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North Coast League

updated 1-30-16

CLICK HERE - North Coast League looking at expansion


updated 1-26-16

CLICK HERE - Logan BOE approves resolution seeking Licking County League membership

Southeastern Ohio Athletic League

updated 1-1-16

CLICK HERE - Blue Devils opt out of SEOAL soccer

updated 12-24-15

CLICK HERE - Could Jackson target Point to help save SEOAL?


updated 12-29-15

CLICK HERE - Changing times for Margaretta athletics

CLICK HERE - PART 1 Changing times for Margaretta athletics

South Central Ohio League

updated 12-18-15

CLICK HERE - South Central Ohio League expanding? League looking to form two divisions


updated 12-13-15

CLICK HERE - Where would Louisville land if booted from NBC?

Northwest Central Conference

updated 12-12-15

CLICK HERE - NWCC announces that Elgin will be a full member of the NWCC starting in August of 2017

Mid Ohio Athletic Conference

updated 11-22-15

CLICK HERE - Seven MOAC Blue Division schools are leaving the league

Pay to Play Fees

updated 11-15-15

CLICK HERE - Should Ohio cut pay-to-participate fees?

Muskingum Valley League

updated 10-12-15

CLICK HERE - No expansion for Muskingum Valley League


updated 9-30-15

CLICK HERE - Logan turned down for MSL membership

OHSAA Drones Policy

updated 8-21-15

CLICK HERE - Celina School Board To Look At OHSAA Drone Policy



Section 3. — Regular Season and OHSAA Tournament Contests
Use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (Drones)

a. For purposes of this policy, an unmanned aerial vehicle (“UAV”), commonly known as a drone, is any aircraft without a human pilot aboard the device.

b. It is the responsibility of each local school district to establish policies for the use of drones during home regular season contests (including previews and scrimmages) and practices.

c. The use of drones is prohibited for any purpose by any persons at OHSAA tournament contests. Tournament management shall remove anyone attempting to use a drone and/or confiscate the drone until the event has been completed.


An exception to this policy may be made in specific cases for OHSAA broadcast partners, provided the management of the tournament facility permits the presence of drones for broadcast purposes under the control of the OHSAA.


updated 8-19-15

CLICK HERE - High schools face scheduling challenges

Southeastern Ohio Athletic League

updated 8-7-15

CLICK HERE - Southeastern Ohio Athletic League plans to hold on in the short term

updated 8-7-15

CLICK HERE - Still naming SEOAL champs, all-league teams a major win

Ohio Capital Conference

updated 8-7-15

CLICK HERE - OHSAA changes mind on how to calculate enrollment figures

Suburban League

updated 7-19-15

Sports Editor Michael Leonard sits down with Suburban League commissioner Keith Walker to discuss the league's new look for the 2015-16 school year. The Suburban League will expand from eight members to 15 members this fall.

CLICK HERE - VIDEO: New-look Suburban League ready to roll

Ohio Capital Conference

updated 7-18-15

CLICK HERE - Ohio Capital Conference goes to five-division alignment

Chagrin Valley Conference

updated 7-17-15

CLICK HERE - Chagrin Valley Conference sets divisions on sport-by-sport basis


updated 7-15-15

CLICK HERE - Warren turns down offer to join ECOL


updated 7-8-15

CLICK HERE - League limbo hurts Jackson athletes most

updated 7-1-15

CLICK HERE - Jackson out of options for new league

updated 5-15-15

CLICK HERE - Warren ponders invitation from ECOL; SOC turns down Jackson for membership

updated 5-14-15

CLICK HERE - Jackson turned down by Southern Ohio Conference

updated 4-10-15

CLICK HERE - Scioto Valley Conference won’t expand, Jackson’s search goes on

Licking County League

updated 6-10-15

CLICK HERE - Licking County League not expanding at this time

OHSAA Enrollment Numbers

updated 5-7-15

CLICK HERE - Will the OHSAA’s competitive balance roster data be accurate? NEOMG athletic director survey 2015

Send us your vote Yes or No and thoughts to and in the subject line OHSAA Enrollment Survey

updated 4-20-15

CLICK HERE - PROPOSED: OHSAA Member School Enrollment for 2015-16 and 2016-17 school years

West Clermont

updated 4-20-15

CLICK HERE - West Clermont accepted into Eastern Cincinnati Conference

Updated 3-12-15

Statement On Naming the New Mascot

reply to an email from The Senior Reports

Mr. Schmidt, Thank you for the email....I appreciate your comments. The Board created a Branding Committee made up of approximately 30 individuals (students, parents, alumni, teachers, administrators, athletic directors, band directors and board members) for the purpose of creating a rubric of what we see being our mascot - and what traits/characters to avoid. Once we have all suggestions from the Community, the Branding Committee will come together and narrow down the suggestions to 3-4 for the students to have final say on who we have as our Mascot.

There was a lot of discussion around the topic of Native Americans. With the recent activity throughout the Country, it was decided it would be best if we avoided considering mascots with Religious and/or Native American connections. Our goal is be respectful to all, while avoiding future conflict, and choosing the best mascot(s) that represent who we are.

Thanks again for the email. If we can answer further questions, please let us know.

Tammy (Brinkman)
(West Clermont School District Board Member)
updated 3-11-15

CLICK HERE - West Clermont wants to hear ideas on new mascot

Mid Ohio Athletic Conference

updated 4-29-15

CLICK HERE - Mid Ohio Athletic Conference shuffle begins again with Fairbanks departure

OHSAA Boys Basketball State Tournament

updated 4-12-15

CLICK HERE - Private Schools the Reason For Low Attendance At State Basketball Tournaments?

CLICK HERE - Were have all the state basketball tournament fans gone?

Cross County Conference

updated 4-10-15

CLICK HERE - Fort Loramie To Join The Cross County Conference In Football


updated 4-9-15

CLICK HERE - High school lacrosse inches closer to sanctioning by OHSAA, archery could be next says Commissioner Dan Ross

Ohio Heritage Conference

updated: 4-8-15

Fairbanks and Madison Plains Voted Into Ohio Heritage Conference

CLICK HERE - OHC welcomes Madison Plains, Fairbanks

BREAKING: the OHC has voted to add Fairbanks and Madison Plains to create a 10 team conference. More to follow.

From Twitter- @ohcsportscom - 2h 2 hours ago

BREAKING: the OHC has voted to add Fairbanks and Madison Plains to create a 10 team conference. More to follow.

CLICK HERE - HISTORY of the Ohio Heritage Conference

Mount Vernon

updated 3-31-15

CLICK HERE - Ohio Cardinal Conference opens doors to Mount Vernon

updated 3-29-15

CLICK HERE - Mount Vernon to join Ohio Cardinal Conference

Licking County League

updated 3-26-15

CLICK HERE - Expansion of LCL won’t include Logan

updated 3-23-15

CLICK HERE - Athletic programs 'happy' to stay in LCL

updated 3-21-15

CLICK HERE - Licking County League nearing major expansion

Principals Athletic Conference

updated 3-18-15

CLICK HERE - Prinicpals Athletic Conference plans its future

Southern Buckeye Athletic Academic Conference

updated 3-23-15

Southern Buckeye Athletic Academic Conference looking for school(s) to join the SBAAC in 2017–18.

information on the conference - CLICK HERE - Southern Buckeye Athletic Academic Conference Web Site and at Twitter @SBCscores1

Current Members

New Richmond 
Western Brown

Clermont Northeastern

Mount Vernon

Official Statement from Mount Vernon City Schools

Mount Vernon Statement was sent to Senior Reports after a written request-

Due to the Ohio Capital Conference re-alignment for the 2016-2017 school year. Mount Vernon City Schools is actively investigating and considering various league options. I can confirm that MV is having ongoing conversations with the "Licking County League" and the "Ohio Cardinal Conference". At this time the Ohio Capital Conference has not officially engaged MV in potential modifications to the current 2016-2017 alignment. MV administration continues to keep its Board, Community, and Head coaches abreast of ongoing conversations.

Bill (Seder)
Superintendent - Mount Vernon City Schools

Tri-Valley Conference

updated 3-12-15

CLICK HERE - TVC once again turns down Jackson and Warren

Principals Athletic Conference

updated 3-6-15

CLICK HERE - Principals Athletic Conference invites Orrville, Northwest to join league

CLICK HERE - Breaking News…..Orrville Accepted Into the PAC (Principals Athletic Conference)

CLICK HERE - Orrville, Northwest extended invitations to join Principals Athletic Conference

Inter-Valley Conference

updated 2-22-15

CLICK HERE - Five high schools to join Inter-Valley Conference


updated 2-15-15

CLICK HERE - Beallsville High School May Close

Principals Athletic Conference

updated 2-9-15

CLICK HERE - First domino falls in Principals Athletic Conference shuffle: Red Riders could rejoin Titans as league rivals


updated 1-30-15

CLICK HERE - OHSAA competitive balance rollout could face delay due to undeveloped technology

Licking County League

updated 1-29-15

CLICK HERE - Northridge applies to MSL; LCL looking to expand

CLICK HERE - Licking County League considering expansion, alters football schedule

West Clermont

updated 1-23-15

CLICK HERE - Merger plan: West Clermont athletics on back burner


updated 1-20-15

CLICK HERE - Tri-Village to add football team

CLICK HERE - Tri-Village to add football

Canton City Schools

updated 1-16-15

CLICK HERE - Merger plan: Timken basketball players 'hurt' by decision

CLICK HERE - AUDIO:Canton School Superintendent Adrian Allison - Plan To Combine Canton High Schools Presented

CLICK HERE - McKinley and Timken high schools would merge under Brighter Tomorrow plan

CLICK HERE - Federal, PAC-7 leagues react to Canton school consolidation proposal

Oak Harbor

updated 1-13-15

CLICK HERE - Oak Harbor denies it’s leaving Sandusky Bay Conference

Ohio Capital Conference

updated 1-8-15

CLICK HERE - Ohio Capital Conference Realignment: Conference adapting to changing landscape


updated 12-27-14

CLICK HERE - Crestline to join Mid-Buckeye Conference in 2015

Ohio Wrestling League

updated 12-26-14

CLICK HERE - TAAC wrestling: With OWL disbanded, TAAC teams look to City

Inter-Valley Conferenc

updated 12-14-14

CLICK HERE - Inter-Valley Conference extends hand to four more schools

Sandusky Bay Conference

updated 12-10-14

Sandusky Bay Conference Expansion

Tweets From Sandusky Register's Mark Hazelwood ( @SRHazelwood ) After months of speculation, the Sandusky Bay Conference expansion has gone official, beginning in the 2016-17 school year.

Additions to the SBC include the 'old' SRL: Old Fort, New Riegel, SJCC, Lakota, SMCC, St. Wendelin; and also includes Vermilion and Calvert.

The SBC 'Bay' division (big schools) includes: Clyde, Edison, Huron, Oak Harbor, Perkins, Port Clinton and Vermilion.

The SBC 'River' division (small schools) includes the other aforementioned schools. Margaretta is in the 'River' in football/wrestling only.

CLICK HERE - SBC announces plan for major expansion

Ohio Capital Conference

updated 12-1-14

CLICK HERE - Shakeup in Ohio Capital Conference benefits Newark


updated 11-30-14

CLICK HERE - Hudson football coach Ron Wright critical of public-private playoff setup, vows to push for equalization


updated 11-22-14

CLICK HERE - A new era: Gallia Academy headed to OVC

updated 11-7-14

CLICK HERE - Gallipolis poised to join OVC; future of SEOAL uncertain at best


updated 11-17-14

updated 11-14-14

CLICK HERE - Will Vermilion find a stable league to call home?

updated 11-14-14

Ohio Capital Conference Approves New Alignment

Principals of the Ohio Capital Conference approved a new alignment package beginning with the 2016-17 school year that will now feature five divisions.

The new alignment will be as follows:

The North Central Division will consist of Worthington Kilbourne, Thomas Worthington, Dublin Scioto, Dublin Jerome, Hilliard Bradley, Hilliard Darby, Mount Vernon and Delaware.

East Division schools will be Gahanna, Grove City, Lancaster, Pickerington Central, Pickerington North and Reynoldsburg.

