Huskies exploring move to MSAC


By Chip Burch • Last Updated 1:45 pm on Friday, December 02, 2011

BRECKENRIDGE — Another school on the M-46 corridor is looking to join Carson City-Crystal, Montabella and Vestaburg in the Mid-State Activities Conference.

A committee has been formed to explore the possibility of Breckenridge leaving the Tri-Valley Conference West Division for the MSAC, athletic director Ryan Sklener said.

“We’ve got some community members that are pushing to leave the league,” Sklener said. “Our superintendent (Sean McNatt) has set up a committee to explore a move.”

That committee has just recently been formed and no meetings of the committee has been scheduled, Sklener noted.

“He (McNatt) is thinking in a couple meetings we can go through what we need to go through and make a recommendation,” Sklener said, noting there is no timeline to make a decision. “The superintendent has taken the lead in setting up the committee. We think we just need a couple of meetings to decide.”

The next meeting of the Breckenridge Board of Education is Dec. 19. The committee may make a recommendation “if the committee is comfortable with making the recommendation then,” Sklener said.

Currently the Huskies play in the three-division TVC. With them in the West Division are Merrill, St. Charles, Ithaca, Carrollton, St. Louis, Saginaw Michigan Lutheran Seminary and Saginaw Valley Lutheran.

“One of the biggest concerns that I’ve heard is our enrollment dropped,” Sklener said. “We’re about the same size as Merrill. Michigan Lutheran Seminary is smaller than us, but everyone else in the Tri-Valley is bigger.”

The MSAC, which is considered the South Division in football only because there are six football-only members of the North Division, currently consists of Montabella, Vestaburg, Coleman, Ashley and Mount Pleasant Sacred Heart. Carson City-Crystal will be joining the league full-time in the 2012-13 school year.

The committee will only be looking at the MSAC, Sklener said.

“My understanding is it’s an either-or,” Sklener said. “We’re either going to stay in the TVC or we’re going to play in the MSAC. What he (McNatt) wants the committee to do is to recommend staying in the TVC or go to the MSAC.”

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