Central Ozark Conference
|Central Ozark Conference
|Association||Missouri State High School Activities Association|
|Sports fielded||17 (men's: 10; women's: 9)|
The Central Ozarks Conference is a high school athletic conference represented by 8 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
|School||Team Name||Colors||Town||County||Enrollment (2016-18)|
|Branson High School||Pirates||Branson||Taney||1430|
|Carthage High School||(Lady) Tigers||Carthage||Jasper||1356|
|Carl Junction High School||Bulldogs||Carl Junction||Jasper||1006|
|Neosho High School||Lady Wildcats||Neosho||Newton||1316|
|Nixa High School||(Lady) Eagles||Nixa||Christian||1733|
|Ozark High School||(Lady) Tigers||Ozark||Christian||1632|
|Republic High School||(Lady) Tigers||Republic||Greene||1389|
|Webb City High School||(Lady) Cardinals||Webb City||Jasper||1177|
|Willard High School||(Lady) Tigers||Willard||Greene||1324|
|Joplin High School High School||(Lady) Eagles||Joplin||Jasper||2216|
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.
Springfield Catholic was an independent before joining COC.
The small division will discontinue after the 2017-18 school year. Buffalo announced in October 2016 it would become a founding member of the Ozark Highlands Conference. The remaining schools, with the exception of Bolivar, will join the Big 8 conference. Bolivar submitted an application to join the Ozark Conference in late December, with a decision expected in January 2017.
In 2016 the COC Smaill division has accepted to join the Big 8 Conference. the Big 8 Conference now looks like: Citing the Springfield News-Leader:Joining the Big 8 are: Logan-Rogersville, Springfield Catholic, Reeds Spring, Hollister, Marshfield and Nevada. The current Big 8 Conference membership includes: East Newton, Cassville, Monett, McDonald County, Aurora, Lamar, Mt. Vernon and Seneca school districts.
Boliver High School has gone Independant with the ambition to join the Ozark Conference. It has Applied for 2017 and been denied.