WIAA approves Football Conference Realignment for 2020
Portage County Gazette
By John Kemmeter
The Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association (WIAA) approved a statewide Football-only Conference Realignment plan that will go into effect for the 2020 season.
The WIAA Board of Control approved the vote unanimously 9-0 at its meeting in Stevens Point Tuesday, April 16.
Under the new realignment, the Valley Football Association (VFA) will shift from three divisions to two, with Stevens Point Area Senior High School (SPASH) in the VFA-West, while Amherst High School will be in the Central Wisconsin Conference (CWC)-Large, and Pacelli Catholic High School, Rosholt High School and Almond-Bancroft High School will be in the CWC-Small.
“As I indicated when the Board gave its initial support of the plan, this was an enormous undertaking and a groundbreaking venture for the WIAA,” said WIAA executive director Dave Anderson. “This was a good-faith effort, and there was openness to alternative ideas, ‘big-picture’ thinking, and widespread acceptance of the final decision.
“It’s also important to convey that at any time there is 100 percent agreement of all impacted members, relief can be fast-tracked,” he said.
The VFA was previously split into three, five-team divisions, with SPASH joined in the West Division by Marshfield, Wisconsin Rapids, D.C. Everest and Wausau West.
Under the new realignment, SPASH will be in the eight-team VFA-West, along with D.C. Everest, Wisconsin Rapids, Appleton West, Wausau West, Marshfield, Hortonville and Wausau East.
Amherst will compete in the CWC-Large along with current conference foes Wittenberg-Birnamwood, Weyauwega-Fremont, Manawa and Shiocton, while newcomers to the conference are Spencer/Marshfield Columbus Catholic, Nekoosa and Stratford.
Pacelli and Iola-Scandinavia will move from last year’s CWC-Large to the CWC-Small to join Rosholt, Almond-Bancroft, Pittsville and Wild Rose, while other newcomers in the CWC-Small will be Loyal and Wisconsin Rapids Assumption.
Former CWC-Large team Bonduel will shift to the MONLPC-East, while former CWC Small teams Marion/Tigerton and Tri-County moved to 8-Player Football, which both will compete in starting in 2019.
Football-Only Conference Alignments for the entire state are available on the WIAA website.