The administration of Saint Agnes School announced today that Saint Agnes will be joining the new Skyline Conference, which will begin play in the 2019-20 school year. The new conference will include Athletics, Activities, and Fine Arts.
The eight schools in the new conference are Concordia Academy and Saint Agnes from the Tri Metro Conference, Maranatha, St. Croix Prep, New Life Academy, and Trinity at River Ridge from the Minnesota Christian Athletic Association, Cristo Rey Jesuit and Nova Classical Academy from the Twin Cities Athletic Conference.
The Aggies will be leaving the Tri-Metro Conference where it has been a member since 1988. “We are sad that we are leaving the Tri Metro Conference” said Mr. Michael Streitz, Athletics and Activities Director. “We have built great relationships and rivalries with the student bodies and administrations of those schools, but this is a move we need and are excited to make given the current direction of the Tri Metro Conference.”
Why change conferences?
For years, the Tri Metro was a perfect fit for Saint Agnes until the schools that had similar enrollments-Blake, Breck, Minnehaha Academy, Mounds Park Academy, St. Paul Academy and Providence-left to join the Independent Metro Athletic Conference (IMAC), leaving Saint Agnes and Concordia Academy as the two smallest schools in the conference.
Current Tri Metro Conference schools average 328 more students than Saint Agnes and Concordia Academy. “The move to the new conference is in the best interest for our school and its students and will provide a place where our students can succeed and be challenged in a conference with other similarly-sized schools” said Streitz.
What will stay the same?
- Post-season play will not change. Those assignments are governed by the Minnesota State High School League (MSHSL).
- Football will continue with District play. Districts replaced conferences three years ago in an effort to place schools with similar enrollments in the same group.
- Wrestling will participate as an associate member of the Tri Metro Conference. The boys and girls swimming co-ops and the boys and girls hockey co-ops will remain as is.
Saint Agnes Tri Metro Conference Championships
Baseball – 1990, 1998, 2005
Boys Basketball – 1993, 1994, 1997
Boys Hockey – 1995, 1996
Boys Soccer – 1995, 1996
Football – 1989, 1991, 1994, 1997, 1998
Softball – 1993, 1998, 2000
Volleyball – 1988, 1989, 1990, 1992, 1993, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2001