Blanchard Valley Conference

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The Blanchard Valley Conference is an Ohio High School Athletic Association affiliated athletic league located in Hancock, Putnam, and Wood Counties in northwest Ohio. Its name derives from the Blanchard River, which runs through the area in which the schools are located. Findlay, which is part of the Three Rivers Athletic Conference, is the only high school in Hancock County that is a member of the Ohio High School Athletic Association that is not part of the BVC.

Current members[edit]

The member schools of the Blanchard Valley Conference.
School Nickname Location Enrollment (CB/FB 2020) State FB Region (2020) Colors Tenure Previous Conference
Arcadia Redskins Arcadia 74 7:26     1922 none
Arlington Red Devils Arlington 79 7:26     1922 none
Cory-Rawson Hornets Rawson 69 7:26     1950-2023 none

(new school

Liberty-Benton Eagles Benton Ridge 199 5:18     1922-2026 none
McComb Panthers McComb 95 7:26     1922 none
North Baltimore Tigers North Baltimore 85 7:26     2014-2023 Midland Athletic League
Pandora-Gilboa1 Rockets Pandora 65 7:26     1966 (fb)
1971 (all)
Putnam County (Present/non-football), Northwest Conference2, Northern Ohio League3
Riverdale Falcons Mt. Blanchard 134 6:22     2014 North Central Conference
Van Buren Black Knights Van Buren 150 6:22     1922 none
Vanlue Wildcats Vanlue 37 7:26     1922 none
  1. Pandora-Gilboa is also a current member of the Putnam County League.[1]

2.Charter Member 3.May need to check the conference name, P-G won conference title in another conference other than the BVC & NWC once.

Future member[edit]

School Nickname Location Enrollment (CB/FB 2020) State FB Region (2020) Colors Year Joining Previous League
Elmwood Royals Bloomdale 175 5:18     ~2023 Northern Buckeye Conference

Former Members[edit]

School Nickname Location Colors Year Joined Previous Conference Year Left Conference Joined
Mount Blanchard Purple Hurricanes Mount Blanchard     1922 none 1960 Hardin County
Mount Cory Shamrocks Mount Cory     1922 none 1950 none (consolidated
into Cory-Rawson)
Rawson Raiders Rawson     1922 none 1950 none (consolidated
into Cory-Rawson)
Hardin Northern Polar Bears Dola     1965 Hardin County 2014 Northwest Central
Hopewell-Loudon Chieftains Bascom     2014 Midland 2019 Sandusky Bay Conference
Westwood Warriors Rudolph unknown 1965 Lakeshore 1966 none (consolidated
into Bowling Green)
Leipsic Vikings Leipsic     1965 (fb)
1971 (all)
Putnam County League, Northwest Conference 2021 Northwest Conference

League history[edit]

The BVC's roots lie in the Hancock County League often known as the Little 9/8/7 League, which formed in 1922. Arcadia, Arlington, Liberty-Benton, McComb, Mount Blanchard, Mount Cory, Rawson, Van Buren, Vanlue were the founding members. Cory-Rawson was formed by the consolidation of Mount Cory and Rawson in 1950. The eight team lineup lasted for another decade, until Mount Blanchard (due to consolidate into Riverdale in 1962) joined the Hardin County League.

The remaining seven members decided to reorganize the league in 1965 and add other schools, giving birth to the BVC. Hardin Northern, Leipsic (football only), and Westwood signed on to make the conference a 9 member/10 football member conference. When Westwood was absorbed by the Bowling Green City School District in 1966, Pandora-Gilboa replaced them in the league for the 1966-67 school year in football only. Leipsic and Pandora-Gilboa were both members of the Putnam County League for all non-football sports at this time.

Leipsic and Pandora-Gilboa were able to work out schedules with the PCL to be able to join the BVC in all sports, while keeping membership in both conferences, in 1971.

