Madcity, I do like your new Badger South conference suggestion because I see the logic you are employing. I do, as well, like the attempt you made to relocate the other teams left out of the new Badger South. I do however disagree with the notion that the teams you listed in the new Badger South would be the most competitive, as I believe they would be hurting in some areas with the absence of Monroe and Milton. I think Monroe is very good in alot of sports, Cross country, Track and field, Basketball, Tennis, Softball (even though Im sure you do not that much about girls sports), and decent at other sports. Milton Is good at Football, wrestling, tennis, and other sports (I think).
The inclusion of Fort baffles me. I see that geographically they would be a few miles closer, but other than that they add nothing more, and probably less then Milton or Monroe. They were towards the bottom in alot of the sports in the current Badger South. With Proximity and Geography in mind only, your idea of the new badger south conference is made plausible but as far as competitivness I would say there could be a better arrangment of teams assembled to make a conference. I guess one way or another one area would see some sort of sacrifice.
As Far as Monroe's enrollment, you are correct in saying that the recent trends have marked a decline in the enrollment numbers. However, recently Monroe's enrollment numbers have stablized and appear to possibly increase (though not significantly).
The thing with most of these schools is that as the enrollment fluxuates, so does the sports sucesses. It is really hard to step back and take a look at the sports that dont really matter to us. i think that it is a bad idea to group waunakee with Big 8 teams. they just dont have the size and will not for a long time if there growth rate continues at 10-20 students a yr.
a few yrs back MG went to state in football, basketball, and girls soccer a few championships and silver balls, nobody rushed to add them to the big 8, which was the right desicion. verona is a good fit bc they were around 1500 when they were added, so a slow growth is fine, adding that they have good programs that will ensure sucess throughout the future. The last thing we want is to have Waunakee in the Big 8 and all of a sudden students are discouraged from going out for certain sports bc they will be beat down every single yr by the madison schools.
There are also so many factors that we cant know, stuff like busing and budgets for individual schools. Do I think that the WIAA has it right? no. Do i think that they are probably doing all they can with what they have? ill give them the benefit of the doubt. thanks for accepting my views or suggestions with an open mind and its fun to play WIAA god for a lil while even if we have abs no power over the situation[