After the Tri-Metro Conference expanded from 13 to 16 schools for the 2014-15 school year, six schools announced Wednesday that they will leave and play an independent schedule.
Competitive imbalance and enrollment disparities are the reason why the school's activities directors decided to leave the conference.
Scheduling will now be easier for the 10 remaining Tri-Metro schools. Joining the conference next season will be Fridley and Columbia Heights from the North Suburban and Holy Angels will move from the Missota. The incumbent schools are St. Anthony, St. Agnes, Brooklyn Center, Concordia Academy-Roseville, St. Croix Lutheran, Visitation and DeLaSalle.
Going independent would likely be beneficial for Breck and Blake who have successful boys and girls hockey programs and they can book high caliber opponents. It would also benefit both the boys and girls basketball programs at Minnehaha Academy and Providence Academy.
On the downside, it could also be a struggle trying to fill a schedule since many schools have a conference affiliation.
The conference shuffle continues.