LTC takes football back from mega-conference

Staff Writer
Geneseo Republic

 The Lincoln Trail Conference defected from the West Prairie Trail on Tuesday night, signaling the end of the conglomerated mega-conference. At a meeting of principals in Woodhull, the LTC voted to follow in the steps of the Prairieland and become autonomous in football effective the 2010 season.

 In 2006, the Lincoln Trail, Prairieland and West Central conferences formed the West Prairie Trail to offset scheduling challenges.

 The LTC, a football power for decades, also granted West Prairie full membership and Midland football-only membership at Tuesday’s meeting to boost the roster of league football teams to 10. That means schools will only have to schedule conference games.

 The remaining schools in the West Prairie Trail will likely be absorbed by other conferences or merge again for football, sources have said.

 As reported in Sunday’s Galesburg Register-Mail, LTC leaders considered the move because of travel issues and lack of control. The relations between West Prairie Trail and LTC deteriorated further in mid-January when the WPT denied a request from AlWood and ROWVA to join with other schools for football.

 AlWood and ROWVA had co-oped in football starting in 2005 but a consolidation effort between the schools failed in the spring, leading both schools to look for other partners.

 AlWood has decided to go with neighboring Cambridge while ROWVA plans to join the Galva-Williamsfield co-op.