Oxford Accepted Into Naugatuck Valley League

The Oxford High School sports program will be in the NVL in 2014.


The Oxford High School athletic program has been accepted into the Naugatuck Valley League effective in the fall of 2014.

"We are very excited to welcome a school community and a thriving athletic program like Oxford into our NVL family," said NVL president Tom Pompei, the athletic director at Naugatuck High School, in a news release. "We feel as though they will be a tremendous addition to the league creating natural rivalries with surrounding valley schools and fitting in seamlessly with our student athletes."

Oxford currently plays in the South-West Conference but was looking to move to the NVL for various reasons. School board members behind the move say that it makes sense because NVL schools bring a faster commute and there are more schools similar to the size of Oxford. Plus, they believe Oxford would have better rivalries.

Opponents of the measure say this is being done for one sport only, football. They argue that Oxford is better off in the SWC.  

Pompei, though, said the move is official and athletic directors of the NVL are looking forward to working with the administration of Oxford High School to continue growth and league traditions.

This addition will necessitate a change in some league procedures regarding post-season play and divisional alignment. In 20 game sports, the following structure will take shape:

Division A                               Division B                               Division C

Ansonia                                  Crosby                                        Naugatuck

Derby                                     Holy Cross                                    Torrington

Oxford                                    Kennedy                                       Watertown

St. Paul                                   Sacred Heart                                 Wolcott

Seymour                                  Wilby                                           Woodland



