Thursday, January 28, 2010

WIAA Football not changing...yet.

from today's Waukesha Freeman --

Plan to change to districts rejected 8-2
Board: Problems need to be solved another way

By Daniel Mike Freeman Staff

WAUKESHA – [CMH Coach] Bill Young could see the merits of the WIAA’s plan to switch football from conferences to districts. The WIAA’s plan would have replaced current conferences with districts of eight teams from similar-size schools. But the WIAA Board of Control voted 8-2 against the plan Wednesday. “I think that deep down, the plan had a lot of validity,” said, Young, veteran football coach at Catholic Memorial High School. “We’re a school of 753 (students), and we have to play Arrowhead, Mukwonago, Kettle Moraine, Waukesha West. It’s a really competitive football league.”

Memorial’s student enrollment pales in comparison to the other seven teams in the Classic 8 Conference, and switching to districts would have put the Crusaders into a group of eight teams with similar student enrollment. “Right now, football is the only sport in the state where it’s not all-in for the playoffs,” Young said. “We’re always fighting for four wins to make the playoffs. “It’s tough when you’re the smallest team in a league like this. There are no advantages to what we’re doing now, but we have to grind it out and work hard.” ...

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