With the VFA existing for football...why not just combine the GNC and WVC for other sports and split them into large and small divisions?
Because about 2/3 of the schools would want to be in the "small" division. East and Merrill would be in the large and we'd have what we have now.
This. There's a reason Rhinelander, Antigo and Merrill (Tomahawk too? I can't recall if they were in or not) all wanted out of the WVC in the first place; there's no reason to suspect they'd be fine with re-joining any grouping where they have to regularly play schools 2-3x their size.
Tomahawk left the GNC and joined the Marawood, where they've struggled with schools half their size nearly across the board.
Rhinelander and Antigo now routinely play schools they have a distinct enrollment advantage over, and they've hardly established any sort of real dominance.
There is no happy, be-all, end-all solution, but at least combining the two conferences in everything but football means the schools in limbo will get a decent chunk of games vs. schools similar in enrollment...or quite smaller
I have said this throughout the WVC/FVA merger stuff. Why don't some of these large schools do what West Bend does and split kids into 2 schools? 1 brick and mortar school just 2 sets of athletic teams when needed. Twice as many teams and twice as many athletic opportunities for kids.
I think I know the answer, the large schools would rather have twice as many kids to choose from and build 1 powerhouse team rather than split them into 2 and just be OK.
You could split
DCE into 2 schools of 835 each
SPASH into 2 schools of 1107
Rapids into 2 schools of 847
Adding the 3 new schools to the WVC instantly gives you a 10 team conference and 9 conference FB games. Smallest enrollment would be the now 2 DCE schools at 835 - largest would be Wausau West at 1383.
It's not perfect and I can hear the complaints about why SPASH has to split but Marshfield doesn't but if you don't want to disband your conference, disrupt others (FVA or GNC), have lopsided issues (SPASH 2214 vs Wausau East 1056), and if you are truly about giving HS athletic opportunities this is a viable possibility. Not to mention you instantly create a ton of community involvement, support and "friendly" rivalries.
Because you don't build new schools based on what's good for your athletic department.
Blade's example of West Bend, houses two "teams" in one school... West Bend East and West Bend West
"Let's Play Two!!!"
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