Northwest Conference (OHSAA)

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.


Current members

Northwest Conference Map.PNG
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

NWC Rivalries

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

Former members

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.

Football champions

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

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