CIML Break-Up Looming, Schools Make Alternative Plans

DES MOINES, Iowa — The CIML dividing line runs between the have and the have-nots and the split could come before the end of the month.

The five Des Moines schools, Marshalltown, Ottumwa and perhaps Indianola would like to break away from the other 11.  Most of those are suburban schools with more resources and participation from students and fans. The hope is that a new conference would provide a more even playing field.

Des Moines Public Schools spokesman, Phil Roeder, says schedules within the new eight-team league would not look too different from the CIML’s Metro Division where all but Marshalltown currently play.

The breakaway schools are hoping that more parity will mean more winning and more participation from students.

Activities directors from the remaining 11 schools met on Wednesday to discuss what they should do. Dowling AD, Tom Wilson, says they won’t try to stop the others from breaking away.

“I think the big thing is if this is what they want to do, we certainly wish them well,” Wilson said. “We feel like we’re going to have a great league and can take care of each other and make some adjustments and we’ll be able to move forward.”

A final decision must be reached but August 1st, leaving a full year for new activities schedules to be drawn up.


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