MONTPELIER — The Montpelier board of education voted Thursday to approve a proposal that includes the exit of its athletic programs from the Northwest Ohio Athletic League for all sports except wrestling after the 2014-15 school year.
The Locomotives will ultimately become a member of three different leagues.
Beginning in the fall of 2016, Montpelier will become a football-only member of the Toledo Area Athletic Conference and will join the Buckeye Border Conference in 2016-17 for cross country, volleyball, golf, basketball, baseball, softball, and track and field.
The Locomotives will remain in the NWOAL as a wrestling-only member.
“This has been an ongoing process for the past seven months,” Montpelier athletic director Joe Brigle said. “We were down this road five years ago and we had to make sure this time we could take care of all the sports and not just one or two.
“This is a good day for our athletes, coaches, administration, and community. We are very excited for the challenges that this switch will bring to our athletic programs.”
When Montpelier joins the TAAC for football that will increase the conference’s alignment to 10 teams for that sport.
The Locomotives, who will play an independent football schedule in 2015, will be joining Cardinal Stritch, Danbury, Edon, Gibsonburg, Hilltop, Northwood, Ottawa Hills, Tiffin Calvert, and Toledo Christian in football.
Edon and Hilltop, which are currently full members in the BBC, are also football-only members of the TAAC. The BBC does not have football. Calvert is joining the TAAC as a full member in 2014-15 after exiting the now defunct Midland Athletic League.
TAAC members Emmanuel Christian and Maumee Valley do not have football programs but compete in several other boys and girls sports in the conference.