The Melrose athletic teams have been placed back into the West Central Conference (WCC).
The committee of the Minnesota State High School League (MSHSL) recommended placing Melrose back into the WCC in late October. The WCC appealed the decision and on Nov. 9 the appeal went before a independent hearing officer.
On Nov. 21 the officer, after reviewing the appeal, recommended the MSHSL accept the committee's recommendation and place Melrose in the WCC.
Melrose begins its winter sports competition this Friday with the girls basketball team traveling to St. Cloud Cathedral, and the wrestling team hosting an invitational. The gymnastics team is at an invitational at Becker on Saturday.
SC-M wrestlers open season Friday
by Randy Olson
On Friday, the Melrose Early Bird Invitational kicks off the 2011-12 season for the second-year Sauk Centre/Melrose Area wrestling pairing.
Teams included are Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg, Ortonville, Rocori, Eden Valley-Watkins, Sartell-St. Stephen, Osakis and Montevideo. The tournament begins at 4 p.m.
The SCM wrestlers open the West Central North Conference schedule next Tuesday at New London-Spicer. The Wildcats are talked of as favorites in the WCCN. On Dec. 9, SCM travels to Willmar for an invitational. The first home action in Sauk Centre is on Dec. 13 with a triangular against Paynesville Area and Long Prairie-Grey Eagle.
With only two seniors on the roster, Javier Rodriguez and Cory Messer, the squad is bolstered with depth by five juniors, four sophomores and four freshmen.