Finally, the Lehigh Valley Conference and Mountain Valley Conference appear to be joining forces.
During an LVC meeting on Wednesday morning, league officials formally ratified their constitution to allow expansion. It was the final hurdle from an LVC standpoint in order to move forward to join forces with the MVC to form the proverbial "super conference" that folks in the Lehigh Valley have been hearing about for months.
Stroudsburg principal and MVC president Jeff Sodl acknowledged that a final reading at the LVC meeting on Wednesday opened the door for an invite of all six MVC schools.
"We're basically just waiting for the formal invitation in the mail," said Sodl in regards to the written invitation that each MVC member should be receiving in the next week or so. "The final reading to revise the LVC constitution occurred on [Wednesday] to allow expansion. I've had dialogue with [Whitehall principal and LVC president] Chris Schiffert over the summer and this appears to have been the final step for the LVC before they could move forward with expansion."
Schiffert was away on vacation and was unavailable for comment. Sodl confirmed that each current member of the MVC had positive feelings about joining the LVC, however, there are still some wrinkles that need to be ironed out once the officials invitations come into the hands of MVC representatives.
The six schools set to receive invites from the LVC are Stroudsburg, Pleasant Valley, Pocono Mountain East, Pocono Mountain West, East Stroudsburg South and East Stroudsburg North. If all six formally accept, the new conference would feature 18 teams. There is no word if their would be a new league name should the leagues combine.
"There are still some things we need to figure out before accepting," said Sodl. "What this league is going to look like is a big question? Is it going to be three divisions of six teams or will it be two divisions of nine teams? We want all of our schools to stay in the same division obviously, but I don't think that will be problem. It seems like all the LVC schools are on board with that."
Another question that will have to be answered is what happens with Allen and Dieruff from a football perspective, since a joint league would obviously bring them back into the fold with their LVC counterparts. One reason they left the LVC was because of their inability to compete and how the power point system hurts teams that play opponents with fewer victories.
Nonetheless, it appears that both leagues will combine starting in the 2014-15 calendar year and it's something that excites Sodl.
"We're still far away from making this happen," he said. "We're just very excited about this opportunity. Hopefully, everything will fall into place and work out."