Principals Athletic Conference

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The Principals Athletic Conference (PAC-8) is an Ohio High School Athletic Association (OHSAA) athletic league, formed in 1989, made up of seven schools from Stark, Summit, and Wayne counties with full membership, and one football-only member in Ashland County.[1]

The PAC-8 (the PAC-7 prior to 2007) is home to some of the biggest rivalries in high school sports: The Triway Titans vs. the Orrville Red Riders,[2] the Fairless Falcons vs. Tuslaw Mustangs in "The Blue Cup",[3] and Manchester Panthers vs. Tusky Valley in the battle for the "Red, White, and Black".[citation needed]

Current members[edit]

The all-time PAC-8 members.
School Nickname Location Colors Type Tenure
Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy Royals Cuyahoga Falls Blue, White
         
Private 2001-
Fairless Falcons Navarre Blue, Silver
         
Public 1989-
Manchester Panthers New Franklin Red, Black
         
Public 1989-
Northwest Indians Canal Fulton Red, White, Gray
              
Public 2017-
Orrville Red Riders Orrville Red, Black, & White
              
Public 2016-
Triway Titans Wooster Purple, White
         
Public 2005-
Tuslaw Mustangs Tuscarawas Blue, White
         
Public 1989-

Affiliate member[edit]

School Nickname Location Colors Type Tenure Sports
Loudonville Redbirds Loudonville Red and Gray
         
Public 2017- Football

Former members[edit]

School Nickname Location Colors Type Tenure
Coventry Comets Coventry Twp. Blue, Gold
         
Public 1989-2005
East Canton Hornets East Canton Blue, Gold
         
Public 1989-2005
Indian Valley Braves Gnadenhutten Red, Blue
         
Public 2007-2017
Sandy Valley Cardinals Magnolia Red, Gray
         
Public 1989-2001
Timken Trojans Canton Blue, Gold
         
Public 2005-2015
Tuscarawas Valley Trojans Zoarville Red, Black
         
Public 1989-2017

Recent history[edit]

  • In January 2013, Northwest High School (Canal Fulton) and Orrville High School applied for membership in the PAC-8.[4] Both were turned down after a league discussion.
  • In February 2015, both Indian Valley and Tusky Valley announced that they would leave the PAC-8 in the 2016-17 school year to join the Inter-Valley Conference.[5]
  • On February 25, 2015, the Canton City School District unanimously approved a proposal to consolidate their school district into one high school, which will effectively close Timken as a traditional high school. Thus, Timken will drop out of the PAC. Timken will house Canton's freshmen, the Timken Early College High School, and several tech programs while sophomores, juniors, and seniors will attend Canton McKinley High School.[6]
  • On February 18, 2015 four schools asked to join the PAC: Canton South, Northwest, Orrville, and Loudonville.
  • On March 4, 2015, two schools were invited to join the PAC: Orrville and Northwest. They are expected to accept the invitation.[7] The league would like Orrville to join for 2016-17, bringing membership back up to eight after a year at seven, then would add Northwest for 2017-18 year when Indian Valley and Tusky Valley leave.[8] On April 18, 2015, it was announced that the PAC accepted Loudonville's bid to join the league. Loudonville is expected to join the PAC as a football-only member for the 2017-2018 school year.[9]

See also[edit]

  1. ^ "Remember When". The Press-News, Magnolia, OH. 2014-08-06. Retrieved 2014-12-21.
  2. ^ Dorksen, Aaron (March 11, 2011). "Orrville-Triway Rivalry to Add Another Chapter: Rivals Rally From Off Years, Reach District Final Tonight". Wooster Daily Record. Retrieved March 11, 2011.
  3. ^ Easterling, Chris (November 1, 2014). "Fairless beats Tuslaw to win Blue Cup for second straight year". FridayNightOhio.com. Retrieved March 10, 2015.
  4. ^ Harpster, David (January 30, 2013). "Northwest, Orrville apply for membership in the Principals Athletic Conference". IndeOnline.com. Retrieved January 30, 2013.
  5. ^ Metzger, Roger (February 21, 2015). "Five high schools to join Inter-Valley Conference". Times Reporter. Retrieved February 22, 2015.
  6. ^ "School Board Unanimously Approves "One Community, One School"". Canton City School District. Retrieved 2015-02-26.
  7. ^ Dorksen, Aaron (March 4, 2015). "Orrville, Northwest Extended Invitations to Join Principals Athletic Conference". Wooster Daily Record. Retrieved March 7, 2015.
  8. ^ King, Steve (March 17, 2015). "Prinicpals Athletic Conference plans its future". The Suburbanite. Retrieved March 19, 2015.
  9. ^ http://www.the-daily-record.com/local%20sports/2015/04/18/loudonville-to-join-pac-for-football-only-in-2017-18