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Hey, I got a little time this weekend, and since this is about the only area conference with much of a following on this forum anymore I figured I'd whip together a little conference preview for everyone.

Woodland-East:

Brown Deer

2017 Record: 1-8 (1-7)

Notable Losses:  RB/ LB Sedric Nettles, WR/DB Tejhaun Palmer, OL/DL Jelani Pate, OL/DL Chris Hubbell, WR/DB Yoshi Halmar

Notable Returnees:  OL/DL Jake Johnston (Sr.), QB/DB Joe Marshall (Jr.), RB/LB Ahmad McClain (Sr.), RB/LB Matt Parish (Sr.), RB/LB Jaden Swift (Sr.)

Outlook: Brown Deer has struggled in the post-Wild brothers, post-Aker, post-Baun eras as the smallest school in the conference. The athletic program as a whole (boys’ basketball notwithstanding) has been on a downturn for some time now. It’s a credit to the coaching staff that they have squeezed the most out of the mercurial talent they have had. Unfortunately, this year will likely be more of the same. Plenty of experienced underclassmen return, but outside of QB Joe Marshall, all of last year’s playmakers have moved on. The matchup with Cudahy likely stands as the Falcons only shot at victory again.

Cudahy

2017 Record: 0-9 (0-8)

Notable Losses: OL/DL Oscar Arroyo, QB/WR/DB Hector Quiles

Notable Returnees: QB/ DB Bryce Barbian (So.), TE/DL Austin Eichstaedt (Sr.),  OL/LB Mason Heath (Sr.), WR/DB Cameron Krueger (Sr.), RB/LB Jacob Blochowicz (Sr.)

Outlook: The Packers have nowhere to go but up after a winless 2017 season. The schedule sets up favorably being in the East and getting Pius in the crossover. Promising sophomore QB Bryce Barbian returns from injury, and will have some weapons to work with in Eichstaedt and Krueger, while Blochowicz should take over leading the ground game. The loss of gamebreaker Hector Quiles, who kept the team in some games last year, will hurt though. There must be improvement defensively after giving up 41.5 points per game a season ago. Senior LB Heath and senior DB Krueger will be the leaders on that side of the ball.

Greenfield

2017 Record: 5-6 (4-4)

Notable Losses: OL Rajveer Singh, DL Jonas Woods, OL Deangelo Rosario, LB Tyler Hansen, TE/DB Billy Pitroski, RB Sam Streeter, WR Zach Foshey, K Connor Peneau, DL Jalen Cross, RB/LB Denis Boyko, LB Sam Wolfgram

Notable Returnees: QB Omarion Bartlett (So.), WR Elijah Rosario (Sr.), OL Ahmad Assad (Sr.)

Outlook: The Hawks lost a large and talented senior class, but should remain in the top half of the Woodland-East thanks to returning playmakers in QB Bartlett and WR Rosario. The incoming senior class is rather small, so the Hawks will likely be junior-dominated, which could mean early-season struggles. As has been the case in recent years Greenfield will lean heavily on some size in the trenches, which should give them an upper-hand on the bottom half of the conference. They must find a way to clean up the penalties which have plagued them year-after-year.

Milwaukee Lutheran

2017 Record: 5-5 (5-3)

Notable Losses: QB Josiah Hedrington, WR Isaiah Owens, OL/DL Ben Forke, WR Jamaro Powell, OL/LB Colton Vandenberg, DE Joe Bradford, LB Michael Torrence, DB Dayshon Smith, DB Noah Story, DE Jordan Taylor

Notable Returnees: RB/LB Ken Daniel Jr. (Sr.), QB Danny Perdzock (Jr.), RB/DB John Jones (Sr.) DB Elijah Story (Jr.), LB Ruben Richardson (Sr.)

