mpzjames
With all the talk about the 2020 state-wide conference realignment, I almost forgot about the 2019 SW WI conferences that were rearranged or formed for this upcoming season.
I haven’t seen too many updates over the past several months, so there might have been a few changes that I wasn’t aware of.

On the official plan Conferences A, B, and C don’t have any names, but I would assume they stick with SWAL, SWC, and SCC respectively.

”SWAL”
Aquinas
Cuba City
Darlington
Fennimore
Iowa-Grant
Lancaster
Mineral Point
Onalaska Luther
I see this as a very competitive conference, probably the most competitive of the newer conferences. Aquinas benefited the most from this realignment, but being put with great teams at their enrollment like Mineral Point, Fennimore, and Lancaster, I’m not sure how good they really will be. I wouldn’t be surprised to see a three-way tie for first with great programs in Mineral Point, Fennimore, and Lancaster. The middle-of-the-road teams that may or may not make the playoffs are most likely Aquinas, Cuba City, and Iowa-Grant, and Luther and Darlington will probably round out the bottom.

”SWC”
Arcadia
Dodgeville
Platteville
Prairie du Chien
Richland Center
River Valley
Viroqua
Westby
The new SWC will be another fun conference race to watch. The older SWC teams will miss the rivalry with Lancaster, but recent crossovers with Coulee foes are now conference games. A lot of these teams are losing a lot of their starters and key players from last season except for River Valley, who I expect would finish in that top spot. I like Platteville, PDC, or Westby at 2-4, all of them likely making the post season. Arcadia and Viroqua look like the middle teams that probably won’t make the playoffs, and Richland Center and Dodgeville will probably continue to struggle and finish at the bottom of the conference standings.

”SCC”
Adams-Friendship
Black River Falls
Gale-Ettrick-Trempealeau
Mauston
Nekoosa
Wautoma
Westfield Area
Wisconsin Dells
This is definitely the weakest of the newer, temporary conferences. I like G-E-T’s chances as the top team in this conference, but watch out for the Dells as they return a majority of their players, and don’t forget Mauston, who has recently been a decent program. The biggest question mark is BRF as they bring a new head coach to a historically great program that has been struggling for the past couple seasons. The Tigers, along with Wautoma and A-F will probably finish in the middle with Nekoosa, another recently struggling yet historically great program, and Westfield rounding out the bottom of the standings.

Ridge & Valley
DeSoto
Highland
Ithaca
Kickapoo/La Farge
North Crawford
Riverdale
Wauzeka-Steuben/Seneca
Wonewoc-Center/Weston
This new updated Ridge & Valley looks pretty decent and should be competitive. Looking at the top, I could see Ithaca or Wauzeka/Seneca fighting for 1st. The rest of the conference is a little difficult to predict. DeSoto always finds a way to make the post season, and I think they do again, finishing in the middle. Along with DeSoto, Highland, Riverdale, and Kickapoo are some of the teams that may or may not make the playoffs. There is a two-way race towards the bottom with North Crawford and Wonewoc/Weston. I don’t see either of these teams getting more than a single conference win
*Edit - Belmont moved to 8-man (Thanks, Amped)

Six Rivers
Benton/Scales Mound/Shullsburg
Black Hawk/Warren
Boscobel
Pecatonica/Argyle
Potosi/Cassville
River Ridge
Southwestern
I’m not too surprised at Shullsburg entering a co-op with Benton and Scales Mound, but it could be interesting to see if they make the playoffs, what division will they be in and whether or not they affect other teams’ positions. Black Hawk has always been a great team, and adding Warren, IL doesn’t hurt at all, so I think they will finish 1st again. Pec/Argyle gave them a tough game last season, so look out for them. I like the Benton co-op as they return a lot of good players and add Shullsburg, and Potosi should be decent again. River Ridge and Southwestern will be right underneath them with Boscobel likely rounding out the bottom.

