Officials from a handful of area high schools recently met to discuss the formation of a new league.
The meeting, first reported by the Logan Daily News, was held last week and confirmed Nov. 30 to ThisWeek by Canal Winchester athletics director Patrick Durbin.
“I have no idea if it will even come to fruition. There seems to be some interest but nothing solid. We’re not even close to anything happening,” said Durbin, who added that his school is happy to be part of the OCC.
In addition to Canal Winchester, the other OCC schools represented were Groveport, Lancaster and Reynoldsburg. Logan, Teays Valley and Zanesville also had officials in attendance.
While Mount Vernon and Newark were not represented at the meeting, both schools had shown interest before the meeting and were made aware of the proceedings of the meeting afterward. Mount Vernon has since decided against further discussions involving the formation of the new league.
“Our job is to always try to improve our situation for our community and our kids,” Groveport athletics director Steve Petros said Dec. 1. “I will sit down and talk to anybody if it’s a way to improve our community and our kids’ situation; whether we pursue this any further remains to be seen.”
The OCC last realigned before the 2016-17 school year and is set to undergo another before the next school year because of the addition of Olentangy Berlin, which would be the conference’s 32nd member.
Teays Valley is a member of the MSL, and Zanesville is in the East Central Ohio League.
Zanesville and Logan were part of the Southeastern Ohio Athletic League before it disbanded following the 2016-17 school year.
“At this time, nothing is imminent, but we will always be open to any option that might be best for our community and for our kids,” Reynoldsburg athletics director Jacob Perkins said Dec. 1. “That being said, we are a founding member of the OCC and remain proud members of the conference.”
Lancaster athletics director Pam Bosser said, “We’re always looking for good opportunities for our kids. We’re in the listening phase right now. … There is a lot of uncertainty about possible realignment in the OCC and we don’t know how that’s going to go.”