Goodbye Minnesota River Conference, hello Wright County Conference.
On Wednesday afternoon, Jordan was accepted into the WCC by a unanimous 14-0 vote by its member schools and will join that conference beginning in the fall of 2020.
"I am excited about the news today of Jordan being accepted to the Wright County Conference," Jordan activities director Joe Perkl said. "There will be some growing pains, no doubt, but we are a community that doesn't shy away from competition and we will work hard to keep pace with some of these bigger schools in the WCC East Division. We need to compete with teams in the regular season, that we will see when we reach the postseason.”
Jordan and Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted were both accepted into the WCC on Wednesday with Jordan being placed in the East Division and HLWW in the West Division to make the conference a 16-team conference with two eight-team divisions.
Mound-Westonka will move from the West Division to the East Division.
The other team's in the East Division with Jordan is Mound-Westonka, Delano, Holy Family, New Prague, Hutchinson, Waconia and Orono.
The eight teams in the West Division are HLWW, Rockford, Dassell-Cokato, Annandale, Watertown-Mayer, Glencoe-Silver Lake, Litchfield and New London-Spicer.
The move to the WCC was needed as Jordan had outgrown the Minnesota River Conference and its member schools.
Recently, the Minnesota State High School League announced section realignment for the upcoming school year and Jordan was moved up in class in just about every sport.
“We are excited about our new conference, both the opportunities and challenges it will bring for the arts and athletics in our District," Superintendent Matt Helgerson said. "Our programming has evolved and developed into those similar to a larger conference. This move allows for additional scheduling opportunities, providing more kids additional playing time and opportunities to compete at an appropriate level.”
Helgerson also said that Jordan will continue to play its rivals from the Minnesota River Conference.
"We will look forward to continuing our rivalries with MN River Conference schools during non-conference play as this is something that is an important part of our history," he said.
Jordan will be competing in the MN River Conference in 2019-2020 and move to the the WCC in 2020-2021.
This move is for all high school and middle school fine arts and athletics except Scott West wrestling will remain in the MN River Conference due to the fact that Belle Plaine School District is the cooperative sponsor of the team.
The WCC acts as two separate conference divisions. There will be an East Division and West Division, with no crossover. Jordan will be competing against schools in the East Division.