Every single superintendent in the Northeast Iowa Conference, commonly known as the NEIC, voted this week to bar Mason City from joining the conference. A 7-0 vote came from the following schools: New Hampton, Charles City, Waverly, Decorah, Crestwood, Waukon, and even Oelwein who is planning to jump ship to the North Iowa Cedar League in 2021.
Charles City Athletic Director Todd Forsyth said the conference didn’t completely slam the door on a possible marriage – but said the conference was worried more teams might leave in Mason City were allowed to enter.
Mason City’s denial forces them to remain anchored to the Central Iowa Metropolitan League – known in Mason City for its long drives and intense competition. The Mohawks historically find it expense and difficult to keep up with the Des Moines area conference.
With Oelwein leaving in 2021, and Mason City being rejected from the NEIC, the future of the league hangs in peril – many worry a 6 team conference may not be viable.
When asked what the future for the NEIC looks like, Forsyth said the NEIC has considered a plethora of options:
Some conferences being eyed are the WaMac, the Upper Iowa, and the North Iowa Cedar League for possible schools to steal, or alternatively, one of the conferences might help congeal the NEIC.
All of this will be fully discussed at the NEIC superintendents next meet-up on March 25th.