Western Iowa Conference

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The Western Iowa Conference is a high school athletic conference made up of bigger 1A and smaller 2A schools located mostly in the greater Council Bluffs area. The teams in the conference have a deep-rooted history together. Most of the schools have been with the conference throughout.

History[edit]

The Western Iowa Conference was organized in 1972 through the merger of the former Tri-County and Southwest Iowa Conferences. Members of the Tri-County Conference at that time were Carson-Macedonia, Elk Horn-Kimballton, Iowa School for the Deaf, Shelby-Tennant, Treynor, Tri-Center (Neola), Underwood, and Walnut. The members of the Southwest Iowa Conference then were AvoHa (Avoca), Griswold, Missouri Valley, and Oakland. Competition in the new 12-team conference began in the summer of 1971 with baseball and softball tournaments. No regular season schedules were played during the 1971-1972 school year, but girls and boys basketball tournaments and the traditional wrestling tournament were held in early 1972.[1]

Many changes have occurred since then to turn today’s WIC into an 8-team league. It remained a 12-team conference until after the 1981-1982 school year. At that time Elk Horn-Kimballton and Walnut dropped out to join the Rolling Hills Conference. Following the 1982-83 school year, Iowa Deaf dropped out making the WIC a 9-team conference. After the 1985-86 school year, Carson-Macedonia dropped out, but would eventually join with Oakland to form Riverside. Then following the 1987-88 school year Shelby-Tennant left the league, but it would join forces with AvoHa a few years later to form what is now known as AHST. Finally, for the 1990-1991 school year, Audubon joined the WIC to make it the 8-team league.

The league saw a change in membership for the first time in over two decades when Logan-Magnolia and IKM-Manning joined from the Western Valley Activities Conference for the 2013-14 season.[2]

List of member schools[edit]

School Location Affiliation Mascot Colors 9-11 Enrollment (2014–15)[3]
A-H-S-T-W Avoca Public Vikings & Lady Vikes           162
Audubon Audubon Public Wheelers           145
Griswold Griswold Public Tigers           129
IKM-Manning Manning Public Wolves           180
Logan-Magnolia Logan Public Panthers           133
Missouri Valley Missouri Valley Public Big Reds & Lady Reds           179
Riverside Oakland Public Bulldogs           139
Treynor Treynor Public Cardinals           182
Tri-Center Neola Public Trojans           157
Underwood Underwood Public Eagles           171

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References[edit]

  1. ^ League History
  2. ^ Logan Magnolia School Board Minutes (6F on second to last page)
  3. ^ "Iowa High School Athletic Association BEDS Document" (PDF). Retrieved October 7, 2013.