Fall season winding down

It seems it was just a couple months ago... actually, it was just a couple months ago, when the fall sports season was getting underway. Now it’s almost gone.

The fall season is a short one. Six of the eight Trojan fall teams are done for the season, with only one cross country runner, Maria Berg, and the girls swimming and diving team still competing.

The final trip through the Missota Conference was a tough one for many of the Trojan teams. Most of the squads finished in seventh or eight place, with only the volleyball team finishing in the upper half of the conference, tied for third. Despite the poor won-loss records of the teams, each team had their share of successes. With the end of the season, there often comes a promise among young athletes to their teammates and coaches to work hard to improve during the off-season.

Next year, as we’ve reported, the Trojan teams will have a new conference, the Wright County Conference. In most sports, teams will be split into two six-team divisions, with no crossover games required. That will be good news for New Prague because most sports will not have to make the long trip to smaller schools New London- Spicer or Litchfield.

Activities Director Brad Skogerboe has been working with the other ADs in the conference to get the schedules set for next season. The Trojans football schedule is already set, with New Prague facing divisional games against Orono, Waconia, Hutchinson, Holy Family and Delano. They will also face Annandale and Glencoe- Silver Lake in crossover games. The Trojans Week 1 opponent will be a non-conference tilt at New Ulm. New Prague will have its first home game in its new stadium the second week of the season when they host Glencoe- Silver Lake.

Next year could be the only year New Prague plays a Wright County Conference football schedule. That’s because the Minnesota State High School League is looking at placing teams in “scheduling pods” of 12 to 16 teams for football only. Pods would be based on school size and proximity. The idea make it easier for teams to fill their schedule without without having to travel great distances.

Skogerboe said that could mean the Trojans would be back to playing some of the current Missota Conference teams, such as Northfield and Chaska, as well as some of their new Wright County rivals such as Waconia. The MSHSL will discuss the scheduling pods further at their December meeting.