Miami Valley League joins GWOC with decision to play conference-only schedule

Piqua and Troy are two of the 10 schools leaving the GWOC after the 2018-19 school year to form the Miami Valley League. FILE PHOTO
Piqua and Troy are two of the 10 schools leaving the GWOC after the 2018-19 school year to form the Miami Valley League. FILE PHOTO

One day after the Greater Western Ohio Conference announced it would play conference-only schedules this fall, the Miami Valley League made the same decision.

“The Miami Valley League (MVL) Superintendents met today to discuss the current status of fall interscholastic athletics,” the league announced Friday. “Given that the current COVID-19 pandemic is going to be with us for the foreseeable future, it was decided that it is in our collective best interest to compete among MVL schools only during the regular season. This decision will allow membership to implement protocols and guidelines for all member schools to follow and allow for a more controlled environment for the student athletes to safely return to competition. Decisions like this are never easy but this gives our students the best opportunity to have a season, given the mandates that must be met and the uncharacteristic times we face.”

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The Miami Valley League includes Butler, Piqua, Greenville, Tippecanoe, Troy, Fairborn, Sidney, Stebbins, West Carrollton and Xenia.

Fall sports practices begin Saturday. The Ohio High School Athletic Association announced Friday the season would proceed as planned.

However, some schools and school districts have suspended sports. Trotwood-Madison, Middletown and Dayton Public Schools are among those that have chosen not to start practices because of the coronavirus pandemic.