A request from Sergeant Bluff-Luton to join the Lakes Conference was turned down by the nine Lake Conference schools by a 5-4 vote.
Voting against the request were Storm Lake, Emmetsburg, Spencer, Sheldon, and Estherville. Voting in favor were Spirit Lake, Hull Western Christian, Cherokee, and LeMars.
LeMars Superintendent Todd Wendt, chairman of the conference, said that he felt traveling distance seemed to be the major reason for the negative votes. Emmetsburg and Estherville student-athletes and fans would have to travel two to 2 1/2 hours to Sergeant Bluff, meaning it would be very late we they got back home,which was especially a concern on Tuesday nights in the winter.
SB-L's desire to join the Lakes is largely based on their school district's growth. Their enrollment has grown far beyond most of the other War Eagle Conference schools, and is closer in size to the Lakes Conference schools.
Sergeant Bluff-Luton may still petition the Iowa Department of Education, explaining their reasons for leaving the WEC and joining the Lakes, but it is not known whether or not the school will choose to do this at this time.