Making up the Northeast Division will be Big Walnut, Canal Winchester, Franklin Heights, Groveport, New Albany and Newark.

The Central Division will be comprised of Central Crossing, Dublin Coffman, Hilliard Davidson, Marysville, Upper Arlington and Westland.

North Division schools will be Olentangy, Olentangy Liberty, Olentangy Orange, Westerville Central, Westerville North and Westerville South.

Greater Western Ohio Conference

updated 11-6-14

CLICK HERE - It’s now official: Tipp City, Stebbins new GWOC members

updated 10-21-14

CLICK HERE - Greater Western Ohio Conference rumored to be expanding

Senate Athletic League

updated 10-16-14

CLICK HERE -Senate Athletic League commissioner Leonard Jackson talks facilities, competitive balance, football title game's future and more

Southwest Ohio Public League

updated 8-7-14

CLICK HERE - Southwest Ohio Public League returns in football in 2015

Western Ohio Soccer League

updated 7-5-14

CLICK HERE - Western Ohio Soccer League will debut in 2014 season

Ashtabula St. John

updated 6-26-14

CLICK HERE - Ashtabula St. John officials are excited to have been readmitted to OHSAA after four years away

Mount Vernon

updated 6-20-14

CLICK HERE - OCC talking realignment again

CLICK HERE - Mount Vernon considering dropping out of the Ohio Capital Conference


updated 6-12-14

CLICK HERE - Why don't Moeller, GMC ever face off?


updated 6-6-14

CLICK HERE - Montpelier athletics leaving NWOAL

updated 5-16-14

CLICK HERE - TAAC approves Montpelier for football membership


updated 6-4-14

CLICK HERE - Antwerp football to go on hiatus in 2015 for one year

CLICK HERE - Antwerp will not field varsity football in 2015

Southwest Ohio Conference

Tweets from @MikeDyer
SWOC has expansion committee in place to evaluate any interested schools, however current plans are to move forward with 7 schools

Wilmington moved from Southwest Ohio Conference to the South Central Ohio League

Garfield Heights

updated 5-30-14

CLICK HERE - Garfield Heights athletics set to become an independent for 2015-16 school year

Suburban League

updated 5-19-14

Suburban League to Remain at 15 Teams for 2015-16

After a long and complex process, the 15 team Suburban League has decided to remain at that number for the 2015-16 school year. The necessity of looking for another team was brought about in February when Cloverleaf informed the league that they would be leaving to join the Portage Trail Conference (effective 2015-16). Prior to Cloverleaf’s departure, the newly expanded Suburban League was poised to begin the 2015-16 school year with 16 teams, divided into 2 conferences by enrollment.

In March and April, the league requested a letter of interest from any school desiring to fill the vacancy in the American (small school) Conference. Four (4) schools - Bedford, CVCA, Maple Heights and Northwest - submitted applications of consideration for league membership. On April 16, those four schools interviewed with league representatives, including superintendents, principals and athletic directors from all 15 schools.

To gain acceptance, the league constitution requires a ¾ majority (12 of 15 schools) to approve any application. After much discussion, school visitations, and multiple votes, the ¾ majority could not be reached.

The Suburban League and its members have nothing but admiration, praise and respect for the four schools who applied. The time spent on preparation and presentation is truly appreciated; the league certainly had hoped that the voting outcome would have yielded a ¾ majority and thus, a new member.

The league will now move forward with 7 teams (Aurora, Barberton, Copley, Highland, Kent Roosevelt, Revere and Tallmadge) in the American Conference. The National Conference (Brecksville, Cuyahoga Falls, Hudson, Nordonia, North Royalton, Stow, Twinsburg, and Wadsworth) will continue with 8 teams. All 15 schools will continue to work cooperatively to add a 16th school in the future.

All-American Conference

updated 5-12-14

CLICK HERE - They're All-American, Lakeside receives invitation to join league

Suburban League

updated 5-9-14

CLICK HERE - Northwest waiting on Suburban vote


updated 4-18-14

CLICK HERE - Euclid to join Greater Cleveland Conference in 2015-16


updated 4-5-14

CLICK HERE - OHSAA pushing for better voter turnout among member schools


updated 4-4-14

CLICK HERE - Montpelier explores football-only membership with TAAC

updated 2-5-14

No Membership Change For Toledo Area Athletic Conference

The Toledo Area Athletic Conference principals met today to discuss the addition of Montpelier as a "football only" member. According to a "very" reliable source the following action took place - Montpelier issue tabled by principals until constitution is revamped. That means September of 14

The TAAC currently has nine football members. Montpelier has been considering the move from the Northwest Ohio Athletic League, which also has nine current members. The NWOAL recently approved a member to be a "football only" member, had Montpelier been accepted to the TAAC the NWOAL would have been down to eight members. The change would have allowed NWOAL members to avoid open date scheduling for football late in the season. Montpelier has also been in contact with the Buckeye Border Conference about placing the rest of it's teams in that conference. No word if this will stop that process.

Southeastern Ohio Athletic League

updated 3-21-14

CLICK HERE - Remaining schools in Southeastern Ohio Athletic League stay committed

Hardin Northern

updated 3-19-14

Hardin Northern Joins NWCC

The NWCC is very happy to announce Hardin Northern will be joining their league for the 2014/15 school year in every sport but football. In the 2015/16 school year Hardin Northern will be a full member including football. The NWCC is excited to have Hardin Northern join the league and is looking forward to a long term relationship.
Dave May
NWCC Commissioner
updated 2-20-14

NWCC Statement On Hardin Northern's Membership Application

email sent to The Senior Reports

Today the NWCC received a letter of application from the Hardin Northern Administration to join the NWCC. At this time, the NWCC is still reviewing and studying the possibility of Hardin Northern coming into the NWCC. We are hoping for a decision in the very near future.

Dave May
NWCC Commissioner
Next NWCC meeting is scheduled for March 19th

CLICK HERE - Hardin Northern applies to NWCC

CLICK HERE - Hardin Northern District ready to leave BVC

Editor's Note - NWCC meets today to discuss membership request from Hardin Northern. Commissioner Dave May will release details after the meeting.

Hardin Northern To Decide Athletic Conference Future

from HN District newsletter

The new Hardin Northern Board of Education will have a very big decision to make at its next meeting on February 19th. The Board will be asked to determine the district’s direction as it relates to athletic conferences. This decision has been forced upon the Board because Hardin Northern failed to field a varsity football team in the fall of 2014 and were suspended from the Blanchard Valley Conference for three years. In fact, on January 23, 2014 the Blanchard Valley Conference took an even stronger position and refused to guarantee Hardin Northern’s re-admittance to the conference (by a vote of 9-1 with HN the lone yes vote) even after the three year suspension has ended.

The Board held a series of three community meetings in January to distribute information and listen to the community about the area of athletics. The Board heard a number of great ideas from the community and some have been implemented already, others will take a while and, some, may not be possible. A power point presentation that was used at the community meetings, along with community comments from the meetings, can be found on the Hardin Northern website at .

CLICK HERE - HN Athletic Meeting Presentation

CLICK HERE - HN Athletic Meeting Flyer

Tri-Valley Conference

updated 3-15-14

CLICK HERE - Tri-Valley Conference turns down Gallia, Jackson, Logan and Warren

updated 3-1-14

CLICK HERE - Jackson, Gallipolis, Warren apply for Tri-Valley Conference membership

OHSAA Hockey

updated 3-10-14

CLICK HERE - After the Whistle: Safety No Excuse for Awarding Two State Titles

Inter-Tri County League

updated 3-7-14

CLICK HERE - Inter-Tri County League may align geographically


updated 2-25-14

Vermilion "Actively" Looking For A Conference Home

Vermilion is actively speaking / meeting with any and all schools who are willing to listen to our need to be in a conference whether it be the SBC or any conference that is within reasonable travel distance for our community. Being without a conference creates an economic and logistical hardship for our athletes, parents and community members.

Thank you
Philip M. Pempin, Superintendent
Vermilion Local School District

New Bremen

updated 2-5-14

New Bremen To Remain In MAC

(2-5-14) - Statement from New Bremen Superintendent Howard Overman
After much discussion and weighing other options the New Bremen Schools will remain affiliated with Midwest Athletic Conference for all sanctioned sports. The number of football players is down due to smaller class sizes, but should be adequate to fulfill the conference obligations. The community and school have rallied around the team and will support their competitive efforts in the MAC.

updated 1-21-14

CLICK HERE - Cardinals are only MAC school without a state title, Community/Admins deciding fate of football

updated 1-16-14

MAC Commissioner Comments On New Bremen Situation

The Midwest Athletic Conference Constitution and By-Laws include an article which prohibits member schools from picking and choosing which sports they participate in, within the Conference. It is rather clear; if you have a varsity sports program, in a sport recognized as a Midwest Athletic Conference sport, your team must participate in the Conference in that sport.

Disregarding this article would cause chaos within the Conference for scheduling purposes. Without it, member school would be able to pick and choose which Conference sports they wish to participate. It would be impossible, in that environment, to set long-term Conference schedules for any sport.

The administration and residents of the New Bremen School District are proud charter members of the Midwest Athletic Conference, and this is a tough situation for them; a situation none of them want to be in. Rest assured; the Midwest Athletic Conference is working towards assisting New Bremen High School through this difficult time. Proposals have been, and will continue to be, composed, with the goal being a long-term resolution that all Midwest Athletic Conference member schools can support. There isn't an easy solution for this issue, if there was, it would have already been put in place.

I ask for patience and understanding as New Bremen High School, and we, as a Conference, continue to explore possible resolutions for this situation. Conjecture and rumors will not solve this problem.

There is one additional issue I would like to address. In the fall of 2005, Anna High School was asked, and agreed, to join the Midwest Athletic Conference as a “football only” participant. The decision to add Anna High School as a “football only” participant solved the Midwest Athletic Conference issue of rotating a “non-conference” game, week two through week ten. It was very difficult for Conference teams to find a “non-conference” game in week four through week ten, when all other conferences are playing their conference schedules.

This is a completely separate issue, and needs to be thought of as Anna High School taking New Knoxville High School’s place in the football portion of Midwest Athletic Conference schedule. Anna High School has never been “formally” invited to be a full member of the Midwest Athletic Conference. The circumstance wasn’t that Anna High School selected which sport they chose to compete as a Conference member, they were simply invited, and accepted, as a “football only” participant, by the Midwest Athletic Conference member schools.

Don Kemper, Commissioner
Midwest Athletic Conference

updated 1-16-14

UPDATE: New Bremen Community Meeting On Athletics

CLICK HERE - AUDIO - Superintendent Howard Overman

New Bremen Superintendent Howard Overman talked with WCSM radio today about Wednesday's community meeting on athletics.

Audio link from WCSM, Celina

1-15-14 - Some information and thoughts that came out of tonight's meeting in New Bremen discussing the future of football and athletic membership.

Midwest Athletic Conference has informed New Bremen schools that they will not be allowed to leave for football only, could lose MAC membership for all other sports.

Recruitment of players will be a key if the Cardinals continue with varsity football in the future. If it is decided not to field a varsity team, school officials will consider a JV schedule and will pay MAC schools for gate receipt and concessions lost in revenue.

NOTE: Waiting for New Bremen and MAC officials to issue official statements.

New Bremen Superintendent Howard Overman Comments On Meeting

CLICK HERE - AUDIO - Superintendent Howard Overman

New Bremen Superintendent Howard Overman talked with WCSM radio today about Wednesday's community meeting on athletics.

Audio link from WCSM, Celina

Bettsville-Old Fort

updated 1-31-14

CLICK HERE - Bettsville school eyes combining with Old Fort

Emmanuel Christian

updated 1-30-14

CLICK HERE - Emmanuel Christian to rejoin OHSAA


updated 1-27-14

CLICK HERE - UPDATE - Competitive Balance Issue

Hardin Northern

updated 1-25-14

CLICK HERE - Hardin Northern pays nearly $13K to football opponents

Lake Center Christian

updated 1-24-14

CLICK HERE - Lake Center Christian to join PTC for 2015-16 season

Hardin Northern

Hardin Northern Looking at Conference Change

Story Courtesy of Kenton Times

Times staff writer
DOLA -The Hardin Northern school district has four new members coming onto its board of education in 2014.

