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Okaw Valley Future Still Up In Air; Clinton's Too?

Last week Athletic Directors met from the five schools expected to remain in what is likely to become a split Okaw Valley Conference.

The meeting was geared towards discussion of how the expected remaining five wanted to proceed forward. Clinton High School Athletic Director, Karl Parrish noted there was also discussion towards re-expansion and inviting new schools in.

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While he could not give out many details, Parrish confirms speculation of St. Joseph-Ogden and Champaign St. Thomas More being invited to the Okaw is indeed true.

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As far as number of schools officials would seek out, Parrish says it all hinges on the number of teams that leave. He says if seven teams are to leave, as of right now it appears seven will, they would like to rebuild the conference to a ten school league.

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Location will certainly play a key role in who these schools invite. Parrish notes they have addressed schools to the north and to the east of Clinton. While Clinton remains one of the five expected to be a part of the future of the Okaw, Parrish says Clinton's future is very much undecided currently.

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Clinton has not been approached by any other conferences to join, however, Parrish says if that were to happen, they would seriously consider the possibility.

A couple schools in the Corn Belt Conference may be possibly invited to join the Okaw.

Parrish also stresses that nothing is for certain as to the number of schools or even which schools are leaving the Okaw Valley Conference. He speculates things could become final within a few weeks.


Karl Parrish On Okaw Valley Conference Future:

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