Looks like Derby and the NVL will finally get to tie the knot.
After years of being turned down by league’s brass, it looks like Derby will finally be invited into the Naugatuck Valley League, according to a report in the Waterbury Republican-American, the NVL’s unofficial paper of record.
Apparently, the exclusion of St. Paul-Bristol from the recent conference shake-and-bake that has destroyed and is destroying the Nutmeg football league and the NWC, has given the NVL the impetus it needs to expand to a an even 14.
That would solve tons of problems: It would give Derby a home in a conference it believes is much more suited to its geography and level of competition (but what about wrestling? the NVL doesn’t have it). It will likely rekindle the now five-years dormant rivalry with Ansonia. It will also give St. Paul a legitimate conference in which to play, especially for Jude Kelly and his fledgling football program.
It (should, but you never know with the NVL) open the league up to out-of-conference scheduling, something that’s been a burr in the seats of many league coaches. Nick Augelli of Crosby hoops and Tom Brockett of Ansonia football to name a couple
As for the SCC, it accommodated Derby, its smallest member, to the point of ridiculousness. In some sports, the Red Raiders didn’t play a true league schedule a few sports. As for the sports that did, they were almost warts on the SCC’s otherwise robust face. So, despite the league’s best efforts to help one of its founding members, this is an overall improvement.
In the highly likely scenario that the Derby Board of Education, (which will discuss and then vote on the matter in the coming days, according to the report) will approve the jump, the SCC will only take a hit in football, where a 20-team league now contracts to 19.
The seismic waves of league shakeup have officially hit Southern Connecticut.
The SCC is now on the clock. The SWC and FCIAC are waiting for your next move.