Outlook: The move from the North Shore certainly agreed with the Red Knights as they made their way back to the playoffs for the first time since 2011. It will be interesting to see how the Red Knights react in their second year in the Woodland-East as they are faced with replacing a large and experienced senior class including Woodland Offensive POY in dual-threat QB Josiah Hedrington. Junior Danny Perdzock saw some time when Hedrington was out last year and should slide into the signal-caller role this year. RB Ken Daniel Jr. is the only returning all-conference player and will be counted on to provide a threat in the running game. The defense must improve as it conceded 40+ points four times last year. That may prove difficult as seven all-conference players graduated on that side of the ball.

Shorewood/Messmer

2017 Record: 4-5 (3-5)

Notable Losses: TE/DL Eli Rivera, OL Jake Nation, DL Jathon Turner, LB Mario DeCicco, DB Elijah Jennings, K/P Jared Holan, DB Josh Sanders, DL Joseph Lofton, TE Milo Bakos

Notable Returnees: QB Aaron Eimers (Sr.), RB/DB Zoe McDowell (Sr.), WR/DB Delroy Perrin, LB Robert Joehnk (Sr.), OL Jeff Carson (Sr.)

Outlook: For the most part, the co-op has kept a fairly even keel in the years after HOF head coach Ron Davies stabilized the program before retirement. Tony Davis takes the reins over from Chad Hofmann, and it’ll be really interesting to see if things remain the same. There are some pieces returning, including multi-year starter at QB Aaron Eimers. Zoe McDowell should give them a home run hitter in the backfield, but on the whole it’s hard to see the Grey Bishops taking a major step forward. They do have a nice season-ending victory over WISCO (which ended the Vikings’ playoff qualifier streak) to build on, but I think this year will be much last year and see them land in the muddled middle of the Woodland-East pack.

South Milwaukee

2017 Record: 3-6 (3-5)

Notable Losses: OL/DL Aengus White, RB Alec Horn, RB Mua Vang, LB Ethan Arndt, DL Austin Mesa, DL Austin Januchowski, DB Dashawn Williams, DB Jon Dess, QB Joel Reyes

Notable Returnees: OL/DL Ty Spaltholz (Sr.), RB/DB Jacob Wysocki (Sr.), RB/LB Jake Nelson (Sr.), QB Zach Paczocha (Sr.)

Outlook: The last couple years have seen the Rockets in that 3-4 win range and heavily-reliant on one or two guys to carry the offensive load. Will that change this year? It may have to as the Rockets lose a lot of experience with a large senior class moving on. There are some pieces to build around with Spaltholtz anchoring the line and Wysocki to likely carry the load, although it may behoove the Rockets to spread the ball around a bit more. LB Jake Nelson was the third leading tackler last year and will spearhead the defense. I have a hunch the Rockets will be the best of the bottom bunch, although that probably doesn’t mean a whole lot in the grand scheme of the Woodland.

Whitnall

2017 Record: 9-2 (7-1)

Notable Losses: RB Andrew Mallmann, WR/DB Dan Alexopoulus, DB Adam Pelkofer, WR Stephan Flores, OL Cole Greco, OL Lucas Merritt, QB Jacob Flores, TE Corey Prom, DE Andrew Couture, LB Andrew Klatkiewicz, DB Peter Mueller, DL Zach Peliska, DE Devin Breitenstein

Notable Returnees: K Sam Thut (Sr.), P Ian Davies (Sr.), DE Anthony Vacula (Jr.), LB Tyler Arthur, DB Nate Valcarcel, RB Isaiah Cornejo (Jr.), RB Josh Gil (Sr.)

Outlook:  Like most teams, Whitnall loses a massive and experienced senior class, and also will have to deal with a new coach after John Quinlan’s resignation late in the summer. Former Whitnall standout Robb Widuch (’04) takes over, but the cupboard isn’t completely bare. Both all-conference specialists return leaving the kicking game in good hands, and Vacula, Valcarcel and Arthur are returning all-conference performers on defense giving the Falcons a solid core to build around. Offensively, they will have to settle the QB position, but also find a replacement for multi-year standout Andrew Mallmann at RB. Cornejo and Gil saw time at RB last year and put up good averages (Valcarcel could also see time there), and Whitnall usually has strong line play to boot.

