West Aurora among Fox area schools changing conferences
West Aurora football coach Nate Eimer led the Blackhawks to 9-win seasons in 2018 and 2016. Switching to the Southwest Prairie Conference from the Upstate Eight provides a challenge to maintain that pace.
"This is a year where we figure out if we're a program or if we've just strung a couple groups together," Eimer said.
Five of the six teams in the Southwest Prairie's West division reached the playoffs last season -- West Aurora, Minooka, Oswego East, Oswego and Yorkville. Plainfield North was Class 7A runner-up in 2016.
Despite severing football ties this season with East Aurora and friendly UEC coaches such as South Elgin's Dragan Teonic, Eimer believes this is a positive development.
"For us and our conference and our community, I think this move made a lot of sense," he said.
Other Fox Valley schools getting ready for play in new conferences this fall include Burlington Central, Kaneland and Marmion.