On April 19, 2012, Ada High School of the Northwest Conference, along with Calvert, Hopewell-Loudon, and North Baltimore of the Midland Athletic League made pitches to join the BVC after answering a letter of interest made in February 2012.[1]

On May 21, 2012, the BVC extended invitations to Hopewell-Loudon and North Baltimore with the following report coming from the Findlay Courier:

By an 8-0 vote, with two abstentions, member schools of the Blanchard Valley Conference on Monday voted to approve expansion. North Baltimore and Hopewell-Loudon were formally invited to join the league. Those two schools have until July 1 to accept. Expansion would take effect for the 2014-15 school year. BVC officials still hope to add two more schools to eventually make the conference a 14-team league. Football would be split into two divisions, based on boys enrollment figures combined with a multiplier of wins over the previous four seasons. The schools would then be ranked 1-12 (or 1-14, if two more schools are added); odd-number ranked teams would make up one division and even-number ranked teams the other. There will be no North-South, East-West or straight enrollment-based split of divisions. Under a 12-team format, each football team would play the other teams in its division once, have two crossover games with the other division and an eighth conference game against a team in the same slot in the other division. Each school would have a second non-conference game on its schedule. All other sports will be in a single-division format. The two BVC members who are also part of the Putnam County League, Leipsic and Pandora-Gilboa, will remain full members of the PCL.[2]

North Baltimore accepted the BVC's invitation on June 19, 2012 and Hopewell-Loudon did the same a day later.[3] Both schools joined for the 2014-15 season.

In April 2013, BVC President Traci Conley indicated the BVC wanted to expand to 14 members and first sent an invitation to Riverdale High School.[4] Riverdale accepted the invitation on April 22, 2013,[5] which meant the BVC wanted to pursue a 14th member to join the league. Riverdale's membership in the N10 was terminated shortly thereafter,[6] and they would likely not have joined the BVC until 2015-16 at the earliest, but with Hardin Northern dropping football in 2013, Riverdale was admitted for all sports beginning in 2014.[7]

In May 2013, Upper Scioto Valley publicly indicated that they were interested in joining the BVC as its 14th member, since they felt that its league, the Northwest Central Conference was no longer stable.[8]

In late 2013, the NWCC extended an invitation to Hardin Northern, which also required a response by March 1, 2014.[9] After suspending Hardin Northern from league play in football from 2013-2015, the BVC voted 9-1 (HN the lone dissenting vote) to refuse a guarantee that Hardin Northern would return to the league for that sport.[10] This pressure caused Hardin Northern's school board to decide on February 19, 2014 to withdraw from the BVC and apply to the NWCC for membership.[11] The NWCC accepted Hardin Northern as a full member for 2014-15 on March 19, 2014, with football joining in 2015-16.[12]

In August 2017 Hopewell-Loudon announced that they would leave the BVC for the Sandusky Bay Conference in the 2019-2020 school year after being offered an invitation to replace Shelby.[13][14]

In August 2020, Elmwood High School of the Northern Buckeye Conference announced they had received a formal invitation from the BVC and was seriously looking at the opportunity.[15] Following a school board meeting on February 8th, 2021, multiple sources confirmed that Elmwood had unanimously approved to leave the NBC and join the BVC for the 2023-2024 school year or sooner.[16]

At a board meeting on March 18, 2021, Cory-Rawson voted to leave the BVC for the Northwest Central Conference (NWCC) in 2023.[17]

In August 2021, North Baltimore announced that their football team would go independent beginning with the 2022 season but remain in the BVC for the rest of their sports.[18] This however, would change on Nov. 2, 2021 when North Baltimore announced they would join the NWCC fully for the 2023-24 school year.[19]

In May 2022, Liberty-Benton and the BVC announced that the Eagles would be leaving the league after the 2025-2026 school year, citing the district's student enrollment, competitive accomplishment and athletic facilities as reasons for the decision.[20] At the time of the announcement, Liberty-Benton did not indicate if they had another league they were invited to join or to consider for membership.

Enrollment[edit]

The current enrollments of the twelve BVC schools.[21]

School Boys Enrollment 2017 Girls Enrollment 2017 Total Enrollment 2017
Arcadia 65 81 146
Arlington 71 78 149
Cory-Rawson 70 67 137
Hopewell-Loudon 97 99 196
Leipsic 84 86 170
Liberty-Benton 140 149 289
McComb 94 78 172
North Baltimore 83 79 162
Pandora-Gilboa 64 57 121
Riverdale 112 94 206
Van Buren 147 116 263
Vanlue 30 24 54

Football champions[edit]

