- Northwest Conference (OHSAA)
Northwest Conference Established 1947 Classification OHSAA Division III-IV Members 10 Sports fielded 7 for boys, 5 for girls States Ohio
The Northwest Conference is an OHSAA athletic league located in northwest Ohio and includes schools in Allen, Hardin, Paulding, Putnam, and Van Wert counties. The NWC originally formed in 1947. The Northwest Conference currently awards championships in 10 Varsity sports: baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf (boys), softball, soccer (girls), track, volleyball, and wrestling.
School Nickname Location Colors Ada Bulldogs Ada Purple, Gold
Allen East Mustangs Lafayette Royal Blue, White
Bluffton Pirates Bluffton Red, White
Lima Central Catholic Thunderbirds Lima Red, Turquoise
Columbus Grove Bulldogs Columbus Grove Scarlet, Gray
Crestview Knights Convoy Blue, Red
Jefferson Wildcats Delphos Red, White
Lincolnview Lancers Van Wert Blue, Gold
Paulding Panthers Paulding Maroon, White
Spencerville Bearcats Spencerville Black, White
Ada vs. Allen East
Columbus Grove vs. Bluffton
Ada vs. Lima Central Catholic
Jefferson vs. Lincolnview
Paulding vs. Crestview
Spencerville vs. Lima Central Catholic
Crestview vs. Lincolnview
Bluffton vs. Spencerville
High School Location Joined NWC Tenure of Membership Charter Member Current League(s) Bath High School Lima, Ohio 1964 1964-1966 No Western Buckeye League Elida High School Lima, Ohio 1947 1947-1972 Yes Western Buckeye League Forest High School Forest, Ohio 1947 1947-1962 Yes North Central Conference (as part of Riverdale HS) Leipsic High School Leipsic, Ohio 1962 1962-1964 No Blanchard Valley Conference, Putnam County League North Baltimore High School North Baltimore, Ohio 1967 1967-1969 No Midland Athletic League Ottawa-Glandorf High School Ottawa, Ohio 1964 1964-1967 No Western Buckeye League Pandora-Gilboa High School Pandora, Ohio 1947 1947-1966 Yes Blanchard Valley Conference, Putnam County League Perry High School Lima, Ohio 1966 1966-2004 No Northwest Central Conference Shawnee High School Lima, Ohio 1947 1947-1953 Yes Western Buckeye League Upper Scioto Valley High School McGuffey, Ohio 1978 1978-2001 No Northwest Central Conference
- The NWC began its inaugural season of competition in the fall of 1947 with the eight charter members of Lafayette-Jackson, Columbus Grove, Delphos Jefferson, Elida, Forest, Pandora-Gilboa, Lima Shawnee, and Spencerville.
- Shawnee left after the 1952-53 school year and was replaced by Bluffton.
- Forest left after the 1961-62 year when they consolidated into Riverdale Local Schools. They were replaced by Leipsic for the 1962-63 school year.
- Leipsic leaves after the 1963-64 school year and is replaced by Ada, Lima Bath and Ottawa-Glandorf.
- Lafayette-Jackson merges with Auglaize-Local in 1965 to create Allen East.
- Bath and Pandora-Gilboa leave after the 1965-66 school year. They are replaced by Lima Perry for the 1966-67 school year.
- Ottawa-Glandorf leaves after the 1966-67 school year. They are replaced by North Baltimore and Paulding for the 1967-68 school year.
- North Baltimore leaves after the 1968-69 school year and is replaced by Lincolnview for the 1969-70 school year.
- Crestview joins during the 1970-71 school year.
- Elida leaves for the WBL after the 1971-72 school year.
- Upper Scioto Valley joins for the 1978-79 school year.
- Crestview drops football after the 1981-82 school year, but stays in conference for all other sports.
- Crestview football rejoins in the 2000-01 school year. Their football program returned as an independent for the 1999 season. Upper Scioto Valley would leave when this school year came to end.
- Lima Perry leaves after the 2003-04 school year.
- Lima Central Catholic joins for the 2006-07 school year.
Year Champions 1947 Delphos Jefferson 1948 Forest 1949 Lima Shawnee 1950 Lima Shawnee 1951 Columbus Grove 1952 Columbus Grove 1953 Delphos Jefferson 1954 Forest 1955 Elida 1956 Bluffton 1957 Elida 1958 Bluffton, Elida 1959 Columbus Grove 1960 Elida 1961 Elida, Pandora-Gilboa 1962 Elida 1963 Spencerville 1964 Lima Bath 1965 Lima Bath 1966 Bluffton 1967 Allen East 1968 Allen East, Columbus Grove, Paulding 1969 Bluffton 1970 Elida 1971 Ada 1972 Ada, Allen East, Spencerville 1973 Ada 1974 Bluffton 1975 Bluffton 1976 Bluffton 1977 Paulding 1978 Paulding 1979 Ada 1980 Delphos Jefferson 1981 Delphos Jefferson 1982 Allen East 1983 Paulding 1984 Delphos Jefferson 1985 Delphos Jefferson 1986 Delphos Jefferson 1987 Delphos Jefferson 1988 Paulding 1989 Allen East 1990 Allen East 1991 Bluffton 1992 Columbus Grove 1993 Delphos Jefferson 1994 Ada 1995 Allen East 1996 Bluffton, Spencerville 1997 Columbus Grove 1998 Bluffton, Columbus Grove 1999 Bluffton, Columbus Grove, Delphos Jefferson 2000 Bluffton, Delphos Jefferson 2001 Delphos Jefferson 2002 Columbus Grove 2003 Columbus Grove 2004 Bluffton 2005 Bluffton, Columbus Grove, Crestview 2006 Lima CC 2007 Lima CC 2008 Ada 2009 Ada 2010 Lima CC 2011 Lima CC Northwest District (Ohio) High School Athletic Conferences Current ConferencesBlanchard Valley Conference (BVC) • Firelands Conference (FC) • Green Meadows Conference (GMC) • Midland Athletic League (MAL) • Midwest Athletic Conference (MAC) • North Central Conference (NCC) • Northern Buckeye Conference (NBC) • Northern Lakes League (NLL) • Northern Ohio League (NOL) • Northwest Conference • Northwest Central Conference • Northwest Ohio Athletic League (NWOAL) • Ohio Cardinal Conference (OCC) • Sandusky Bay Conference (SBC) • Three Rivers Athletic Conference • Toledo Area Athletic Conference (TAAC) • Toledo City League • Western Buckeye League (WBL) Non-Football ConferencesBuckeye Border Conference (BBC) • Putnam County League Defunct Conferences
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