Lewis-Clark State College will become a full-time member of the Cascade Collegiate Conference in the summer of 2020 after the conference’s Council of Presidents voted to approve LCSC’s application at their meeting in Portland, Oregon on Monday.
LC will remain a member of the Frontier Conference through the 2019-20 academic year and then will make the move to the CCC, which became an NAIA affiliated conference in 1993.
LC will become the 12th full member of the conference, joining College of Idaho, Eastern Oregon, Evergreen State, Multnomah, Northwest University, Northwest Christian, Oregon Tech, Southern Oregon, Walla Walla University, Warner Pacific, and Corban. College administrators say the move presents a number of potential advantages including improvements to sport alignment, travel, scheduling, and recruiting.
LCSC has been a member of the Frontier Conference since 1999. It is the only conference school not located in the state of Montana or in the Mountain time zone.
Because most of the CCC members are in the Pacific Northwest, shorter travel and better winter road conditions were key benefits of the move. In the Frontier Conference, LCSC’s shortest drive during winter travel is Carroll College in Helena, which is just under 400 miles. Only three of the 11 CCC basketball teams are located further away than Helena. With winter climate usually milder in the Pacific Northwest compared to Montana, not only are distances traveled reduced, but the road conditions should also be better.
Overall, the CCC competes in seven men’s and seven women’s sports. The men’s sports include baseball, basketball, cross country, golf, soccer, track and field, and wrestling. The women’s sports are basketball, cross country, golf, soccer, softball, track and field, and volleyball. LC does not offer wrestling, soccer, or softball, but is looking at the possibility of adding a women’s soccer team in the future. (Lewis-Clark State College)