Prognostication:

It doesn’t take Nostradamus to see this division was ravaged by graduation with very few underclassmen garnering post-season recognition. The Woodland-East has traditionally been a step (or two) behind its Western cousins and this year won’t be any different. In fact, I’d be surprised if the gap wasn’t greater this year. I think the advantage in this division lies with the offense and right now, I’d put Greenfield a step ahead of Whitnall in that regard. The rest of the division will likely play out based on recent pedigree.

1. Greenfield
2. Whitnall
3. South Milwaukee
4. Milwaukee Lutheran
5. Shorewood/Messmer
6. Cudahy
7. Brown Deer


The West still to come...

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Woodland-West:

Greendale

2017 Record: 9-3 (7-1)

Notable Losses: WR/LB Ray Rosalez, QB Mitchell Gnadt, RB/DB Kyle Weinkauf, OL Nick Schaefer, DE Devin Biskupski, DB Tanner Sebastian, TE/DL Jaelen Johnson, DE Ricky Rosales

Notable Returnees: OL/DL Josh Dymond (Sr.), WR/DB JR Muth (Sr.), OL Josh Dooley (Sr.), WR/LB Masaeo Wooden (Sr.), DL Noah Radka (Sr.), RB/LB/P Sean Sanchez (Sr.), RB/WR Paul Toetz (Sr.), WR Andrew Vey (Sr.), OL Brett Shumway (So.)

Outlook: Things got slightly back to normal in Pantherville last year with a couple of playoff wins. The upward trend should continue with many contributors returning, including several all-conference perfomers. The Panthers will have to nail down Gnadt’s successor at QB (potentially the sophomore Will Brust or junior Matt Schultz), but experience returns across the front, and Toetz and Sanchez saw carries behind Weinkauf a year ago. Wooden and Vey are targets for the new signal-caller, while defensively Dymond, Radka, Wooden and Muth will provide leadership on all levels. Expect the Panthers to be in the conference title hunt (if they nail down that QB position, of course).

New Berlin Eisenhower

2017 Record: 13-1 (8-0)

Notable Losses: QB/K Bryce Miller, WR Stephan Halusan, TE/LB Joey Lang, OL Dylan Abbott, OL Devyn Schlicht, RB/LB Jake Belongia, OL Seth Luckman, DL Max Tippel, LB Mike White, DB Mike Angiolo, DB Peter Katris, LB Boden Saike, LB Nathan Doss

Notable Returnees: OL/DL Mark Shields (Sr.), RB Jack Himmelspach (Sr.), OL Isaac Freichels (Jr.), DB Jake Schara (Sr.), DL Davy Counsell (Sr.)

Outlook: IKE’s return to form ran into a buzzsaw in Rice Lake in the State Championship game, but that shouldn’t take away from a great season. As we turn the page to 2018, things will be a little different as grad losses took their toll on the Lions. I still expect them to be in conference title contention, but it certainly won’t be the runaway it was last year (five shutouts). The return of Mark Shields on both sides of the ball gives them a nice multi-time all-conference player anchor, while Jack Himmelspach returns as the big play threat on offense. Talented LB and receiving corps will have to be replaced but there is some talent in the incoming junior class to hopefully offset that. A concern has to be there are no QBs in the program with any varsity experience. It’ll be trial by fire as the schedule is frontloaded (Plymouth, Pewaukee, a hopefully improved WISCO and Greendale) the first four weeks.

New Berlin West

2017 Record: 6-4 (5-3)

Notable Losses: QB/DB Joe Robey, OL/DL Alex Underwood, DB Nate Artenian, DL D.J. Nennig, DE Austin Alexander, LB Jack Ohberg, DB John Tsoris, DB/P Egan Iwanski

Notable Returnees: WR Tyler Stoltenberg (Sr.), RB/LB Sam Meleski (Sr.), LB Nick Paget (Sr.)

