The five current members of the South Central Ohio League that voted earlier this year to leave the SCOL and join Jackson High School in a new league announced Tuesday that what will be called the Frontier Athletic Conference will begin play in the fall of 2017.
The six members of the FAC will be Chillicothe, Greenfield McClain, Hillsboro, Jackson, Miami Trace and Washington Court House.
The FAC said in a news release that the Ohio High School Athletic Association recently recognized the new conference after its board of control approved the conference name in September.
The FAC Board of Control consists of the high school principals and athletic directors from each of the member school districts.
The conference also announced that Terri Tutt has been named the conference commissioner. It said she comes to the position having been a coach, referee, athletic director, member of the Southeast District Athletic Board, and an OHSAA field service representative.
Anticipated sports the conference said it intends to award championships in include:
• Fall – Boys and girls cross country, boys and girls golf, football, boys and girls soccer, girls tennis and volleyball.
• Winter – Boys and girls bowling, boys and girls basketball, boys and girls swimming, and wrestling.
• Spring – Baseball, softball, boys tennis, and boys and girls track and field.
Moving forward from this point, the conference said the commissioner and athletic directors will be writing bylaws for approval by the FAC Board of Control. It said the goal is to have the Frontier Athletic Conference operational by Jan. 1.
Early this year the SCOL announced that it was looking to expand from eight to 12 teams, possibly creating two divisions in the league. But shortly thereafter came a shocking announcement that said Chillicothe, Greenfield McClain, Hillsboro, Miami Trace and Washington were leaving the eight-team SCOL, which originated in 1923, to join Jackson in forming a new league.
That left the three other current SCOL members – Clinton-Massie, East Clinton and Wilmington – without any league affiliation following the current school year. Sources said East Clinton had asked to join the new league, but Clinton-Massie and Wilmington had not.
Those three Clinton County schools have since decided to join Southern Buckeye Academic and Athletic Conference beginning next school year, where the only other Clinton County school district, Blanchester, is already a member. It will be a two division conference.
In its news release, the FAC said: “The commissioner, board of control and the athletic directors are excited to bring a quality league together and look forward to great sportsmanship and competition in the future of the Frontier Athletic Conference. The conference hopes to have a working relationship with all area leagues and conferences, and looks forward to Aug. 1, 2017, as the fall season begins initial contests in the Frontier Athletic Conference.”
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