SEOAL waiting on Chillicothe

Published 12:00 am Friday, October 29, 2004

Three out of four have said "Go." Number 4 is on hold.

Three of the four invitees to join the Southeastern Ohio Athletic League have said "yes" while Chillicothe has yet to clear a vote.

Ironton High School voted at its regular board meeting Sept. 23 by a 3-1 count to rejoin the SEOAL. Also accepting the invitation were Portsmouth and Zanesville.

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Chillicothe currently belongs to a Columbus city league and has yet to decide on whether to switch conferences.

SEOAL principals and athletic directors met last week at Athens High School to discuss expansion plans.

The four new schools would join current members Athens, Gallipolis, Jackson, Logan, Marietta and Vincent Warren.

The league plans to have two divisions and will limit travel in all sports with the exception of football. Ironton will be in a division with Portsmouth, Gallipolis, Jackson and Chillicothe, if it decides to accept the invitation.

Teams will play four teams in their division and rotate three of the five other division schools in football. The rotating system will prevent one school from making too many long trips such as Ironton playing Marietta, Zanesville, Logan and Warren in the same season.

Ironton left the SEOAL after the 1985 season to join the newly-formed Ohio-Kentucky Athletic Conference. However, the OKAC disbanded after the 1992 season when Russell decided to drop Ironton from its football schedule.