WIC History

Special Thanks to Doug Rodenburg of Missouri Valley for
this outstanding article on the WIC History.


            The origin of the current Western Iowa Conference, not to be confused with a league of the same name in the 1930’s and yet another short-lived league in the 1950’s, came about in 1971.  It began as a combination of the 8-team Tri-County Conference and the 4-team Southwest Iowa Conference.


            Members of the Tri-County Conference at that time were Carson-Macedonia, Elk Horn-Kimballton, Iowa School for the Deaf, Shelby-Tennant, Treynor, Tri-Center (Neola), Underwood, and Walnut.  The members of the Southwest Iowa Conference then were AvoHa (Avoca), Griswold, Missouri Valley, and Oakland.


            Competition in the new 12-team conference began in the summer of 1971 with baseball and softball tournaments.  No regular season schedules were played during the 1971-1972 school year, but girls and boys basketball tournaments and the traditional wrestling tournament were held in early 1972.


            Many changes have occurred since then to turn today’s WIC into an 8-team league.  It remained a 12-team conference until after the 1981-1982 school year.  At that time Elk Horn-Kimballton and Walnut dropped out to join the Rolling Hills Conference.  Following the 1982-83 school year, Iowa Deaf dropped out making the WIC a 9-team conference.  After the 1985-86 school year, Carson-Macedonia dropped out, but would eventually join with Oakland to form Riverside.  Then following the 1987-88 school year Shelby-Tennant joined forces with AvoHa to form what is now known as AHST.  Finally, for the 1990-1991 school year, Audubon joined the WIC to make it the 8-team league it is today.


            In it’s current incarnation, the Western Iowa Conference no longer has girls and boys basketball tournaments but still crowns champions for the regular season in those sports.  There also is no longer a traditional wrestling tournament, which has been replaced by the dual team tournament allowing all eight teams to compete against each other.


            The league continues to crown champions in both the regular season and conference tournaments in baseball, softball, and volleyball, as well as conference meet champions for girls and boys in cross country, golf, track, and weightlifting.  Soccer is currently being played by some WIC schools, and most likely will eventually become the next regular season sport to determine girls and boys conference champions.