Avon High School informed the West Shore Conference during its meeting Tuesday that it was withdrawing from the league pending acceptance into the Southwestern Conference, according to The Sandusky Register.
A position in the SWC is opening when Berea and Midpark high schools consolidate after the school year, and the Eagles expect to become the league’s eighth school because of their growth and recent athletic success, the Register said in a story Tuesday.
The story also said that Avon’s departure has sparked the Vermilion Sailors into pursuing reinstatement in the West Shore Conference.
“Seeing a much bigger school like Avon potentially leave played into our decision to apply to get back in,” Vermilion school board member Dale Dawson said in the Register story. “You have a couple big schools, but one of the attractions was, who the possibilities may be with regards to an eighth team coming in there. There are teams that may come in there who excite us about re-establishing rivalries in the WSC.”
With Avon’s departure, the WSC would consist of Bay, Elyria Catholic, Lakewood, Midview, North Ridgeville and Rocky River, with the Sailors potentially filling a seventh spot.
If the Eagles join the SWC, its field will consist of Amherst, Avon, Avon Lake, Berea-Midpark, Brecksville-Broadview Heights, North Olmsted, Olmsted Falls and Westlake.
The consolidated school will be known as the Berea-Midpark Titans next season.
Vermilion announced in 2011 it was leaving the WSC because it felt it was having trouble competing in the league, and had expected to join the Northern Ohio League — which consists of Bellevue, Norwalk, Sandusky, Tiffin Columbian and Willard — in a couple years.
The Sailors scrapped the NOL plans when it looked as if the Patriot Athletic Conference was going to expand again — the league took in Firelands and Fairview two years ago — and was expected to be one of four teams added to the two-division conference, but the expansion plans fell through and Vermilion expected to be an independent program for at least the next season.