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8/23/2013 1:41:00 PM
Randolph to join Southeast in '14-15

by Ken Haggerty

The Randolph School Board unanimously approved a resolution at its August 19 meeting to join the Southeast Conference for all sports starting in the 2014-15 school year.

Randolph, with an enrollment of 165 in grades 9-12, will be the biggest school in the conference, while they are the smallest school in their current conference.

The conference will require more travel as most of the schools in the Southeast are located south of I-90 and east of I-35, close to the Iowa border.

Other schools in the conference, their grades 9-12 enrollments, and distance from Randolph are:

• Glenville-Emmons, 81 students, 83 miles.

• Grand Meadow, 94 students, 76 miles.

• Houston, 119 students, 114 miles.

• Lanesboro, 86 students, 94 miles.

• Leroy-Ostrander, 80 students, 87 miles.

• Lyle-Pacelli, 120 students, 78 miles. (Lyle and Pacelli split for some sports.)

• Mabel-Canton, 84 students, 110 miles.

• Spring Grove, 94 students,118 miles.

• Schaeffer Academy (Rochester), 99 students, 54 miles.

• Hope Lutheran (Winona), 38 students, 95 miles.

The last two schools listed above do not have football, so Randolph will be the ninth school with football. Randolph will be the tenth school for volleyball, girls basketball and boys basketball. Randolph will be the fifth school with baseball and the fourth for softball.

Randolph will leave the Gopher conference, where it currently competes in all but football.

Gopher Conference schools are:

• Faribault Bethlehem Academy, 193 students.

• Blooming Prairie, 194 students.

• Janesville - Waldorf - Pemberton, 174 students.

• Medford, 210 students.

• New Richland - Hartland - Ellendale - Geneva: 246 students.

• United South Central (Wells), 187 students.

• Waterville - Elysian - Morristown, 239 students.

Janesville is leaving the Gopher Conference and will be replaced by Maple River (Mapleton), enrollment 282.

Randolph had moved in football only to the Southern Confederacy Conference in 2012, which was comprised of a number of schools near Mankato and farther west.

Superintendent Michael Kelley said the Spring sports teams will look to fill their schedules with non-conference games closer to home.

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