Waverly-Shell Rock continues its search for a new conference – KCHA News


Waverly-Shell Rock’s (WSR) search for a new sports conference continues.

In April, the Go-Hawks were kicked out of the Northeast Iowa Conference (NEIC) by fellow league members Charles City, New Hampton, Cresco-Crestwood, Decorah and Waukon. The main argument being that the Go-Hawks have grown larger than other NEIC schools, creating a competitive imbalance. WSR’s size has also been cited as a barrier to other schools joining the league, with expansion vital to the survival of Iowa’s oldest athletic conference.

This size continues to work against Go-Hawks.

At this week’s WSR School Board meeting, Go-Hawks Superintendent Ed Klamfoth reported that their application to join the WaMac conference was rejected due to the number of registrations, distance traveled , the conference’s current rivalries, and the current even number of conference member schools. Klamforth added that WSR was also voted out of the Mississippi Valley Conference (MVC) for boys’ and girls’ wrestling.

With WaMac and MVC options on the table, Klamforth says he reached out to Iowa High School’s athletic unions to determine WSR’s next steps to gain access to a conference. There is a remote possibility that the Go-Hawks will be returned to the NEIC, but they are currently expected to leave the league after the 2022-23 school year.

Meanwhile, none of the five schools invited to join the NEIC, Osage, North Fayette Valley, Sumner-Fredericksburg, MFL Mar-Mac, or Oelwein, have accepted so far.

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