New league in Rebels’ future

COLUMBIANA — Crestview’s school board made it official Monday, voting to leave the All-American Conference with a group of other schools to join the two-tier Mahoning Valley Athletic Conference for the 2020-21 school year.

The Crestview Rebels will join Brookfield, Campbell, Champion, LaBrae, Liberty and Newton Falls in leaving the AAC Blue Tier at the conclusion of 2019-2020 school year.

Crestview Superintendent Matthew Manley said the seven schools will be joining some well-known opponents in the MVAC, including Springfield, Lowellville, Western Reserve, Sebring, McDonald, Mineral Ridge, Jackson-Milton and Waterloo.

Manley said the 15 teams will be divided into two divisions by size. However, schools may play the schools in the other division if it fits into both of their schedules.

Crestview also approved several coaches for next school year, including Paul Cusick, varsity football; Barry Kimpel, varsity head girls soccer; Jonathan Kinkead, varsity head boys soccer; Alisha Auer, varsity volleyball; Miranda Barnett, eighth-grade girls volleyball; Cynthia Straney, seventh-grade volleyball; Aaron Blatch, varsity head girls basketball; Ethan Blatch, junior varsity girls basketball; Samantha DiCello, freshman girls basketball; Ronald McCloskey, varsity golf; Dominic Perry, varsity power lifting; Greg Woolman, varsity boys head track and seventh-grade boys basketball; Tobin Bacon, middle school head football; Matthew Evans, assistant middle school football; Dominic Perry, middle school weight lifting and varsity assistant football; and Sarah Finch, freshman volleyball coach.