Mississippi Valley
Holmen
La Crosse Central
La Crosse Logan
Onalaska
Sparta
Tomah
West Salem
Initially it looked like West Salem would join the SCC, but with Westfield replacing them, West Salem is back in the MVC, the only difference being Aquinas’s departure. The fight for MVC champs looks to be a dog fight. Holmen has always been great. Onalaska returns a lot of their offense, especially the run game with Lubinsky, and they should make a good run in the MVC. Central made some noise last season, and that should continue with the Davis twins fueling their offense. I’m not sure Sparta can build on their Cinderella season with most of their better players graduating. West Salem might actually struggle to make the post season after losing a lot of great seniors, and Tomah and Logan will probably finish last or second-to-last.

Those are just my thoughts on the new, temporary 2019 Conferences for Southwestern Wisconsin. I didn’t look too much into these teams aside from prior knowledge/bias, last season’s standings, and returning all-conference players, so some of my predictions could be far from reality.
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Belmont is not in the Ridge and Valley. They went to 8-man.
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Not that they've been producing dominant teams as of late, but it'll be interesting to see how Lancaster does with the "drop down effect" no longer a reality for them.
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As of a couple weeks ago the group with the former SCC teams did not have a name.
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Who is the new HC @ BRF? I haven't heard anything about him or his assistants?
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gstacy wrote:
Who is the new HC @ BRF? I haven't heard anything about him or his assistants?

Jeremiah Vangen, I believe his hiring was later than a lot of the rest of vacancies around the state. He used to be the head coach at Palmyra-Eagle before going to BRF. I really hope he brings something to that program as BRF has had three awful seasons in a row.
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Jeremiah Vangen, I believe his hiring was later than a lot of the rest of vancancies around the state. He used to be the head coach at Palmyra-Eagle before going to BRF. I really hope he brings something to that program as BRF has had three awful seasons in a row.

Varsity head coach or a lower level?
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He's not listed on their Wissports football page.
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mpzjames
Scott emerich tweeted back in February announcing it, and I think a student-run website made a (rather cringy) video of football players meeting him and talking about their excitement for the future. According to that video, Vangen has a lot of new ideas, especially how to run the offense, so some drastic changes could be made.
Also, he was apparently only the offensive coordinator at Palmyra-Eagle, not HC.
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I hope it's the right fit.
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gstacy wrote:
He's not listed on their Wissports football page.


Team pages haven't been fully updated for the 2019 season yet.
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for the hc for Palmyra Eagle from last year.
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mpzjames
gstacy wrote:
for the hc for Palmyra Eagle from last year.

I misspoke, he was only the offensive coordinator last season, not HC
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This was the realignment that was talked about somewhat but was very totally eclipsed by the 2020 WFCA Realignment. Would've been nice to see how these new leagues would shape up for a few year but alas, not to be.

Despite what I see as the one of the weaker of the realigned conference, the South Central group probably as a whole got a bit better with an infusion of the bigger Coulee (BRF, & G-E-T) schools joining in. BRF has been an up and down program in terms of records over the last several years but should do okay in the SCC. G-E-T should be the favorite in that league getting a strong push from Mauston and Wautoma.

The SWC was a tough league to compete in with Lancaster in there, even with them moving to the SWAL, traditionally strong programs such as Arcadia, and Westby are joining along with what seems to be an improving Viroqua program. I'll have to agree that this league will be a dogfight week to week once conference play hits.

The SWAL got a boost with Lancaster joining their ranks. Aquinas should fare better in the league against teams of their similar enrollment but it'll be tough sledding getting wins against the league's better squads.

Among the MVC, Six Rivers, and Ridge & Valley conferences, I feel like that there wasn't much change in terms of raising or lowering of their respective competitive profile. It appeared that the MVC teams did not have much issues finding their third non-conference game this year (Mostly against the VFA West.) and that league will be a logjam to figure who will be champ. The Six Rivers will still be decided most likely between Pec/Argyle, Potosi/Cassville and Black Hawk/Warren and the Ridge & Valley looks like won't be much of a change up top in that league.
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