KRC formally announces plans on moving forward

The five schools that will make up the new Kishwaukee River Conference recently submitted letters of withdrawal to their current conferences and invited three other schools to join them in the 2016-17 school year.

The KRC members sent an email to the Northwest Herald Tuesday with a letter attached. Burlington Central, Harvard and Marengo formally notified the Big Northern Conference of their intentions to leave after the 2015-16 school year. Woodstock and Woodstock North did the same with the Fox Valley Conference.

Conferences ask those schools leaving to give notice two years in advance so the other members can prepare for the changes.

Those five also have asked Genoa-Kingston, Johnsburg and Richmond-Burton, who all will be in the BNC next year, to join them in 2016-17 in the KRC. An eight-team league would provide a near ideal number and make scheduling much easier for athletic directors.

The Woodstock schools will be the smallest in the FVC next year when Johnsburg leaves to re-join the BNC. They felt they were at a competitive disadvantage and searched for other options.

Burlington, Harvard and Marengo, citing consistent issues with long travel for competition, liked the idea of joining Woodstock and Woodstock North, even if the KRC starts as a five-team league. That would leave those schools with a glut of nonconference dates to fill, but they felt that was better than all the travel.

The KRC members hopes for one, or all three of the invitees to become founding members of the KRC by Aug. 1, 2014. The letter in the email was signed by the principals of the five schools.