Oc­torara to leave Ches-Mont, District 1

Braves to join District 3 Lan­caster-Le­banon League in 2018-19

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - SPORTS - By Peter DiGio­vanni pd­gio­vanni07@gmail.com @PeteDLN on Twit­ter

Oc­torara High School’s long-ru­mored move from the Ches-Mont League to the Lan­caster-Le­banon League is now of­fi­cial. The move was rat­i­fied by the league this week and the Braves will join the league in all sports be­gin­ning in 2018.

That also means Oc­torara will leave District 1 and join District 3. The Braves will play the rest of this school year and all of next sea­son in the Ches-Mont and District 1 be­fore mov­ing over.

“We just feel that this a bet­ter fit for our kids and will give them a bet­ter chance to com­pete,” said Oc­torara Ath­letic Di­rec­tor Gene Lam­bert. “We are not nec­es­sar­ily go­ing to win ev­ery­thing but we are def­i­nitely go­ing to be able to com­pete more fairly.

“We are the small­est school in terms of en­roll­ment in the Ches-Mont and now we will be able to com­pete with like-sized schools. Our coaches are very ex­cited about the move and feel it will help the morale of the stu­dents in the school.”

Lam­bert said that the Lan­caster-Le­banon League is go­ing to re­align for the 2017 school year and he will know then what con­fer­ence the Braves will be in.

Cur­rently, at least in foot­ball, there is an open­ing in Sec­tion 3 of the Lan­caster-Le­banon League. Sec­tion 3 only has seven mem­bers, while Sec­tion 1 and Sec­tion 2 each have eight schools.

Sec­tion 3 of the Lan­caster-Le­banon

League cur­rently in­cludes Lan­caster Catholic, ELCO, North­ern Le­banon, Done­gal, Pe­quea Val­ley, An­nville-Cleona and Columbia.

The move will leave the Ches-Mont League with seven schools in the larger Na­tional Di­vi­sion and just six in the Amer­i­can Di­vi­sion. There is no word yet on any sort of re­align­ment in the Ch­esMont.

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