The Naugatuck Valley League voted Friday to add Oxford as the conference’s 15th member starting in the 2014-15 academic year, according to the Republican-American’s Joe Palladino.
According to the Rep-Am, not many details have yet been worked out but the NVL will split into three divisions (they are currently nameless):
Division A: Ansonia, Derby, Oxford, Seymour, St. Paul
Division B: Crosby, Holy Cross, Kennedy, Sacred Heart, Wilby
Division C: Naugatuck, Torrington, Watertown, Wolcott, Woodland
League tournaments in all sports except football will continue. The fate of football’s championship game is not yet determined.
Quick thoughts on the matter before we open it up for discussion:
- It came as a bit of a surprise that this decision came when it did. Some of us were under the impression that it would be at least another week or two.
- In the end, Oxford’s inclusion is probably a good thing. The Wolverines geographically belong in the NVL; it’s just a shame they didn’t join when the invitation was open at the school’s inception.
- The divisional alignment is pretty interesting. We had been hearing that most of the city schools were against an all-city division (probably because of the likelihood that Holy Cross would win the majority of championships across all sports) but that’s exactly what one of the divisions will be. Also, it’s awfully surprising that St. Paul found itself in what would otherwise be known as the Valley Division. Geographical wisdom would suggest that St. Paul should be paired with Torrington, Wolcott and Watertown, but at the same time Woodland and Naugatuck can ramp up their rivalry by being in the same division. We’ll be anxious to hear some explanation as to why the divisions ended up like they did.
- What the league decides to do with the football championship will also be something to watch. Three leagues in Connecticut have three divisions: the ECC, the SWC and the FCIAC. The ECC only crowns divisional champions, while the SWC and the FCIAC do. The FCIAC uses a power rankings system to determine its top two contenders while the SWC also plays a championship game using its top two teams.