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The Times
  • Newly merged district will play CSC schedule next year

  • The Central Valley Central School District doesn’t yet have a nickname for its sports teams, or school colors, but the combined school has league affiliation for 2013-14 — sort of. The new district, formed when Ilion and Mohawk merged earlier this year, will remain a member of the Center State Conference when the school opens in the fall, but it won’t be eligible for a league title.

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  • The Central Valley Central School District doesn’t yet have a nickname for its sports teams, or school colors, but the combined school has league affiliation for 2013-14 — sort of.
    The new district, formed when Ilion and Mohawk merged earlier this year, will remain a member of the Center State Conference when the school opens in the fall, but it won’t be eligible for a league title.
    “We’re happy the league accommodated us for one year, to go through and get everything together,” Ilion athletic director Bob McCann said. “We asked for a one-year reprieve to see what happens with the leagues around us.”
    The school’s athletic teams will be a member of CSC Division I – the big-school division – with Class B schools Adirondack, Canastota, Clinton, Holland Patent, and Sherburne-Earlville. Central Valley will be in Class A – the second-largest in the state’s five-class classification system.
    The school had “discussions” with the Tri Valley League about membership in that league, which lost two longtime members to the CSC and two others, Camden and VVS, to independent status since 2011. Thomas R. Proctor and Rome Free Academy are members of the TVL in some sports, along with Class A schools New Hartford, Oneida and Whitesboro. Notre Dame, a parochial school, is in Class B.
    Because of Central Valley’s size, McCann said membership in the TVL would be “very natural,” but remaining in the CSC was a better option.
    “I think everybody would like the Tri Valley to be more solidified,” McCann said. “We’re in our own personal upheaval. We’re hoping to buy a year here and see what the environment is like around us.”
    TVL Secretary/Treasurer Richard Hunt said the league didn’t consider Central Valley’s decision to be a rejection.
    “It was an informal discussion on how we can help,” Hunt said. “If we can help with schedules, we’d like to do that.”
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