UTICA — Everything old is new again in Licking County.
So far, seven out of 10 members of the old Licking Valley League have voted to recreate the conference.
On Monday, the foundation hit a bit of a snag, when the final three schools — Utica, Northridge and Johnstown — failed to join. At least, for now.
The vote for approval to join the new league was on the North Fork Local School District agenda. However, school administrators decided to table the measure until next month’s meeting.
School administrators said they wished to seek more input from the community before going ahead with the vote.
However, those who attended the meeting appeared to lean in favor of the move.
“There was tremendous interest among boosters in the move,” said Julie Vanwey, a member of Redskin Athletic Boosters. “Attendance is always higher when (Utica) plays other county schools, such as Licking Valley or Lakewood. And I think it boosts the camaraderie the players have for each other.”
Administrators at Utica High School would not comment on the possible move, since it has not yet been approved.
The jump would be the first for Utica since they left the Buckeye Athletic Conference for the MBC in 1999.
Northridge and Johnstown, two other members of the original LCL, voted on the bill Monday.
The three current MBC schools were members of the LCL through much of the ’70s and ’80s, along with Heath, Granville, Licking Valley, Lakewood, Newark Catholic, Watkins Memorial and Licking Heights. Through much of the league’s final years, Newark Catholic and Watkins Memorial dominated in many sports, especially football.
Licking Heights left the LCL in 1984. Johnstown left two years later.
Since the league dissolved in 1991, many of the other schools have caught up athletically.