The Frontier League could have a new look in the near future.
While changes are still a few years from happening, league school officials have discussed what is best for the future with the possibility of De Soto and Spring Hill outgrowing the league.
Ottawa High School has been involved in discussions inviting other area schools to see if they would be a good fit in the league. OHS is not actively seeking to leave the Frontier League, Brad Graf, OHS activities director, said.
“We are content where we are,” he said. “It is a good fit for us. We would entertain the possibility of schools joining the Frontier League, provided they are a good fit for the competition and values of the league.”
The current league membership includes seven schools — Ottawa, De Soto, Spring Hill, Eudora, Paola, Louisburg and Baldwin. De Soto is the lone 5A school in the league with all others in 4A. Following the conclusion of this upcoming fall football season, De Soto will move from 4A in football up to 5A. While still 4A, Spring Hill is another school growing in student numbers, Graf said.
“The conversation has never been, ‘De Soto you are too big for us, you need to go away,’” he said. “It is, at what point do they feel their needs are not being met in the Frontier League?”
League principals and activity directors met this morning at Spring Hill High School to further discussions with area schools, including remaining Kaw Valley League members Lansing, Bonner Springs, Basehor-Linwood, Piper, Tonganoxie and Turner (Bishop Ward will be leaving in 2018-19), along with Blue Valley Southwest. Graf stressed the Frontier League is not looking to merge with the Kaw Valley League, rather keep the Frontier League intact in the event De Soto and Spring Hill do leave out of necessity in the future.
If a shake-up does happen to league membership, the earliest any changes could happen would be in the fall of 2018-19 when new football classifications are determined.
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