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Spruce Mountain headed back to Mountain Valley Conference

Postby Tom Nolette » Fri Feb 13, 2015 10:13 pm

Spruce Mountain hopes change of leagues overturns tourney fortunes

BY KALLE OAKES..JAY — Seventeen. Thirteen. Sixteen. Eleven. Spruce Mountain’s win total on the boys’ basketball court didn’t trend in the right direction this winter, especially when you consider that four of the top six in the Phoenix rotation are seniors who have performed in that capacity since sophomore year. Look beneath the surface, examine the benefits of a switch from the Class C-heavy Mountain Valley Conference to the Class B-dominated Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference, and you’ll quickly discover that the most accomplished record is the one without the pretty wrapping paper. “This is the worst record we’ve ever had, but this is the most confident I’ve ever been,” senior Peter Theriault said...

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Spruce Mountain headed back to Mountain Valley Conference

Postby Tom Nolette » Wed Mar 15, 2017 3:43 am

Spruce Mountain headed back to Mountain Valley Conference

... Spruce Mountain athletic director James Black said the Phoenix have a good relationship with the KVAC, where it competes against other Class B schools. But a dramatic decline in enrollment at the school makes the MVC, with mostly Class C schools, a better fit.

"The KVAC has been a great conference to work with, but enrollment here has gone from 560 when we made the move to 408," Black said. "Our teams have been playing schools whose enrollment is 150 more than us, in some cases. So this makes sense for us competitively."

Black added the school should also save $4,000-$5,000 in travel costs with the move.

"Where we're at right now, this is just the right thing for the school and the community," Black said.

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