Year Champions
1965 Cory-Rawson, McComb
1966 McComb
1967 McComb
1968 Cory Rawson (State Champs - unscored upon)
1969 McComb
1970 Cory-Rawson, Arlington, McComb
1971 Cory-Rawson, McComb
1972 Arlington
1973 LB
1974 Liberty-Benton
1975 Arlington, Leipsic
1976 Arlington
1977 LB
1978 Liberty-Benton
1979 Arlington
1980 Pandora-Gilboa, Cory-Rawson, McComb
1981 Leipsic
1982 McComb
1983 McComb
1984 McComb
1985 McComb
1986 Arlington, McComb
1987 Arlington
1988 Van Buren
1989 Van Buren
1990 McComb
1991 Van Buren, McComb
1992 Cory-Rawson
1993 Hardin Northern, McComb
1994 Hardin Northern, Leipsic
1995 Hardin Northern
1996 Hardin Northern
1997 Hardin Northern
1998 Pandora-Gilboa, Hardin Northern
1999 Pandora-Gilboa
2000 McComb
2001 McComb
2002 Hardin Northern
2003 Cory-Rawson, Hardin Northern
2004 Liberty-Benton
2005 Hardin Northern
2006 Liberty-Benton
2007 Liberty-Benton
2008 Liberty-Benton
2009 Leipsic
2010 McComb
2011 Leipsic
2012 McComb
2013 Liberty-Benton
2014 Blanchard: Liberty-Benton, Valley: Van Buren
2015 Blanchard:McComb, Valley: Van Buren
2016 McComb
2017 Liberty-Benton, McComb
2018 Pandora-Gilboa


References[edit]

  1. ^ Radick, Ted (April 18, 2012). "BVC Expansion: Four schools set to make pitch to BVC". Findlay Courier. Archived from the original on September 12, 2012. Retrieved April 18, 2012.
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-05-18. Retrieved 2012-05-22.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ James, Jessica (June 21, 2012). "Hopewell-Loudon school board OKs BVC membership". Findlay Courier. Archived from the original on June 23, 2012. Retrieved June 21, 2012.
  4. ^ Schmidt, Dave (April 16, 2013). "BVC President's Update On Expansion". The Senior Reports. Archived from the original on September 4, 2013. Retrieved April 18, 2013.
  5. ^ Hanneman, Dave (April 23, 2013). "Riverdale School joins Blanchard Valley Conference". Findlay Courier. Archived from the original on May 19, 2013. Retrieved April 23, 2013.
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-02-22. Retrieved 2013-06-05.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  7. ^ http://www.thecourier.com/Issues/2013/Aug/03/ar_sports_080313_story1.asp?d=080313_story1,2013,Aug,03&c=s[permanent dead link]
  8. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-09-04. Retrieved 2013-04-04.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  9. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2014-02-21. Retrieved 2014-02-13.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  10. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-09-04. Retrieved 2013-04-04.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link) Hardin Northern To Decide Athletic Conference Future. The Senior Reports
  11. ^ Radick, Ted (February 20, 2014). "Hardin Northern District ready to leave BVC". Findlay Courier. Archived from the original on February 24, 2014. Retrieved February 20, 2014.
  12. ^ "Hardin Northern officially in NWCC". Findlay Courier. March 20, 2014. Archived from the original on March 21, 2014. Retrieved March 20, 2014.
  13. ^ Cottos, Scott (August 30, 2017). "Prep Sports: Hopewell-Loudon board accepts invite to SBC". Findlay Courier. Archived from the original on November 4, 2017. Retrieved October 25, 2017.
  14. ^ "Hopewell-Loudon To Leave Blanchard Valley Conference For Sandusky Bay Conference". Stateline Sports Network. 2017-08-17.
  15. ^ Hanneman, Dave (August 18, 2020). "BVC Tenders Invitation to Elmwood". The Courier (Findlay). Retrieved September 28, 2020.
  16. ^ Hanneman, Dave (February 8, 2021). "Elmwood accepts offer to join BVC". The Courier (Findlay). Retrieved February 10, 2021.
  17. ^ Baker, Zach (March 19, 2021). "Elmwood accepts offer to join BVC". The Courier (Findlay). Retrieved March 19, 2021.
  18. ^ Staff (August 28, 2021). "North Baltimore football to leave BVC, start as independent next season". The Courier (Findlay). Retrieved August 28, 2021.
  19. ^ Staff (November 3, 2021). "North Baltimore to leave BVC for NWCC". The Courier (Findlay). Retrieved November 3, 2021.
  20. ^ Hanneman, Dave (May 6, 2022). "Liberty-Benton announces it's leaving BVC after '25-26". The Courier (Findlay). Retrieved May 11, 2022.
  21. ^ Ohio High School Athletic Association. "2017-2018 and 2018-2019 OHSAA Tournament and Governance Enrollment Figures". Archived from the original on 2017-10-11. Retrieved 2017-10-10.

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