South West Conference

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This article is about the High School South-West Conference (SWC) in Connecticut. For the unrelated and defunct college conference abbreviated as the SWC, see Southwest Athletic Conference.

The South-West Conference is a high school athletics conference in Southwestern Connecticut. The conference comprises schools in Fairfield County, Litchfield County, and New Haven County

History[edit]

Prior to the 1980s, high school sports leagues in Connecticut tended to be smaller than they are today and were composed of schools that were very close, geographically, and often represented student bodies that were fairly similar in composition. In the late 80s, as a result of an effort by the Commissioner of Education and the Superintendents of many of our school districts, a movement emerged to expand athletic conferences and have them represent schools of greater variety in terms of socio-economic population, racial and ethnic population, and geography. Numerous programs were developed to encourage closer cooperation between urban/suburban communities. As a result of this effort, a number of athletic conferences expanded.

With the expansion of conferences, many smaller conferences, previously able to schedule a full competitive sports schedule found they were unable to fill out schedules without an extraordinary amount of travel to distant schools. Two such conferences, the WCC (Western Connecticut Conference) and the CCIAC (Cross County Interscholastic Athletic Conference) had developed a close working relationship in order to meet their schedule commitments. In the early 1990s a group of representatives from each of the conferences met to discuss the possibility of formally joining together to form one conference that would meet their respective needs. In 1994, an agreement was reached and began operations in the fall of 1995. The South-West Conference was born. [1]

The South West Conference established two divisions for its sports programs. The Colonial Division members represent the larger schools; the Patriot Division members represent the smaller schools.

Colonial Division[edit]

School Mascot Location Colors
Bethel High School Wildcats Bethel, Connecticut Maroon & White
Brookfield High School Bobcats Brookfield, Connecticut Blue & Gold
Frank Scott Bunnell High School Bulldogs Stratford, Connecticut Blue & Silver
Masuk High School Panthers Monroe, Connecticut Red & White
New Milford High School Green Wave New Milford, Connecticut Green & White
Newtown High School Nighthawks Newtown, Connecticut Blue & Gold
Pomperaug High School Panthers Southbury, Connecticut Black & Red

Patriot Division[edit]

School Mascot Location Colors
Immaculate High School Mustangs Danbury, Connecticut Navy & White
Joel Barlow High School Falcons Redding, Connecticut Black & Gold
Kolbe Cathedral High School Cougars Bridgeport, Connecticut Blue & Yellow
Lauralton Hall Crusaders Milford, Connecticut Navy & White
New Fairfield High School Rebels New Fairfield, Connecticut Red, White & Blue
Notre Dame High School Lancers Fairfield, Connecticut Navy & White
Stratford High School Red Devils Stratford, Connecticut Red & Gold
Weston High School Trojans Weston, Connecticut Blue & Gold

Sports[edit]

Fall[edit]

  • Cross Country
  • Field Hockey
  • Football
  • Soccer
  • Swimming (Women)
  • Volleyball

Winter[edit]

  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Gymnastics
  • Ice Hockey
  • Indoor Track
  • Skiing
  • Swimming (Men)
  • Wrestling

Spring[edit]

  • Baseball
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Track and Field
  • Volleyball (Men)

See also[edit]

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