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The History of the Ohio Cardinal Conference

The Ohio Cardinal Conference was initiated when the athletic directors and principals from Ashland, Lexington, Madison, Mansfield Senior, Orrville, West Holmes and Wooster High Schools met in Mansfield, Ohio in 2001 to discuss the possibility of an area league. Ashland, Lexington, Madison, Mansfield Senior and Orrville were members of the Ohio Heartland Conference. Wooster High School was a former member of the Federal League. West Holmes High School was a past member of the Mohican Area Conference. After several developmental meetings, a league constitution was created and ratified in 2002. OCC competition began in the 2003 – 2004 school year. In the fall of 2003, Clear Fork High School, also a past member of the Mohican Area Conference, became the eighth member of the new conference and entered league competition in the fall of 2004.

In 2002, a month-long contest to determine the name and logo for the Ohio Cardinal Conference was held. The contest was open to students and residents of the seven founding districts and drew more than 100 entries.

The winners of the naming contest were Greg Cooper, Jessica Peterson and the husband and wife team of Phil and Pat Bush. Cooper was a junior at Wooster High School. Peterson was a sophomore at Madison Comprehensive High School. Pat and Phil Bush were teachers in the Madison School District. Cory Hosfeld of Ashland won the logo design contest. The winners received lifetime passes to all OCC games.

In November 2002, high school football official Ron Dessecker, from Orrville, was hired as the commissioner of the Ohio Cardinal Conference.

Following the 2015/16 school year, Orrville withdrew from the OCC for the Principals Athletic Conference. Mt. Vernon was voted into the OCC to become the eighth member after leaving the Ohio Capital Conference. They will compete in all sports except football in the 2016 season. They will enter Ohio Cardinal Conference football competition in 2017/18.

Past OCC Team Champions:

Boys’ Cross Country: Wooster 2003, 2004, Lexington 2005, Wooster 2006, Lexington 2007, 2008, 2009, Ashland 2010, Lexington 2011, Ashland 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, Lexington 2016

Girls’ Cross Country: Ashland 2003, 2004, Lexington 2005, Ashland 2006, Lexington 2007, Wooster 2008, Lexington 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016

Football: Wooster 2003, 2004, Madison and Orrville 2005, Ashland 2006, 2007, Lexington 2008, Ashland 2009, Clear Fork 2010, Ashland 2011, Madison, Mansfield Sr and West Holmes 2012, Mansfield Sr 2013, West Holmes and Wooster 2014, Ashland, Mansfield Sr and Wooster 2015, Ashland and Lexington 2016

Boys' Golf: Ashland 2003, 2004, Ashland and Wooster 2005, Lexington 2006, 2007, Ashland 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, Lexington 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, Ashland 2016, Ashland and Lexington 2017

Girls' Golf: Ashland 2013, Lexington 2014, Ashland 2015, 2016

Boys’ Soccer: Lexington 2003, 2004, Ashland and Wooster 2005, Wooster 2006, 2007, Lexington 2008, Clear Fork and Lexington 2009, Wooster 2010, Madison 2011, Ashland 2012, 2013, Lexington 2014, Ashland 2015, Wooster 2016

Girls’ Soccer: Lexington 2003, Ashland 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, Lexington and Wooster 2009, Clear Fork 2010, Wooster 2011, Clear Fork 2012, 2013, Wooster 2014, Clear Fork 2015, Ashland 2016

Girls’ Tennis: Lexington 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016

Volleyball: Orrville 2003, 2004, Wooster 2005, 2006, 2007, Madison 2008, Lexington, Madison and Orrville 2009, Madison 2010, 2011, Lexington 2012, Madison and Orrville 2013, Orrville 2014, 2015, Lexington and Mt. Vernon 2016

Boys’ Basketball: Mansfield Senior and Wooster 2004, Mansfield Senior 2005, 2006, 2007, Lexington and Mansfield Senior 2008, Madison 2009, Mansfield Senior 2010, Lexington 2011, Lexington and Mansfield Senior 2012, Mansfield Senior 2013, West Holmes 2014, Ashland 2015, Lexington 2016, Wooster 2017

Girls’ Basketball: Orrville 2004, Lexington, Madison and Orrville 2005, Wooster 2006, Lexington 2007, West Holmes 2008, 2009, Orrville 2010, West Holmes 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017

Boys’ Swimming: Wooster 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017

Girls’ Swimming: Wooster 2004, Lexington 2005, Wooster 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, Lexington 2011, Wooster 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, Lexington 2016, Wooster 2017

Wrestling: West Holmes 2004, Wooster 2005, Ashland 2006, West Holmes 2007, Lexington 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, Ashland 2016, 2017

Baseball: Ashland 2004, Lexington and Madison 2005, Madison 2006, Ashland 2007, Wooster 2008, Clear Fork 2009, 2010, Wooster 2011, Ashland 2012, Lexington 2013, Madison 2014, Lexington and Madison 2015, Wooster 2016, Mt. Vernon 2017

Softball: Ashland 2004, Lexington 2005, Clear Fork 2006, Ashland 2007, Clear Fork and Wooster 2008, Clear Fork and Lexington 2009, Clear Fork 2010, 2011, Orrville 2012, Madison 2013, Ashland 2014, Clear Fork and Orrville 2015, Clear Fork 2016, Mt. Vernon 2017

Boys’ Tennis: Lexington 2004, 2005, 2006, Wooster 2007, Lexington 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, Ashland 2016, 2017

Boys’ Track: Wooster 2004, Ashland 2005, Lexington 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, Wooster 2013, 2014, 2015, Ashland 2016, 2017

Girls’ Track: Lexington 2004, 2005, Ashland 2006, 2007, Orrville 2008, Ashland 2009, 2010, 2011, Orrville 2012, West Holmes 2013, 2014, Lexington 2015, Orrville 2016, Lexington 2017

Cheerleading: Ashland 2003, West Holmes 2004, 2005, Wooster 2006, Ashland 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, West Holmes 2011, Ashland 2012, Orrville 2013, West Holmes 2014, Wooster 2015, 2016

Academic Challenge: Lexington 2003, 2004, 2005, Wooster 2006, Madison 2007, 2008, Lexington 2009, West Holmes 2010, Madison 2011, West Holmes 2012, Wooster 2013, Ashland 2014, 2015, Mt. Vernon 2016

OCC All Sports Champions: Wooster 2003-04, Lexington 2004-05, 2005-06, 2006-07, 2007-08, 2008-09, 2009-10, 2010-11, 2011-12, 2012-13, Ashland 2013-14, Lexington 2014-15, Ashland 2015-16, 2016-17