Port doesn’t support WIAA football proposal

Cites distance from nonconference opponents; WIAA Board of Control makes final decision March 7
By 
MITCH MAERSCH

Ozaukee Press staff

Port Washington High School would pick up a few new conference opponents in football if a Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association proposal is approved in spring.

The WIAA’s Conference Realignment Task Force, using information gathered from hearings, keeps the Pirates in the East Central Conference but links it with the Badger - Small Conference.

East Central schools of Ripon, Berlin, Sheboygan Falls and Waupun would be moved to a different conference, according to the proposal, and Badger - Large schools Beaver Dam and Watertown would move to the East Central.

To reach seven conference games, two mandatory crossover games would be played with schools from a realigned Badger - Small Conference, which has schools in the Madison area. The list includes Edgewood, Lakeside Lutheran, Mount Horeb/Barneveld, Portage, Sauk Prairie and Stoughton.

Lakeside Lutheran in Lake Mills is the closest to Port, a 57-minute drive. The others are in the 1 hour, 50-minute range or more than two hours away.

Most of the schools leaving the East Central are closer. Sheboygan Falls is a 30-minute drive, Waupun is 70 minutes, Ripon is one hour, 22 minutes and Berlin is one hour, 36 minutes.

The two new schools in the East Central, Beaver Dam and Watertown, are each about a one-hour, 15-minute drive away.

“Right now we are trying to get the WIAA to adjust the proposal due to the large travel times,” Port Athletic Director Nate Hinze said.

With 825 students, Port would be in the middle of the newly designed conference when it comes to school population.

Among the bigger schools, Watertown has 1,187, Beaver Dam has 1,145. Among the smaller ones, Plymouth has 739, Kewaskum has 580 and Kettle Moraine Lutheran has 534.

Of the crossover games, Port is also in the middle. Stoughton has 905 students and Mount Horeb/Brownsville has 899. Sauk Prairie has 886, Portage has 730, Edgewood has 528 and Lakeside Lutheran has 459.

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