(7-25-17) Shelby may have set a new Ohio record for competing in three different athletic conferences in three years.
- Northern Ohio League
- Sandusky Bay Conference
- Mid-Ohio Athletic Conference
At Monday night’s Shelby Board of Education meeting the district accepted an invitation to join the Mid-Ohio Athletic Conference (MOAC) at the earliest reasonable date. The district will immediately withdraw from the Sandusky Bay Conference (SBC), where it will compete during the upcoming school year.
Superintendent Tim Tarvin said the invitation to join the MOAC came after North Union notified the conference it would be moving to the Central Buckeye Conference:
“That took the MOAC down from eight schools to seven. We’ve had prior conversations with folks of the MOAC, and we have contacted the Sandusky Bay Conference and they are aware of our actions.”
Shelby High School Principal John Gies:
“I do believe we’re going to be with a group that is pretty solid; there could be one or two tweaks in the future but I think for the most part we’re done. It’s just hard to imagine we spent 70 years in one league, and now all of a sudden we’ll be in two leagues (three leagues) in two (three) years.”
The MOAC originally had 16 members and was divided into two eight-team divisions, until a mass exodus of 10 members announced they would be leaving the conference. With Shelby now in the fold they will join current MOAC Red Division members Ontario (former NOL member), Clear Fork (voted out of Ohio Cardinal Conference), Galion, Marion Harding, Marion Pleasant, River Valley and Buckeye Valley in the eight school set-up.