Mid-Ohio Athletic Conference

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The Mid-Ohio Athletic Conference is an OHSAA athletic league whose members are located in the Ohio counties of Crawford, Marion, and Richland. The league was established in the fall of 1990.

Current members[edit]

MOAC membership for 2021-22.
School Nickname Location Enrollment (CB/FB 2023) State FB Region (2020) Colors Joined Notes
Clear Fork Colts Bellville 215 4:14       2017
Galion Tigers Galion 215 4:14     2014
Highland Fighting Scots Sparta 202 5:18       2021; football in 2022
Marion Harding Presidents, Prexies Marion 456 2:7     2014
Ontario Warriors Ontario 276 4:14     2017
Pleasant Spartans Marion (Pleasant Twp.) 166 5:18     1990
River Valley Vikings Caledonia 242 3:10     1990
Shelby Whippets Shelby 248 4:14     2018

Former members[edit]

School Nickname Location Colors[1] Tenure Left For
Ridgedale Rockets Morral     1990-2014 N10
Upper Sandusky Rams Upper Sandusky     Fall 2014 (football only) N10
Fairbanks Panthers Milford Center     2013-2015(2013-2016 Football) OHC
Jonathan Alder Pioneers Plain City     2013-2017 CBC
Cardington-Lincoln Pirates Cardington       1990-2017 KMAC
Centerburg Trojans Centerburg     2013-2017 KMAC
East Knox Bulldogs Howard     2014-2017 KMAC
Elgin Comets Marion (Big Island Twp,)     1990-2017 NWCC
Fredericktown Freddies Fredericktown     2013-2017 KMAC
Highland Fighting Scots Sparta       1990-2017 KMAC
Mount Gilead Indians Mount Gilead     1990-2017 KMAC
Northmor Golden Knights Galion (North Bloomfield Twp.)       1990-2017 KMAC
North Union Wildcats Richwood     1990-2018 CBC
Buckeye Valley Barons Delaware (Troy Twp.)     1990-2019 MSL


Membership Timeline[edit]


The MOAC was established in time for the 1990-91 school year. The divisions were created to align schools based on size, and every sport recognizes a champion for each division.

  • The four Marion County schools (Elgin, Pleasant, Ridgedale, and River Valley) were members of the North Central Conference prior to joining the MOAC.
  • The four Morrow County schools (Cardington-Lincoln, Highland, Mount Gilead and Northmor) were members of the now-defunct Mid-Ohio Conference before agreeing to join the MOAC.
  • Buckeye Valley (Delaware Co.) and North Union (Union Co.) were members of the now-defunct Central Buckeye League before joining the MOAC.

In April 2011, the league considered expanding up to six members. Four of the schools considered were from the Mid-Buckeye Conference: Centerburg, Danville, East Knox, and Fredericktown; the other two schools mentioned were Fairbanks and Marion Harding.[3]

In May 2011, the league received formal applications from seven schools. These included Centerburg, Danville, East Knox, and Fredericktown from the Mid-Buckeye Conference; Marion Harding from the Greater Buckeye Conference; Fairbanks from the Northwest Central Conference; and Jonathan Alder, which was an independent. Four invitations were extended only to Centerburg, Fredericktown, Fairbanks, and Jonathan Alder.[4] By June 2, all four schools had verbally agreed to join the league for the 2013-14 school year.[5]

On December 1, 2011, Ridgedale announced it would leave the MOAC to help form the new Northern 10 Athletic Conference in 2014 with members from the North Central Conference and the Midland Athletic League.[6]

Both Upper Sandusky and Galion were invited to join the league in early 2012 as Red Division members, with both expected to replace Ridgedale and join in 2014.[7] However, in June 2013, Upper Sandusky took advantage of an opening in the N10 and joined that league in all sports except football for 2014.[8] The Upper Sandusky Rams played football as a MOAC school for 2014 only before fully joining the N10. East Knox accepted the offer to be the eighth member of the Blue Division for 2014.[9]

On August 5, 2013, Marion Harding was extended an invitation to replace Upper Sandusky in 2015-16 pending a vote of approval from Harding's school board.[10] On August 20, 2013, the league announced Marion Harding had accepted the offer to join.[11] Eventually, Marion Harding's membership was moved up to joining during the 2014-15 school year as Upper Sandusky competed in the MOAC for football only in 2014.

When all of the new members joined by 2014, the league continued to be split into divisions of Red and Blue.[12]

In April 2015, Fairbanks announced that they would be leaving the MOAC to join the Ohio Heritage Conference, along with independent Madison Plains.[13] They plan to begin play in the 2016-2017 school year.

