WIAA Gives First Step of Approval to MVC/Coulee Changes

By Adam Roberts – 12/10/2020

The first step to West Salem leaving the Mississippi Valley Conference for football in 2022occurred yesterday.

The plan was one of three modified and advanced for further review by the WIAA Conference Realignment Task Force, along with plans involving Horicon/Hustisford and Pardeeville as well as Sun Prairie East and West.

The West Salem plan would allow the Panther to leave the MVC for the Coulee Conference starting in the fall of 2022, while River Falls would also leave the MVC and return to the Big Rivers. In their places, Baraboo and Reedsburg would be added to the MVC. Both the Thunderbirds and Beavers have played plenty of times against MVC schools in the past, including a 50-26 Level Two playoff win for Onalaska over Baraboo November 19th.

The plan will be looked at by a Board of Control Task Force on January 6th, and if it is approved will be given final consideration on March 5th.