The Ontario Local School District will join the Mid Ohio Athletic Conference in two years, as its current league will disband after the next season.
The Ontario school board reportedly approved the change at its regular meeting Thursday. Ontario has been in the NOL three years since leaving the North Central Conference, which is set to disband.
The school will compete against teams from Galion, Harding, Buckeye Valley, River Valley, North Union and Pleasant starting in 2017-18.
Additionally, Joe Tresey, athletic director of the Clear Fork school district, said its school board will vote on joining the conference Thursday.
Jonathan Alder and Fairbanks were the two schools that vacated the MOAC’s Red Division. Clear Fork was offered Fairbanks’ spot in November, but was dissuaded after the MOAC Blue Division decided to become its own conference. Clear Fork’s concern was the distance between schools in the MOAC Red Division.
But Jonathan Alder’s departure alleviated some of those concerns.
“It helps,” Tresey said.
In late February, the six remaining schools in the MOAC intended to stay together and search for at least two more schools to become an eight-team league again.
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