One of the first big decisions they will encounter is whether or not to keep Polar Bear athletic programs in the Blanchard Valley Conference or leave their longtime league affiliation and join the Northwest Central Conference.

During the second of three community meetings on Monday night about improving the athletic situation at Hardin Northern, Superintendent Doug Roberts and Principal Joe Hoelzle discussed the district¹s difficulties with the BVC involving its football situation.

They added the NWCC has extended Hardin Northern an invitation to join that league, which also includes Ridgemont, Upper Scioto Valley, Lima Perry and Waynesfield-Goshen, Riverside, Sidney Lehman Catholic, Lima Temple Christian and Fort Loramie (football only).

Roberts said the district, which was suspended from the BVC in football for three seasons after opting in June 2013 not to play a varsity football schedule last fall due to a lack of players, had to pay league schools $12,999 in penalties associated with not fielding a team.

The HN superintendent said some of the league schools, in an effort to possibly weed out the smaller schools, are proposing increasing that fee so the amount be more than tripled if a school does not play its schedule.

"The proposed change is from the average gate of last three games to a flat $5,000 fee, plus concession, plus away game busing costs and if it¹s a home game the cost for officials ... which in my opinion is asinine,² he said.

"In my opinion this is a beat up on the small schools in the Blanchard Valley Conference rule and a way to try and push more people out,² Roberts said.

"If we¹re in a situation or Vanlue or Cory-Rawson is in a situation where we don¹t have varsity football and you don¹t let them know by January of the year before it¹s going to cost you $40,000. How many people are going to make the decision of let¹s go ahead and do it. I think it¹s really a way of pushing some of the smaller schools out of the BVC.²

Roberts said he will be proposing language guaranteeing that Hardin Northern will be accepted back into the BVC for football in 2016 to be voted on during the league meeting on Jan. 23.

"The reason we¹re asking for that is it could make or break a decision on which way this community could go,² Roberts said. ³If they tell us Œno, you¹re not going to be allowed to go back into the BVC¹ or Œwe¹ll wait and see¹ that¹s not a very good answer.²

Roberts said he is not confident this will happen due in part to scheduling nightmares of having 13 teams in the league with the addition of Riverdale during the 2014-15 school year.

He added that because of Riverdale¹s addition, BVC administrators voted in the fall to not schedule Hardin Northern for junior high football for the 2014 season.

The NWCC, which extended an invitation for Hardin Northern to join in February, has placed a deadline of March 1 for the district to give it an answer.

"They need to know by March 1 or they will seek membership from other schools," Roberts said.

He said because of this deadline, the board of education will have to make a decision on whether or not to apply for the NWCC at its February meeting.

He added a yes vote will move Hardin Northern to the NWCC and a no vote will keep the district in the BVC in all sports (except possibly football).

"We¹ve got a timeline to decide what we¹re going to do,² the HN leader said. "We¹re not saying we need to do this or that. One of the big purposes of the community meeting is to find out what the community thinks.²

"If we stay in the BVC, we don¹t know if they¹re going to let us back in for football or not,² Hoelzle added. ³There¹s problems with scheduling for 13 teams. We¹re currently not very competitive in most sports. We are in softball and sometimes for volleyball.²

The principal said that while the school would be starting new rivalries if it joined the NWCC, Hardin Northern would still compete against many of its traditional BVC rivals.

"Currently we¹re not in NWCC and we play most of those teams in most sports and if we decide to leave and join NWCC we would still be scheduling Riverdale, Arlington, Cory-Rawson, Vanlue and some of the other schools. We¹ll still see those schools even if we do leave,² Hoelzle said.

A comparison of driving distances and times between the two leagues was presented with the average drive in the BVC being 39 minutes, compared to 46 minutes if Hardin Northern joins the NWCC.

The longest drive in the BVC is 40 miles and 59 minutes to Leipsic, while the longest in the NWC would be 67 miles and 75 minutes to Fort Loramie.

A comparison of Polar Bear records the past three seasons against BVC and NWCC schools in all five sports the leagues have competed was presented.

In volleyball and softball, the Polar Bears have competed much better against the NWCC, while in boys and girls basketball and baseball the numbers were similar. The Polar Bears have not played a NWCC team in football during this time.

Also discussed were the reasons for lack of success athletically, expectations and development of coaches, the hiring and evaluation processes for coaches and the characteristics of successful programs.

The about 30 people in attendance were invited to write down their suggestions on how to make the athletic programs better. Those suggestions will be compiled and released to the public later.

A hard copy of the presentation from the meeting is available at

The first meeting for parents of elementary students was held last week and the third and final meeting for parents of students in grades 7-12 will be held today at 6 p.m.

CLICK HERE - HN Athletic Meeting Presentation

MAC Football

update 1-13-14

Not Everybody Has Had Success In MAC Football

How will the MAC handle the problem

1-13-14 - This Wednesday night the community of New Bremen will meet to discuss it's football program for the future. Over the last several years the program has gone through some very "tough" seasons. The MAC is considered by many the top small school conference in Ohio and has had great success in the state football play-offs -

CLICK HERE - Past MAC Football Playoff Appearances
Two other MAC schools find themselves in the same situation as New Bremen on finding MAC football success - Ft. Recovery and Parkway.

Year POS		MAC	Overall
2013 8.  Parkway	2-6	3-7
2012 10. Parkway	0-8 	0-10
2011 7.  Parkway 	2-6 	3-7
2010 9.  Parkway 	1-7 	2-8
2009 9.  Parkway 	1-7 	1-9 	
2008 7.  Parkway 	2-6 	4-6
2007 3.  Parkway 	7-2 	8-2
2006 8.  Parkway 	2-7 	2-8
2005 7.  Parkway 	2-6 	 

MAC Football Titles (3): 1975, 1974, 1973

Seasons	Win	Loss
41	81	195
Year POS		MAC	Overall
2013 9.  Ft. Recovery	1-7	3-7
2012	 Ft. Recovery	1-7	3-7
2011 7.  Ft. Recovery 	2-6 	4-6
2010 10. Ft. Recovery 	0-8 	2-8
2009 8.  Ft. Recovery 	2-6 	3-7 	
2008 9.  Ft. Recovery 	1-7 	3-7
2007 6.  Ft. Recovery 	4-5 	5-5
2006 10. Fort Recovery 	0-9 	0-10
2005 8.  Ft. Recovery 	1-7 	1-9

MAC Football Titles (0):
Seasons	Win	Loss
19	18	124	
In comparison - 2 newest MAC Members-

MAC Football Titles (0):
Seasons	Win	Loss
8	37	21

MAC Football Titles (1): 2003
Seasons	Win	Loss
13	54	44
Several years ago Ft. Recovery asked for some considerations to help with the situation, although never made public, they were denied that rquest. The future make-up of MAC football membership might be decided in one small step this Wednesday (Jan 15) in New Bremen. Dropping football or facing numbers issues like this is becoming more and more common. This past year Hardin Northern decided just before the season started that they would not play a varsity football schedule. This left 10 schools searching at the last the moment to fill open dates. The Blanchard Valley Conference than decided to "exclude" HN from playing in the conference for the next two years.

Hardin Northern Background

updated 8-3-13

CLICK HERE - Hardin Northern will play independent grid schedule

updated 8-2-13

CLICK HERE - HN football is out of BVC in 2014-15

updated 7-20-13

CLICK HERE - Blanchard Valley Conference grid teams still in a bind

CLICK HERE - Ada, others still hope to play a full 10-game schedule

updeated 6-29-13

CLICK HERE - Hardin Northern suspends varsity football program

CLICK HERE - Late decision by HN puts opponents in a bind

The success of the other MAC members have put three members in a situation of looking for answers for the future. The BVC found out the hard way and was caught in the middle of the mess. The MAC is next up to face the issue of a member school looking at football for the future, New Bremen's problem now becomes a MAC problem.

Solutions are out there, it will be interesting to see how the conference members handle the problem. One question, should New Bremen actually cut the football program, what will Ft. Recovery and Parkway do next? Better to deal with the situation now, than to be caught off-guard.

New Bremen

update 1-11-14

New Bremen To Consider Football Future

1-11-14 - Football was discussed at a recent New Bremen Board of Education meeting. This week according to a posting on the New Bremen Schools web site the following resulted -

Community Meeting About Athletics

New Bremen High School will host a community meeting on Wednesday, January 15th at 7:00PM in the Commons Area to discuss the status of our athletic programs, with the main focus on our football program. All New Bremen community members are invited to attend.

The Cardinals had an 0-8 season in the Midwest Athletic Conference and went 0-10 overall in 2013. In 41 seasons as a member of the MAC they have one shared football title in 1988.

NOTE - We have emails into school officials on what the meeting is hoping to decide. We will update this story when we receive those replies

MAC Football Standings

Postion			MAC	Overall
10.  New Bremen	 	0-8	0-10

8.   New Bremen		2-6	2-8

10.  New Bremen 	0-8 	0-10

7.   New Bremen 	2-6 	2-8

5.   New Bremen 	4-4 	5-5

7.   New Bremen 	2-6 	3-7

7.   New Bremen 	2-7 	2-8

9.   New Bremen 	1-8 	1-9

9.   New Bremen 	0-8 	0-10

CLICK HERE - Past MAC Football Standings

All Time MAC Football Team Results through 2013

MAC Championships-MAC Outright Champs-MAC Co-Champs-Seasons
	1		0		1	      41		

Win	Loss 	Tie 	% 
76	206	1	0.276

Northwest Ohio Athletic League

updated 12-30-13

Montpelier Looking At Athletic Conference Possibilities

SR sent emails to Montpelier on a possible change in athletic conferences for the future.

Montpelier Schools is exploring different possibilities concerning our league membership. The board of education has not taken formal action concerning our league membership.

Dr. Jamison J. Grime
updated 8-23-13

Statement From Toledo Area Athletic Conference on NWOAL

email reply to rumors that a NWOAL member school is considering football-only membership in the TAAC

That is exactly what it is...rumor. I haven't heard a thing. Our goal is to add a 10th team who will compete in all sports

TAAC Commissioner Rick Kaifas
updated 8-21-13

Statement From Toledo Area Athletic Conference

email reply to TAAC on NWOAL situation and if they are looking at adding a NWOAL member or if one of their members is looking to move.

No overtures have been made to any schools at this time. We are trying to incorporate Calvert into the league with our 14-15 schedules

Rick Kaifas, Toledo Area Athletic Conference
updated 8-20-13

CLICK HERE - NWOAL makes changes to Constitution (football only member)

updated 2-7-13

Northwest Ohio Athletic League Interested In Finding 10th Member

SR emailed the NWOAL the following - We would appreciate a statement and update on the status for possible future expansion in the NWOAL.

To: Dave Schmidt, The Senior Reports

The NWOAL, considered the oldest league in Ohio, would be interested in a tenth member school. We would be seeking a school smilar in size and athletic standards to our member schools, with both current and or/updated athletic facilities, and a like philosophy with a blend of athletics, scholarship and integrity.

Interested schools are welcome to contact any of our member schools or commissioners.

Ken D. Baumgartner
NWOAL Commissioner


CLICK HERE - Cloverleaf leaving Suburban League



updated 12-12-13

Don't Vote On OHSAA Ballot, School To Pay Fine

Below are two items (of six) that will be voted on in May by OHSAA members. There is no item for separate tournaments or a new competitive balance proposal for members to consider.

ISSUE 2C – Constitution 8-1-9 – Amendments to the Constitution and Bylaws
If passed, effective August 1, 2014
New 8-1-9 and renumber 8-1-9 through 8-1-11 accordingly
The member school principal shall return the referendum ballot to the OHSAA office by the deadline specified in article 8-1-8.

Failure to return the referendum ballot shall result in a fine to the member school which failed to return the ballot. The Board of Directors, in accordance with Bylaw 11, shall establish the fine

1.Many members feel strongly that returning the referendum ballot is an obligation of membership.

2.This article requires that the member school principal participate in this process by returning a ballot, whether voting or not, by the deadline.

3.The Board of Directors will establish a fine for failure to return the ballot.

4.Add an optional signature to the ballot.

