Just when you think you have a firm grasp on the Miami Valley high school sports landscape as it relates to programs and their conference alignments, more changes are announced.
On Monday, it was reported that a new eight-school athletic conference featuring programs from the Cross County Conference, Southwestern Buckeye League, Metro Buckeye Conference and Northwest Central Conference will debut in the 2021-2022 school year.
The yet-to-be-named conference will include Bethel, Covington and Miami East from the CCC, Milton-Union and Northridge from the SWBL, Troy Christian from the MBC and Lehman Catholic and Riverside from the NWCC.
Ansonia, Arcanum, Bradford, Franklin Monroe, Mississinawa Valley, National Trail, Newton, Tri-County North, Tri-Village and Twin Valley South announced in late February their plan to leave the CCC. Reports indicate the schools will form a conference that is currently not named.
That conference could also include Preble Shawnee, which recently announced it was leaving the SWBL.
Minus Preble Shawnee, the SWBL will have Carlisle, Dixie, Middletown Madison, Waynesville, Bellbrook, Brookville, Eaton, Franklin, Monroe, Oakwood and Valley View.
Last December, a shakeup was announced when state power Trotwood-Madison learned it would no longer be part of the Greater Western Ohio Conference following the 2019-2020 school year. Unless more teams are added, the new-look GWOC will feature remaining members Beavercreek, Centerville, Fairmont, Miamisburg, Northmont, Springboro, Springfield and Wayne.
Last November, Lebanon reported it would leave the GWOC and join an expanded Eastern Cincinnati Conference, along with newcomers Cincinnati Winton Woods and Little Miami.
The GWOC received word of its initial major change in February 2018 when Vandalia-Butler, Fairborn, Greenville, Piqua, Sidney, Stebbins, Tippecanoe, Troy, West Carrollton and Xenia revealed plans to leave and form the Miami Valley League in the fall of 2019.
There are only rumors about where Trotwood-Madison will land when it concludes its time in the GWOC after the 2019-2020 campaign. One source indicated that the Rams could join the SWBL. Another rumored destination is the Dayton City League, which is composed of Belmont, Dunbar, Meadowdale, Ponitz, Stivers and Thurgood Marshall.
Though Trotwood-Madison’s destination is uncertain, without a doubt the Rams will elevate the conference they join.