Northwest Central Conference

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The Northwest Central Conference is an OHSAA athletic league located in parts of northwest and western Ohio. The league came into existence in the 2001-2002 school year.[1] The NWCC supports 10 league sports: Boys and Girls Cross Country, Boys Golf, Football, Volleyball, Boys and Girls Basketball, Baseball and Softball.

The NWCC brings a rich athletic history and fierce competition. Every year the NWCC produces many college-level athletes from all divisions levels of NCAA to NAIA.

Current members[edit]

The member schools of the Northwest Central Conference for 2017-18.
School Nickname Location Colors Joined
Elgin Comets Marion (Big Island Twp.) Scarlet, Gray
Hardin Northern Polar Bears Dola Black, White
Lehman Catholic Cavaliers Sidney Blue, Gold
2011 (Leaving in 2021)
Lima Perry Commodores Lima Red, White
Ridgemont Golden Gophers Mount Victory Green, Gold
Riverside Pirates DeGraff Red, Royal Blue
2001 (Leaving in 2021)
Temple Christian Pioneers Lima Navy Blue, Silver
2001 (No Football)
Upper Scioto Valley Rams McGuffey Red, Black, White
Waynesfield-Goshen Tigers Waynesfield Blue, Gold

Future Members[edit]

School Nickname Location Colors Joined
Ridgedale Rockets Morral Columbia Blue, Red
Crestline Bulldogs Crestline Blue, White
2021 (football only)


  • Troy Christian was set to become a football-only member in the NWCC for 2012, but decided in July 2012 to cancel its football season due to low numbers.[2] They were hoping to play a full NWCC schedule by 2014, but ultimately withdrew from the league. Troy Christian previously had competed as a football-only member in the NWCC until after the 2004 season.[3]
  • An invitation to join was extended to Hardin Northern, a school that struggled to field a varsity football team for 2013 season.[4] On February 19, 2014, Hardin Northern's school board voted 5-0 to withdraw from the Blanchard Valley Conference and apply to the NWCC for membership.[5] The NWCC accepted Hardin Northern as a full member for 2014-15 on March 19, 2014, with football joining in 2015-16.[6]
  • On April 10, 2015, The Cross County Conference announced that they added Fort Loramie as a football-only member starting in 2017. 2016 will be their last season competing in the NWCC.
  • In December 2015, the NWCC announced that Elgin would become a full member of the league beginning in the 2017-18 school year.[7] Elgin will be coming over from the Mid-Ohio Athletic Conference Blue Division, which is losing seven of its members to a new league in the near future.[8]
  • In April 2019, Riverside and Lehman Catholic announced they were leaving to join Covington, Bethel, Miami East, Milton-Union, Northridge and Troy Christian in the formation of a new conference[9]
  • In October 2019, Ridgedale's school board voted 3-2 to leave the Northern 10 Athletic Conference and join the NWCC beginning with the 2021-2022 school year.[10]
  • In January 2020, Crestline announced they would become a football-only member in 2021.[11]

Former members[edit]

School Nickname Location Colors Tenure Notes
Fairbanks Panthers Milford Center Red, White
2004-2012 Moved to the MOAC then moved to the Ohio Heritage Conference[12]
Marion Catholic Fighting Irish Marion Green, White
2001-2013 School closed after the 2012-13 school year[13]
St. Wendelin Mohawks Fostoria Black, Gold
2009-2010 Football only. Was voted out of the NWCC in 2010 after canceling three of their league games during the 2010 season. School closed after 2016-17 school year.[14]
Troy Christian Eagles Troy Forest Green, Gold
2001-2004 Football only
Yellow Springs Bulldogs Yellow Springs Blue, White
2003-2008 Football only. Dropped football, then joined the Metro Buckeye Conference[15]
Fort Loramie Redskins Fort Loramie Red, Black
2011-2017 Football only. Joined Cross County Conference (also for football only)[16]

Football Championships[17][edit]

By Year[edit]

Year Champions
2010 Fairbanks
2011 Waynesfield-Goshen
2012 Fort Loramie
2013 Lehman Catholic
2014 Lehman Catholic
2015 Riverside
Fort Loramie
2016 Upper Scioto Valley
Lehman Catholic
2017 Lehman Catholic
2018 Lehman Catholic
2019 Lima Perry


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