By John Millea

If you thought the news about conference realignment and shuffling was going to die down, you better think again.

The latest piece of information is that Hopkins has once again applied for membership in the Northwestern Suburban Conference. The Royals were previously turned down by the Northwest Suburban, as were Edina, Minnetonka and Wayzata; those are the Classic Lake Conference schools that appear poised to join with Eden Prairie in a league alignment for 2010-11.

In case you haven't been keeping up, Eden Prairie will be left hanging in 2010-11 when every other school in the Lake Conferences says adios. Chaska and Chanhassen will be in the Missota in 2010-11 and everyone else (plus Prior Lake of the Missota) in the Lake will form the new South Suburban Conference in 2010-11.

Officials from Hopkins, Edina, Minnetonka, Wayzata and Eden Prairie are obviously not happy to be facing a future in a five-school conference. I don't know that the NW Suburban is open to accepting any of those schools as new members, since they've all been turned down.

This move by Hopkins could be an attempt to set the stage for further moves. And at this point, that's all about we know.

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