Delaware Valley League to be disbanded after 31 years

by Clarke Davis

The Delaware Valley League, which consists of 14 schools that compete in athletics, is about to be broken up.

Valley Falls Dragons Blake Burns

Running back Blake Burns is shown gaining some yardage against Nemaha Valley in their home opener. The Dragons lost, 39-0. Photo by Brad Roudybush.

The push is coming from the Oskaloosa district. Douglas Beisel, the high school principal, gave league schools notice recently that USD 341 would discontinue its membership from the 31-year-old DVL effective at the conclusion of the 2012-13 academic year.

The Valley Falls school board was told by its superintendent Monday night that the league had grown too large and that the southern teams are expected to withdraw and form another league.

“It has pushed us off the fence,” said Superintendent Loren Feldkamp, who indicated USD 338 has not been dissatisfied with the league, but if the Jefferson County teams leave we should go as well.

Feldkamp foresees a league made up of four county teams—Valley Falls, Oskaloosa, Jefferson County North, and McLouth — and four border schools, Pleasant Ridge, Jackson Heights, Maur Hill, and Immaculata.

“A league with eight schools provides a school with the opportunity to play each team twice—at home and away,” he said.

However, Feldkamp said the league could grow to nine or 10 teams. “I just don’t know at this time,” he said.

The superintendent said he felt bad for schools like Troy, which has been a loyal league member since the beginning and may now find itself in limbo.

No board member at Valley Falls appeared to object and it was the general consensus to stay with the county teams.

It appears the timeline was to approach school boards this month and ask for board action at the March meetings.

The league was formed in 1981. Member schools left should the previous eight pull out are Atchison County Tigers, Doniphan West Mustangs, Horton Chargers, Kansas City Christian Panthers, Riverside Cyclones, and Troy Trogans.

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