Outlook: The Vikings qualified for the playoffs last year, but the question of how much success they find this year may rest on how they replace playmaking QB Joe Robey. How quickly and how well they do that will go a long way, as the new QB will have a big weapon in the receiver Stoltenberg and running back Meleski. Paget may also help on both sides of the ball. The Vikings won’t have a lot of size, and what they do have is young, however, and how that impacts them remains to be seen. NBW will likely need to beat WISCO and win their crossover to make another playoff foray.

Pewaukee

2017 Record: 8-3 (6-2)

Notable Losses: RB/LB Seth Bickett, WR/DB David Young, OL Jordyn Kowalke, OL Carlos Teran, K David Collins, QB Josh Swanson, OL Nate Keskinen, DE Jared Schmitz, DB Connor Vogt, LB Steele Beatty

Notable Returnees: OL David Bell (Sr.), DL Abel Savage (Sr.), RB/LB Masen Beatty (Sr.), WR/DB Weston Katula (Sr.)

Outlook: Another solid year for one of the steadiest programs in the area in 2017, but 2018 means the end of the Seth Bickett Era in Pewaukee, leaving the Pirates with one of the biggest holes to fill of any team in the state…and Bickett wasn’t their only loss to graduation. Three all-conference O-Linemen are gone as well as QB Swanson and two-way all-conference standout Young. As is always the case with established programs, the well is far from dry. Second-leading rusher Masen Beatty returns along with all-conference O-Linemen Bell to help out the new QB, as does WR Weston Katula (18.6 ypc). Defensively, Beatty was second-leading tackler behind Bickett and Savage took home all-conference honors. I’m not sure the Pirates will be in the title hunt (they get IKE and Pewaukee in Weeks 2 and 3, so we’ll get a good gauge right away), but will definitely be in the playoff chase.

Pius XI

2017 Record: 2-7 (2-6)

Notable Losses: OL/DL Luc Leszczynski, RB/TE/LB Jonathan Lee, OL/DL Camryn Rayford, LB Nick Morton, QB Bishara Hinnawi

Notable Returnees: TE/DE Jamontte Brown (Sr.), QB Jaylen Hill (Jr.), RB/LB Dexter Love Jr. (Jr.), WR/DB Dasani Garner (Jr.)

Outlook: Another new coach in Popeland as Louisville import Craig Swabek lasts just two years, being replaced by John Rasmussen. Numbers remain an issue, and there is a serious dearth of size/returning linemen. There was no JV team last year, so a lot of the young players didn’t really get a ton of reps. All that sounds like a recipe for disaster. The team will lean heavily on Brown, a two-way all-conference performer, and Love Jr., a two-time letterwinner as just an incoming junior. Graduations decimated what was a nominal strength in the trenches. It in all likelihood will be a long year for Pius, who obviously will be looking forward to crossovers with Cudahy and (likely) Brown Deer…and whatever the heavily-rumored WFCA-endorsed statewide football-only realignment brings in 2019.

West Allis Central

2017 Record: 2-7 (2-6)

Notable Losses: WR Deonte Vanselow, RB/LB Salim DeLoach, RB/LB Travon Davis, RB/DB Colten Rosas, RB/LB Josiah Benjamin

Notable Returnees: RB Glenn Martin (Sr.), DL Tim Seymour (Sr.), OL/DL Vincent Conroy-Munoz (Jr.), OL Jake Fierst (Sr.)

Outlook: The move to the Woodland netted two victories over inferior competition for the Bulldogs but little else. Unfortunately, it’s hard to see anything but more of the same in 2018. The positives for the Bulldogs are that they return a good corps of guys in the trenches and a pretty good RB in Martin. The negatives are that they never settled the QB position a year ago, and it looks as if that still may be the case this year, and they did not show an uptick in improving the discipline problems that plagued the previous regimes. The Bulldogs must improve drastically on both sides of the ball after being shutout five times while surrendering 36.3 ppg a year ago.

