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June 1, 2020

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Paulding will leave NWC after 2020-21 school year

Discussions could involve league expansion – finding a school or schools that would be a good fit with NWC

The member schools of the Northwest Conference have been informed by Paulding of that school's intent to leave the league and join the Green Meadows Conference, according to Jim Raabe, NWC commissioner.   

"It is anticipated that a formal request to leave the league after the 20-21 school year will be submitted to the member schools at the May principals' meeting," Raabe said.

Paulding has been affiliated with the NWC since 1967 and in that time frame has accumulated over 50 conference championship teams in the various sports.  

"While wishing the Paulding school and community the best of luck in their new league, the NWC will definitely miss the contributions of the Paulding students, athletes, coaches and administrators to the success of the Northwest Conference," Raabe added.

The member schools of the Northwest Conference will immediately begin to look at what the departure of Paulding will mean for the league.  

Discussions will involve how this may affect the various sports and schedules already established. 

It is anticipated that these discussions could involve the possibility of league expansion with the idea of finding a school or schools that would be a good fit with the conference.  

Teams currently in the Northwest Conference include: 
• Ada
• Allen East
• Bluffton
• Columbus Grove
• Crestview
• Delphos Jefferson
• Lincolnview
• Paulding
• Spencerville