The Ozark Conference is growing.
Starting in the 2021-22 school year, the Bolivar Liberators will become the 11th, full-time member of the conference.
The move helps the Liberators find a home after two years playing as an independent once the COC Small dissolved.
In November, the OC announced Bolivar and Central would swap its football affiliations for the upcoming season with the Liberators joining the conference and the Bulldogs becoming an independent.
Thursday’s move completes the marriage for the conference and Bolivar.
SPS Dir. of Athletics Josh Scott, who also serves on the Ozark Conference board, says over the next year schedules will be adjusted for all teams. This is why Bolivar will not be joining as a full time member for the upcoming school year – only for football.
Bolivar fits right into the heart of the Ozark Conference schools.
This past winter, Bolivar’s basketball teams were in the same district (Class-4, District 11) as fellow OC schools Hillcrest and West Plains. Camdenton and Rolla are also Class-4 schools in basketball.
In football, Bolivar also played at the Class-4 level. The Ozark Conference already has five schools that size with Hillcrest, Lebanon, Camdenton, West Plains, and Rolla.