Mississippi Valley Conference (Est. 1971)
History of the MVC
Civic Memorial is a Charter member of the Mississippi Valley Conference. The
MVC was formed in 1971 and has been one of the most stable conferences in
Illinois high school athletics. The Mississippi Valley Conference was initially
formed by Civic Memorial, Highland, Jersey Community, Mascoutah, O’Fallon,
Roxana, Triad, and East Alton-Wood River High Schools.
While most conferences in Illinois have gone through many changes in
membership, with some conferences expanding while others have disappeared
over the years, the MVC has been a beacon of stability. O’Fallon withdrew in 1993
due to a significantly increasing student enrollment and joined the South Seven
Conference and ultimately ended up as members of the Southwestern Conference.
Triad left the MVC in 1979, but rejoined in 1993. Roxana and East Alton-Wood
River withdrew from the Mississippi Valley in 1998 due to decreasing enrollment
and joined the South Central Conference, where Roxana remains, while EAWR is
now a member of the Prairie State Conference. Waterloo joined the MVC in 1998
to take the place of Roxana and East Alton-Wood River.
The MVC currently has six schools, of which five are Charter members. During
the 40+ year history of the league, there has only been three instances of schools
entering or leaving the conference. This is remarkable stability and something of
which the MVC and its member schools are extremely proud.
The following sports are recognized as Conference Sports in the Mississippi Valley Conference:
In addition, most, if not all, MVC schools have competitive cheerleading and competitive dance squads that cheer at football and basketball games and also compete at the IHSA level.