Wilmington exits SWOC, returns to SCOL


When teams begin practice for the upcoming 2014 fall season, Wilmington High School will return to competition in the South Central Ohio League after a two-year stay in the Southwest Ohio Conference. Wilmington was once a founding member of the SCOL in 1922 (competition began in 1923), but when the conference collapsed in 1991 Wilmington joined the Fort Ancient Valley Conference the next year.


When the FAVC disbanded in 2012, Wilmington decided to join the SWOC and a two-year commitment was agreed upon. The decision is a practical one for Wilmington, as the travel time significantly improves.


As a relatively new conference, our goal is to continue establishing our league and creating sustaining rivalries. In such a short time, the SWOC has become a strong competitor in 23 sports across the divisions in the southwestern part of the state. We are very proud of this quick success, and plan to continue growing our conference.


We have an expansion committee in place to evaluate any interested schools, however our current plans are to move forward with 7 great schools who have the common purpose of being an interscholastic conference pursuing athletics as an integral part of the total educational process, and being able to provide outstanding opportunities in athletics for our student athletes.


“Wilmington has great respect for the teams in the SWOC. We’re thankful to have had the opportunity to be an initial member of the league ... we wish them a long and successful future,” said Wilmington athletic director Ed Blohm. “At the same time we’re looking forward to rejoining the SCOL after a long absence.”