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Tony Poncelet is the Goodhue High School athletic director. His school recently applied to move from the Three Rivers Conference to the Hiawatha Valley League. Goodhue, with just 133 students in grades 10-12, would be far be the smallest school in the HVL

Post-Bulletin: How long have you been mulling a switch to the HVL, and how long have you been a member of the Three Rivers?

Poncelet: We've been a member of the TRC since 1993. We've been looking at a possible change since the TRC expanded, increasing our travel.

P-B: What do you see as the primary advantages to moving to the HVL?

Poncelet: Travel costs and travel time. We could replace some 1 1⁄2; hour trips with some 20 minute trips.

P-B: Are there some things that concern you about switching to the HVL? Does it worry you that you would be by far be the smallest school in that league?

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Poncelet: With Elgin-Millville combining with Plainview we are the smallest in the TRC and we feel we have been competitive over the years.

P-B: Your teams have stayed extremely competitive in the Three Rivers, despite your small enrollment. How have you pulled that off?

Poncelet: A lot of our students participate in multiple activities, filling our rosters and helping us stay competitive.

P-B: If the HVL does not accept you into its league, is there another move that you'd consider?

Poncelet: We'll cross that bridge when we come to it. Our school and community is very excited about re-energizing some of the local rivalries that once existed in all sports. Should Goodhue join the HVL, we would be leaving a very competitive conference and joining a very competitive conference.

-- Pat Ruff

pruff@postbulletin.com

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