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The White Lake school district has formally applied to leave the Northern Lakes Conference.

The Lakers are requesting to join the Central Wisconsin North Conference, which includes the likes of Bowler, Gresham, Manawa, Marion, Northland Lutheran, Tigerton and Wisconsin Valley Lutheran.

The move would be for all sports except football and is subject to approval from the WIAA.

Through the WIAA's new non-football conference realignment process, schools had until Dec. 1 to request relief from their current conference affiliation.

White Lake had been a long-time member of the Northern Lakes Conference, which included rivals such as Elcho, Crandon, Florence, Goodman-Pembine, Phelps, Three Lakes and Laona-Wabeno, but has struggled to remain competitive in recent years.

Outside of its football co-op affiliation with Elcho, the Lakers compete in volleyball, boys and girls basketball, baseball and softball, although numbers have forced a recent co-op with Antigo in softball.

2019-20 enrollment numbers show White Lake as the smallest school in the Northern Lakes with an enrollment of 47 students, one lower than Phelps. Crandon has the largest enrollment in the Northern Lakes at 216.

White Lake would not be the smallest school in the Central Wisconsin North, as Wisconsin Valley Lutheran's enrollment number for this year was 45.

Although Manawa boasts an enrollment of 238, the remaining schools range from Tigerton at 61 students to Bowler with 96.

The Lakers have been scheduling a number of the CWC North teams for years and the move, at least from the outside, seems to be a logical one.

This is the first year of the new revised process, which utilizes a conference realignment task force, which retains final authority over all conference placement matters. For many years, a single staff member oversaw the issue.

After the process came under fire in recent years, a moratorium was placed on realignment requests and the task force was formed.

According to the WIAA's timeline for the requests, the next step will see the conference realignment task force meet on Dec. 11 to review and prioritize the requests.

Schools who have applied for consideration will be notified of the results of the review on Dec. 12.

Those schools which have had their request denied will have an opportunity to voice their appeal to the task force on Jan. 8, while the final realignment solutions will be introduced to the WIAA's Board of Control on March 6, with the final consideration made on April 21, 2020.

A total of 15 schools have requested realignment for all sports except football. In addition to White Lake, they include Ashland, Campbellsport, Cristo Rey Jesuit, Delavan-Darien, Eastbrook Academy, Faith Christian, St. Anthony, St. Croix Falls, Salam, Tenor, University Lake School, Veritas, West De Pere and Westfield.

The most interesting may be West De Pere, a perennial power in multiple sports. The Phantoms have requested a move from the Bay Conference to the Fox River Classic Conference (FRCC).
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White Lake requests to leave Northern Lakes Conference
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The White Lake school district has formally applied to leave the Northern Lakes Conference.

The Lakers are requesting to join the Central Wisconsin North Conference, which includes the likes of Bowler, Gresham, Manawa, Marion, Northland Lutheran, Tigerton and Wisconsin Valley Lutheran.

The move would be for all sports except football and is subject to approval from the WIAA.

Through the WIAA's new non-football conference realignment process, schools had until Dec. 1 to request relief from their current conference affiliation.

White Lake had been a long-time member of the Northern Lakes Conference, which included rivals such as Elcho, Crandon, Florence, Goodman-Pembine, Phelps, Three Lakes and Laona-Wabeno, but has struggled to remain competitive in recent years.

Outside of its football co-op affiliation with Elcho, the Lakers compete in volleyball, boys and girls basketball, baseball and softball, although numbers have forced a recent co-op with Antigo in softball.

2019-20 enrollment numbers show White Lake as the smallest school in the Northern Lakes with an enrollment of 47 students, one lower than Phelps. Crandon has the largest enrollment in the Northern Lakes at 216.

White Lake would not be the smallest school in the Central Wisconsin North, as Wisconsin Valley Lutheran's enrollment number for this year was 45.

Although Manawa boasts an enrollment of 238, the remaining schools range from Tigerton at 61 students to Bowler with 96.

The Lakers have been scheduling a number of the CWC North teams for years and the move, at least from the outside, seems to be a logical one.

This is the first year of the new revised process, which utilizes a conference realignment task force, which retains final authority over all conference placement matters. For many years, a single staff member oversaw the issue.

After the process came under fire in recent years, a moratorium was placed on realignment requests and the task force was formed.

According to the WIAA's timeline for the requests, the next step will see the conference realignment task force meet on Dec. 11 to review and prioritize the requests.

Schools who have applied for consideration will be notified of the results of the review on Dec. 12.

Those schools which have had their request denied will have an opportunity to voice their appeal to the task force on Jan. 8, while the final realignment solutions will be introduced to the WIAA's Board of Control on March 6, with the final consideration made on April 21, 2020.

A total of 15 schools have requested realignment for all sports except football. In addition to White Lake, they include Ashland, Campbellsport, Cristo Rey Jesuit, Delavan-Darien, Eastbrook Academy, Faith Christian, St. Anthony, St. Croix Falls, Salam, Tenor, University Lake School, Veritas, West De Pere and Westfield.

The most interesting may be West De Pere, a perennial power in multiple sports. The Phantoms have requested a move from the Bay Conference to the Fox River Classic Conference (FRCC).
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