The Palmyra R-1 School District Board of Education unanimously voted to become an affiliate member of the North Central Missouri Conference.

The Palmyra R-1 School District Board of Education unanimously voted to become an affiliate member of the North Central Missouri Conference during its meeting Tuesday night. 

Palmyra will join the NCMC in sports the Clarence Cannon Conference does not offer. 

Sports affected include wrestling, girls tennis, girls golf and potentially boys and girls cross country.

The dual affiliation takes effect starting the 2019-2020 school year and has already been approved by the NCMC.

“Our board is supportive of anything that helps our students,” said superintendent Kirt Malone. “We think this is something that our students will benefit from.” 

Palmyra is staying put in the CCC aside from non-league sports, according to Malone.

“We are 100 percent committed to the Clarence Cannon,” he said.

With affiliate membership in the NCMC — of which Hannibal is a longtime member — Palmyra will not have voting rights within the conference.

“But our student-athletes would be allowed to compete for conference championships and all-conference recognition, which is exciting,” Malone said.

The future conference membership of the Palmyra cross country program remains in flux.

The CCC hopes to make cross country a conference sport. However, if it still is not by fall 2019, Palmyra runners would compete in the NCMC, according to Malone. 

The affiliation in the NCMC for wrestling, girls tennis and girls golf enables Palmyra to compete in a league with its footprint firmly in the region.

The girls tennis team is already scheduled to play NCMC opponents in nine of 13 regular season matches this fall.

The wrestling and girls golf teams are both entering their third season since forming.

Other CCC schools may soon follow suit with dual affiliation. 

“There are some other Clarence Cannon Conference schools along with us who may join (the NCMC) as affiliate members in those sports as well,” Malone said.