A possible new-look Bay Conference was one of the big question marks Wednesday following a WIAA regional meeting at Fox Valley Lutheran High School.
In a proposal put forth by the WIAA, Green Bay East and Green Bay West would move out of the Fox River Classic Conference to a new-look Bay Conference. The new Bay would include Xavier, East, West, Menasha, New London, Seymour, Shawano and West De Pere.
Representatives from Pulaski and Ashwaubenon let WIAA associate director Deb Hauser know that they would like to be considered for inclusion into the Bay, but would be OK remaining in the Fox River Classic Conference.
That new-look FRCC also would include Bay Port, De Pere, Green Bay Preble, Green Bay Notre Dame, Green Bay Southwest, Manitowoc, Sheboygan North and Sheboygan South.
If Pulaski and Ashwaubenon were to enter the Bay, that would make the FRCC an eight-team conference and force schools such as Preble (enrollment 2,160) to look for non-conference games outside the area.
“I was aware that they had an interest in looking elsewhere,” Hauser said. “So I do tend to agree with the bigger schools in the FRCC that if we made it an eight-team conference, it would require them to go a long ways to find a nonconference football game. So I’m comfortable with the proposal I’ve put forward with the FRCC at this point.
“I don’t get that Ashwaubenon and Pulaski are adamantly opposed to being a part of (the FRCC) at this point.”
Another interesting development was the Central Wisconsin Lakeshore conference representatives asking to merge with some teams in the Olympian/Packerland to form a new 14-team conference that would take some of the teams from the O/P including Hilbert, Manitowoc Lutheran, Mishicot, Reedsville and St. Mary Central.
That would leave the O/P with Gibraltar, Southern Door, Sevastopol, Sturgeon Bay, Algoma, NEW Lutheran, Kewaunee and Oconto as the remaining schools.
“That was a nice revelation today and I was happy to have that come forward,” Hauser said. “(The CLC) is struggling with football down there, they’re down to six teams. They’re looking to help themselves, which is a great thing. To have them here and be unanimous in wanting to do that … I’m going to look at that very strongly and that could be part of the final proposal.”