MAC announces position to move forward with district football

By K.J. Pilcher, Reporter

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CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa -- Many believed district football in Class 4A was coming to Eastern Iowa.

After all, it was the only part of any class to still have conference play. Now, the Mississippi Athletic Conference has decided it is ready to move forward with district football.

Dubuque Wahlert, Cedar Rapids Xavier and Davenport Assumption have requested to play at the classification that fits there enrollment, which led to MAC officials to release a statement Thursday announcing it will support “inevitable” plans for district football. Wahlert, Xavier and Assumption are expected to be 3A schools for the next district rotation that starts in 2014.

“The Mississippi Athletic Conference and the Mississippi Valley Conference had a joint meeting in December,” MAC Principals and Athletic Directors said in a news release distributed to media by Pleasant Valley AD D’Anne Kroemer. “The discussion was facilitated by the IHSAA and included a variety of scheduling options including district football. In light of the decision by three schools in Eastern Iowa to participate in football at their enrollment level, the Mississippi Athletic Conference believes the district football concept is inevitable.

Realizing not all conference schools agree, it is the position of the Mississippi Athletic Conference to move forward with the district football concept.

“The Mississippi Athletic Conference looks forward to the new opportunities that are on the horizon.”

The entire release is below:

Good Afternoon,

The Mississippi Athletic Conference was notified by Assumption Catholic of their desire to play football at their enrollment level for the 2014 season. We respect their decision to play football at their enrollment level and Assumption Catholic will remain a member of the Mississippi Athletic Conference in all other sanctioned sports.

The Mississippi Athletic Conference and the Mississippi Valley Conference had a joint meeting in December. The discussion was facilitated by the IHSAA and included a variety of scheduling options including district football. In light of the decision by three schools in Eastern Iowa to participate in football at their enrollment level, the Mississippi Athletic Conference believes the district football concept is inevitable.

Realizing not all conference schools agree, it is the position of the Mississippi Athletic Conference to move forward with the district football concept.

The Mississippi Athletic Conference looks forward to the new opportunities that are on the horizon.

Respectfully,

The Mississippi Athletic Conference Principals and Athletic Directors

Read more: http://iowaprepsports.com/2013/12/19/mac-announces-postition-to-move-forward-with-district-football/#ixzz2nxFsskDW

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