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|Scheduling Issue Threatens New Football Conference
|The newly-organized "Midwest 10" high school football conference, of which the Galesburg Silver Streaks are now members, is trying to resolve a scheduling issue that threatens to change the upcoming season.
It was reported that Peoria Manual still has not been able to shed a non-conference game with Eureka from its schedule in week #9, when they are supposed to play Moline under the new league format. To date, Eureka has refused to let Manual out of the contract, and Galesburg High School athletic director Ralph Henning said Wednesday morning that it is an unusual and frustrating development.
"This whole process we've had has been pretty open," Henning said. "People have known about it for quite awhile. In fact, we closed the deal on it in August...and...everybody at that point had contact with their non-conference opponents that would be affected by it. We had Morton and DeKalb. We talked to them and said...if we get a chance to [join the conference], we'll have to get a different game. Both of them were very courteous with us. Because we gave them plenty of advance notice, it makes it a fairly easy thing. Apparently, Eureka had a situation with Manual, and my understanding is that communication was there, but Eureka was the road block. They did not want to drop that contract, and play a different opponent, even though the game was at Manual. It wasn't that they were getting bumped out of a home game or anything."
Henning said it's possible the IHSA could step in and force Eureka to change opponents, which would allow for league play next season. However, Eureka's principal is on the IHSA board, which makes the situation more difficult. In any case, Henning says it needs to be resolved in short order.
"We are hoping to have a decision by Monday; we'll know what happens at the end of this week," Henning said. "Moline needs to know, so that they can move on if they have to find an opponent."
If Eureka is allowed to disrupt the inaugural year of Midwest 10 Conference play, it would not change the schedule for the Silver Streaks. The only difference would be that all of the games with the Peoria schools would be treated as non-conference contests, and a Western Big-6 champion would be crowned again this fall.