Southwest Conference is reborn
Pierce City, 7 other schools announce official alliance
The last time a league of schools wore the name Southwest Conference was in 2008, when it consisted of Carthage, McDonald County, Neosho, Nevada and Webb City.
With those schools disbanding, the name sat idol until Wednesday, when the moniker was rebranded with eight new schools.
Beginning the 2018-2019 year, Ash Grove, Diamond, Lockwood, Marionville, Miller, Pierce City, Pleasant Hope, and Sarcoxie will represent the reincarnated Southwest Conference (SWC).
The SWC will offer the following official conference activities for their students: academic bowl, art, math quiz bowl, science bowl, instrumental and vocal music, baseball, basketball (boys and girls), boys golf, cross country, football, softball, track (boys and girls) and volleyball.
All schools have voted to join the new league.
Administrators are now working together to finalize schedules and bylaws that will govern the SWC and create a high quality, collaborative conference that benefits the students and communities in each of the high schools.
Pierce City had voted on Nov. 30 to leave the Spring River Valley Conference.
“There was a concern for the long term viability of 11-man football in the SRVC,” said Russ Moreland, Pierce City superintendent. “Joining this new group, we believe, is the best thing for the immediate and long-term future of our athletic programs.”
Moreland also noted that the schools in the group have stable enrollments which means more opportunities for athletics and academics competition at the sub-varsity level.