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South Tama not making friends after leaving NICL

January 23, 2013 - Andy Heintz
It appears that South Tama County is not making too many friends with the North Iowa Cedar League representatives after news got out recently that the Trojans were trying to move back in to the WaMaC Conference next season.

From other NICL schools wanting to take the conference wrestling meet this weekend away from them to just an overall disappointment of STC's departure, other members of the NICL are not too happy.

Waterloo Columbus is being brought in this next athletic calendar year, replacing NU High, which abruptly shut down recently. That re-assignment for Waterloo Columbus was going to help the NICL get back to an even number of teams. South Tama County changed all that though.

"I am disappointed because we had just gotten the west and east sides of the NICL even with eight teams each and this will cause scheduling problems," said Hudson Athletic Director Kevin Wurzer. "I wish them luck in the WaMaC. Waterloo Columbus brings a solid 2A school to the NICL and a new middle school will help in the scheduling of middle school contests."

The biggest reason for South Tama County wanting back into the WaMaC was because the Trojans would get more competition at the middle school and junior high levels. That will help the athletic program better in the future, according to South Tama County Superintendent Kerri Nelson.

My own personal opinion on this matter does not mean much, but to me, being in the NICL would make more sense for a lot of reasons. STC left the WaMaC once -- there had to be a reason. When they went to Little Hawkeye Conference, the Trojans often were overmatched against the larger schools.

The NICL provided better competition and a much easier travel schedule.

Although, traveling may no longer be an issue with the WaMaC because of the new division alignments and not having to travel to every single other school each year.

While I don't think it is the best move on the surface, and other NICL members are not happy about the move, South Tama County feels like it is the best move for its athletic programs at this time.

I can respect that.


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