The conference shuffle in high school sports began Monday night when the Farmington School Board approved the high school's decision to leave the Missota Conference and join the South Suburban Conference in the 2014-15 school year.
Farmington, a charter member of the Missota since its formation in 1960, has been a member every year, except for a short stint in the Tri-Metro.
The move was made, according to activities director John Janke in order to reduce travel times. Instead of travellng to current Missota schools such as Holy Angels, Chaska and New Prague, they will head to both neighboring Lakeville schools, Rosemount, Apple Valley, Eastview, Eagan, Burnsville, Prior Lake and the two Bloomington schools, Jefferson and Kennedy.
But Farmington may not be the only Missota school to switch conferences. Other news sources report that Shakopee could be also headed to the South Suburban and Chaska and Chanhassen could also leave. There's also the possibility of the two schools forming a new conference with Jefferson, Kennedy, St. Louis Park, Cooper and Richfield.
This proposed conference would be feasible for each school because it would definitely reduce travel times and keep natural rivalries between the two Bloomington and Chaska district schools.
Will there be more conference changes? What will happen with Northfield and Red Wing if theis new conference gets off the ground? The answers to these questions will be found out in the months to come.