Next season, the Tri-Metro Conference will expand from 13 to 16 schools with the addition of Fridley, Columbia Heights and Holy Angels. Sixteen teams in a conference could create scheduling problems for activities directors, so here is an idea that would minimize travel and scheduling.
Tri-Metro West: Blake, Breck, Providence Academy, Fridley, St. Anthony, Brooklyn Center, Columbia Heights and DeLaSalle.
Tri-Metro East: St. Paul Academy, St. Agnes, St. Croix Lutheran, Concordia Academy, Mounds Park Academy, Holy Angels, Minnehaha Academy and Visitation.
This division alignment would make more sense than keeping 16 schools in one division. It's also modeled on the old Lake Conference North and South divisions of the 70s and 80s.
Looking at the proposed alignments, in the West, DeLaSalle would be placed due to the proximity to the north and northeast Minneapolis suburbs and Blake and Breck would keep their rivalry intact. Providence Academy would have the most distant road trips since they are based Plymouth.
Taking a look at the East, Miinnehaha Academy would be placed in that division since the school is closer to the St. Paul based schools. If you're wondering why Holy Angels is in the East, they are the southern most school in the conference and there would be no room in the West in order to keep the geographical balance intact.
The two division set up would also be ripe for a conference championship game in most sports, just like many of the major collegiate confereness.
So there you have it, an idea to split the Tri-Metro Conference. It will be interesting to find out how conference officials and activities directors handle the large number of schools. Who knows what will happen?