You may or may not know, but the Valley Conference as we know it will likely be evaporated come 2010...for football only. I broke the news here in Northcentral Wisconsin on Thursday. You can catch up on the story by clicking here
A couple of comments have already been posted to the front-page story as of this writing on Friday morning. Here's what a few people are already saying about the situation:
"As a grandparent of Wausau east students I would like to express my total disapproval of this football conference realignment.The distances these kids would be bussed is to excessive! And in these economic times think of the expense. Also it would be a hardship for their relatives and fans to commute these jaunts.WIAA get real!!!!" -- From Rich in Stevens Point
"Couldn't the new allignment have 8 conference games, rotating 1 team you don't play each year, leaving teams 1 non-conference game to schedule for long-time rivalries like the "Log Game"-- From Curt in Wausau
Talking with West A.D. Pam Huston on Thursday, she said if this doesn't go through, she could very well be looking at playing two games in/against Minnesota schools. Rapids already has a Minnesota school on their schedule next season...a defending state champion at that. So yes, something has to be done for the sake of the existing Valley schools. If you look at things from SPASH, West, Rapids, Marshfield and DCE, they'll play each other, which is 4 games that already exist. Then they'll have 5 more games built-in against the other schools. 2-3 of those will be at home, so that's not all that bad. Travel for a couple games out west is certainly better than going to Minnesota, or Michigan, or even down south to Milwaukee.
The school hurt the most is Wausau East. 4-5 times per year, they have to travel west. And when they're home, it will be against a school without another local interest. Rich from Stevens Point hit the nail on the head on this one from that angle. But who's to say that with the headache of trying to fill 4 non-conference games East wouldn't travel that far anyway. PLUS, they lose the "Log Game" rivalry with West. Then again, Newman has never had that inner-city rivalry have they?
And lets not forget how the schools in the Big Rivers and Mississippi Valley probably feel about this. I have it on very good authority that many of them are very ticked that they're being messed with at the WVC's expense.
As more people find out about this, I'm sure it will have a diferent impact on everyone. What are your pro's and con's?
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