Central Ozark Conference

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Central Ozark Conference
AssociationMissouri State High School Activities Association
Sports fielded
  • 17
    • men's: 10
    • women's: 9
RegionMissouri Ozarks
HeadquartersN/A, N/A

The Central Ozarks Conference is a high school athletic conference represented by 10 schools in the southwest portion of Missouri. As the name implies, all schools are in the Ozarks region of the state. The conference offers championships for girls in Basketball, Cross Country, Golf, Soccer, Softball, Swimming & Diving, Tennis, Track & Field, and Volleyball. In boys sports, the COC offers championships in Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Football, Golf, Soccer, Swimming & Diving, Tennis, Track & Field, and Wrestling.

List of member schools[edit]

School Team Name Colors Town County Enrollment (2016–18) Primary MSHSAA class*
Branson High School Pirates           Branson Taney 1430 5
Carthage High School (Lady) Tigers           Carthage Jasper 1356 5
Carl Junction High School (Lady) Bulldogs              Carl Junction Jasper 1006 4
Joplin High School (Lady) Eagles              Joplin Jasper 2216 6
Neosho High School Lady Wildcats           Neosho Newton 1316 4
Nixa High School (Lady) Eagles           Nixa Christian 1733 5
Ozark High School (Lady) Tigers           Ozark Christian 1632 6
Republic High School (Lady) Tigers           Republic Greene 1389 5
Webb City High School (Lady) Cardinals              Webb City Jasper 1177 4
Willard High School (Lady) Tigers           Willard Greene 1324 5


Membership History[edit]

Carthage, Neosho, and Webb City joined the Central Ozark Conference after the collapse of the Southwest League.

Carl Junction joined the COC in July 2016, after three decades in the Big 8 Conference. Former Southwest League Member McDonald County replaced Carl Junction in the Big 8.[2]

Joplin High School joined the Central Ozarks Conference in July 2018.[3] Joplin moved from the Ozark Conference.

The small division disbanded after the 2017-18 school year. Buffalo announced in October 2016 it would become a founding member of the Ozark Highlands Conference.[4] The remaining schools, with the exception of Bolivar, will join the Big 8 conference.[5] Bolivar submitted an application to join the Ozark Conference in late December, but was rejected. They are now independent. 7.[6]

The former COC Small Division members are also joined by other schools in the Big 8 Conference, joining then-current members East Newton, Cassville, Monett, McDonald County, Aurora, Lamar, Mount Vernon, and Seneca.