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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 Enrollment (CB/FB 2022)[2] State Football Region (2022)[2] Colors Joined
Cory-Rawson Hornets Rawson 74 7:26 Green, Gold
Crestline Bulldogs Crestline 64 7:25 Blue, White
2021 (football only)
Elgin Comets Marion (Big Island Twp.) 127 6:23 Scarlet, Gray
Hardin Northern Polar Bears Dola 60 7:26 Black, White
North Baltimore Tigers North Baltimore 71 7:26 Orange, Black
Lima Perry Commodores Lima 108 7:26 Red, White
Ridgedale Rockets Morral 63 7:26 Columbia Blue, Red
Ridgemont Golden Gophers Mount Victory 55 7:26 Green, Gold
Temple Christian Pioneers Lima N/A N/A Navy Blue, Silver
2001 (No Football)
Upper Scioto Valley Rams McGuffey 60 7:26 Red, Black, White
Waynesfield-Goshen Tigers Waynesfield 51 7:26 Blue, Gold

Recent History[edit]

  • 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.[3] 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.[4]
  • An invitation to join was extended to Hardin Northern, a school that struggled to field a varsity football team for 2013 season.[5] 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.[6] The NWCC accepted Hardin Northern as a full member for 2014–15 on March 19, 2014, with football joining in 2015–16.[7]
  • 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.[8] 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.[9]
  • 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[10]
  • 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.[11]
  • In January 2020, Crestline announced they would become a football-only member in 2021.[12]
  • At a board meeting on March 18, 2021, Cory-Rawson voted to leave the Blanchard Valley Conference for the NWCC in 2023.[13]
  • On November 2, 2021, North Baltimore announced they would be joining the NWCC fully for the 2023–24 school year.[14]

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[15]
Fort Loramie Redskins Fort Loramie Red, Black
2011-2017 Football only. Joined Cross County Conference (also for football only)[16]
Lehman Catholic Cavaliers Sidney Blue, Gold
Marion Catholic Fighting Irish Marion Green, White
2001-2013 School closed after the 2012–13 school year[17]
Riverside Pirates DeGraff Red, Royal Blue
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.[18]
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[19]

Football championships[20][edit]

By year[edit]

Year Champions
2001 Troy Christian
2002 Troy Christian
2003 Riverside
2004 Marion Catholic
2005 Waynesfield-Goshen
2006 Fairbanks
2007 Fairbanks
2008 Fairbanks
2009 Waynesfield-Goshen
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
2020 Lima Perry (Lane Division)
Waynesfield-Goshen (Dennis Division)
2021 Upper Scioto Valley
2022 Waynesfield-Goshen


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  2. ^ a b "2022 OHSAA Football Info". ohsaa.org. Retrieved 2022-12-07.
  3. ^ "The Senior Reports - Ohio". Archived from the original on 2013-09-04. Retrieved 2013-04-18.
  4. ^ Billing, Greg (December 17, 2003). "Troy Christian Leaves NWCC; Yellow Springs May Follow". Dayton Daily News. Archived from the original on March 21, 2014. Retrieved March 21, 2014.
  5. ^ "Hardin Northern Athletics January, 2014" (PDF). Hardin Northern Local School District. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2014-02-21. Retrieved 2014-02-13.
  6. ^ Radick, Ted (February 20, 2014). "Hardin Northern District ready to leave BVC". Findlay Courier. Archived from the original on February 24, 2014. Retrieved February 20, 2014.
  7. ^ "Hardin Northern officially in NWCC". Findlay Courier. March 20, 2014. Archived from the original on March 21, 2014. Retrieved March 20, 2014.
  8. ^ Admin (December 12, 2015). "NWCC announces Elgin as a new full member to the NWCC in 2017". Northwest Central Conference. Retrieved December 13, 2015.
  9. ^ McCurdy, Rob (November 20, 2015). "Seven MOAC Blue Division schools are leaving the league". Marion Star. Retrieved November 21, 2015.
  10. ^ "Riverside to leave NWCC". Archived from the original on 2019-04-03. Retrieved 2019-04-03.
  11. ^ Carter, Edward (October 22, 2019). "Ridgedale votes to leave N10 athletic conference for NWCC". Marion Star. Retrieved December 31, 2019.
  12. ^ Holden, Zachary (January 24, 2020). "Crestline football to join Northwest Central Conference in 2021". Bucyrus Telegraph-Forum. Retrieved February 5, 2020.
  13. ^ Baker, Zach (March 19, 2021). "Elmwood accepts offer to join BVC". The Courier (Findlay). Retrieved March 19, 2021.
  14. ^ Staff (November 3, 2021). "North Baltimore to leave BVC for NWCC". The Courier (Findlay). Retrieved November 3, 2021.
  15. ^ http://www.marionstar.com/article/20110602/HSSPORTS/110602005/Schools-verbally-agree-join-MOAC?odyssey=mod%7Cnewswell%7Ctext%7CFrontpage%7Cp[permanent dead link]
  16. ^ "CCC adds Fort Loramie for football". Dayton Daily News. April 10, 2015. Retrieved April 10, 2015.
  17. ^ "Diocese: Marion Catholic High School To Close". [WBNS-TV]. March 20, 2013. Retrieved March 20, 2013.
  18. ^ https://fostoriafocus.com/article.php?id=1232[permanent dead link]
  19. ^ "page not found". Marysville Journal-Tribune. Archived from the original on 2014-08-19. Retrieved 2014-03-21. {{cite news}}: Cite uses generic title (help)
  20. ^ "Football".

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