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Seven schools interested in NCCC decide to stay home in ECC

ECC graphicThe principals of the North Central Connecticut Athletic Conference (NCCC) haven’t voted on a recent recommendation from NCCC athletic directors that seven schools from the Eastern Connecticut Conference (ECC) be admitted to the league.  

It looks they may not need to hold the vote. 

The New London Day and Norwich Bulletin reported today that the league’s Board of Directors — principals from the 18 schools in the ECC — voted unanimously for a three-year plan that will keep the league together. “It was most evident at today’s meeting that the underlying desire among the ECC schools has been to remain together all along,” league chairman Mark Friese said in a news release

Griswold, Plainfield, Killingly, Windham, Woodstock Academy, Lyman Memorial in Lebanon and Tourtellotte in Thompson had applied for admission into the NCCC earlier this year. In a vote that wasn’t unanimous, athletic directors in the NCCC recommended that the schools be admitted for beginning in September 2017. 

Next fall, the NCCC will have 14 teams including Bolton, Canton, Coventry, East Granby, East Windsor, Ellington, Enfield, Hartford Classical, Hartford’s Sport Medicine Science Academy (SMSA), Granby, Stafford, Somers, Suffield and Windsor Locks.  

This spring, Avon is completing its final season in the league and will be joining the Central Connecticut Conference in September. Enfield is expected to join the CCC in September 2017 once they merge with Fermi as the town of Enfield consolidates their two high schools back into one school. 

Four of the league’s five charter members are still in the league. Now in its 52nd season, the league made its debut in September 1963 with South Windsor, Suffield, Stafford, Ellington and East Windsor. 

Gerry deSimas, Jr., is the editor and founder of The Collinsville Press. He is an award-winning writer and has been covering sports in Connecticut and New England for more than 30 years.

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