Dec 1 – Fifteen schools have decided to leave the Little Okaw Valley Conference effective June 30, 2019.
According to a written press release from LOVC President Matt Shoaff, the following schools have submitted letters to withdraw from the conference: Arcola, Argenta-Oreana, Arthur Lovington Atwood Hammond, Bement, Blue Ridge, Cerro Gordo, Villa Grove, Heritage, Cumberland, Decatur- LSA, Kansas, Oakland, Okaw Valley, Sangamon Valley, and Shiloh. The conference has been around since the 70’s and consisted of those schools as well as Martinsville, Oblong, Palestine, and Hutsonville.
Shoaff, Principal of Okaw Valley High School said Okaw was withdrawing after being in the conference since the 2002-2003 school year. They decided to withdraw after so many schools decided to drop out. “No one was left except for us and those in the south. We thought if everyone else was leaving then we should too since there were so few schools to play.” He continued to say he wanted to do what was best for the students of Okaw Valley and as LOVC President; he said the other schools wanted to do the same. “The Little Okaw Valley Conference has a rich history of excellence in academics and athletics. At this time, there is restructuring of the conference and schools are doing what they feel is in the best interest of their students and communities.” Lutheran School Administration Athletic Direct Kurt Younghouse said LSA had been involved with LOVC since the 2014-2015 school year. He mentioned the LSA Board of Education and Administration felt it was in the best intereset of their students and programs to resign.
Those schools choosing to leave the conference will do so effective June 30, 2019. Shoaff mentioned there is some talk about the withdrawn schools forming their own conference, but nothing is definite at this time.