In a move that could create a domino effect of changes throughout the area, Galion High School has officially been voted in and accepted as a tenth member of the North Central Conference Wednesday, a move that had long been rumored and speculated for months.
Galion joins Upper Sandusky, who left the NOL for the NCC Feb. 5, to expand the NCC to a 10-team conference that will feature a big school/small school division.
The move leaves the Northern Ohio League, which features three area schools, Bellevue, Norwalk and Willard, with just six teams. Currently the NOL is made up by five other schools for an eight-team league, including Galion, Upper Sandusky, Tiffin Columbian, Fostoria and Shelby.
Both Galion and Upper Sandusky will join the NCC in two school years, meaning the change will officially take place in time for the 2011-12 school year.
There is no timetable on the NOL finding replacements for the two schools, however, various online reports have suggested Sandusky High School as a potential frontrunner for one of the two vacant slots should they apply.
Sandusky currently calls the Greater Buckeye Conference home along with Fremont Ross, which features long bus rides to Napoleon, Lima Senior, Marion Harding and Findlay. Galion and Upper Sandusky both cited lengthy travel times in a poor economy as one of the factors in the decision to move.