Ohio Valley Athletic Conference

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Ohio Valley Athletic Conference
Classification OHSAA Divisions I-VII
WVSSAC Divisions A-AAA
Region  Ohio
 West Virginia
Sports fielded Football, Cross Country, Golf, Soccer, Tennis, Basketball, Swimming, Wrestling, Baseball, Softball, Track and Field
Founded 1943
No. of members 51
Official website

The Ohio Valley Athletic Conference is a high school sports league in parts of southeastern Ohio and northern West Virginia. The OVAC is the largest conference of its kind in the United States.[1] Schools in the upper Ohio Valley supply over 18,000 athletes in various competitive athletic areas. The conference was organized in 1943.[2]


Schools are categorized by enrollment of eligible athletes, where Class A is the smallest enrollment and Class AAAAA is the largest enrollment.[3] As of the 2017-2018 school year, there are 18,211 eligible athletes in grades 9 through 11.[4]

Class Enrollment Members
A (1A) 0-179 11
AA (2A) 180-222 11
AAA (3A) 223-346 9
AAAA (4A) 347-491 10
AAAAA (5A) 492+ 10

Member schools[edit]

School Nickname Location Colors Joined Class
Barnesville Shamrocks Barnesville, Ohio Green, Red, White
1953 AAA
Beallsville Blue Devils Beallsville, Ohio Royal Blue, White
1960 A
Beaver Local Beavers East Liverpool, Ohio Red, White
1991 AAAAA
Bellaire Big Reds Bellaire, Ohio Red, Black
1943 AAA
Bridgeport Bulldogs Bridgeport, Ohio Columbia Blue, White, Black
1946 AA
Brooke Bruins Wellsburg, West Virginia Green, Gold
1969 AAAAA
Buckeye Local Panthers Rayland, Ohio Navy, Silver
1990 AAAA
Buckeye Trail Warriors Lore City, Ohio Royal Blue, White
1977 AAA
Caldwell Redskins Caldwell, Ohio Red, White
1977 AA
Cambridge Bobcats Cambridge, Ohio Royal Blue, White
1974 AAAA
Cameron Dragons Cameron, West Virginia Navy, Gold
1950 A
Clay-Battelle Cee-Bees Blacksville, West Virginia Navy, Grey
2011 AA
Conotton Valley Rockets Bowerston, Ohio Kelly Green, White
1991 A
Crestview Rebels Columbiana, Ohio Black, Gold
2016 AAA
East Liverpool Potters East Liverpool, Ohio Blue, White
1973 AAAA
East Richland Christian Lions St. Clairsville, Ohio Scarlet Red, White, Vegas Gold
2011 A
Edison Wildcats Richmond, Ohio Silver, Black
1993 AAAA
Fort Frye Cadets Beverly, Ohio Scarlet Red, Dover White, Royal Blue
1977 AAA
Frontier Cougars New Matamoras, Ohio Columbia Blue, Vegas Gold
1975 A
Harrison Central Huskies Cadiz, Ohio Black, Silver, Royal Blue
1999 AAAA
Hundred Hornets Hundred, West Virginia Navy, Red, White
1997 A
Indian Creek Redskins Wintersville, Ohio Red, Gold
1993 AAAAA
John Marshall Monarchs Glen Dale, West Virginia Vegas Gold, Brown
1968 AAAAA
Linsly Cadets Wheeling, West Virginia Orange, Black
1943 AA
Madonna Blue Dons Weirton, West Virginia Navy, Silver, White
1958 A
Magnolia Blue Eagles New Martinsville, West Virginia Blue, Gold
1949 AAA
Martins Ferry Purple Riders Martins Ferry, Ohio Purple, White
1943 AAAA
Meadowbrook Colts Byesville, Ohio Orange, Brown, White
1972 AAAA
Monroe Central Seminoles Woodsfield, Ohio Red, Vegas Gold, Black, White
1994 AAA
Morgantown Mohigans Morgantown, West Virginia Red, Royal Blue
2010 AAAAA
Oak Glen Golden Bears New Cumberland, West Virginia Columbia Blue, Gold, White
1964 AAAA
Paden City Wildcats Paden City, West Virginia Forest Green, White
1957 A
Parkersburg South Patriots Parkersburg, West Virginia Blue, Scarlet, White
1975 AAAAA
River Pilots Hannibal, Ohio Scarlet, Gray
1958 AA
Shadyside Tigers Shadyside, Ohio Orange, Black
1943 AA
Shenandoah Zeps Sarahsville, Ohio Forest Green, White
1973 AA
Southern Local Indians Salineville, Ohio Royal Blue, Athletic Gold
2015 AA
St. Clairsville Red Devils St. Clairsville, Ohio Scarlet, Gray
1947 AAAA
St. John Fighting Irish Bellaire, Ohio Kelly Green, White
1943 A
Steubenville Big Red Steubenville, Ohio Crimson Red, Black
1943 AAAA
Steubenville Catholic Central Crusaders Steubenville, Ohio Royal Blue, Gold
1943 AA
Toronto Red Knights Toronto, Ohio Red, White
1950 AA
Trinity Christian Warriors Morgantown, West Virginia Cardinal Red, Vegas Gold
2009 A
Union Local Jets Belmont, Ohio Red, White
1959 AAA
University Hawks Morgantown, West Virginia Crimson, Gold, Black
2010 AAAAA
Valley Lumberjacks Pine Grove, West Virginia Black, Gold
1977 A
Warren Warriors Vincent, Ohio Royal Blue, White
2015 AAAAA
Weir Red Riders Weirton, West Virginia Red, Black
1943 AAAAA
Wellsville Tigers Wellsville, Ohio Orange, Black
1954 AA
Wheeling Central Catholic Maroon Knights Wheeling, West Virginia Maroon, White
1943 AAA
Wheeling Park Patriots Wheeling, West Virginia Red, White, Royal
1976 AAAAA

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