Wisconsin Lutheran

2017 Record: 3-6 (3-5)

Notable Losses: OL/DL Adler Peterson, RB/DB Lucas Roecker

Notable Returnees: RB/DB Jacqueze Lockett (Sr.), OL/DL Sam Gerhard (Sr.), TE/LB David Frey (Sr.), QB Collin Olson (Sr.), WR Noah Bilitz (Sr.), WR Carter Raabe (Sr.)

Outlook: WISCO had never missed the playoffs since joining the WIAA…until 2017. Despite a topsy-turvy year, they still had a shot to qualify in Week 9, but an unexpected loss to Shorewood/Messmer ended up being a poetic end to the year. With the DeNoyer Era getting further away in the rearview mirror, it seems ever more likely that those years of WISCO dominance and state title runs are over. That said, despite the graduation of two-way standout lineman Adler Peterson, WISCO brings back most of their starters from a year ago, including an explosive RB in Lockett, and should expect at least a slight uptick in success. The Vikings open again with Oak Creek, a game that served as a harbinger of things to come last year…only this time the Vikings will field the vastly more experienced team. A better result in Week 1 could go a long way to changing WISCO’s fortunes. Stay tuned.

Prognostication:

Things set up nicely for Greendale to claw their way back to the top of the league, but IKE will be nipping at their heels. I think Pewaukee will be a tad behind with a pair of Vikings making up the next level, before there is a significant drop-off to WAC and Pius.

1. Greendale
2. New Berlin Eisenhower
3. Pewaukee
4. Wisconsin Lutheran
5. New Berlin West
6. West Allis Central
7. Pius XI
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Here's my order of finish.

1. Whitnall
2. Greenfield
3. Milwaukee Lutheran
4. Shorewood/Messmer
5. South Milwaukee
6. Cudahy
7. Brown Deer

Lot of interchangeable parts in the East.

1. Greendale
2. Eisenhower
3. Pewaukee
4. Wisconsin Lutheran
5. New Berlin West
6. West Allis Central
7. Pius

Playoff Teams

Whitnall
Greenfield
Milwaukee Lutheran
Greendale
Eisenhower
Pewaukee
Wisconsin Lutheran
New Berlin West
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amped0808 wrote:
Here's my order of finish.

1. Whitnall
2. Greenfield
3. Milwaukee Lutheran
4. Shorewood/Messmer
5. South Milwaukee
6. Cudahy
7. Brown Deer

Lot of interchangeable parts in the East.

1. Greendale
2. Eisenhower
3. Pewaukee
4. Wisconsin Lutheran
5. New Berlin West
6. West Allis Central
7. Pius

Playoff Teams

Whitnall
Greenfield
Milwaukee Lutheran
Greendale
Eisenhower
Pewaukee
Wisconsin Lutheran
New Berlin West


Yeah, I think the West is gonna be pretty static...and likely decided early in the season. The East, man who knows. Whitnall lost a ton of production, but I don't really blame you picking them ahead of a Greenfield team that you never quite know what you're gonna get from. And Milwaukee Lutheran remains a complete wild card. Only spots 6 and 7 are pretty much set in stone.
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While we're here, here's the new look Woodland in the WFCA's football-only re-alignment proposal:

https://cdn2.sportngin.com/attachments/document/d034-1604387/WFCA-WIAA_FB_ONLY_CONF._all_revised_7-8.pdf

Woodland-East:

Shorewood/Messmer - 1378
Greenfield - 1176
South Milwaukee - 1136
Greendale - 902
Whitnall - 838
Wisconsin Lutheran - 773
Grafton - 745
Cudahy - 721

Woodland-West:

Wauwatosa East - 1155
Wauwatosa West - 1079
Pewaukee - 899
New Berlin Eisenhower - 839
Pius XI - 800
Milwaukee Lutheran - 782
New Berlin West - 738
Catholic Memorial - 636

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The Wauwatosas move back in (East after two decades), Grafton and CMH join, and WAC (back to the GMC...ouch) and Brown Deer (Metro Classic) depart.

