MVAC to return to two-division format for basketball, spring ball

WILLSBORO - The days of three-division format in the Mountain and Valley Athletic Conference (MVAC) will soon be a memory.

The MVAC will return to a two-division format with the coming 2011-12 season, with the exception of the fall soccer season, which will be part of the new merged league between the MVAC and Champlain Valley Athletic League (CVAC).

"It will be a little different than before, but we are going back to the two-division format," said Steven Broadwell, Willsboro Central School Superintendent and President of the MVAC. "There has been a lot of compromise and a lot of forethought that goes into the scheduling of the season and in the decision to go back to the two-division league."

In basketball, Division I will include Lake Placid for boys, along with Chazy, Willsboro, Westport, Elizabethtown-Lewis and Schroon Lake. Division II would include Crown Point, Indian Lake/Long Lake, Keene, Johnsburg, Minerva-Newcomb and Wells.

During baseball and softball season, Crown Point would jump from Division II to Division I.

Teams would play two games versus division opponents and one game versus the non-divisional teams for a 16-game regular season schedule in basketball and a 13 games regular season schedule in baseball and softball.

Broadwell said that part of the change came from declining school enrollments forcing the elimination of some programs by schools.

"When you have only two schools with a team in a division, then that's really not a division," Broadwell said. "This change was a necessity based on the fact that we had schools that were not fielding teams."

Broadwell said that the league is still looking at whether or not they would continue the practice of having a league championship game.

"Overall, the changes we have made have been good for the MVAC schools collectively," Broadwell said.

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