Ohio Cardinal Conference

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Ohio Cardinal Conference
OCC Logo.png
ClassificationOHSAA Divisions I-IV
Region Ohio
Sports fielded19
Founded2003
Members
No. of members7
Official website
OCCSports.org

The Ohio Cardinal Conference, which began play in 2003, is an OHSAA athletic league whose members are from Ashland, Holmes, Richland, and Wayne counties in Ohio. The conference name stems from the local legacy of the Cardinal Conference.

The previous Cardinal Conference included: New Philadelphia, Dover, Coshocton, Ashland, Mansfield Malabar & Mansfield Madison.

History[edit]

In 2001, local athletic directors met in Mansfield, Ohio to discuss the formation of a new athletic conference; seven schools agreed to form the Ohio Cardinal Conference.[1] Five of the initial member schools came from the disbanding Ohio Heartland Conference: Ashland, Lexington, Mansfield Madison, Mansfield Senior, and Orrville.[2] West Holmes joined from the Mohican-Area Conference, and Wooster from the Federal League.[2] Clear Fork, the only non-original member of the conference, joined for the 2004-05 season.

Bureaucratically, the conference had some early struggles. The first conference commissioner, Jim Glauer, resigned in 2002 before the league even began play.[3] He was replaced by Ron Dessecker from Orrville, who remains the current commissioner.

Lexington High School has dominated the OCC athletically since the conference's inception. It has won nine consecutive all-sports trophies, the award given to the school with the greatest success in all conference athletic competitions.[4] It also has won the girls' tennis conference title every year in the conference's history and has won three state titles in that sport.[5] The Lexington boys' tennis team won all but one conference title and two state titles in the same sport. Other schools have dominated specific sports in the same way: Madison has dominated the league in girls’ volleyball and baseball. Mansfield Senior has been the champion or co-champion in boys' basketball in 9 of 11 league seasons, Wooster has won all eleven boys' swimming and nine girls' swimming titles, Ashland had four running girls' soccer championships, and Mount Vernon has won every conference softball title since joining in 2016.[1]

West Holmes High School revived discussions that had begun in 2007 with the East Central Ohio League to leave the Ohio Cardinal Conference effective the 2009-10 school year, which would have left the conference with an odd number of teams.[6] West Holmes has since decided, at least for the time being, to remain in the Ohio Cardinal Conference.

An invitation for membership was extended to Triway High School in 2009, but Triway's administration voted to remain in the PAC-8.[7]

In March 2015, Orrville was invited to join the PAC-8 in 2016 as a replacement for schools that are leaving that league.[8] As a result of the Red Riders' imminent departure, Mount Vernon was invited to replace them in 2016.[9]

In March 2016, the OCC voted to kick out Clear Fork following the 2017-18 school year.[10] The Colts will subsequently join the Mid-Ohio Athletic Conference in 2017-18 instead.

In April 2020, the OCC announced that New Philadelphia would join as their eighth member beginning in the 2022-23 school year. The OCC agreed to let New Philadelphia continue to play their Week 10 football rivalry with Dover, which is currently the third-oldest in Ohio.[11]

Members[1][edit]

The current member schools of the OCC.
School Nickname Location Enrollment (CB/FB 2020) State FB Region (2020) Colors Middle school(s) Tenure
Ashland Arrows Ashland 374 3:10 Orange, Black
   
Ashland MS 2003-
Lexington Minutemen Lexington 291 3:10 Purple, Gold
   
Lexington JHS 2003-
Madison Comprehensive Rams Madison Twp. 357 3:10 Green, White
   
Madison JHS 2003-
Mansfield Tygers Mansfield 322 3:10 Orange, Brown
   
Mansfield MS 2003-
Mount Vernon Yellow Jackets Mount Vernon 475 2:7 Orange, Black
   
Mount Vernon MS 2016-
West Holmes Knights Millersburg 286 3:10 Blue, Red, White
     
West Holmes MS 2003-
Wooster Generals Wooster 400 2:7 Blue, Gold
   
Edgewood MS 2003-

Future member[edit]

School Nickname Location Enrollment (CB/FB 2020) State FB Region (2020) Colors Middle school(s) Tenure
New Philadelphia Quakers New Philadelphia 335 3:9 Red, Black
   
Welty MS 2022-

Former members[edit]

School Nickname Location Colors Middle school(s) Tenure
Clear Fork Colts Bellville Green, Black, White
     
Clear Fork MS 2004-2017
Orrville Red Riders Orrville Red, White, Black
     
Orrville MS 2003-2016

Conference rivalries[edit]

  • Mansfield vs. Madison
  • Mansfield vs. Ashland
  • Mansfield vs. Lexington

Non-conference rivalries[edit]

  • Orrville vs. Wooster
  • West Holmes vs. Triway
  • West Holmes vs. Hiland
  • Lexington vs. Clear Fork
  • Madison vs. Shelby
  • Lexington vs. Ontario
  • Mansfield Sr. vs. Massillion Washington
  • Mount Vernon vs. Delaware Hayes

State championships[12][edit]

This table only includes state championships won by schools while a member of the Ohio Cardinal Conference:

School Sport Year(s)
Ashland none
Clear Fork Boys' Baseball 2010[13]
Lexington Girls' Tennis

Boys' Tennis

Girls' Cross Country

Boys' Cross Country

2006, 2007, 2010, 2011, 2012

2004, 2013

2015, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020

2015, 2017

Madison Girls Soccer 2020
Mansfield none
Mount Vernon none
Orrville Volleyball 2003[14]
West Holmes Girls' Basketball 2014[15]
Wooster none

Boys' league championships[16][edit]

