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, Delaware, Knox, Madison, Marion, Morrow, and Union. The league was established in the fall of 1990.

Current members[edit]

MOAC membership beginning in 2014, with the Red Division and Blue Division respectively coded.
School Nickname Location Colors Joined Notes
Red Division
Buckeye Valley Barons Delaware (Troy Twp.)           1990
Fairbanks* Panthers Milford Center           2013 Leaving for the OHC
Galion Tigers Galion           2014
Jonathan Alder Pioneers Plain City           2013 Leaving for the CBC
Marion Harding Presidents, Prexies Marion           2014
North Union Wildcats Richwood           1990
Pleasant Spartans Marion (Pleasant Twp.)           1990
River Valley Vikings Caledonia           1990
Blue Division
Cardington-Lincoln* Pirates Cardington                1990 Forming a new league
Centerburg* Trojans Centerburg           2013 Forming a new league
East Knox* Bulldogs Howard           2014 Forming a new league
Elgin* Comets Marion (Big Island Twp,)           1990 Leaving for the NWCC
Fredericktown* Freddies Fredericktown           2013 Forming a new league
Highland* Fighting Scots Sparta                1990 Forming a new league
Mount Gilead* Indians Mount Gilead           1990 Forming a new league
Northmor* Golden Knights Galion (North Bloomfield Twp.)                1990 Forming a new league

Note: an asterisk (*) denotes a current member that will be leaving.

Future members[edit]

MOAC membership beginning in 2017.
School Nickname Location Colors[1] Joining Left from
Clear Fork Colts Bellville                2017 OCC
Ontario Warriors Ontario           2017 NOL

Former members[edit]

School Nickname Location Colors[2] Tenure Left For
Ridgedale Rockets Morral           1990-2014 N10
Upper Sandusky Rams Upper Sandusky           Fall 2014 (football only) N10

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Membership Timeline[edit]

History[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.[4]

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.[5] By June 2, all four schools had verbally agreed to join the league for the 2013-14 school year.[6]

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.[7]

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.[8] 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.[9] 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.[10]

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.[11] On August 20, 2013, the league announced Marion Harding had accepted the offer to join.[12] 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.[13]

In April 2015, Fairbanks announced that they would be leaving the MOAC to join the Ohio Heritage Conference, along with independent Madison Plains. [14] 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.[15] This new league would later be branded the Knox Morrow Athletic Conference.[16] Per the MOAC constitution, the schools must stay through the 2017-18 season, although it could happen a year sooner than that.

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.[17]

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

In March 2016, Ontario announced that they would join the MOAC in 2017-18 when the Northern Ohio League disbands.[19] 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.[20]

League champions[edit]

The MOAC supports 12 league sports for both male and female competition. This includes football, boy's and girl's basketball, boys' and girl's track & field, boy's and girl's 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.

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.cdab.org/members.asp
  2. ^ http://www.cdab.org/members.asp
  3. ^ http://www.moacsports.com/MISC/home.htm
  4. ^ http://www.marionstar.com/article/20110415/HSSPORTS/104150303/MOAC-expansion-takes-step-forward
  5. ^ http://www.marionstar.com/article/20110521/HSSPORTS/105210302/MOAC-extends-invitation-four-schools?odyssey=mod%7Cnewswell%7Ctext%7CFrontpage%7Cp
  6. ^ http://www.marionstar.com/article/20110602/HSSPORTS/110602005/Schools-verbally-agree-join-MOAC?odyssey=mod%7Cnewswell%7Ctext%7CFrontpage%7Cp
  7. ^ Chandler, Joey (December 2, 2011). "North Central Conference to fold: Six NCC members to join new Northern 10 Athletic Conference". Mansfield News Journal. Retrieved December 2, 2011. 
  8. ^ http://galionlive.com/2012/02/09/looks-like-galion-will-be-moac-bound/
  9. ^ Chandler, Joey (August 28, 2014). "The birth of the Northern 10 Conference". Bucyrus Telegraph-Forum. Retrieved October 18, 2014. 
  10. ^ http://www.mountvernonnews.com/Sports/12/02/09/east-knox-could-be-part-of-moac-by-2014
  11. ^ http://www.marionstar.com/article/20130806/SPORTS/308060007/Harding-s-league-search-may-end?nclick_check=1
  12. ^ http://www.marionstar.com/article/20130820/HSSPORTS/308200004/Harding-officially-joins-MOAC
  13. ^ http://www.madison-press.com/news/sports-news/jonathan-alder-joins-moac-starting-in-2013/
  14. ^ http://mydailysentinel.com/news/sports/152859567/Fairbanks-Madison-Plains-to-join-OHC
  15. ^ McCurdy, Rob (November 20, 2015). "Seven MOAC Blue Division schools are leaving the league". Marion Star. Retrieved November 21, 2015. 
  16. ^ "New league needs commissioner". Marion Star. February 8, 2016. Retrieved March 5, 2016. 
  17. ^ Admin (December 12, 2015). "NWCC announces Elgin as a new full member to the NWCC in 2017". Northwest Central Conference. Retrieved December 13, 2015. 
  18. ^ Klein, Brandon (February 10, 2016). "Jonathan Alder leaves MOAC". Galion Inquirer. Retrieved March 9, 2016. 
  19. ^ Day, Courtney (March 9, 2016). "Ontario joining MOAC as NOL disbands". Mansfield News Journal. Retrieved March 9, 2016. 
  20. ^ "Clear Fork, Ontario to join MOAC". Morrow County Sentinel. March 10, 2016. Retrieved March 11, 2016. 

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