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WIAA conference realignment task force approves 2 appeals, denies 2 others
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WIAA conference realignment task force approves 2 appeals, denies 2 others

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The WIAA conference realignment task force reviewed four appeals of realignment requests Wednesday at the WIAA executive office in Stevens Point.

The realignment requests were denied last month.

The schools requesting and receiving an appeal hearing included Ashland, Campbellsport, Delavan-Darien and Westfield, according to a release from WIAA communications director Todd Clark.

The Delavan-Darien appeal was denied by the task force. The Delavan-Darien realignment request would affect schools in this area.

The Delavan-Darien realignment proposal requested that Delavan-Darien would move from the Southern Lakes Conference to the Rock Valley Conference; McFarland would move from the Rock Valley to the Badger South Conference; and Fort Atkinson would move from the Badger South to the Southern Lakes.

The Ashland and Campbellsport appeals received approval. The task force reassessed its decision after additional information was provided in the appeal.

Campbellsport is seeking to move from the East Central Conference to the Wisconsin Flyway Conference and Ashland seeks to move from the Lake Superior Conference to the Heart O’ North Conference beginning in 2021-22. The WIAA Board of Control must approve any moves.

All schools affected by the proposals have the opportunity to provide feedback Feb. 12 at the task force meeting. After that meeting, the task force will communicate solutions to WIAA membership and send recommendations to the Board of Control for final consideration at the board’s March 6 meeting, according to the WIAA release.

The task force also denied Westfield’s appeal. Delavan-Darien and Westfield will be able to appeal directly to the Board of Control at its Jan. 29 meeting.

Madison Memorial athletic director Jeremy Schlitz is co-chairman of the task force. 

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Jon Masson covers high school sports for the Wisconsin State Journal. He has covered a variety of sports — including the Green Bay Packers and Wisconsin men's and women's basketball and volleyball — since he first came to the State Journal in 1999.

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