“We’re done. This is all we were after,” OHC commissioner Jim Murray said. “If we get West Jefferson, then we’ll get down to business (with league alignment and scheduling). That will make us 12 and that was our goal.”
As for the CBC, commissioner Mike Ludlow said it officially invited Jonathan Alder to join starting with the 2017-18 school year. Greenon’s departure, along with Tippecanoe and Stebbins to the Greater Western Ohio Conference, leaves the CBC with nine schools. Ludlow said the conference wants to get back to 12 and has “some really active discussions going on with other schools.
“A year ago schools we were talking to had no interest. Now they’re very interested,” added Ludlow, who said he’s had discussions with at least three other schools. “You just never know when one domino falls where the last one will fall.”
Greenon Supt. Brad Silvus said administrators met with the school’s coaches in early January to discuss the situation.
“We talked with them about the positives and negatives. We tried to evaluate the concerns and had a good open dialogue,” Silvus said. “We had board members talking with the public the last few weeks as well, getting feedback. The majority of coaches are definitely on board and excited about the challenge.”
The largest school in the CBC Mad River Division (where Greenon resides) is Graham with 251 boys and 217 girls. Greenon is the second smallest to Northwestern’s 165 boys and 167 girls.
In the OHC, Greenon has the most boys (Northeastern is second with 173) and the most girls (Greeneview is second with 166).
“It was a very good choice for us,” Silvus said.
Silvus added Greenon wants to keep scheduling CBC schools, especially those in Clark County. That won’t be a problem, Ludlow said.
“Greenon has been an outstanding conference member,” Ludlow said. “You have to respect that each school has to do what they feel is in their best interest. As long as everybody is honest about it, life goes on. It’s not in anyone’s best interest to hold a grudge. I don’t think it’s going to damage anyone’s relations in any way. It’s a part of conference life in this day and age.”