LA GRANDE, Ore. — The Frontier Conference is losing one of its members.
Lewis-Clark State College will join the Cascade Collegiate Conference as a full member starting with the 2020-21 season. The Warriors will continue to participate in basketball, cross country, golf, track and field and volleyball in the Frontier Conference through the 2019-20 season.
The CCC announced Lewis-Clark’s addition on Monday in a media release.
“We are very pleased to welcome Lewis-Clark State College as our newest member,” CCC Commissioner Robert Cashell said in the release. “When we were initially contacted by the campus leadership about their interest, we immediately began assessing the positives of adding such a strong and storied institution to our ranks. … LCSC’s location, stellar academic reputation, broad array of athletic program offerings, and commitment to excellence make them an ideal fit.”
Lewis-Clark will be the 12th full member of the CCC. The Warriors have athletic teams in men’s and women’s basketball, volleyball, men’s and women’s cross country, men’s and women’s golf, men’s and women’s track and field, baseball and men’s and women’s tennis. Lewis-Clark also plans to add women’s soccer in the near future, according to the CCC release.
“Athletics is an integral part of LCSC’s history and future, and we are excited to begin this new chapter,” said Lewis-Clark State President Dr. Cynthia Pemberton. “The Cascade Collegiate Conference is an excellent fit in terms of student-athlete core values and athletic competition. We are very much looking forward to this new opportunity.”
Lewis-Clark has spent the past 21 years in the Frontier Conference, which includes member schools Carroll College, Montana State-Northern, Montana Tech, Montana Western, Providence and Rocky Mountain College.
“The LCSC athletic department is thrilled about the opportunity to join the Cascade Collegiate Conference,” said LCSC Director of Athletics Brooke Henze. “It’s a bittersweet transition, too: sad to leave the Frontier Conference and the people but excited about future of the Warriors and the CCC.”