Many of the changes to the Pocket Athletic Conference are beginning to take shape for next season. Decisions were made by the PAC board, which met on Thursday, that will affect several topics.
Schools joining the conference are starting to see how their schedules will change, along with decisions about how conference championships will be contested and what the alignment for football will look like.
Football will be divided into a big and small school divisions, and that will serve as the basis for each schedule.
Washington will be in the “big school” division, with Heritage Hills, Gibson Southern, Princeton, Boonville and Mt. Vernon. In the small division will be Southridge, Pike Central, North Posey, South Spencer, Tell City and Forest Park. Tecumseh will currently remain independent in football, while divisions may realign every four years with changes in enrollment.
“The football divisions look pretty much like they were expected to look,” said WHS athletic director Larry Cochren. “We are pretty much locked into our division next year, with one crossover game with South Spencer. It looks like the two non-conference games will be with North Daviess and Mt. Carmel (Ill.).”
Basketball will see some changes, as the Hatchets boys will need to drop four opponents and the Lady Hatchets will need to find five spots for conference games.
“Some of the biggest challenges will have to do with schedules and travel for all of the sports. A lot of those games will be road games during the week and you will have kids coming home pretty late because some of those are long trips,“ Cochren added.
It has also been determined that track, cross country, golf, swimming and wrestling will have conference tourneys to determine the PAC champion.
“The event that might be affected the most is track. We will have 13 teams competing and I’m not sure what will happen, but we might need to have one night of qualifying and one night of finals because of the number of teams. However, nothing has been decided yet,” said Cochran. “Right now I am really focused on the scheduling end of things, working with other AD’s and on the internet trying to make things fit.”
Cochren added that the four additions from the former Big 8 will not have voting rights until the 2020-21 seasons, but have had input in the meeting.