The Washington Catholic Athletic Conference will look very different next season.
Bishop Ireton, Bishop O’Connell, Paul VI, and St. Mary’s Ryken football teams are set to play in the WCAC during the 2017 season and beyond. O’Connell, Paul VI and Ireton were playing in a Virginia private schools league last season.
In addition to that, the WCAC will create two division, which means two seperate playoff and championship games.
DeMatha, Good Counsel, Gonzaga, St. John’s and Bishop McNamara.
Archbishop Carroll, O’Connell, Paul VI and St. Mary’s Ryken.
Division play won’t take place until the 2018 season, according to Washington Post’s Jacob Bogage. Schools will still be able to schedule regular season games against teams in the other division and keep longtime rivalries.
“This is an opportunity for WCAC schools to play national, regional, and local schedules within as well as outside the conference,” WCAC Commissioner Steve Colantuoni told DC Sports Fan. “It provides a flexibility that best serves our student-athletes and our member schools.”
The Heights, a all boys’ school in Montgomery County, will join the conference in all sports for the 2017-18 year. The conference still has plans to expand down the road.