Newaygo to join CSAA

BIG RAPIDS — The Central State Activities Association wasn’t actively looking to add a 10th team to the mix, but when Newaygo asked for an application, it just seemed to make sense.

ADDING ON: Big Rapids and Reed City will see the addition of Newaygo beginning in the 2012-2013 school year. (Pioneer file photo)

Newaygo has been approved to be added to the CSAA beginning in the 2012-2013 school year.

“Four us, it gives us a 10th school that is about our size,” Big Rapids Athletic Director Nick Scheible said. “They have many of the same sports we have plus they have freshman sports at this point. They are close in distance and some of the things that play into our thinking they do, plus they have good academics.”

Morley Stanwood Athletic Director Clark Huntey also approved of the idea, saying Newaygo is a “good fit” for the conference. Adding a 10th team also has some added benefits, he said.

“Scheduling is easier for football, every game is a conference game,” he said. “Distance wasn’t a problem, it just made sense.”

Newaygo’s application to the CSAA came wasn’t a complete surprise to Scheible. He knew the schools in the Lakes 8 Conference, Newaygo’s league for the next year, had contracts expiring, but still didn’t sense there was going to be any school asking to join the CSAA.

“(Newaygo’s athletic director) is good friends with one of the athletic directors in the league and I don’t know if they have been talking about this,” Scheible said. “I don’t know if I was shocked, but I really didn’t know if anybody would apply.”

Scheible said he is unaware of any other school that wants to join the CSAA. Huntey added he doesn’t believe the CSAA would be looking to expand further anyway.

“Ten is good,” Huntey said. “Why would we want to go above 10 and go to two divisions. That is why the (Western Waterways Activities Conference) didn’t work.”

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