If passed, effective August 1, 2014
Mass Marketing,” though a form of recruiting students, may be permitted under this bylaw by any and all member high schools provided the mass marketing complies with the following forms:

The only time is which it is permissible to invite students and/or their parents to a high school contest or another athletic related event such as a banquet or recognition ceremony is when the invitation is extended to an entire groups or team, such as a school’s 7th or 8th grade team or a non-interscholastic group such as a C.Y.O. program in a specific sport, AND the participation is mutually agreed upon by the administration of both schools/organization.

This invitation to attend a high school contest or athletic related event shall not include running out onto the contest venue with the team or standing on the sidelines and also shall not include locker room visits, pre- contest meals with the high school team and/or any othe r interaction with the team prior to or after the contest.

1.This amendment will clarify that the invitation is to watch the contest only.

2.It is not permissible to have any form of interaction with the team prior to or after the contest which includes but is not limited to the actions listed above

CLICK HERE - 12-12-13 - OHSAA Board of Directors meeting highlights

updated 12-11-13

CLICK HERE - OHSAA still striving for competitive balance

updated 12-3-13

No Petition for Separate State Tournaments submitted to the OHSAA

OHSAA Release
“The deadline for member schools to submit petitions for 2014 referendum items was Monday, December 2, which the schools would then vote on in May. There were no petitions submitted. The OHSAA had anticipated that a petition might be submitted regarding separation of team sport tournaments into public and private divisions. However, no petition was submitted. The OHSAA’s Competitive Balance Committee, which has created proposals the last three years that the membership voted down, will continue to meet and, along with the Board of Directors, will continue to evaluate this situation. There is no definite timeframe for another competitive balance proposal or other details available at this time.”

CLICK HERE - No Vote On Separate Tournaments

New Conference

updated 12-4-13


Parma, OH--A new athletics conference is being formed by Parma Senior, Valley Forge, Normandy, Holy Name, Elyria Catholic, Bay Village, and Rocky River high schools for competition in the 2015-2016 school year.

The new conference was formed in response to the dissolution of the Northeast Ohio Conference (N.O.C.) and the West Shore Conference in September. At that time, several teams unexpectedly notified members they were leaving the conference, spurring the creation of new leagues, and movement of the remaining teams to new leagues.

Parma, Valley Forge, and Normandy are currently members of the Northeast Ohio Conference. Rocky River, Bay Village, and Elyria Catholic are members of the West Shore Conference. Holy Name is a member of the North Coast Conference.

Factors considered by the member schools in the creation of the newly formed conference included competitive balance, geography, and community support.

The yet to be named conference is interested in adding at least one additional school. Letters of interest can be mailed to Chad Coffman, Principal, Parma Senior High, 6285 West 54th Street, Parma Ohio, 44129. Letters of interest are due by December 19, 2013.

updated 11-26-13

Seven Schools To Start A New Conference

email reply to SR on word that the following schools will form a new athletic conference - Parma, Valley Forge, Normandy, Holy Name, Elyria Catholic, Rocky River and Bay Village

The Bay Village Board took formal action last night and Rocky River will address the same issue at an upcoming board meeting.

There is not yet a conference name. The Principals have met and they will begin drafting a constitution and by-laws as well as identifying a name for the conference.

We intend to begin competition in 2015-16 so we will be scrambling to get schedules set up.

The group will advertise next week to begin to seek an 8th member. In any case, we intend to proceed with seven members if necessary.

We are very pleased to start a new conference where there will be balanced competition and a commitment to building strong relationships. Our parents expressed concern about excessive travel and this conference has less travel than some other possible conferences.

Clinton Keener, Superintendent
Bay Village City School District

CLICK HERE - Bay Village, Rocky River ready to join new athletic conference


updated 11-19-13

CLICK HERE - Lakeside looking for new home

Greater Cleveland Conference

updated 11-14-13

CLICK HERE - Greater Cleveland Conference May Not Be Done At Seven Members

updated 11-13-13

CLICK HERE - Seven Northeast Ohio high schools set to form Greater Cleveland Conference

updated 11-12-13

CLICK HERE - Elyria, six other NOC schools leaving to form new league - See more at:


updated 11-6-13

CLICK HERE - Public vs Private...Round IV Rages On


updated 10-31-13

OHSAA Sends Memo On Separate Tournament Petition



CLICK HERE - OHSAA campaigns against split tournaments

Tweets from:

Mike Dyer @MikeDyer

#OHSAA Competitive Balance Committee expected to introduce a solution in January, according to commissioner Dr. Dan Ross

#OHSAA expected to post those documents today

#OHSAA sent a memo and brochure Tuesday to schools asking them not to sign a petition circulating to separate the tournaments.

Dyer is the Cincinnati Enquirer high school sports editor


updated 10-15-13


CLICK HERE - Superintendent seeks again to split tournaments

Western Reserve Conference

updated 10-25-13

CLICK HERE - Source: Geneva, West G pick CVC over new WRC

updated 10-24-13

Two Schools Invited To Join WRC...Change Their Minds

email reply to SR on possible departure fo two of the ten schools invited to join the WRC.

Mayfield is looking to join the Western Reserve Conference.

Ten teams have been invited but I think two (West Geauga and Geneva) have decided to pursue the Chagrin Valley Conference.

Tony Loewer 
Principal - Mayfield High School 
updated 10-16-13

CLICK HERE - Western Reserve Conference Faces Possible Bump In the Road

West Geauga superintendent Geoff Palmer said he will meet with principal Jay Bishop and AD John Cardiero on Thursday for final decision on which way their school district will go — with the former CVC group or the WRC group. Palmer said, “There is no definite commitment either way.”

That was news to South athletic director Steve Nedlik and Leffler.

“I think they’re committed,” Nedlik said. “We’ve met twice. Everybody was given the opportunity to opt out if it wasn’t in their best interests. Unless their board of education changes their mind. I think we’re moving on with our 10 schools.”

updated 10-16-13

CLICK HERE - Ten Northeast Ohio schools orally agree to form new Western Reserve Conference

Sandusky River League

updated 10-23-13

Sandusky River League Members Commit To 2 to 5 Years

TWEETS from - Kevin Shields ( @KShieldsNM ),sports writer for The News-Messenger in Fremont and The Port Clinton News Herald.

SRL announced tonight that its 6 league schools met on Oct 14 and officially committed to a minimum of a 2 to 5 year commitment

SRL also said, "additional members are to be added in the near future with league play beginning in the fall of 2014."

The six Sandusky River League schools, as of now, are Lakota, New Riegel, Old Fort, SJCC, SMCC and St. Wendelin

NOTE - Waiting for official statement from SRL officials.

University School

updated 10-22-13

CLICK HERE - University School hosting meeting on leagues today

Southwestern Conference

updated 10-17-13

CLICK HERE - North Ridgeville to join Southwestern Conference

updated 10-16-13

Southwestern Conference Adds North Ridgeville

All of these Tweets from Ranger Athletics @nrhssports
The 10 teams: Amherst-Steele, Avon, Avon Lake, Berea-Midpark, Lakewood, Midview, N. Olmsted, N. Ridgeville, O. Falls and Westlake

This is an exciting day for North Ridgeville athletics!

North Ridgeville proud to share that we will be joining the SWC in 2015, along with Avon, Lakewood and Midview.

Portage Trail Conference

updated 10-16-13

CLICK HERE - Portage Trail Conference is looking to expand


updated 10-11-13

CLICK HERE - Portsmouth leaving SEOAL for OVC

Premier Athletic Conference

updated 10-7-13

CLICK HERE - Premier Athletic Conference - ‘As the Conferences Turn’ continues this week

updated 10-1-13

CLICK HERE - Kenston accepts invitation to join PAC

updated 9-28-13

CLICK HERE - Premier Athletic Conference makes offers to four to join it

Greater Cleveland Conference

updated 9-25-13

CLICK HERE - Chagrin Falls, Orange school boards approve efforts to create new athletic conference

updated 8-13-13

Bay Village BOE Approves Application To Join GCC

email reply to SR
The board of education approved making application to the Greater Cleveland Conference.

While we value our membership in the West Shore Conference, the exodus of some of our members caused us to seek other options. We ended up with the best option we could hope for. The other schools interested in the GCC will be a very good match for us all around.

Clinton Keener, Superintendent
Bay Village City School District
CLICK HERE - Page 6 - Bay Village BOE Agenda from 8-12-13
Greater Cleveland Conference
MOTION: That the Board of Education approve the presentation of an application to theGreater Cleveland Conference (proposed name of newly formed conference) for entrance into the athletic conference.

CLICK HERE - Previous GCC - last year 1997 update 8-7-13

Bay Village To Consider New Conference

email reply to SR
At a board of education meeting on August 12th we will present to our board a letter that invites us to apply to join a new conference that includes the districts you note. Our conference membership in the WSC has continued to diminish and we are considering this opportunity.

Clinton Keener, Superintendent
Bay Village City School District
EDITOR's NOTE - Schools we mentioned in our email- Rocky River, Chagrin Falls,Orange, Perry, West Geauga, Wickcliffe, Harvey, also included are Cuyahoga Heights, Kirtland, Independence and Hawken.

Buckeye 8 Athletic League

updated 9-25-13

Buckeye 8 Athletic League Considering Expansion

email sent to Buckeye 8 Athletic League member schools

Can you confirm reports of the Buckeye 8 Conference expanding to 10, and splitting into 2 divisions with the additions of Beaver Local and East Liverpool?

reply sent to SR

Principals will meet in the near future to discuss and possible vote on such a plan. It is being talked about, but has not been formally acted on as of yet.

Sam Jones, AD, Buckeye Local
another reply

There is a "proposal" drawn up for the existing member schools to consider a 10 team league w/ the addition of those 2 schools to form a North & South division.

Kelly Rine AD< St. Clairsville
another reply

We are currently in discussion with the possibility. No final decisions have been made. We are planning a meeting in October to discuss positives and negatives of the proposal.

Coy Sudvary, Principal, Buckeye Local High School

GMC Boycott

updated 9-20-13

CLICK HERE - Highlights-GMC Imposes unspoken "boycott" of Moeller

Suburban League

updated 9-18-13

CLICK HERE - Suburban League snags Cuyahoga Falls, Hudson, Stow and Twinsburg

CLICK HERE - Twinsburg Looks to Join Suburban League

updated 9-15-13

CLICK HERE - Kent Roosevelt announces plans to join expanding Suburban League

updated 9-15-13

CLICK HERE - North Roylaton joining the Suburban Leauge

updated 9-5-13

Update On Suburban League Expansion

email to SR on outcome of August 26th SL meeting

After Green notified us of their move to the Fed. League we sent out invitations to 9 schools, inviting them to join us in the Suburban League. Hopefully by the end of next week we will hear back from all the schools and make an announcement as to our new league configuration. At this point we are not ready to publicly disclose which 9 schools were invited.

Keith Walker
Commissioner, Suburban League
updated 7-1-13

All 12 Suburban League Applicants Return Questionnaires

email update to SR from Keith Walker, Commissioner, Suburban League

All 12 schools who attended our June 11 meeting did return their questionnaires.

Again those schools in order of enrollment were: Medina, Stow, North Royalton, Hudson, Cuy. Falls, Brecksville, Twinsburg, Barberton, Kent Roosevelt, Aurora, Kenston, and Ravenna.

As soon as school officials are back in their buildings (early August) we will meet to analyze the information and proceed from there.

Added after we asked Commissioner, his reply to us - Norton did not attend the June 11 meeting but soon after was sent information/questionnaire - to the best of my knowledge it was not returned.

Keith Walker
Commissioner, Suburban League
updeated 6-26-13


updeated 6-22-13


updeated 6-21-13

CLICK HERE - Suburban League exploring division format

updated 6-12-13

Update From Suburban League Meeting

email update to SR from Keith Walker, Commissioner, Suburban League

The Suburban League did host a meeting on June 11 with 12 area school representatives in attendance.

Our goal was to present a statement that the Suburban League is exploring the possibility of a new league format. This format would include an expansion in the number of teams in the league, probably divided by enrollment, into two 8 team conferences/divisions . Schools were given a questionnaire to complete expressing their level of interest in the Suburban League (July 1 deadline to return).

