Big changes in conferences taking place this fallMovement will create new rivalries for area teams
By: Lori Mork, Alexandria Echo Press
Area schools have been playing a game of musical conferences for this fall, and for some, the changes are big.
Alexandria’s conference will see just one small change in the Central Lakes Conference as Little Falls leaves the league after 34 years.
One of the charter members of the CLC, the Flyers will now transfer into the newly formed Granite Ridge Conference along with former West Central Conference squads St. Cloud Cathedral, Foley and Milaca, as well as Mora, Princeton and Zimmerman.
Osakis, which was part of the Prairie South Conference, has moved into the North Division along with Upsala/Swanville Area.
The Silverstreaks will be joined by Wadena-Deer Creek from the Heart O’ Lakes Conference, and Barnesville from the now-defunct Northern Plains AA Conference.
Long Prairie-Grey Eagle, formerly part of the West Central North, has also joined the Prairie North.
Out are Pillager, Ottertail Central and New York Mills, with Parkers Prairie moving to an independent schedule.
The only team still remaining in the Prairie North is United North Central.
Minnewaska returns to the West Central North this year, a conference they have been familiar with, having played there at different times through the years, with the latest being 2007.
West Central Area will also see a change as it moves from the Heart O’ Lakes Conference into the Prairie South.
CENTRAL LAKES CONFERENCE
St. Cloud Apollo
St. Cloud Tech
•Little Falls transfers to the newly formed Granite Ridge Conference
PRAIRIE NORTH CONFERENCE
Long Prairie-Grey Eagle
United North Central
•UNC is the only team remaining from last year’s Prairie North.
•Wadena-Deer Creek transfers in from the Heart O’ Lakes-Classic Conference
•Barnesville transfers in from the now defunct Northern Plains AA Conference
•Pillager transfers to the newly formed North Star East Conference
•Parkers Prairie begins an independent schedule in 2011
•Ottertail Central and New York Mills transfers to the Prairie South Conference
•Long Prairie-Grey Eagle transfers in from the West Central South Conference
PRAIRIE SOUTH CONFERENCE
New York Mills
West Central Area
•Ottertail Central and New York Mills transfer from the Prairie North Conference
•West Central Area transfers from the Heart O’ Lakes-Classic Conference
Upsala/Swanville and Osakis transfer to the Prairie North Conference
WEST CENTRAL NORTH CONFERENCE
•Foley, Milaca and St. Cloud Cathedral transfer to the new Granite Ridge Conference
•Minnewaska and Montevideo transfer from the West Central South Conference
WEST CENTRAL SOUTH CONFERENCE
Lac qui Parle Valley
Yellow Medicine East
•Minnewaska and Montevideo transfer to the West Central North Conference
•Long Prairie-Grey Eagle transfers to the Prairie North Conference