In November 2015, seven schools from the Blue Division (Cardington, Centerburg, East Knox, Fredericktown, Highland, Mount Gilead, and Northmor) announced that they would withdraw from the MOAC to form a new league with Danville of the MBC.[14] This new league would later be branded the Knox Morrow Athletic Conference.[15] The KMAC began league play in the fall of 2017.

Likely due to the Blue Division's demise, Elgin and the Northwest Central Conference announced in December 2015 that the Comets would join the NWCC in 2017-18 as a full-member.[16]

In February 2016, Jonathan Alder announced they would be leaving the MOAC for the Central Buckeye Conference in 2017-18.[17]

In March 2016, Ontario announced that they would join the MOAC in 2017-18 when the Northern Ohio League disbands.[18] Clear Fork is also joining at the same time as they were voted out of the Ohio Cardinal Conference following the 2017-18 school year.[19]

In July 2017, North Union announced they would be leaving the MOAC for the Central Buckeye Conference. This prompted the league to invite Shelby as a replacement, which their school board accepted. North Union remained in the MOAC for football in 2018, but switched to the CBC in all other sports for the 2018-2019 year. Shelby did the same staying in the SBC for football in 2018, but switched to the MOAC in all other sports for the 2018-2019 year which means Shelby only spent one year in the Sandusky Bay Conference and only two for football.[20]

In February 2018, Buckeye Valley announced they would be leaving the MOAC for the Mid-State League Ohio Division. The league invited Highland to fill the spot but they declined at first. They were invited again in January 2020, and this time their school board accepted their invitation on March 18, 2020. The Scots will begin league play in the 2021-22 school year in all sports but football with football beginning in the fall of 2022.[21]

League champions[edit]

The MOAC supports 12 league sports for both male and female competition. This includes football, boys' and girls' basketball, boys' and girls' track & field, boys' and girls' cross country, baseball, softball, volleyball, wrestling, and golf.

League champions for each sport are recognized in both the Red Division and Blue Division, with the exception of wrestling until 2004. The MOAC also awards an all sports trophy as well. |}

Football Championships[22][edit]

By Year[edit]

Year Champions
Blue Division Red Division
1990 Cardington-Lincoln Elgin
1991 Pleasant Elgin
1992 Pleasant Buckeye Valley
River Valley
1993 Pleasant Elgin
1994 Mount Gilead Buckeye Valley
River Valley
1995 Pleasant Buckeye Valley
1996 Pleasant Buckeye Valley
River Valley
1997 Pleasant Buckeye Valley
1998 Pleasant North Union
1999 Pleasant Elgin
2000 Pleasant Elgin
River Valley
2001 Pleasant River Valley
2002 Pleasant River Valley
2003 Pleasant Elgin
2004 Pleasant Highland
2005 Pleasant Elgin
2006 Pleasant Highland
2007 Pleasant Highland
2008 Pleasant Buckeye Valley
2009 Pleasant North Union
2010 Pleasant North Union
2011 Pleasant North Union
2012 Pleasant North Union
2013 Centerburg River Valley
2014 Fredericktown Pleasant
2015 Highland
Jonathan Alder
2016 Highland Jonathan Alder
Became One Division
2017 Clear Fork
2018 Clear Fork
2019 Shelby
2020 Shelby


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  2. ^ "Mid Ohio Athletic Conference Home Page".
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  12. ^ "Jonathan Alder joins MOAC, starting in 2013 | the Madison-Press". Archived from the original on 2012-04-25. Retrieved 2011-10-23.
  13. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-04-15. Retrieved 2015-04-11.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  14. ^ McCurdy, Rob (November 20, 2015). "Seven MOAC Blue Division schools are leaving the league". Marion Star. Retrieved November 21, 2015.
  15. ^ "New league needs commissioner". Marion Star. February 8, 2016. Retrieved March 5, 2016.
  16. ^ Admin (December 12, 2015). "NWCC announces Elgin as a new full member to the NWCC in 2017". Northwest Central Conference. Retrieved December 13, 2015.
  17. ^ Klein, Brandon (February 10, 2016). "Jonathan Alder leaves MOAC". Galion Inquirer. Retrieved March 9, 2016.
  18. ^ Day, Courtney (March 9, 2016). "Ontario joining MOAC as NOL disbands". Mansfield News Journal. Retrieved March 9, 2016.
  19. ^ "Clear Fork, Ontario to join MOAC". Morrow County Sentinel. March 10, 2016. Retrieved March 11, 2016.
  20. ^ Schock, Brittany (July 25, 2017). "Shelby moving to the Mid-Ohio Athletic Conference". Richland Source. Retrieved July 26, 2017.
  21. ^ "MOAC to be seven-team league after Buckeye Valley leaves".
  22. ^ "Central Buckeye Conference".

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