It’s been a rough last couple of months for Xavier High School in regards to conference realignment.
The Hawks came out on the short end of a 6-2 vote by the WIAA’s Board of Control on Friday in Stevens Point.
That vote approved a re-alignment plan to move the Hawks out of the Eastern Valley and into a football-only Bay Conference comprised of nine teams: Xavier, Waupaca, Green Bay East, Green Bay West, Menasha, New London, Seymour, Shawano and West De Pere.
In all other sports, the Hawks will be in an eight-team Bay, minus Waupaca.
Xavier officials are upset and for good reason. The idea of ripping apart a perfectly good conference and taking a school, Xavier, that is near the geographic center of that conference with plenty of fierce rivals within minutes of each other makes little sense.
The reasons given for moving Xavier by the WIAA had to do mostly with competitiveness and that the other school considered, Waupaca, was perhaps too far away from some of the other Bay schools.
This latest proposal, originally put forth on Oct. 11, is a little bit of a compromise. Waupaca will join Xavier in the new-look Bay for football only. Xavier will be in the Bay for all sports, despite being within a few minutes drive of EVC schools such as Freedom, Little Chute and Fox Valley Lutheran.
But it just seems silly that the Hawks will have to travel past those schools to get to their games in the Bay.
In my opinion, competitiveness was the biggest reason why Xavier was moved out of the Eastern Valley. The WIAA at the regional meeting at Fox Valley Lutheran in late September, made it clear that they felt the Hawks would compete better in the Bay Conference despite having a smaller enrollment than Waupaca.
In essence, Xavier is being punished for its success. In my opinion, if Xavier weren’t winning conference titles in so many sports, the WIAA would not have chosen them to leave the Eastern Valley.
Xavier has a 40-day time frame from Friday’s vote to appeal the decision before it is finalized. That means the Hawks have until Jan. 15 to plead its case one last time. The BOC has the final vote for implementation two weeks later on Jan. 29.
New London girls’ basketball, Wednesday,
7 p.m.: The Bulldogs make a visit to Makers Sports Grill to talk about their season. Online at postcrescent.com.
Mackenzie Greisch, Appleton North girls’ basketball: The Lightning senior gives us her thoughts on her season. In print and online at postcrescent.com
Tweets of the Week
“I’ve been trying to boil water for 30 minutes so that is the extent of my cooking skills.” — Kendra Jensen, Appleton North girls’ cross country, @Kej1150
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