By BLAKE TOPPMEYER
Herald-Whig Sports Writer
This year's baseball and softball seasons will be the last for Griggsville-Perry as a member of the West Central Conference.
Tornadoes athletic director Leah Wilke said Tuesday the Western Illinois Valley Conference has approved Griggsville-Perry as a member and that the Griggsville-Perry school board is in support of the move. The final step would be for the WCC to accept Griggsville-Perry's departure, which could happen as early as next month.
Wilke said Griggsville-Perry's baseball, softball and scholastic bowl teams would join the WIVC next athletic season, while the school's volleyball and boys and girls basketball teams would make the move in 2014-15.
The change won't affect Griggsville-Perry's standing in the other conference it competes in, the Pike County Conference. Wilke said transportation costs were the biggest motivator for the move.
"It wasn't anything as far as one conference was better than the other by any means," Wilke said. "It's just more of a transportation and travel (issue).
Griggsville-Perry would slide into the WIVC's North Division, Wilke said, and she pointed toward nearby North schools like Brown County and Triopia as a positive to being in that league. There would be some limited crossover game requirements, but Wilke said Griggsville-Perry already plays some WIVC South schools.
Wilke said Triopia athletic director Rich Thompson got the ball rolling for the change by approaching her to see if Griggsville-Perry would be interested in switching leagues.
"It was definitely not a negative toward (the WCC) on why we changed," Wilke said. "It was travel and school size. Basically we just felt like it was the best fit for us. That's why we went that route."