Lake 185 Rural Public 5 5
Randolph 165 Rural Public 5 5
Rib Lake 149 Rural Public 5 5
Rio 127 Rural Public 5 5
River Ridge 160 Rural Public 5 5
Riverdale 156 Rural Public 5 5
Rosholt 186 Rural Public 5 5
Royall 146 Rural Public 5 5
Saint Thomas Aquinas 28 Town Private 5 5 ^
Seneca 91 Rural Public 5 5
Sevastopol 188 Rural Public 5 5
Shell Lake 185 Rural Public 5 5
Shullsburg 114 Rural Public 5 5
Siren 149 Rural Public 5 5
Solon Springs 73 Rural Public 5 5
South Shore 53 Rural Public 5 5
Southwestern 169 Rural Public 5 5
Stockbridge 58 Rural Public 5 5
Suring 121 Rural Public 5 5
Three Lakes 155 Rural Public 5 5
Tigerton 69 Rural Public 5 5
Tri-County 179 Rural Public 5 5
Turtle Lake 128 Rural Public 5 5
Washburn 183 Rural Public 5 5
Wausaukee 159 Rural Public 5 5
Wauzeka-Steuben 98 Rural Public 5 5
Wayland Academy 186 Town Private 5 5 ^
Weston 85 Rural Public 5 5
White Lake 54 Rural Public 5 5
Wild Rose 178 Rural Public 5 5
Winter 71 Rural Public 5 5
Wisconsin Valley Lutheran 62 Rural Private 5 5 ^
Wonewoc-Center 99 Rural Public 5 5

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