The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio

October 7, 2013

‘As the Conferences Turn’ continues this week

Perhaps on the way out of PAC, Geneva and Lakeside will meet with other schools today in Geneva


Star Beacon

— The seemingly never-ending soap opera that could be dubbed, “As the Conferences Turn,” could be taking yet another spin this week.

As early as today, in fact.

The Star Beacon has learned two separate meetings, involving approximately high schools across the region, will be held this week.

What’s going on?

In this space two weeks ago, we reported the Premier Athletic Conference had extended offers to four schools — Brush, Kenston, Mayfield and West Geauga — to join its ranks, which currently number eight.

At that time, a source said the rumors of the PAC looking to push its two Ashtabula County members — Geneva and Lakeside — out the door were “not true.”

Turns out, while they may not have been true at the time, they very well could be, now.

So, what the heck is going on?

What follows is what we’ve been able to piece together in talking to several officials involved in what will go down this week, who spoke on the condition they not be identified because of the sensitive nature of the talks.



Today

Upon receiving the invitations to join the PAC — which currently includes Chardon, Madison, North, Riverside, South and University School in addition to Geneva and Lakeside — the four schools to receive invitations — Brush, Mayfield, Kenston and West Geauga — looked at it.

And, apparently, while receptive to the idea, did not favor journeying into Ashtabula County.

Already with their Spidey senses tingling, Geneva and Lakeside, decided to not stand and wait to be left holding the bag and be on the outside looking in.

So, Geneva, we’re told, called a meeting, to be held today in a Geneva restaurant, and extended invitations to at least the following schools to attend — Lakeside, Conneaut, Edgewood, Madison, Chardon, Harvey, Orange, Perry and Wickliffe.



Friday

The meeting today in Geneva was called, we’re told, because Mayfield, one of the four schools to receive invitations to join the PAC, has scheduled a meeting for Friday.

That meeting in Mayfield will also include the other three schools invited to join the PAC — Brush, Kenston and West Geauga — and five members of the current eight-team PAC — Chardon, Madison, North, Riverside and South.

Meaning, of course, the PAC’s two current Ashtabula County member schools — Geneva and Lakeside — as well as the most recent school to join the PAC’s ranks — University School — did not receive invitations.



What’s next?

All of the above is what we’ve been able to piece together. There could be more schools involved and some that have received invitations could opt to not send representatives.

As far as Ashtabula County schools go, Geneva and Lakeside, should they be booted from the PAC if it goes in a different direction, don’t want to be left without homes, which is what Conneaut and Edgewood have had to do since the demise of the storied Northeastern Conference. Edgewood, though accepted an invitation to join fellow county school Jefferson in the All-American Conference, starting in the spring.

What is known, however, that nothing is certain, at this point, other than change being imminent, that is.

Stay tuned... “As the Conferences Turn” is about to enter prime time.