Once the questionnaires are returned, the Suburban League can better plan its next course of action.

Keith Walker
Commissioner, Suburban League

NE OHIO Conference Changes

updated 9-18-13

CLICK HERE - Suburban League, Northeast Ohio Conference and Suburban League Updates

Western Ohio Soccer League

updated 9-15-13

New Soccer League Formed - Western Ohio Soccer League

A new High School boys and girls soccer league has been formed with schools who previously all played independent soccer schedules.

GIRLS (Still looking to add an eighth girls team)
Delphos St. John
Lehman Catholic 

Lehman Catholic 
New Knoxville 
Temple Christian
The WOSL as a single sport league has member schools whose present all sport conference do not sponsor soccer. WOSL members are from the Midwest Athletic Conference, Shelby County League, Northwest Conference and Northwest Central Conference.

League play will start in the fall of 2014.

Lima Central Catholic

NWOAL Says "No Thanks" To LCC

Statement to SR from LCC on their request to become football only member of the Northwest Ohio Athletic League

Lima Central Catholic was informed by the NWOAL that they are not interested in talking to Lima Central Catholic at this time.

Ron Williams
LCC Athletic Director
The Senior Reports had the following statement from LCC on August 21, 2013 and decided not to post until the NWOAL had decided what direction they would take with a football-only member.

After seeing the NWOAL statement on The Senior Reports, I immediately emailed the conference commissioner and certain AD's that LCC is definitely interested in joining the NWOAL as a football only member, and that we would also discuss the possibility of the first two years being on NWOAL schedules without being a conference member. This is what we are doing with the NWC in the next two years. This would also allow smaller teams who are a greater distance away to find a more convenient opponent, and would allow the rest of the league to host us once and visit us once to help in their decision as to whether an official invitation would be extended to LCC.

Ron Williams
LCC Athletic Director
EDITOR's NOTE - SR made several attempts to get an update from the NWOAL on the meeting held on Wednesday (9-11-13). As of this posting no replies have been received.


updated 8-29-13

CLICK HERE - Medina not invited to join Suburban League

updated 7-23-13

CLICK HERE - Medina happy in NOC but interested in the Suburban League; plus more league talks


updated 8-21-13

Suburban League Statement

email reply to SR

Green's principal, in person today at a Suburban League meeting, did announce their intention to leave the league to join the Federal League. Green has been a super member of our league since 1949, but we understand their reasons for feeling that this move is in the best interest of the school, the athletes and the community; we wish them the best as they leave us.

The remaining 7 Suburban League schools will continue to move forward with an expansion plan that will hopefully include two divisions, divided by size. Principals and ADs will meet on Aug. 26 to try and come up with an action plan to add a yet to be determined number of schools to our league.

Keith Walker
Commissioner, Suburban League
updated 8-20-13

Federal League Statement

email sent to SR

Well, Green is in! It will be official pending Board approval. This is great for the Federal League and also for Green. A win-win in all respects.

Joe Eaton

CLICK HERE - Green set to join the Federal League in 2015-2016; Suburban League seeks to move forward with its own expansion plan

CLICK HERE - Green to join Federal League

updated 8-2-13

Statement from Federal League Commissioner

email reply to SR

There is not a possible 8th member. We clearly explained to Green that if they join the FL we will be a 7 team league as we are now. If they decline then we will be a 6 team league and then the ADs will have to decide what direction we go from there. I think Green is a good possibility. Stow was at our meeting and they clearly stated that they want to stay in Summit Co. and hopefully the Suburban League will expand to 2 divisions and they would join the Large school division. I understand Green's decision in wanting more time and that is OK. I hope they decide to join us.

Joe Eaton-Commissioner

updated 8-1-13

Suburban League Commissioner Statement on Green Meeting

email reply to SR from SL Commissioner Keith Walker

I wish I had more to report but Green, after meeting today with Federal League people and then a phone conference with me, still has not made a decision. Green promises a decision by their Aug. 26 BOE meeting - we would definitely hope that an earlier decision date is possible.

CLICK HERE - Green needs time to educate community on league options

updated 7-29-13

CLICK HERE - Green set to meet with Suburban League & Federal League Thursday

updated 7-25-13

CLICK HERE - Green decision on Federal League not expected until August

updated 7-17-13

CLICK HERE - Suburban League hopes Green High School stays on board

updated 7-15-13


Confirmed by Commissioner Joe Eaton

Green has asked for more time to make their decision. They have requested a meeting to address some questions and concerns regarding the FL. The meeting will take place the week of July 29 so until then there is not much to report on.

CLICK HERE - Green gets 2 more weeks to decide on Federal League

Twitter post - toddporter @toddporter
Green has asked the Federal League for more time to make a decision. It was granted. Green says should know by begin(ing) of August.

CLICK HERE - Two leagues waiting on Green

updated 7-10-13

CLICK HERE - Green’s league decision coming this week

Mid-Ohio Athletic Conference

updated 8-20-13

CLICK HERE - Harding officially joins the MOAC

updated 8-6-13

CLICK HERE - Harding's league search may be at end

updated 8-5-13

Mid-Ohio Athletic Conference Extends Membership to Marion Harding

On August 5, 2013 the Mid-Ohio Athletic Conference extended an offer of membership to Marion Harding High School beginning in the 2015-16 school season. The offer would be to fill the Red Division vacancy created by Upper Sandusky leaving to join the Northern 10.

updated 7-24-13

Mid Ohio Athletic Conference Expansion Update

At this point not much to report. Upper Sandusky will be a member of the Conference through the 14-15 season. We are hoping to replace them in the Red Division, but have not made any final decisions on who it will be. August 5 is the next meeting and I'm sure this will be discussed. Whether any decisions will be made is impossible to say. At this point I can't tell you who is even being considered.

Terry Williams, MOAC Commissioner
NOTE-Marion Harding has confirmed to SR they have applied for membership.

updeated 7-22-13

Marion Harding Confirms They Have Applied to Mid Ohio Athletic Conference

email reply to SR on possible MOAC membership

We have applied to the MOAC.

Sean Kearns
Harding Athletic Director
The MOAC is looking to replace Upper Sandusky who is leaving to join the new Northern 10 Conference


Greater Catholic League

updated 8-14-13

CLICK HERE - GCL formally announces new 18-school alignment

updated 8-12-13

CLICK HERE - Archdiocese of Cincinnati announces new Greater Catholic League

Royalmount Academy

updated 8-6-13

CLICK HERE - Catholic high school coming to Mason, Royalmont Academy will expand in 2014-2015

CLICK HERE - Royalmont Academy Site


updated 8-6-13

CLICK HERE - OHSAA commissioner Ross fears state oversight of high school athletics

Blanchard Valley Conference

updated 8-3-13

CLICK HERE - Hardin Northern will play independent grid schedule

updated 8-2-13

CLICK HERE - HN football is out of BVC in 2014-15

CLICK HERE - McComb lands Cleveland East Tech as 10th game

updated 8-1-13

CLICK HERE - Cory-Rawson, Arcadia add Fostoria St Wendelin as 10th game

updated 7-23-13

CLICK HERE - Leipsic, Ada find games

updated 7-20-13

CLICK HERE - Blanchard Valley Conference grid teams still in a bind

CLICK HERE - Ada, others still hope to play a full 10-game schedule

Upper Scioto Valley

updated 7-29-13

USV Still Interested in BVC

email reply to SR from Superintendent Dennis Recker
Upper Scioto Valley is very interested in Blanchard Valley Conference affiliation.

Mr. Risner, AD, has created a financial history of USV-BVC gates generated. The results show that any USV/BVC opponent competition in revenue generating sports (FB, Boys and Girls Basketball) the gate receipts generated showed to be a "money maker".

Also, when looking at time of travel, I believe our longest trip would be just over an hour, and most within 45 minutes. If Hardin Northern is already a member, and Ada was asked to be a member (USV is contingent to both districts), there is no real argument that sustains distance as a reason to not consider us as a member.

We also looked at our current level of competitiveness, and we would be top tier competition in boys and girls basketball and volleyball. We'd be middle of the pack in baseball and track, but less competitive in softball and probably lower tier in football at this time.

The best way to describe this is that we've sent two mailings and supporting information to have us be considered, but for whatever reason, being "ignored" might be the best term to describe our status at this point, probably due to Hardin Northern's hiatus from football.

Selfishly, if we were to be committed to a home and home schedule in our current league, based on income generated, we now have a more difficult time sustaining our programs financially with gate receipts.

updated 6-17-13

Upper Scioto Valley Still Wants In The Blanchard Valley Conference

email update to SR on USV and BVC membership
No response from BVC as of yet. We have sent more information to them regarding travel distance and time for furthest travel, and all are less than an hour. We also share info on gate receipts of USV contests with BVC schools, and they are among the best gates they have, making great financial sense. While USV has been runner-up the past two years for all league banner, they would be in middle of the pack with BVC schools. Just some things that need to be considered.

USV Superintendent Dennis Recker
updated 5-21-13

Upper Scioto Valley Hopes to Move to BVC

Thanks to Kenton Times for use of their story
By DAN ROBINSON - Kenton Times staff writer

McGUFFEY - Upper Scioto Valley is hoping to cut its ties to the Northwest Central Conference for sporting events and become the newest member of the Blanchard Valley Conference.

School officials said Monday night two letters have been sent to the BVC board asking for admission to the conference. The first was rejected, but the school is hoping after the BVC approved Riverdale to enter, members might reconsider USV.

"Our league (NWCC) is in disarray," Superintendent Dennis Recker told the board of education. "It is beginning to fold. The league is a loser for us financially."

Recker noted Fairbanks Schools is going to another conference and Marion Catholic is closing. He told the board a study of financial considerations and traveling advantages makes admission into the BVC a positive move for USV.

updated 5-13-13

USV Interested In BVC Membership

email reply to SR on USV being considered for the 14th spot in the Blanchard Valley Conference

Craig M. Hurley, Upper Scioto Valley, Principal
I have heard the BVC is looking to add a 14th team. USV would be interested in pursuing this as an option for our school. I have also heard the BVC has several schools in which they are discussing the possibility of joining. (not USV)

Northern Ohio League

updated 7-25-13

No New Additions To NOL Seems Likely

email reply to SR on expansion.

Really not much to say now. We would like to get to at least 8 schools but there are not any schools on the radar now.

John Gies
Northern Ohio League President

Winton Woods

updated 7-24-13

Update On Winton Woods Athletic Conference Search

email reply to SR

Winton Woods will be independent for the 2013-14 season. We have searched for league membership since our last year in the FAVC conference and will continue to do so. Currently, there are no SW Ohio conferences open to expansion.

We will inquire with the Southwest Ohio Conference in 2013 about the vacancy that Wilmington HS will be creating by leaving their current league.

All other SW Ohio conferences that include schools of Div. 1 and/or Div. 2 size are at 'even' numbers (which is the optimal size for scheduling) and have indicated that they are not open to expansion at this time.

Thanks for asking,

Dwight Campbell, AD
Winton Woods HS


updated 7-24-13

CLICK HERE - Frontier looking forward to D7


updated 7-22-13

email update from TAAC on search for 10th member

Nothing right now. Still looking for a 10th team. Meet in August

Rick Kaifas
Toledo Area Athletic Conference

TAAC To Meet In August

updated 6-2-13

TAAC Still Looking For 10th Member

in an email reply to SR on the search for a 10th member

We are at 9 in all sports----Tiffin Calvert is the ninth. We are advertising for a 10th team to join us, preferably in the 2014-15 athletic year, but we will make concessions if it is a good fit. A plug from you to our desire to add a 10th team would be greatly appreciated!!!!

Rick Kaifas
Toledo Area Athletic Conference
updated 5-22-13

CLICK HERE - TAAC expansion underway with addition of Calvert

Federal League

updeated 7-21-13

CLICK HERE - Fed remains reactive in trying to find partners, while ignoring the obvious

updated 7-10-13

Federal League Update

email reply to SR on Wadsworth and Green
Wadsworth has informed me that they were not interested in becoming a member of the Federal League. They will remain in the Suburban League. We are still waiting to hear from Green.

