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(2-25-20) Looking to replace Holgate the Green Meadows Conference last week invited Paulding (who was a charter member in 1962) to return to the conference, the Panthers left in 1974 to join the Northwest Conference. On Monday, Paulding sent a written response to accept the invitation.

The move has effects on both leagues, the GMC will retain 8 football members, while the NWC will drop to 7 football  members.  Those numbers are important when it comes to scheduling football, uneven numbers can be a nightmare.

the GMC Executive Board in its release –

“We are excited for the future of the GMC and look forward to discussing this opportunity further with Paulding. Our goal is to be transparent and supportive of Paulding while discussing timelines and expectations prior to finalizing their decision to officially join the Green Meadows Conference.”

An opening in the GMC materialized when the conference removed Holgate in January. Holgate will be the newest member in the Buckeye Border Conference in all sports but football, the Tigers will play 8-man football in the Northern 8 Football Conference.

The last change in the NWC was when Lima Central Catholic was asked to leave the conference back in 2011. The Thunderbirds have played as an independent since they left the conference.

The seven remaining NWC football members will include, Ada, Allen East, Bluffton, Columbus Grove, Crestview, Delphos Jefferson and Spencerville  Lincolnview is a non-football  member of the conference

No statement from the NWC has been issued about the future of the conference.

A meeting to discuss the change in league affiliation will take this Friday (Febuary 28) between Paulding’s school administrators and the GMC Executive Board Recruitment Committee.