mrmike527
I heard a rumor the other day and I wanted to know if anyone else had heard anything about it. Rice Lake used to play in the H'oN about 15 years ago, and realignment sent them to the Big Rivers. Fact is, Rice Lake's enrollment is shrinking and is projected to keep shrinking for the next 5 or 6 years. Rumor is, Rice Lake is going to try to switch from the Big Rivers to the H'oN, due to their inability to match the size of the other Big Rivers Schools. This is just a Rumor, and I was wondering if anybody else had heard the same.
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twista05
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Funny how Rice Lake can win championships and compete year in and out. New Richmond was in the Big Rivers for like 3 years and backed out ASAP!!

I'm sick of seeing this whole enrollment thing. It has just split up the Wisconsin Valley Conference, hopefully Rice Lake won't run away from the BRC like New Richmond did.

I'd also suggest IF Rice Lake were to leave, I would seriously try to re-add La Crosse Logan and Central BACK to the BRC.


are you serious??? La Crosse to Superior on a Friday night...
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mrmike527
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Just over 800 for Rice Lake

Hayward The biggest HON school has around 670...
The second biggest Hon team (Spooner) has 540

The Bloomer Barron and NW all have mid low to mid 400 some...

then you got Chetek And Ladysmith with low to mid 300 some



Rice Lake has 800 now.

The freshman class this year is 200

The 8th grade class is something like 140

I believe the 7th grade is not much larger...170? I'm just making an estimate.

In a few years RLs enrollment is going to be way down, and they're considering this move for the next few years, not because they are not big enough right now.
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bluechip
If Rice Lake were to move out of the BRC, I would imagine they would get put in the MBC and Durand would move to the Cloverbelt. I think the WIAA will hold off on realignment for about four or five more years and then just do a major reallignment for the area. Rice Lake isn't the only team that will need to be moving soon: St. Croix Central will be too large for the DSC, Durand will be too small for the MBC, Somerset could potentially outgrow the MBC, and the WIAA might be willing to try New Richmond in the BRC again with New Richmond's rapid growth.
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mrmike527
I actually think the Middle Border would probably be a much better fit (ESPECIALLY in football) than either the BR or H'oN.

But I think that Rice Lake's history with the H'oN makes them the frontrunner if RL does try to change conferences.
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Bigtime_85_old
I couldn't see RL moving into the HON. They more than double the enrollments of Chetek (350) && Ladysmith (320). Cumberland is also right around 400. The only two schools that could compete with RL would be Hayward (760) and Spooner (550).
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splunk
yeah that's true, which is why i think that they would be better fit in the middle border conference.

wow..look at the comparison of rice lake to all of the schools in the brc -

EC Memorial - 1,796
EC North - 1,651
Hudson - 1,624
Chippewa Falls - 1,568
Menomonie - 1,134
River Falls - 1,059
Rice Lake - 812

Memorial has more than double the amount that Rice Lake has.
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splunk
well, as a whole, they are still considerably less than rice lake, but it doesn't have as much of a wide difference between the biggest and smallest schools as the brc and hon does.

New Richmond - 876
Rice Lake - 812
Amery - 597
Osceola - 596
Ellsworth -594
Somerset - 441
Baldwin-Woodville - 437
Durand - 408
Prescott - 387

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mrmike527
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well, as a whole, they are still considerably less than rice lake, but it doesn't have as much of a wide difference between the biggest and smallest schools as the brc and hon does.

New Richmond - 876
Rice Lake - 812
Amery - 597
Osceola - 596
Ellsworth -594
Somerset - 441
Baldwin-Woodville - 437
Durand - 408
Prescott - 387




Rice Lakes future enrollment will probably be more around 700 in a couple years. That makes things quite a bit closer to the other schools.
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splunk
wow what a rapid decline.. as of 2000 they had an enrollment of about 1000
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splunk
This has been a reoccurring rumor for a couple years now. I think Rice Lake would be better suited in the Middle Border Conference, if they were to be realigned into another conference. If they were to be transferred to the HON they would not find as much of a challenge as they have now or in the MBC. Especially in football - RL would annihilate every other team
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Sheepshead_old
Funny how Rice Lake can win championships and compete year in and out. New Richmond was in the Big Rivers for like 3 years and backed out ASAP!!

I'm sick of seeing this whole enrollment thing. It has just split up the Wisconsin Valley Conference, hopefully Rice Lake won't run away from the BRC like New Richmond did.

I'd also suggest IF Rice Lake were to leave, I would seriously try to re-add La Crosse Logan and Central BACK to the BRC.

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carramrod_old
I heard the rumor. I would like to see Rice Lake switch conferences somewhat, even though Rice Lake holds their own well in the Big Rivers and its cool to be the little dog with the big bite. That would be cool for Rice Lake to go back to the Heart O' North but i dont think that would be fair to the other schools (no offense) so they would fit better in Middle Border if they we were to switch conferences, but i dont see that happening though.
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mrmike527
This is the problem though horse. Rice Lake is forecasted to lose kids and some think they will not be as competitive in the near future. I believe this years senior class is almost 50 more than next years freshman class, and its not getting any better in the future.
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splunk
just because the enrollment is declining doesn't mean that they will be any less competitive.. especially for football. the kids that play in our program are smaller and less talented than others in the conference but the reason we are competitive year in and year out is because we work hard and condition hard. less kids doesn't automatically mean less competition
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