Joe Eaton, Commissioner
updated 7-7-13

Federal League Update

email reply to SR on July 15th deadline
To date we have gotten responses from 3 schools. Barberton has sent a letter of interest for membership in the FL. However, Aurora and Twinsburg have declined via letter stating that travel is a major concern of theirs. Hope to hear from others this coming week.

Thanks for all you do and I will communicate with you when I hear from other schools.

Joe Eaton, Commissioner
updeated 6-17-13

CLICK HERE - Federal League competes with Suburban for expansion schools

updated 6-12-13

Federal League Meeting Update

email reply to SR
We met today with 7 schools to discuss our possible expansion due to Boardman leaving our league after the 2013-14 school year. The schools that attended today were Aurora, Barberton, Twinsburg, Green, Wadsworth, Cuyahoga Fallls, and Stow. This was just an informational meeting highlighting what the Federal League has to offer.

We asked the schools to let us know by July 15 if they are truely interested in becoming a member of the Federal League. Again, this was just an informational meeting to schools that we thought would be a good fit for our league.

Thanks for all you do to keep everyone informed what is going on throughout Ohio. I enjoy reading your updates and really appreciate what you do for High School Athletics.

Joe Eaton, Commissioner

Federal League Expansion Update

TWITTER from toddporter @toddporter

Fed League invites 10 schools. 7 show. Green Wadsworth Aurora Stow Cuy Falls Barberton Twinsburg. Have until July 15 to apply.

updated 6-10-13

CLICK HERE - Federal League Expansion Update

updeated 5-6-13

CLICK HERE - Federal League taking short-sighted approach to expansion

Three Rivers Athletic Conference

updeated 7-18-13

CLICK HERE - Richards named TRAC commissioner

Cross Country

updeated 7-17-13

CLICK HERE - High-school cross country: New rule stirs competition debate


updated 7-17-13

CLICK HERE - Barberton considers both Suburban, Federal leagues for membership

Northeastern Athletic Conference

updeated 7-11-13

CLICK HERE - Ever-changing NAC continues to grow

Northeast Ohio Conference

updeated 7-11-13

CLICK HERE - North Ridgeville interested in joining Northeast Ohio Conference

updated 7-2-13

Three Schools Apply To Join Northeast Ohio Conference

email reply to SR on NOC Expansion

As a result of the June 12 information meeting, the Northeast Ohio Conference has received three applications for admission to the conference. Bay, Rocky River and North Ridgeville's applications will be considered by the Executive Committee when it convenes in August.

Dan Gerome, NOC Commissioner
updated 6-20-13

Statement From Brecksville on NOC Expansion Meeting

reply to SR from Brecksville on attending NOC meeting and future with SWC

We are happy with the SWC. We were invited to the meeting, did not have any participation in its planning and, out of respect, I personally informed each SWC superintendent prior to our attendance that BBHCSD would be present.

Scot (Prebles) - Superintendent
updated 6-19-13

NOC Expansion Meeting Update

email reply to SR on NOC Expansion meeting today

The Northeast Ohio Conference held an Expansion Meeting at Lake Forest Country Club in Hudson on Wednesday June 19, at 10:00AM. Eight schools attended: Bay, River, N. Ridgeville, Brecksville, Willoughby South, Eastlake North, Aurora andKenston.

Presentations were made by members of our Executive Committee and all schools were given an opportunity to ask questions. Applications for membership into the N.O.C. are due by June 30, 2013.

Dan Gerome, NOC Commissioner
updated 6-14-13

Northeast Ohio Conference Expansion Update

email reply to SR on NOC Expansion meeting for next week

The N.O.C. is one of the top conferences in Northeast Ohio. In an attempt to strengthen that base we are looking to add more quality schools to our fold. We could entertain any number but another six to form a fourth division is in the mix. We know that while our concept of competitively balanced divisions is unparalleled, the issue of geography must be addressed. We are known for our scheduling flexibility and are certainly willing to look at all options.

As some schools continue to look for other options, other schools have been waiting at the door for openings in the N.O.C. It seems to be a philosophical debate between competitive balance and geography. The solution may lie somewhere in between.

We invited Bay, River, North Ridgeville, Midpark/Berea,Brecksville, WilloughbySouth and Eastlake North, Aurora, Kenston, Wadsworth, Green and Medina Highland. The highlighted schools are planning to attend.

At this point we are looking to expand.

Divisional changes in football are an issue usually for one team every two years.

Dan Gerome, NOC Commissioner


updated 7-9-13

Kenton BOE Decides Not To Look at Athletic Conference Change

Story courtesy of

In committee reports, Kenton School Board Member Mark McCullough from the Extracurricular Activities Committee gave a report on the feedback the board has received on the question he proposed at the last meeting. At the June meeting, McCullough asked the public to provide insight as to whether the schools should remain affiliated with the Western Buckeye League for sports programs, if they should find a new league or form an entirely new league. McCullough said that the public responded.

"Well, they responded, and the majority of the comments I've received is, well, people are divided into two camps but the majority of them believe we should remain where we are. The others are more or less indifferent to the situation. So it seems to me, at this time to remain simply because leaving in a year or so would be difficult for our many programs." Said McCullough.

He added "I guess we just need to do a better job in hiring the right staff for our programs, in order to make them more competitive. We're doing some of this tonight with the coaches that we are hiring and we have some great coaches coming into the district. I'm still open to the idea to keep our options open in the future, just to see where we are." Said McCullough.

Many of the school board members shared McCullough's concerns about the programs but agreed that it was best to remain in the WBL.

updated 6-21-13

WKTN Poll on Kenton Considering Athletic Conference Move

Poll being taken at

as of 926 am 6-21-13 - 231 votes at that time -

What should Kenton City Schools do in regards to its participation in the Western Buckeye League?

Stay in the WBL
Leave the WBL for another league
Form a new league
updated 6-18-13

KCS board member seeks feedback on conference affiliation

Story printed courtesy of Kenton Times

By TIM THOMAS - Times editor
Is it time for Kenton City Schools to look into a new league for its athletic teams?

Board member Mark McCullough believes the time has arrived to discuss the idea of leaving the Western Buckeye League and taking a look at other leagues.

McCullough said when he posed the question to Mike Mauk, athletic director and head football coach, it was "met with a negative frown."

But McCullough is pressing forward, hoping to hear thoughts about the idea from members of the community.

He said it¹s an issue of Kenton¹s teams being competitive in the WBL. Outside of football, the Wildcats have struggled in other sports against WBL opponents, McCullough said.

He encouraged people to check out to see how Kenton has fared against WBL schools in recent years.

Another issue is economics, McCullough said. He wants to know if there is another league with teams that would be closer to Kenton ­ or one that can be formed to reduce travel costs.

"I¹m trying to get some feedback on the idea," McCullough said.

Kenton BOE To Look At Athletic Conference Options

part of WKTN Radio News Report on June 17 Board meeting Also at the meeting, in committee reports, member Mark McCullough from the Extracurricular Committee announced that the school was exploring options on it's current situation with the Western Buckeye League. McCullough said that the committee held a meeting with Kenton High School Athletic Director Mike Mauk and that while Mauk wasn't in favor of a change, the board would like to hear feedback from the public.

CLICK HERE - Time For Kenton To Move On…Does Your School Need To Evaluate The Future?

Original story by The Senior reports

All-American Conference

updated 7-2-13

CLICK HERE - Edgewood to AAC, Pymatuning Valley declines invitation to join league

CLICK HERE - All-American Conference expands to 20 teams

updated 6-30-13

CLICK HERE - AAC to get some answers Monday

updated 5-1-13

CLICK HERE - All American Conference is expanding

CLICK HERE - All-American Conference to Expand

updated 4-27-13

CLICK HERE - Pointing toward the AAC?

updated 4-10-13

CLICK HERE - All-American Conference Expansion Vote Coming

updated 4-8-13

CLICK HERE - Six schools awaiting word on AAC membership applications

updated 2-11-13

CLICK HERE - Let’s be fair, WGH, others need to be in the AAC

CLICK HERE - Harding, Brookfield apply for AAC membership

CLICK HERE - All American Conference wants to expand

updated 2-1-13


RT @DanaBalash21 @21WFMJSports
Boardman athletics will apply for membership into All-American Conference.

above verifed by Boardman Athletic Director David Smercansky

updated 1-17-13

CLICK HERE - All-American Conference Expansion On The Horizon

updated 11-6-12

CLICK HERE - All-American Conference To Look At Expansion

Portage Trail Conference

updated 7-1-13


Hardin Northern

updeated 6-29-13

CLICK HERE - Hardin Northern suspends varsity football program

CLICK HERE - Late decision by HN puts opponents in a bind

updated 6-28-13

No Varsity Football at Hardin Northern

email reply to sR

As of last night we had a maximum of 12 players committed to playing varsity football, which is not enough to field a varsity team. Of those 12, the majority are freshman and sophomores. We will not be playing varsity football for the 2013 season. We are confident that we will be able to field a JV and that some more students will express interest in playing at that level.

Joe Hoelzle
EDITOR's Note - We are hoping to get a reply from BVC officials on this situation.

According to a Tweet (1st Report) -

from @TJRadick Findlay Courier

Just got confirmation from HN superintendent that Polar Bears will not play varsity football this fall..


updeated 6-25-13

CLICK HERE - Boardman officially joins All-American Conference

Massillon (Washington)

updated 6-25-13

Federal League Not Interested

email reply to SR on Massillon and status with FL and if it's membership application excluded football would there be an interest.

The FL has always been against having schools enter membership in selected sports. Fitch and Boardman wanted to stay in the league for Football only but was declined by the League Members. We have 21 sports in the Federal League and to be a member you must compete in all.

Joe Eaton, Commissioner
updated 6-24-13

Northeast Ohio Conference Not Interested

email reply to SR on Massillon and status with NOC and if it's membership application excluded football would there be an interest.

The N.O.C. does not want to go that far outside its boundaries. The optimal situation would be to add schools within our present boundaries or Elyria, Mentor, Cuyahoga Falls and Medina. Travel distances are the issues for most large conferences. No need to make it more difficult.

Dan Gerome, Commissioner

Suburban League Not Interested

email reply to SR on Massillon and status with SL and if it's membership application excluded football would there be an interest.

Massillon was not invited to our June 11 meeting nor given a SL questionnaire to fill out.

Keith Walker, Commissioner

Massillon Might Consider League Membership, Excluding Football

For several days SR has asked (via email) several Massillon school officials for a reply to the following -

Would very much appreciate a comment and statement on all of the changes coming to conferences in your area and Massillon not being invited to meetings. Would like to know some of the recent background, has anyone talked to you and why do you think you are being left out.

Never received a reply.

We sent out the following one time to the same officials -

Would Massillon consider an athletic conference membership offer for all sports, excluding football?

Following is a very brief replied we received in an email?


Richard Goodright
Massillon City Schools
We have asked Superintendent Goodright for a more detailed answer.

We have also contacted several commissioners to see if this would be an option or if it has already been discussed. We are hoping to get a reply from those conferences. Football has been the one obstacle for the current independent, this option would give the Tigers other sports a chance to be a part of a conference.

New Conference

updated 6-20-13

Is New Conference In NE Ohio Being Discussed?

SR sent emails out to schools "rumored" to be considering forming a new athletic conference-

Schools considering a new conference
West Holmes
reply from Manchester
Not us

Coach Schindewolf 
Athletic Director, Boys Basketball Coach
reply from Orrville
This is news to us in Orrville.

Jon Ritchie 
orrville Superintendent
reply from Coventry
Coventry has not been contacted or even aware of talks regrading the new conference that you mentioned.

Neal J. Kopp
Assistant Principal/Athletic Director
reply from Springfield
Springfield has not been involved with this discussion and has never heard anything about this matter.

Kevin Vaughn
Springfield High School
Athletic Director/Dean of Students/Head Football Coach

Northern 10 Conference

updated 6-18-13

Upper Sandusky BOE Votes to Join N-10 in 2015-16

The Upper Sandusky Exempted Village Schools Board of Education approved withdrawal from the Mid Ohio Athletic Conference and voted to accept an invitation to join the Northern 10 at Monday night's board meeting.

updated 6-4-13

Upper Sandusky To Consider N10 Invitation

(6-4-13) According to the Upper Sandusky's Daily Chief-Union Upper Sandusky Athletic Director Brad Ehrman said the N10 invitation will be discussed with Superintendent Mike Eaglowski and the school board before a decision is made. “With the location of the schools in the Northern 10 and the rivalries we have, it’s something we have to seriously consider,” Ehrman said.

