WOAC Commissioner John Butch addresses attendees at the new league's Media Day event.

John Butch named WOAC Commissioner

Former CCC Commissioner John Butch named Western Ohio Athletic Conference (WOAC) Commissioner.

ARCANUM – Western Ohio Athletic Conference (WOAC) Commissioner, John Butch is pleased to be leading the new conference into its inaugural season.

“It is a great honor, a great feeling,” Butch said of his new WOAC Commissioner appointment. “There is a lot of excitement that has been building over the last two years. Everybody is looking forward to getting started.”

“The WOAC is going to be a very competitive conference,” added Butch. “I am looking forward to seeing a lot of competitiveness among the schools.”

The new league is made up of 12 schools and becomes a member of the Ohio High School Athletic Association (OHSAA) that includes 817 member schools making up 77 conferences.

The new conference has been two years in the making and includes the Ansonia Tigers, Arcanum Trojans, Bradford Railroaders, Dixie Greyhounds, Franklin Monroe Jets, Mississinawa Valley Blackhawks, National Trail Blazers, Newton Indians, Preble Shawnee Arrows, Tri-County North Panthers, Tri-Village Patriots and the Twin Valley South Panthers.

“We started from scratch with what do we want our constitution to say, what sports are we going to talk about and how do you want to schedule things,” Butch stated. “We made some changes from what some are used to.”

“For instance in basketball, it’s going to be ‘Basketball Week’ so Ansonia and Tri-Village are playing junior high boys and girls basketball, high school boys and girls that particular week instead of scattered all over the place. Soccer teams are going to be a double round instead of single – so we made some changes there and I think it is going to be for the better.”

The WOAC will have notable changes and upgrades including a website that will continually be updated and has named Dale Barger, conference Sports Information Director (SID).

“With the new website, coaches are going to keep it up to date,” said Butch. “Dale Barger is our SID and will be keeping articles going and overseeing the new website.”

“We’re very excited,” said Ansonia Athletic Director and OHSAA Southwest District Athletic Board Representative Matt Macy. “We are moving in the right direction with all these schools with like backgrounds in the conference.”

“We are excited about the new conference and schools that are involved,” said Arcanum Superintendent John Stephens. “You look to make the best decisions for your student athletes so we’re excited about the competition within the conference, the relationships we are going to build.”

“We are very excited at Tri-Village to be part of the new conference,” said Tri-Village Superintendent Josh Sagester. “We thank the other members for all the work they have put in to get this ready.”

“It’s a lot about comradery and relationships, We are going to compete as hard as anybody at Tri-Village but we are also going to have very good sportsmanship, a lot of relationship building through athletics.”

“Athletics teaches our kids a lot more than just wins and losses – accountability, discipline, work ethic, how to work as a team and all those values,” Sagester concluded. “We are really excited at Tri-Village and looking forward to being a part of something greater.”

Darke County Now Editor Gaylen Blosser

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Gaylen Blosser is a sports enthusiast and has covered high school sports for nearly 20 years in Southwest Ohio. Gaylen has been a media sportswriter while most recently serving as Sports Editor for the local newspaper and will now serve as editor of Darke County Now while continuing to cover athletics. Gaylen is an accomplished photographer who has captured thousands of athletes in action over the years and is the recipient of the OHSAA Friends of Athletes Award and OHSAA Respect the Game State Award. Contact Darke County Now Editor Gaylen Blosser at gblosser@darkecountynow.com or 937-459-9547.

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