concerned February 23, 2013 at 12:26 PM
School board that is committed to educational excellence would not have made such foolish change. Sad day for OHS and Oxford.
Citizen X February 23, 2013 at 12:53 PM
Sad but typical & expected.
Paul Singley February 23, 2013 at 02:23 PM
It appears as though the division breakdown doesn't show up well on our mobile version. I will attempt to fix that soon. Thanks
Someone February 23, 2013 at 02:53 PM
Agree with Concerned
Dan February 23, 2013 at 03:12 PM
Should have been in the league since the school opened. Good move.
movingsale February 23, 2013 at 03:56 PM
Also agree with concerned. Is this really how a democracy works? Whether you approve of this move or not, and I certainly do not, you should be appalled at how it went through. The politics are disgusting, and this will prove to the wrong decision in the long term.
Dan February 23, 2013 at 05:10 PM
I do agree politics are screwed up in this town. However, the NVL debate is only that because most citizens of this town are fighting against it for the wrong reasons.
joe oxford February 23, 2013 at 05:51 PM
Oxford High is way to small to compete in the NVL. At least in the SWC we play against similiarly sized schools. Some sports we will do okay in, but many we will be unable to compete. This is a very BAD decision.
Someone February 23, 2013 at 07:28 PM
Why did sameulson avoid the nvl and opt for the swc in the 1st place? If he joined the nvl in the beginning we would nt be in this mess of frustration.
High school parent February 23, 2013 at 07:31 PM
I can not respect a town decision that was secretively made. Even parents with children currently playing sports at OHS were unaware that there was a plan to leave the SWC until it was finalized.
Dan February 23, 2013 at 08:30 PM
It was pretty open discussion that we might be moving from the SWC division to the NVL.
concerned February 23, 2013 at 10:52 PM
It was NOT an open discussion. There were two board meetings several months apart, that briefly discussed "exploring" the possibility of switching to NVL. Without any notice to either all the coaches, students and certainly parents, the vote was taken and the deal was done. Dirty, underhanded, immoral and worst of all, bad for the students and town. Real estate values will suffer because most new housing buyers have come from Fairfield County with children and they will be less likely to move here.
once there February 23, 2013 at 10:57 PM
This has been on Patch for months now. Shame on the parents who say they didn't know.
once there February 23, 2013 at 10:58 PM
because his sons went to Pomperaug, also in the SWC.
Dan February 23, 2013 at 11:10 PM
Are you serious?! Housing markets will suffer. That's so blown out of the water and completely false. You don't like the town, MOVE OUT OF IT. The sports leagues have nothing to do with real estate
concerned February 23, 2013 at 11:14 PM
Once there- what you're saying is NOT true and you know it. The first time the subject of the POSSIBILITY of leaving SWC appeared in the Patch, there was a strong reaction against the move. The article was immediately followed up by a letter from Mr. Carbonaro, in effect correcting the Patch article and saying that the board was more than considering it, and that in fact it was "... a done deal" This negative reaction forced a rescission vote which failed by a couple of votes. I attended that meeting and it was clear that several of the board members, those with a modicum of scrupples, felt guilty about this underhanded move. Mr, Carbonaro was seen as the driving force behind this, intimidating and misleading some of the members.
Tanya Carver February 23, 2013 at 11:24 PM
This is an election year, there are several seats in the Board of Education that are up for election for both parties (Democrats and Republicans). Get involved!!! If you are interested in running on the Republican Ticket, please send me an email at Tanya.carver@pb.com.
concerned February 23, 2013 at 11:39 PM
Dan- I have lived in this town for 30+ years and raised three children here. I like Oxford, otherwise I wouldn't bother to comment. If you don't think that the perception of a town is based on its quality of schools, quality of education....yes education, academic and physical, you really need to educate yourself. Home buyers choose where to buy by their perception of the town. The perception of this town just dropped.
Dan February 23, 2013 at 11:48 PM
Concerned- the perception of this town dropped? Why, because the towns and cities are beneath you. You're better than everyone else too, right? That's the real reason. Some of these towns are right in our back yard. Besides, sports divisions has nothing to do with quality education. If you wanted to stay in the SWC, then you should have said and done something rather than complaining.
Tanya Carver February 24, 2013 at 12:23 AM
Dan, it is obvious by your comments here that you really have not taken the time to read through the Board of Education (BOE) Minutes for the past 12 months. More importantly, it appears that you did not attend the December 11, 2012, BOE meeting in which this topic was discussed in length and after this meeting it became clear to me that the public really did not have an opportunity to voice their opinion. There was no paper trail as to what was going on with this committee. Take me for example, I am a member of Oxford Republican Town Committee and have a child involved in the Athletics Program at OHS, I was not aware of this change until it was already done and passed. This major change in our Athletics Program should have been more open to the public. The BOE voted, its done.
Johnny Ribbs February 24, 2013 at 12:27 AM
I won't move to Darien because they play Bridgeport in basketball.....said NO ONE ever. I agree there are up and downsides to the move....but let's not act like this is desegregation busing here. It's just who you play in girls softball a few times a year.
E Twig February 24, 2013 at 12:37 AM
The Bridgeport High School have put in a bid to be in the NVL.
Dan February 24, 2013 at 12:40 AM
Thank you Johnny Ribbs! And Ms. Carver yor comment seems to be inapplicable and useless quite frankly. You say get involved? Well you're "involved" and Oxford Republican committee, and you've seem to have to say the same thing as everyone else. Wonder why our town goes nowhere
T-Bone February 24, 2013 at 01:01 AM
Looking forward to watching OHS Football getting killed by Ansonia and the rest of the NVL year in year out.
Johnny Ribbs February 24, 2013 at 02:12 AM
They did Twig, and the NVL already said no thanks.
Spec Shayz February 26, 2013 at 01:42 AM
Since when did a toilet like Oxford get so deluded as to think it's better then the other portopotty towns in the Valley?
RAK February 26, 2013 at 02:20 AM
I'm curious to know what the natives vs. the newcomers vote is on this. What do you think Paul, maybe a poll or something? I'll cast the first vote for the natives- Yay to the NVL.
Sad Native March 25, 2013 at 07:03 PM
I am a native of Oxford and many natives such as myself work hard to make Oxford more attractive to onlookers. If given the chance to do so, I would have voted NO to the change.What was the reason for this! I was extactic when Oxford decided to join the SWC rather than the NVL. Do we really want to be aligned with schools that have bad academic records. One of the only smart things that Oxford did was to align our high school sports programs with non-valley towns. We were going in the right direction!!! Yet another bad decision and just when we had hopes of being a Town with potential, with a bright future, where we could hold our heads up and be on "their" level, we go and drop ourselves back in the TOILET!!!!!


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