(1-26-22) Edgewood High School and Ross High School announced Tuesday afternoon the athletic programs are leaving the Southwest Ohio Conference (SWOC) to join the Southwestern Buckeye League (SWBL) starting in the 2023-24 school year.

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One other SWOC member was turned down by the SWBL according to a tweet by Southwest Ohio Sports Daily

Both schools have been members of the Southwest Ohio Conference (SWOC) since the 2012-13 school year. This will leave just four member schools in the conference… Harrison, Mount Healthy, Northwest and Talawanda.

SWOC president Joe Pollitt, Northwest High School principal

“The Southwest Ohio Conference has been informed that Edgewood High School and Ross High School intend to leave after the 2022-2023 school year. We wish them the best of luck as they begin their transition to the Southwestern Buckeye League. As a league, we have already started the process of reaching out to other area high schools to gauge their interest as we look to replace Edgewood and Ross and possibly expand further.”

The Ross Local School District Board of Education adopted a resolution Jan. 20 accepting an invitation to join the SWBL starting in 2023-24.

The current members of the SWBL includes Bellbrook, Monroe, Waynesville, Franklin and Oakwood in the East division and Eaton, Brookville, Valley View, Carlisle and Middletown Madison in the West division.

Ross athletic director Jake Richards

“We’re doing what we feel is in the best interest of our students and our student-athletes for the long term. We feel like the Southwestern Buckeye League is a great place for us. Our values align very well. We have great relationships already with a lot of their member schools. We feel like it’s a great move for us as a district.”

Edgewood City School District superintendent Russ Fussnecker said in a release the Edgewood Board of Education voted to approve the SWBL membership on Monday night.

Fussnecker said –

“We believe that the SWBL, a league with a rich history of utilizing sport as an extension of the classroom, represents a stable and competitive space for our student-athletes to grow far into the future, and feel honored to receive this invitation.,”

“The athletic department will begin to work immediately with SWBL member schools to formulate the timeline, divisional alignment, and scheduling details regarding our transition to full SWBL membership.”