Grafton is random and out of nowhere seemingly, but competitively fits right in in the East. The Tosas are back where things are a better fit.

But hold on, is that CMH? It is, and while their enrollment is an issue against the other C8 teams, I just don't see them as a good fit in the Woodland...if anything, I think the North Shore (which stays the same minus PW and Grafton in this proposal) is socio-economically a better fit with far less enrollment discrepancies than the C8.
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Thanks for doing the preview, DB.  Made for some fun reading.  

RE: The WFCA proposal, I do have a few thoughts to share with the group and keep the conversation going.

Competitive Balance: I kind of feel like the coaches are doing to the Woodland what the Woodland schools themselves have refused to do for a few years-- balance things out geographically and force the "little brother" schools in the East to raise their level of play or suffer the consequences. Greendale and even a diminished Wisco will bring an organization, attention to detail, and tradition that the East has sorely lacked. Both are "east" enough to play in that group today and should be. I don't see Cudahy getting any better but Greenfield, Whitnall, and even SM have the resources to raise their game if they have no choice (and Greendale won't give them one).

Memorial: There are several sports (obviously including football) where Memorial is dominant, but in other sports they're definitely a small school in a conference of giants. This is a football-only proposal though, so I'm a little confused by it.  I'll admittedly never sit on the CMH side of the stands and cheer for them-- but I do hope for the kids' sake that they don't lose their playoff edge by trading Arrowhead and Waukesha West for Pewaukee and Eisenhower. I don't think they will. Woodland teams have made some nice runs over the years. Far more likely to catch up to CMH is the numbers issue. Their youth program has fielded very small teams the past few years.

Grafton: This one is kind of a head-scratcher, logistically. Competition-wise it should fit in.  This is one where "football-only" makes more sense. You're basically just taking on 4-5 big road trips every fall in trade for the chance to play schools more your size.  Seems a good bet to me.
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And while we're at it, I'll take a crack at a prediction too. It'll be fun to look back in three months and see how much I missed by. 😉

1. Red Lutherans
2. Whitnall
3. South Milwaukee

4. Greenfield
5. Shorewood/Messmer
6. Brown Deer
7. Cudahy

I do think Cudahy could surprise a few people if they're smart enough to build gameplans around that big TE. That kid looked like the real deal when I saw them against St. Cat's last year... but I've never seen anyone outside of Paul Chryst who could build a TE-centric attack and win games with it. Also, not sure how they'll stop anybody. Meanwhile in Greenfield, the Koch/Covington talent pipeline begins to dry up this season which allows SM to sneak in.

1. Greendale
2. Pewaukee
3. Blue Lutherans
4. Eisenhower
5. NB West
6. West Allis Central
7. Pius Fighting Popes

My gut says Wisco brings enough experience back to win some games that they didn't last year, and that Ike loses so much on both sides of the ball that they put themselves in an early hole while they figure it out.

Playoff Teams

Milwaukee Lutheran
Whitnall
South Milwaukee
Greendale
Pewaukee
Eisenhower
Wisconsin Lutheran
New Berlin West
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Some differences from me, but that's why I find the Woodland so fascinating. Surprises actually do happen here.
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Thanks for doing the preview, DB.  Made for some fun reading.  

RE: The WFCA proposal, I do have a few thoughts to share with the group and keep the conversation going.

Competitive Balance: I kind of feel like the coaches are doing to the Woodland what the Woodland schools themselves have refused to do for a few years-- balance things out geographically and force the "little brother" schools in the East to raise their level of play or suffer the consequences. Greendale and even a diminished Wisco will bring an organization, attention to detail, and tradition that the East has sorely lacked. Both are "east" enough to play in that group today and should be. I don't see Cudahy getting any better but Greenfield, Whitnall, and even SM have the resources to raise their game if they have no choice (and Greendale won't give them one).

