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Western Christian to leave Lakes

By Staff | Feb 17, 2021

The Lakes Conference and its member schools have accepted a request from Western Christian High School to withdraw from the conference, effective at the end of the 2021-22 school year.

The Western Christian School Board voted to begin the process of leaving the Lakes Conference at a meeting on Jan. 18. Official action on the conference’s acceptance of the request was taken at the Lakes Conference Superintendent meeting on Feb. 10.

In submitting its request, Western Christian cited challenges, particularly related to travel, that the school and its student-athletes face when it comes to participating in conference competitions and events.

As part of this action, the Lakes Conference and its member schools respectfully request that Western Christian maintain its commitment to remaining in the conference through the end of the 2021-22 school year. Upon its decision to withdraw, Western Christian will be asked not to reapply to join the Lakes Conference for the next 10 years.

Western has been part of the Lakes Conference since 1997-1998. Over the past decade the Lakes has lost three school districts, Sheldon, Emmetsburg, and Le Mars, leaving the conference with just six school districts.

In addition to Western Christian, Lakes Conference includes Cherokee, Estherville Lincoln Central, Spencer, Spirit Lake, and Storm Lake.