School Year Football Cross Country Soccer Golf Basketball Wrestling Swimming Bowling Baseball Track & Field Tennis
2003-04 Wooster Wooster Lexington Ashland Wooster, Mansfield West Holmes Wooster began in 2017-18 Ashland Wooster Lexington
2004-05 Wooster Wooster Lexington Ashland Mansfield [17] Wooster Wooster n/a Lexington, Madison Ashland Lexington
2005-06 Madison, Orrville Lexington Ashland, Wooster Ashland, Wooster Mansfield [18] Ashland Wooster n/a Madison Lexington Lexington
2006-07 Ashland Wooster Wooster Lexington Mansfield [19] West Holmes Wooster n/a Ashland Lexington Wooster
2007-08 Ashland Lexington Wooster Lexington Lexington, Mansfield [20] West Holmes Wooster n/a Wooster Lexington Lexington
2008-09 Lexington Lexington Lexington Ashland Madison [21] Lexington Wooster n/a Clear Fork Lexington Lexington
2009-10 Ashland Lexington Clear Fork, Lexington Ashland Mansfield [22] Lexington Wooster n/a Clear Fork Lexington Lexington
2010-11 Clear Fork Ashland Wooster Ashland Lexington [23] Lexington Wooster n/a Wooster Lexington Lexington
2011-12 Ashland Wooster Madison Ashland Lexington, Mansfield [24] Lexington Wooster n/a Ashland Lexington Lexington
2012-13 Madison, Mansfield, West Holmes Ashland Ashland Lexington Mansfield Lexington Wooster n/a Lexington Wooster Lexington
2013-14[25] Mansfield Ashland Ashland Lexington West Holmes Lexington Wooster n/a Madison Wooster Lexington
2014-15[26] West Holmes, Wooster Ashland Lexington Lexington Ashland Lexington Wooster n/a Lexington, Madison Wooster Lexington
2015-16[27] Ashland, Mansfield, Wooster Ashland Ashland Lexington Lexington Ashland Wooster n/a Wooster Ashland Ashland
2016-17[28] Ashland, Lexington Lexington Wooster Ashland Wooster Ashland Wooster n/a Mt Vernon Ashland Ashland
2017-18[29] Ashland, Mansfield Sr, Wooster Lexington Wooster Lexington, Wooster Lexington, Mt Vernon Ashland Lexington Ashland Lexington Ashland Lexington
2018-19 Wooster Ashland Lexington, Wooster Lexington Lexington, Mansfield Ashland Lexington Wooster Lexington Ashland Lexington
2019-20 Wooster Ashland Lexington Wooster West Holmes n/a - COVID n/a - COVID n/a - COVID
2020-21 Ashland, West Holmes, Wooster Ashland Wooster Ashland

Girls' league championships[16][edit]

School Year Volleyball Cross Country Soccer Tennis Golf Basketball Swimming Bowling Softball Track & Field
2003-04 Orrville Ashland Lexington Lexington began in 2013 Orrville Wooster began in 2017-18 Ashland Lexington
2004-05 Orrville, Madison, Lexington, West Holmes Ashland Ashland Lexington n/a Orrville Lexington n/a Lexington Lexington
2005-06 Wooster Lexington Ashland Lexington n/a Wooster [30] Wooster n/a Clear Fork Ashland
2006-07 Wooster Ashland Ashland Lexington n/a Lexington Wooster n/a Ashland Ashland
2007-08 Wooster Lexington Ashland Lexington n/a West Holmes Wooster n/a Clear Fork, Wooster Orrville
2008-09 Madison Wooster Ashland Lexington n/a West Holmes Wooster n/a Clear Fork, Lexington Ashland
2009-10 Lexington, Madison, Orrville Lexington Lexington, Wooster Lexington n/a Orrville [31] Wooster n/a Clear Fork Ashland
2010-11 Madison Lexington Clear Fork Lexington n/a West Holmes Lexington n/a Clear Fork Ashland
2011-12 Madison Lexington Wooster Lexington n/a West Holmes Wooster n/a Orrville Orrville
2012-13 Lexington Lexington Ashland Lexington n/a West Holmes Wooster n/a Madison West Holmes
2013-14[25] Madison, Orrville Lexington Clear Fork Lexington Ashland West Holmes Wooster n/a Ashland West Holmes
2014-15[26] Orrville Lexington Wooster Lexington Lexington West Holmes Wooster n/a Clear Fork Lexington
2015-16[27] Orrville Lexington Clear Fork Lexington Ashland West Holmes Lexington n/a Clear Fork Orrville
2016-17[28] Lexington Lexington Ashland Lexington Ashland West Holmes Wooster n/a Mount Vernon Lexington
2017-18[29] Ashland Lexington Madison Ashland n/a Wooster Lexington Lexington Mount Vernon Madison
2018-19 Lexington Lexington Madison Lexington Ashland Wooster Wooster Lexington Mount Vernon Lexington
2019-20 Wooster Lexington Ashland n/a n/a - COVID n/a - COVID
2020-21 Ashland, Wooster Lexington Madison Wooster n/a

All Sports Championships[edit]

2003-04 Wooster [32]
2004-05 Lexington
2005-06 Lexington
2006-07 Lexington
2007-08 Lexington
2008-09 Lexington
2009-10 Lexington [33]
2010-11 Lexington
2011-12 Lexington
2012-13 Lexington
2013-14 Ashland[25]
2014-15 Lexington[26]
2015-16 Ashland[27]
2016-17 Ashland[28]
2017-18 Lexington[29]
2018-19 Lexington
2019-2020 Wooster[34]

See also

Ohio High School Athletic Conferences

References[edit]

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  33. ^ "In the Ohio Cardinal Conference, Lexington took the". The Daily Record.
  34. ^ "Home | Ohio Cardinal Conference". www.ohiocardinalconference.org. Retrieved 2021-01-08.

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