Proctor and RFA denied request to join Tri Valley
WKTV - For the third straight year, Proctor and RFA athletic programs have been denied entrance to the Tri Valley League.
Proctor received notice on Thursday that their request has been denied. Both schools will now appeal the ruliing to the Athletic Council of Section III. The Raiders and Black Knights athletic programs currently play independent schedules except for football and hockey. Last year the battle went all the way to the state level. The Tri Valley appealed Section III's ruling and that appeal was upheld by the NYSPHAA.
The issue at hand for the TVL is the size of the schools and the competitve advantage or disadvantage that would be created if Proctor and RFA joined the league. Those schools are in the largest athletic class, AA, and the TVL is made up of smaller A and B schools. But with Proctor spending an average of $500-750 per team per away game to play like-size competition in the Syracuse area according to Proctor Athletic Director Marty Nemechek, the schools want to have most of their teams playing opponents that are closer.