The Lehigh Valley Interscholastic Athletic Conference officially has some new friends.
LVIAC president Chris Schiffert and Mountain Valley Conference president Jeff Sodl held a conference call Wednesday morning to announce that the six current members of the MVC are set to join the LVC, beginning the 2014-2015 calendar year.
The six schools that will join the already 12-team LVC include Stroudsburg, East Stroudsburg South, East Stroudsburg North, Pocono Mountain East, Pocono Mountain West and Pleasant Valley.
Sodl and Schiffert echoed similar sentiments about how both parties are happy to finally get the merger finalized. Now, they just have to work on figuring out how the league will look division wise.
"Our next step is to discuss scheduling," said Sodl. "Our goal is to get all the AD's together to work out how we want this league to look."
Those discussions will occur within the next two weeks, if not immediately, as scheduling is a priority to get finished by the latest in mid November.
With 18 teams in the league now, there have been three to four different proposals on how the league would look division wise, but nothing was discussed during the call.
The league appears that it will remain under the Lehigh Valley Interscholastic Athletic Conference title as well.
Preliminary discussions seemed to suggest the league would split up into three divisions of six teams for most sports, with the MVC schools sticking together. Football would bring a two division conference. When asked about having a possible conference championship between the two division champions, Schiffert didn't seem to think that would work.
In sports like basketball, soccer and baseball, initial talks for the conference playoffs suggested to link three division champions and five wildcard teams to make up the conference playoffs.
Sodl and Schiffert both reiterated that whatever proposals come through the league, majority vote will take over for final decisions. That means there are going to be some schools not happy with particular decisions about where they'll be placed, but it's part of a give and take.
"Everyone has been included in the decision making process and we all need to give a little," said Schiffert. "It's going to be a majority vote to decide divisions."
Wednesday's announcement was basically phase one of the merger with the public anxiously awaiting to see how the league will be split up and how teams will compete against each other next school year.
One thing that both league presidents agreed upon, was that the LVC will be one of the most competitive conferences in the state.
"It's going to be one of the best leagues in the state," said Sodl. "I think everyone is looking forward to working with each other and getting to know one another."