If I do recall Wausau East would've been in the GNC after this coming year if the WFCA realignment didn't occur?
I am giving Hurley the benefit of the doubt at this point. The key for them is at least getting a split in their first two games against Turtle Lake and Ashland. Ideally I most likely see them splitting their Marawood matchups this year plus beating Crandon, Rosholt and Pines. But I do agree the margin is very thin but I think Coach Erickson will have Hurley ready for the coming year.
As for Pines, I thought last year they could've gotten one or two more wins off of a rather manageable schedule (losing to Crivitz?). I think they could be in at 5-4 but they can't afford to drop games where they are figuratively the favorite in.
The key matchup for both Pines and Hurley is when they face each other in week four at Pines. A win for either side would do wonders in the quest of getting to 5 wins before the schedules ramp up for both teams in the second half of the year.
The fact they weren't allowed in when they left VFA still boggles me.