“It is a league made of northwest district teams,” Ehrman said. “We have close rivalries. We already play most of these schools. The average trip is around 22 miles, so the Northern 10 has a lot of advantages.”

Ehrman said the school’s invitation to join the league could be acted upon at the next school board meeting June 17. But N10 Commissioner Mark Hayman said he is hopeful that the Rams will be able to join for the Northern 10’s inaugural season.

“It’s my understanding that there’s some schools that would like to apply to the MOAC if there is a vacancy,” Hayman said. “We’re hopeful that the MOAC would let Upper Sandusky out of their two-year commitment and they would be able to start in the Northern 10 when the Northern 10 starts the year after next.”

This will be the third conference affilation for Upper Sandusky in less than five years, leaving the North Central Conference and now the Mid Ohio Athletic Conference. Should the Rams be able to leave early they would have never played a game in the MOAC.

updated 6-3-13

Northern 10 Invites A 10th Member

email to SR on today's N10 meeting

Yes the Northern 10 Superintendents met today and will (be) extending an invitation to Upper Sandusky to join the N-10

Mark Hayman
N10 Commissioner
NOTE - Upper Sandusky school officials declined to make a statement to us on the invitation.

updated 5-6-13

Two Schools Seek N10 Membership

Northern 10 Conference schools met today to hear presentations from two schools looking to replace departing Riverdale, who announced recently they would be joining the Blanchard Valley Conference. N10 Commissioner Mark Hayman in an email to SR updated us on the meeting "I was unable to attend the meeting, but my understanding is that (Marion) Elgin and Upper Sandusky both made fine presentations to the conference!!"

Upper Sandusky Meeting With Northern 10
email reply from Upper Sandusky Principal Jim Clifford
The N10 officials have invited Upper Sandusky to meet with them at 11:30 a.m. today. We will discuss the possibility of joining the league. Brad Ehrman, our AD, will be presenting information to them.


updated 6-14-13

CLICK HERE - GHS Remains Division IV; Upper Bolts from MOAC

Ohio Valley Conference

updated 6-13-13

CLICK HERE - OVC has chance for quality expansion


updated 6-12-13

Update From Hudson On Conference Meetings

email update to SR from Hudson Principal Brian Wilch

We appreciated hearing what the Suburban League has to offer with its vision of restructuring to a two-division alignment of eight teams—divided by enrollment (size). We declined the invitation from the Federal League due to geographic concerns (that meeting was today). Coincidentally, our current league, the NOC, will stage a similar meeting next Wednesday to solicit interest in an expanded version of its 18-team, 3-divisional structure. I’m sure that each school/district that accepted invitations to attend these informational meetings will examine any and all options to decide the best fit.


Brian Wilch, Principal

Suburban League

updated 6-10-13

Hudson Confirms Attending Suburban League Meeting

email reply to SR on upcoming Suburban League expansion meeting in Tallmadge
Yes, Hudson has been invited and is highly interested in 
hearing about an expanded version of the Suburban League (of 
which Hudson used to belong). To Hudson, an 8-team conference, 
even within a larger, two-tiered format is desirable. 
Competing against similarly situated schools in relatively 
close proximity is also appealing.

Brian Wilch, Principal


updated 6-10-13

Brecksville Reply To Suburban league Meeting

email reply to SR on upcoming Suburban League expansion meeting in Tallmadge
Brecksville remains a proud member of the SWC.

Joseph Mueller, Principal
updated 5-14-13

Committed To The Southwest Conference

in an email reply to SR on Brecksville possibly looking for a new athletic conference from a source we had

I am unaware of the source of this comment and am disappointed if this representation of our district's intentions is pervasive. We voted in favor of recent additions to the league and intend to participate in the league demonstrating sportsmanship and loyalty.

Scot Prebles, Brecksville Superintendent

Chagrin Valley Conference

updated 6-5-13

CLICK HERE - Is This the End of the CVC...?

updated 6-5-13


updated 5-24-13

CLICK HERE - Chagrin Valley Conference to lose 10 member schools


updated 6-4-13

N10 Terminates Riverdale's Membership, Hopes BVC Adds 14th Member Soon

(6-4-13) According to the Upper Sandusky's Daily Chief-Union Riverdale’s membership with the Northern 10 was terminated about a month ago according to N10 Commissioner Mark Hayman after announcing they would be leaving to join the Blanchard Valley Conference. With the termination Riverdale will have never competed in the N10. Hayman also added the N10 league could operate with just nine members in its first year, unless Upper Sandusky can be released early by the Northern 10.

Riverdale is not set to start competing in the Blanchard Valley Conference until 2015-16, meaning it will have a full year as an independent. If there remains a vacancy in the Northern 10 for the first year, the Falcons could be invited to play a league schedule but as a non-league member and Upper Sandusky has to still be in the MOAC, Hayman said.

“It’s going to be a bear for us trying to fill a football schedule,” Riverdale Athletic Director Craig Taylor told the Daily Chief-Union. “We play most of the BVC and they’ll fill us in as much as possible, but the tough one is going to be football.”

Riverdale is not set to begin football play in the BVC until 2016, meaning two years as an independent in that sport alone is a possibility. However: if the BVC finds a 14th member they may be able to begin play sooner than that.

“They’ve said they are actively looking,” Taylor told the Daily Chief-Union. “They’re pursuing a couple of teams. They’ve been great. They said they would work with us however they can to help us out.”

The BVC Superintendents are the ones who are in charge of finding the 14th member. One school that has actively pursued BVC membership is Upper Scioto Valley. USV is presently in the Northwest Central Conference and was once a member of the Northwest Conference. At least five schools have been rumored to be on the BVC's "wish list". No timelime has been mentioned by conference officials on securing the 14th member.


CLICK HERE - Wrestling returns to Toledo City League

Cincinnati Public Schools

updated 5-31-13

AD's To Remain In Place At CPS Schools

After SR sent emails to Cincinnati Public Schools Superintendent Mary Ronan on the status of CPS Athletic Directors we received the following email reply -

I told you yesterday that Jim Sherard retired as the AD at Western Hills and we told you that we are in the process of replacing him. There has been no meeting to remove the remaining AD's...our AD's at the 9 largest schools actually work for Activities Beyond the Classroom (ABC), a non-profit 501(c)(3) foundation, that has a contract with the Board of Education to administer the extracurricular program in those schools. ABC has no inclination to fire these employees and the BOE has renewed it's contract with them for the coming year.

David T. Dierker
Director of Athletics
Cincinnati Public Schools
updated 5-28-13

AD's to Be Removed from CPS?

SR sent an email to CPS officials -

Hearing there was a meeting to remove the AD's from CPS schools, just wanted to verify this and get a statement on it if possible. reply from CPS -

That is certainly news to me...Jim Sherard retired as AD at Western Hills and we are interviewing for his replacement but that's the only change I am aware of at this point in time.

David T. Dierker
Director of Athletics
Cincinnati Public Schools


update - 5-18-13

CLICK HERE - New OHSAA transfer rules expand opportunities

CLICK HERE - Latest OHSAA vote tells interesting story

update - 5-16-13

CLICK HERE - OHSAA Press Release On Issues

Northern Buckeye Conference

updated 5-17-13

CLICK HERE - Jones retiring; Bringman named NBC commissioner


updated 5-16-13

CLICK HERE - Newbury leaving CVC

Sandusky River League

updated 5-14-13

Sandusky River League To Continue on...No Merger With TAAC

in an email reply to SR about the future of the SRL after Tiffin Calvert announced they would leave the SRL for the TAAC

The member schools of the Sandusky River League would like to publicly reaffirm their commitment to the new league. We will not be merging with the Toledo Area Athletic Conference and are moving on with the goal to make the SRL the best and most comprehensive conference in Northwest Ohio.

Mark King, Commissioner, Sandusky River League

Amherst Steele

updated 5-14-13

Committed To The Southwest Conference

in an email reply to SR on Steele possibly looking for a new athletic conference

Amherst has a commitment to the SWC and has no intent on looking at other conferences. I hope this clears up any rumors you have heard.

Mike Gillam - Amherst Steele Principal

Toledo Area Athletic Conference

updated 5-13-13

TAAC's 10th Member

In a reply to our email - Is the TAAC still looking for a 10th member or do you have one in place?

Looking for a solid tenth

We also asked the Commissioner - Did you ever ask all of the SRL members to be a part of the TAAC?

Several times.

Rick Kaifas

Tiffin Calvert

updeated 5-16-13

CLICK HERE - Calvert Leaves SRL for TAAC

updeated 5-14-13

CLICK HERE - Tiffin Calvert will join TAAC in 2014

updated 5-13-13

Calvert Becomes 9th TAAC Member

email reply to SR

Tiffin Calvert was accepted as the 9th member of the TAAC in a unanimous vote this morning

Rick Kaifas
updated 5-8-13

Update on Tiffin Calvert Status in the SRL

Email reply to our request if Tiffin Calvert has pulled out of the Sandusky River League

You would have to contact Tiffin Calvert for any comment on this topic. Thanks for your understanding.

Mark King
UPDATE - 5-10-13 - TAAC is now meeting on on Monday, May 13th

Email reply to our request if Tiffin Calvert is in talks with the Toledo Area Athletic Conference

Will know Wednesday the 15th

Rick Kaifas
UPDATED 5-9-13- BVC is now back on the radar for Calvert-----

****We also have been in contact with several BVC officials, despite some "rumors" there seems to be no talks going on between Calvert and BVC.


updated 5-8-13

Sandusky Bay Conference Considers Vermillion Membership

Following is from reliable source -JUST IN - SBC officials met and are meeting again today, to discuss Vermilion and future plans. DETAILS when we get them

Tiffin Calvert

updated 5-8-13

Update on Tiffin Calvert Status in the SRL

Email reply to our request if Tiffin Calvert has pulled out of the Sandusky River League

You would have to contact Tiffin Calvert for any comment on this topic. Thanks for your understanding.

Mark King
UPDATE - 5-10-13 - TAAC is now meeting on on Monday, May 13th

Email reply to our request if Tiffin Calvert is in talks with the Toledo Area Athletic Conference

Will know Wednesday the 15th

Rick Kaifas
UPDATED 5-9-13- BVC is now back on the radar for Calvert-----

****We also have been in contact with several BVC officials, despite some "rumors" there seems to be no talks going on between Calvert and BVC.

Northeast Ohio Conference

updated 4-24-13

CLICK HERE - Are changes coming to the Northeast Ohio Conference?

Greater Miami Conference Boycotts Cincinnati Moeller

updated 4-28-13

CLICK HERE - Why is the Greater Miami Conference Boycotting Moeller?

updated 4-18-13

OHSAA Update on GMC Boycott of Moeller

Update email reply to SR from the OHSAA

From the OHSAA's Tim Stried
“The OHSAA does not typically get involved with regular-season scheduling except when asked to do so, such as situations pertaining to the breaking of game contracts. As a courtesy, however, Commissioner Ross has been speaking with several schools involved with this situation to see if a resolution can be reached. There is no time frame associated with this matter.”

updated 4-11-13

CLICK HERE - OHSAA Vote Won’t Solve Public vs. Private Problem

updated 5-26-12

Original Article


updated 5-29-12

GMC Statement
The GMC is a very competitive ten team conference. There are many factors that go into non conference scheduling. Each school carefully examines their out of league competition in order to put their student athletes in scenarios that are the best fit. We compete against other schools who follow the same standards as we expect every member of the Greater Miami Conference to follow.

Steve Shuck
Greater Miami Conference
updated 5-23-12

Moeller Statement
Schools have the right to determine who they schedule in athletic contests based on what is in the best interest of their team and players. Moeller respects the right of any school including our own to schedule in their best interest.

Barry Borman - Moeller AD

updated 5-22-12

OHSAA Comment
Received this in an email today from the OHSAA...

from Dr. Dan Ross “The OHSAA is aware of the on-going conversation between Moeller and the GMC schools and hopes that all involved will continue to have an open dialogue and work towards a resolution.”