Memorial: There are several sports (obviously including football) where Memorial is dominant, but in other sports they're definitely a small school in a conference of giants. This is a football-only proposal though, so I'm a little confused by it.  I'll admittedly never sit on the CMH side of the stands and cheer for them-- but I do hope for the kids' sake that they don't lose their playoff edge by trading Arrowhead and Waukesha West for Pewaukee and Eisenhower. I don't think they will. Woodland teams have made some nice runs over the years. Far more likely to catch up to CMH is the numbers issue. Their youth program has fielded very small teams the past few years.

Grafton: This one is kind of a head-scratcher, logistically. Competition-wise it should fit in.  This is one where "football-only" makes more sense. You're basically just taking on 4-5 big road trips every fall in trade for the chance to play schools more your size.  Seems a good bet to me.


I listened to the Coaches Show on The Fan from last weekend, and Dan Brunner flat-out said the #1 goal behind this re-alignment is balancing out the conferences for playoff qualification purposes. The two-year review process that's built-in is designed more along the lines of competitive equity, but also forces schools to prove they are at a disadvantage (using the free/reduced lunch statistics among others) before being moved. If this goes into effect, the first round of "move us" requests in 2022 could be fascinating.

Overall, I think Coach Sarver (who spearheaded this project) did a really good job of keeping everyone in the loop and actually working with the other coaches to present something palatable, unlike the WIAA's attempts at re-alignment, which are often stalled by disinterested or stingy school administrators who are only worried about their piece of the pie.
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I listened to the Coaches Show on The Fan from last weekend, and Dan Brunner flat-out said the #1 goal behind this re-alignment is balancing out the conferences for playoff qualification purposes. The two-year review process that's built-in is designed more along the lines of competitive equity, but also forces schools to prove they are at a disadvantage (using the free/reduced lunch statistics among others) before being moved. If this goes into effect, the first round of "move us" requests in 2022 could be fascinating.

Overall, I think Coach Sarver (who spearheaded this project) did a really good job of keeping everyone in the loop and actually working with the other coaches to present something palatable, unlike the WIAA's attempts at re-alignment, which are often stalled by disinterested or stingy school administrators who are only worried about their piece of the pie.


The first "move us" requests would come in 2019, be reviewed and decided on, then final changes made for 2020 season.
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The first "move us" requests would come in 2019, be reviewed and decided on, then final changes made for 2020 season.


How...if this isn't going in until 2020 (potentially)? Unless you're talking appeals to the proposal.
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db11 wrote:


How...if this isn't going in until 2020 (potentially)? Unless you're talking appeals to the proposal.


Appeals of this proposal, which require support from all parties at a school as well as supporting reasoning and suggested alternatives. Those occur in odd-numbered years. No changes or appeals are made in even-numbered years. And there isn't really a request process, just an appeals process.
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Appeals of this proposal, which require support from all parties at a school as well as supporting reasoning and suggested alternatives. Those occur in odd-numbered years. No changes or appeals are made in even-numbered years. And there isn't really a request process, just an appeals process.


Gotcha. Thanks.
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Went to the Whitnall/Pius/Horlick scrimmage. Not much to write about. Pius once again has 28 players in total, still has some speed and athleticism, but has significantly less size than last year. It's gonna be a long year. Whitnall was a little harder to gauge. Typical Falcon squad, big and strong in the trenches, but this year none of the skill guys really stood out. Horlick, despite all their graduation losses, was still the best team out there.
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db11 wrote:
Went to the Whitnall/Pius/Horlick scrimmage. Not much to write about. Pius once again has 28 players in total, still has some speed and athleticism, but has significantly less size than last year. It's gonna be a long year. Whitnall was a little harder to gauge. Typical Falcon squad, big and strong in the trenches, but this year none of the skill guys really stood out. Horlick, despite all their graduation losses, was still the best team out there.

How were the overall numbers? Did you know which (if any) of these teams dressed large numbers of sophomores? For instance, was Pius' 28 all upperclassmen at least?

I've been getting very concerned with numbers watching programs at the youth level. A lot of places (including some very surprising names) are struggling to field teams at various grade levels and you know it's all the concussion talk that's behind it.

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