The WIAA has unveiled a preliminary new realignment plan that affects eight conferences and nearly 70 high schools in the area.
There is no timetable for the realignment but based on previous WIAA realignment plans it would be at least a year or two away from reaching final approval and there could be changes made along the way.
One of the biggest items of note to come out of this plan is the creation of a new conference consisting of current members of the Flyway Conference, Eastern Wisconsin Conference and Eastern Valley Conference.
Winnebago Lutheran would no longer play intra-city rival St. Mary’s Springs or North Fond du Lac as the Vikings would join the new league along with EWC members Waupun, Campbellsport, Kewaskum and Plymouth.
Berlin and Ripon, members of the EVC, would round out the yet to be named league.
The current Flyway Conference membership has school enrollments ranging from 240 to 428, with WLA right in the middle with an enrollment of 335.
The Vikings would have the lowest enrollment by far in the new conference – 135 less than the next lowest in Campbellsport – and be competing against the likes of Plymouth (797 enrollment), Kewaskum (596) and Waupun (593).
The rest of the Flyway Conference would remain intact and just be a seven-school conference under the proposed plan.
The new league would also eliminate the long trips to Two Rivers and Kiel for Waupun, replacing them with shorter drives to WLA, Ripon and Berlin.
With Waupun, Cambellsport, Kewaskum and Plymouth being taken out of the EWC, that conference would add Chilton, Denmark, Roncalli and Valders to the mix.
The Fox Valley Association will also get a slightly different look as Hortonville would replace Menasha in the 10-team league.
Menasha had the lowest enrollment of any FVA school this year at 980 – about 125 then the next lowest school, Kaukauna. Hortonville, which is currently a member of the Bay Conference, has an enrollment of 1,068 but would still be the smallest school in the FVA.
Menasha would be second to Green Bay East in enrollment in the new-look Bay Conference.
The new plan did not affect any Trailways schools.