Hopkins, on the other hand, has not yet been to a Prep Bowl, so it's even Nike Zoom Air Flight 2 more important to the Royals to find eight games.
In an effort to find an eighth game for the Hopkins High football team this coming fall, athletic director Dan Johnson accepted an offer to play a road game in Kingsford, Mich., which is located in the Upper Peninsula.
"If this solves the problems of football scheduling, it's worth a try. My approach is, wait and see."
Richfield athletic director and head football coach Todd Olson said, "It will be interesting to look at the parameters of what happens to schools that don't have scheduling issues. I worked on the scheduling issue from the beginning. And I am a proponent of conference football.
a benefit for the 32 schools in Class 6A (the largest class) and also for some of the smallest school classes. The jury is out as to how district scheduling might impact Classes 4A and 5A, which have generally found stability and consistency in their conference schedules.
St. Louis Park athletic director Andy Ewald, whose school is 5A, said, "It is going to be interesting to see how they group the teams. If the districts include 12 teams, there isn't going to be much flexibility in scheduling. I think it would make sense to have 18 20 teams in a district. The bigger the districts are, the more flexibility you have.
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"There are three large metro schools that have struggled to schedule games," he said. "They are large, and they are successful."
Anderson didn't mention which schools he was referring to, but it's a safe bet two of them are Lake Conference powers Eden Prairie and Wayzata.
Beginning in the fall of 2015, teams in every enrollment class will be assigned to "Districts" and teams in each district will play eight regular season games, according to a Minnesota State High School League plan.
Bloomington Kennedy's head coach, Jon Anderson, said, "I am not a fan of it [district scheduling]. I want to be optimistic that we will play some of the schools in our new conference [the Metro West]."
There are presently 32 schools in Class 6A, which includes the state's largest schools. Chances are there would be two 16 school districts or four eight school districts in 6A.
Bigger schools, particularly those in the Lake Conference, have had trouble scheduling non conference games for years, primarily because they need to find four of them every season.
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The idea of playing Metro West Conference opponents appeals to Anderson for two reasons.
"They're really good people up there," said Johnson. "The hard part of it is that we're going a long way to play a game. Our fan base probably won't travel 335 miles each way for a Friday night game."
eight medium sized metro schools Benilde St. Margaret's, Chanhassen, Chaska, Cooper, Jefferson, Kennedy, Richfield and St. Louis Park.
Which would be preferred?, Minnetonka head coach Dave Nelson was asked.
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Try as they might, neither Eden Prairie nor Wayzata could even find an eighth game in 2013. Each high school football team in the state is allowed to schedule eight games during the regular season. Successful programs such as Eden Prairie and Wayzata usually get a few more in the playoffs since they are perennial Prep Bowl contenders.
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Anderson believes that the new format will help Class 6A teams more than teams from the other classes.
"In our new conference, we are a 4A school and the other schools are 5A. Within the districts, I think there could be some good, competitive rivalries. Hopefully, we will be able to see what the districts look like. I am cautiously optimistic."
Beginning in the fall of 2015, the Minnesota State High School League, through a committee headed by director Kevin Merkle, will reorganize regular season play by districts.
Nelson said he hopes the Skippers will be able to maintain their rivalries with the other Lake Conference schools Eden Prairie, Edina, Hopkins and Wayzata.
A new era is dawning in Minnesota high school football.
While the Lake Conference with only five members has been the victim of football scheduling problems for quite a few years, it is not the only conference in the state seeking a solution.
"One is geography and the other is that our enrollments are comparable," he said.
This is one example of a conference that would have had no scheduling problems under the existing format. Each of the teams in the league would have seven conference games and would need to find one non conference game. What could be simpler?
"I am excited about our renewed relationships with the schools we used to play against in the Lake Conference Cooper, Jefferson, Kennedy and Richfield," he said. "I had a meeting with Joe Dolan [Bloomington AD] and Jim Baker [Richfield AD] in 2002. At that time, we talked about getting back together."
about the Metro West Conference, and the positive opportunities for all of the member schools.
"People a lot smarter than me will make that decision," he said. "I know the new format will be a good thing for our league. We have had Zero Week games the last two years, and we have another one scheduled this year. I won't miss those games one bit."
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