After adding Jay County to the mix, it appears the Allen County Athletic Conference may be losing a member in the future.
NECC incoming president Mark Hofer, the athletic director at Fairfield, released a statement Thursday that Garrett has been invited to rejoin the North East Corner Conference. Hofer’s statement read:
“The North East Corner Conference Principals and Athletic Directors met Wednesday morning to act upon a request from Garrett High School for membership in the NECC. Having received the required affirmative votes outlined in its by-laws, the NECC extended an invitation to Garrett for membership in the conference pending approval by the Garrett Board of Education later this month. Garrett will be meeting soon with their current conference, the Allen County Conference (ACAC), to discuss the logistics of their leaving that conference to join the NECC.”
Garrett was a member of the NECC for about 20 years until joining the ACAC in 2005. The Garrett-Keyser-Butler Community school board will meet on May 20, with joining the NECC as an agenda item. Travel costs have been given as the biggest reason for the Railroaders’ return to the NECC.
Last month, Jay County was invited and approved by its school board to join the ACAC in two years, about the same time Garrett could be moving to the NECC. The question still remains how many teams will the ACAC have in a couple of years. Jay County will be in, and Garrett will be out, and the status of Southern Wells, which currently does not compete for the conference football championship, is still in question with an impending vote by the ACAC on the Raiders’ status.
It continues a recent trend in area conference changes, including the NHC’s decision to disband in 2015.