Northwest Conference (OHSAA)

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Northwest Conference
ClassificationOHSAA Division III-IV, Football Divisions V-VII
Region Ohio
Sports fielded7 Boys, 5 Girls
No. of members9

The Northwest Conference is an OHSAA athletic league located in northwest Ohio and includes schools in Allen, Hardin, Paulding, Putnam, and Van Wert counties. The NWC originally formed in 1947. The Northwest Conference currently awards championships in 10 Varsity sports: baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf (boys), softball, soccer (girls), track, volleyball, and wrestling.

Current members[edit]

Northwest Conference Map.PNG
School Nickname Location Colors
Ada Bulldogs Ada Purple, Gold
Allen East Mustangs Lafayette Royal Blue, White
Bluffton Pirates Bluffton Red, White
Columbus Grove Bulldogs Columbus Grove Scarlet, Gray
Crestview Knights Convoy Blue, Red
Jefferson Wildcats Delphos Red, White
Lincolnview Lancers Van Wert Blue, Gold
Paulding Panthers Paulding Maroon, White
Spencerville Bearcats Spencerville Black, White

Former members[edit]

High School Location Joined NWC Tenure of Membership Charter Member Current League(s)
Bath High School Lima, Ohio 1964 1964-1966 No Western Buckeye League
Elida High School Lima, Ohio 1947 1947-1972 Yes Western Buckeye League
Forest High School Forest, Ohio 1947 1947-1962 Yes Blanchard Valley Conference (as part of Riverdale HS)
Leipsic High School Leipsic, Ohio 1962 1962-1964 No Blanchard Valley Conference, Putnam County League
Lima Central Catholic High School Lima, Ohio 2006 2006-2013 No Independent
North Baltimore High School North Baltimore, Ohio 1967 1967-1969 No Blanchard Valley Conference
Ottawa-Glandorf High School Ottawa, Ohio 1964 1964-1967 No Western Buckeye League
Pandora-Gilboa High School Pandora, Ohio 1947 1947-1966 Yes Blanchard Valley Conference, Putnam County League
Perry High School Lima, Ohio 1966 1966-2004 No Northwest Central Conference
Shawnee High School Lima, Ohio 1947 1947-1953 Yes Western Buckeye League
Upper Scioto Valley High School McGuffey, Ohio 1966 1966-2001 No Northwest Central Conference

Membership Timeline[edit]



  • The Northwest Conference begins its inaugural season of competition in the fall of 1947 with the eight charter members: Columbus Grove, Delphos Jefferson, Elida, Forest, Lafayette-Jackson, Pandora-Gilboa, Lima Shawnee, and Spencerville.


  • 1953: Shawnee leaves after the 1952-53 school year.
  • 1953: Bluffton becomes a conference member beginning with the 1953-1954 school year.


  • 1962: Forest is consolidated into Riverdale Local Schools who maintains membership in a different conference.
  • 1962: Leipsic, in Putnam County, joins starting with the 1962-1963 school year.
  • 1963: Ada, Lima Bath, and Ottawa-Glandorf join the conference.
  • 1964: Leipsic leaves the conference in May.
  • 1965: Lafayette-Jackson consolidates with Harrod Auglaize Local to create Allen East.
  • 1966: Bath and Pandora-Gilboa leave at the conclusion of the 1965-1966 school year.
  • 1966: Lima Perry and Upper Scioto Valley join.
  • 1967: Ottawa-Glandorf leaves at the conclusion of 1966-1967. North Baltimore and Paulding enter the conference at the beginning of the 1967-1968 school year.
  • 1969: North Baltimore leaves in May. Lincolnview begins conference play in September.

Lincolnview entered conference for the 1965-66 season, basketball only. Lincolnview never fielded a football program.


  • 1970: Crestview joins at the beginning of the 1970-1971 school year.
  • 1972: Elida votes to leave the league. They subsequently begin play in the WBL in 1973.


  • 1981: Crestview votes to no longer sponsor football at the conclusion of the 1981 season. They remain a conference member in all other sports.



  • 2000: Crestview, having restarted their football program as an independent in 1999, officially starts play as a conference member again.
  • 2002: Upper Scioto Valley, facing possible removal because of their failure to reliably field a football team during the 2001 season, opts to leave the conference at the conclusion of the 2001-2002 school year. They join the Northwest Central Conference beginning in 2003-2004.
  • 2004: Lima Perry finishes its final year as a conference member after announcing their move to join USV in the NWCC in 2003.
  • 2006: Lima Central Catholic begins play as a conference member after several years of petitioning.


  • 2011: On December 1, the Lima Central Catholic administration announced that due to the results of being voted out of the NWC, they would leave the conference at the conclusion of 2012-2013. The move is made in part due to concerns from other conference members over fairness and competitive balance. A scheduling agreement agreed to before the announcement keeps LCC on NWC members' athletic schedules through the 2014-2015 school year unless there is a mutual decision between a conference member and LCC to break the agreement. As of September, 2013, Lima Central Catholic will remain an independent after unsuccessful negotiations with many other area conferences to become a member.[1]
  • 2012: Ada and Bluffton are asked to apply for membership in the expanding (and neighboring) Blanchard Valley Conference in March. Bluffton declines the BVC's invitation while Ada is rumored to express interest before, ultimately, ending negotiations and remaining a member of the NWC. The BVC invites North Baltimore and Hopewell-Loudon who both accept.

Notable Conference Rivalries[edit]

  • Ada & Allen East (Battle of Route 81)
  • Bluffton & Columbus Grove (Battle of 696)
  • Crestview & Lincolnview (Battle of Van Wert County)
  • Delphos Jefferson & Spencerville (Battle of Route 66)

Out of Conference Rivalries[edit]

  • Ada & Dola Hardin Northern
  • Allen East & Lima Bath
  • Bluffton & Cory-Rawson
  • Columbus Grove & Pandora-Gilboa
  • Crestview & Rockford Parkway
  • Delphos Jefferson & Delphos St. John's
  • Paulding & Haviland Wayne Trace

per ohsaa schedules: Ada and Hardin Northern no longer play.

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