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PAXTON — With St. Joseph-Ogden and St. Thomas More leaving the Sangamon Valley Conference to join the revamped Okaw Valley Conference, the Sangamon Valley Conference needed a sixth football school.
They voted to allow a football school from the Interstate Eight Conference to join the SVC today — Dwight.
The SVC originally rejected Dwight’s application to join the conference — along with applications from Okaw schools Monticello and Tolono Unity — on Oct. 10.
The SVC principals voted unanimously in today’s meeting to extend an invitation to Dwight to join the conference. Pending Dwight’s acceptance of the invitation, the Trojans will be a part of the SVC starting in 2014-15.
“This is a positive move for all SVC teams,” Paxton-Buckley-Loda athletic director John Overstreet said. “Dwight is geographically close and it helps the smaller enrollment schools. Overall, it is a great addition.”
In football, Dwight is in a co-op with Gardner-South Wilmington High School.
The school is an approximate 60-mile trip from PBL High School and Watseka High School.
“We want to keep the SVC going and strong,” Overstreet said. “And Dwight is a positive addition to it.”
Overstreet said the SVC is also looking to pursue five other schools for expansion, also he could not reveal the names of those teams until they are informed of the invitations.
“We are looking for expansion and some stability for all schools in the SVC,” Overstreet said.
As for Dwight, Overstreet said he hopes its school board accepts the SVC’s invitation.
“I can’t speak for Dwight,” Overstreet said. “Hopefully, they’ll accept, but that’s a decision the board of education has to make.”