Portsmouth To Move To Ohio Valley Conference In 2015

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The Southeastern Ohio Athletic League will be losing another member when Portsmouth joins the Ohio Valley Conference in 2015.

Ironton High School will also be making a move to the conference that will consist of seven teams that will be within 50-60 miles of one another.

Portsmouth head football coach Jason Sparks said that long drives to games and having a smaller school population were two of the main forces behind making the switch to the OVC. The Trojans have been a member of the conference since 2006.

Portsmouth will remain in the SEOAL next year, but its departure will reduce the league size down to four. The SEOAL only had five members this year after the departure of Chillicothe to the South Central Ohio League.

With only Warren, Gallia Academy, Jackson and Logan remaining in 2015, Gallia Academy athletic director Brent Simms said that there has been interest among SEOAL athletic directors in keeping the conference together.

The four athletic directors will meet at Jackson High School tomorrow morning to discuss the possibility of adding new teams to the league or inviting past members to return. There are no official decisions as to this possibility or the future of the SEOAL.