Harper Little volleyball

Harper Little and the Clever Blue Jays start the 2018-2019 high school sports season as members of the Mid-Lakes Conference.

Clever is in a new league, and five other Christian County schools welcome some new conference opponents in the fall of 2018.

July 1 marked Clever’s move to the Mid-Lakes Conference. It joins the likes of Fair Grove, Strafford, Skyline, Stockton, and Forsyth as the six schools comprising the Mid-Lakes.

For at least two years, the Mid-Lakes will have only five football teams. Clever begins its first season of junior varsity football this fall, building toward plans for the Blue Jays to field a varsity football team in the fall of 2020.

Another conference more familiar to Christian County sports fans, the SouthWest Central League, will have a new look in the fall of 2018. Purdy High School and Southwest High School join the SWCL, coming from the Ozark 7 Conference. The SWCL will now have eight teams: Billings, Sparta, Spokane, Crane, Galena, Purdy and Southwest.

Southwest, located in Washburn, serves southern Barry County.

Nixa and Ozark will maintain their alignment with the Central Ozark Conference, which drops its previous divisions and will now consist of 10 schools. Joplin joins the former COC Large schools in what will now be simply known as the COC.

The former COC is broken up, with five of its former schools joining the 14-school Big 8 Conference, and Bolivar starting its first year of independent affiliation. 

Christian County high school conference breakdown

Central Ozark Conference

Branson

Carl Junction

Carthage

Joplin

Neosho

Nixa

Ozark

Republic

Willard

Webb City

Mid-Lakes Conference

Clever

Fair Grove

Forsyth

Skyline

Stockton

Strafford

SouthWest Central League

Billings

Blue Eye

Crane

Galena

Purdy

Sparta

Spokane

Southwest

Mark Twain Conference

Bradleyville

Chadwick

Everton

Hurley

New Covenant Academy

Nianguua

School of the Ozarks

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