YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Last week, we told you about ITCL commissioner Paul Andraso’s concerns regarding the future of the ITCL. On Monday, seven local schools made it official that the 2016-17 school year would be their last in the league.
According to the Morning Journal, representatives from Columbiana, Lisbon, East Palestine, Leetonia, Southern, Wellsville and United together signed one letter saying they will not be a part of the league at the start of the 2017-18 school year. Andraso said he expects those schools to form a new league along with Toronto. The letter of resignation did not reveal the schools’ future intentions, but it seems as if the departing schools are all content on moving on without having to compete against Crestview, South Range and Springfield in a league setting.
What does that mean for the rest of the conference?
All-American Conference commissioner Rick King said on Monday that the AAC has been in contact with Crestview, South Range and Springfield about membership. “If adding one or all three schools makes sense and strengthens our league, we’ll do it,” King said.
King said the league’s expansion committee will take up the issue soon and hopes to have an answer for those schools by the middle of April.
Jackson-Milton, Western Reserve, Lowellville, Mineral Ridge, Sebring and McDonald have yet to submit a letter of resignation from the ITCL, but it is expected that those schools will form another league also without Springfield, South Range and Crestview.