Sangamo invites Maroa-Forsyth

Published 05/13 2014 02:17PM

Updated 05/13 2014 06:42PM

MAROA, Ill. -     The new Okaw Valley Conference won't begin play until this fall, but the league may already have to look for a replacement for one of its member schools.  The Sangamo Conference, a league based in the Springfield area, has invited Maroa-Forsyth to join the conference starting in 2016.  The Maroa-Forsyth school board still has to approve the move before it becomes official.

Maroa-Forsyth principal Scott Adreon told WCIA 3 Sports Director Aaron Bennett that he "heard" they had been invited, but he has not yet seen an official invitation.  He says if and when he receives the invite, he will present it to their Board of Education as he would anything else.  Adreon also added he has not yet spoken with anyone from the Sangamo about the latest developments.

"We are a proud member of the Okaw, enjoy our relationships with the other Okaw schools," Adreon said. "[We] look forward to competing in the new-look Okaw and the competition that it provides."

The Sangamo Conference currently has 9 member schools: Athens, Auburn, Illini Central, New Berlin, Petersburg (PORTA), Pleasant Plains, Riverton, North Mac and Williamsville.  Illini Central is the only school without a football team, and Pittsfield will join next season as a football-only member.  The Sangamo's vote to invite Maroa-Forsyth was unanimous.

"The Sangamo Conference Board of Directors met on Monday, May 12, 2014," Sangamo president Ed Jodlowski said.  "The committee heard a recommendation to invite Maroa-Forsyth to the conference for the 2016-2017 school year, and the Board of Directors unanimously agreed.  The formal invitation was submitted to Maroa-Forsyth [Tuesday] afternoon."

If Maroa-Forsyth accepts the Sangamo's invitation, that would leave the new Okaw with only five member schools: Monticello, Rantoul, St. Joseph-Ogden, St. Thomas More and Unity.

Maroa-Forsyth's next scheduled school board meeting is June 9.

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