Go Blue wrote:
Interesting thread you have going. I will look at the details later today and see if I have any insight.
I know there's not much FRCC participation on this site. Hopefully some from the other conferences will chime in and "for fun" we could make the necessary adjustments & come up with something good.
Thanks for that input. One thing I was looking at was I didn't want to "close" the current Bay Conference. Mainly because I wanted to keep the tradition of the Marinette/Menominee (M & M) game.
As far as Marinette's win in the playoffs- you know those Maroon fans- they have "super high" standards and expectations! [
Some of this as been an eye-opening experience for me. For years driving through Northern Wisconsin everything seems like a "blimp" on the map.
For example, some Coleman alumni were telling me how "Oconto Falls" is twice their size. I got the impression they didn't want to compete with them (surprised me due to Coleman's success in athletics).
One's like "They're twice our size! Case closed!"
Also I didn't realize Escanaba has dropped that low. They used to be about an Ashwaubenon size school. Which leads me to this, another factor I was looking at as to why NOT "close" some of these conferences, were for options available to play U.P. schools.
The reason being is I'm trying to look out for what's best for our schools. If there is a good opponent nearby just on the other side of the border, and it helps our WI school with travel and scheduling, then I hope they can hook up. Many of those U.P. schools travel well too! I'm sure in many cases a Northern Wisconsin school could bring more to their gate playing some of those U.P. teams than here in Wisconsin.
It's a "win win" for all. Also remember- if it weren't for Ohio, the U.P. would be Wisconsins![
] (Ohio/Michigan war)
Maybe Marinette would benefit playing in a smaller conference & playing more of the U.P. teams-IDK.[huh] Would love to hear what the Marinette people desire.
What's funny was just over the past 2 days I spoke with 2 Denmark parents. One said this:
1) She wants closer travel and doesn't understand why the school must travel so far. But she also went off on a rant as to all they care about now days in high school sports are college scholarships. She said most kids aren't going to get them, they should just be playing sports for fun, and how coaches are selecting that year round specialization player and playing them first over the others.
She said when she was growing up schools like De Pere, West De Pere, Brillion, Luxemburg-Casco, Sturgeon Bay and Brillion all played each other (Is this true? - I'm not originally from here). But to her things were fine the way they were, and we're putting athletics over education. (I got an earful-trust me![
2) Another parent from Denmark told me Oconto Falls is the only team Denmark is competitive with (we're talking football). Oh yes, she said Denmark can compete with Marinette. But she said they get killed by Seymour and especially West De Pere. She said West De Pere doesn't belong with them and should be "playing in your Conference" (FRCC).
She also added Denmark is in a tough situation, because right now they are a smaller school playing larger ones, and if they switched they would be one of the larger schools playing smaller teams.
I'm just sharing with you all some of the thoughts of some of the people, that's all.[