CLICK HERE - Chat with Colerain football coach Tom Bolden at noon

Comment is at the 12:31 mark of the interview.

Chat -

12:30 - Comment From joe

Do you support the GMC boycott of Moeller?

12:31 - Comment from Coach Bolden

It's unfortunate after such a long time that we will not be able to scrimmage Moeller. In terms of what is going on between our league and Moeller is something that is up to the athletic directors.

CLICK HERE - Chat with Moeller football coach John Rodenberg at noon

Comment is at the 12:31 mark of the interview.

12:15 - Comment From Bill

Any truth to the rumor teams from the GMC are boycotting playing your school due to apparent "recruiting tactics"?

12:15 - Comment from Coach Rodenberg

We don't control who other teams play. But we would love to play any team from Cincinnati. We think it would be great for the community. We also think the revenue each team would make would be beneficial.


Northern 10 Conference

updated 4-16-13

N10 President Statement on Riverdale

email reply to SR on Riverdale situation

I am the league president of the N10. At this time we do not have a comment on the situation with regards to Riverdale and the BVC other than to say we will be discussing the issue at our next league meeting.

Jay Zeiter, Buckeye Central Principal and N10 President


updated 4-23-13

Northern 10 Response To Riverdale

Jay Zeiter, Buckeye Central,Principal and N10 President
As a result of the Riverdale Board of Education vote to join the BVC, the N10 will hold meetings in the near future to determine the course of action our league will be taking.

BVC President's Comments on Riverdale

email reply to SR on Riverdale

Traci Conley, Vanlue School Principal/BVC President
The BVC is elated that Riverdale has made the move into the conference. Our goal is to expand with a 14th member. Discussion is still ongoing as to who will be contacted for the 14th school.

CLICK HERE - Riverdale School joins Blanchard Valley Conference

CLICK HERE - Riverdale bids farewell to N-10

updated 4-22-13

***NOTE - Received email from BOE confirming the 5-0 voye

BOE Votes To Join BVC

RT @TJRadick (Findlay) Courier - By a 5-0 vote, the Riverdale school board has officially approved membership in the Blanchard Valley Conference.

updated 4-16-13

CLICK HERE - Riverdale board mulls BVC invitation

updated 4-15-13

JUST IN - RT @TJRadick (Findlay) Courier - Riverdale board members seem favorable to joining BVC. Formal vote likely next Monday. Story in tomorrow's paper.

According to Tweets from (Findlay) Courier it appears Riverdale BOE has accepted invitation to join the BVC.

Riverdale Board of Education to discuss possible BVC membership.

Details when they come in.

updated 4-2-13

CONFIRMED: Riverdale Invited To Join BVC

Dave Schmidt of SR talked with Riverdale Superintendent Eric Hoffman

Riverdale Superintendent Eric Hoffman confirmed to SR that they have been invited to join the Blanchard Valley Conference. The BVC has requested that Riverdale answer the invitation by June 1st. Superintendent Hoffman said that "most likely" something will be decided by the April 15 Riverdale Board of Education meeting.

Reasons why they will consider the BVC-- travel distance would be cut down and would save on fuel costs -- some natural rivalaries with most members. Hoffman says they already have many BVC member schools on their scheudles. These options seem to be the key, when asked about football, Hoffman said "the change would not be done due to any one sport."

updated 3-29-13

Riverdale To Consider BVC Invitation

Tweets from Courier Sports @Courier_Sports
Waiting for confirmation from Riverdale's super and or AD when the board meeting may occur

If Riverdale joins, BVC will be looking for a 14th school

We have learned that Riverdale has been offered an invite to be the BVC's 13th member school, pending R-dale board approval


updated 4-20-13

CLICK HERE - Who will Join the BVC Next?

updated 4-16-13

BVC President's Update On Expansion

email reply to SR on expansion

Traci Conley, Vanlue School Principal/BVC President
It was agreed to expand the league to 14 teams; at this time we have 12 members and we are hopeful that the Riverdale Board of Education votes to enter into the Blanchard Valley Conference. Our goal is still to expand the league to 14 teams, and at this time we are not sure who this 14th member will be.

updated 4-4-13

Waiting to hear from Tiffin Calvert on possible BVC invitation.


updated 4-4-13

email reply to SR about a possible Blanchard Valley Conference Invitation

I do not believe we have received an invite from the BVC.

Greg Denecker, Superintendent, Bluffton Schools

Columbus Grove

updated 4-4-13

No Invite From BVC

email reply to SR about a possible Blanchard Valley Conference Invitation

Columbus Grove Local Schools did not receive an invitation to join the Blanchard Valley Conference.

Nick Verhoff, Superintendent, Columbus Grove Schools


updated 4-3-13

No Invite From BVC

email reply to SR about a possible Blanchard Valley Conference Invitation

We are not interested in changing leagues at this time and will not attend any meeting dealing with this issue. We are very happy in the NBC.

Tony Borton, Superintendent, Elmwood Local Schools


updated 4-3-13

No Invite From BVC

email reply to SR about a possible Blanchard Valley Conference Invitation

"Within the recent past, Ada Exempted Village Schools has not received any formal request to join the Blanchard Valley Conference and the school continues to be a member of the Northwest Conference."

Rob Underwood, Assistant K-12 Principal, Ada

Patrick Henry

updated 4-3-13

No Invite From BVC

email reply to SR about a possible Blanchard Valley Conference Invitation

We HAVE NOT been invited.

Bryan Hieber, Athletic Director, Patrick Henry


updated 4-19-13

Vermilion Confirms WSC Membership

email reply to SR

Phil Brickner, AD, Vermilion High School
Sorry for not getting back to you earlier. I have been very busy with rainouts, rescheduling and meetings this spring. As of now, we have been reaccepted into the WSC, and will be participating in all sports, except football for the 2013-2014, and 2014-1015.

updated 4-18-13

Vermilion To Return To The West Shore Conference

According to a WSC school administrator Vermilion was accepted into membership again. This was approved by the WSC in January. Vermilion will compete next year in all sports except football. Football resumes for the 2015-16 school year.

We have emails into Vermilion school officials, we did check BOE minutes and could not find any mention of being accepted for membership. Also did not find any information on the district site.

Will update as we receive information

updated 11-24-12

CLICK HERE - Avon going to SWC, Vermilion wants back into WSC

updated 11-22-12

CLICK HERE - Vermilion pursues return to WSC

updated 11-8-12

CLICK HERE - Two Schools, Two Different States, Same Mess

CLICK HERE - Vermilion trying to decide if it should join a conference or stay independent

updated 11-8-12

Thanks to Mark Hazelwood for providing story

Vermilion: League affiliation a tough decision School mulling a return to WSC, independent status

VERMILION - Emotions at times ran high, but one thing is clear after an open community meeting Wednesday night at Vermilion High School to discuss the future of its athletic league affiliation.

The Sailors' athletics program is caught in no-man's land, facing an extremely difficult decision.

"It's a tough spot, a tough situation," Vermilion superintendent Phil Pempin told roughly 50 people who attended the meeting. "We're in between two counties, and landlocked by Lake Erie. Geographically, we're not an attractive option to some of the nearby leagues."

The meeting lasted more than two hours, with residents expressing both confusion, frustration and some reassurance to stand behind the school when it makes a decision.

Vermilion currently has no league affiliation, and has already filled the football schedule as an independent for the 2013 and 2014 seasons.

Pempin said the school essentially has three options currently. One is attempting to ride it out as an independent in all sports until something better comes along. Another option that could be decided soon is rejoining the West Shore Conference, if it is approved by WSC members.

A third, while noted a distant option, is possibly approaching the Northern Ohio League again and seeing if it is interested in taking the Sailors back as an eighth member.

How it got in the current situation has been a two-year whirlwind.

The WSC formed 10 years ago, dominated by Lorain and Cuyahoga County schools similar in size. But Fairview and Firelands left after the 2010-11 school year for the Patriot Athletic Conference and were replaced by Elyria Catholic and Lakewood, the latter which has more than 700 boys to choose from for athletic teams.

That domino led to Vermilion seeking better options, which it decided in October of 2011 was the Northern Ohio League, where it would join area teams Bellevue, Norwalk, Sandusky and Willard along with Tiffin Columbian and Shelby.

However, shortly after it agreed to the NOL, the PAC came calling and mentioned to Vermilion the possibility of expanding and taking in the Sailors, which would have been a much better geographical fit, and probably a better fit competitively.

Shortly after the school year ended last year, the PAC athletic directors voted to expand, approving and bringing in Vermilion, Cloverleaf, Cuyahoga Heights and Independence. That would have allowed East and West divisions, putting Vermilion in with nearby schools such as Keystone, Clearview, Brookside, Firelands and Wellington.

Believing it was going to be accepted by the PAC, Vermilion proceeded to withdraw from the NOL before ever playing any games there. The move came just after Ontario agreed to join the NOL, which was also a travel setback for Vermilion.

However, PAC superintendents and principals opted to overrule the expansion idea, postponing the move and again leaving Vermilion without a home entering the current school year.

"We sat down and evaluated all of this, for which conference is the best fit for us," Vermilion school board member David Rice told the audience. "It was unanimous. The PAC is where we wanted to go. We felt based off conversations with league officials, we were going there and it was set."

When reapplying to the WSC, the conference told Vermilion it would need a seven-year commitment. Vermilion countered with a two or three-year commitment, but the WSC has stood firm at seven years. The payout fee to leave the WSC early was also raised from $10,000 to $80,000.

By the end of the month, the WSC will vote on possibly letting Vermilion back in the conference, something Pempin stressed is far from a guarantee. And with coming so close to the PAC, Rice acknowledged some worry about losing out on that possibility a second time, if and when it comes up again.

"My biggest concern is, I feel like there is a real level of interest in that conference," Rice said of the PAC. "After we signed on with NOL, they were like, 'why did you do that?' And so we got out of the NOL, and that's what got us in this situation to begin with.

"At the end of the day, we're not getting any bigger ... we are getting smaller. Lakewood and Avon, they aren't going to be seeing a decrease like we are."

As an independent in football, Vermilion will play Fairvew, Clearview, Firelands, Cleveland Central Catholic, Toledo Start, Youngstown Christian, Norwalk, Spencerville and Lucas. Needing to fill one more game, the school is in talks with Ontario.

On top of no all-league honors for athletes and difficult ability to schedule games, a downside to independent play is travel. The trip to Spencerville alone is 296 miles. The average round trip will be 127 miles next year, and 93 miles in 2014.

After multiple members of the community expressed frustration at the situation Wednesday night, a straw poll was taken by those who remained at the meeting towards the end.

Nine people wanted to go back to the WSC, while six were in favor of an independent slate in all sports. Three voted to reach back out to the NOL. Board members and coaches in attendance were not allowed to vote.

Pempin also acknowledged a disconnect between members of the community and athletic department, after a years of unrest have seen many changes of athletic directors and football coaches.

He also added many opinions have been expressed behind closed doors and with the public Wednesday, and said the decision is going to be a very difficult one.

"There is just a lot of speculation here in many ways ... a lot of things can happen," he said. "We're at a low point right now, and we need to do a better job for you. We have to build it the right way."

Southwestern Conference and West Shore Conference

updated 4-17-13

CLICK HERE - What changes are coming to new Southwestern Conference and West Shore Conference

Federal League

updated 4-18-13

CLICK HERE - Federal League expansion could include Green


updated 4-9-13

Willard To Remain In NOL

Story courtesy of Willard Times-Junction
By Jane Ernsberger

The Willard Crimson Flashes will remain a part of the storied Northern Ohio Athletic League.

Calling it “the best kept secret,” Willard City Schools Superintendent Jeff Ritz told the Willard City Schools Board of Education on Monday night the Sandusky Bay Conference has extended an invitation to the Willard Crimson Flashes to join their league.

Since the board of education took no action on the invitation, Ritz said it meant the district was declining the opportunity to join the SBC. The Northern Ohio League will remain a seven-member league.

Willard Athletic Director Dave Ball said the decision was made with help from the board of education and those inside the sport community for the Willard City Schools.

“I think it lent a lot of validity to it,” Ball pointed out. “Our coaches are very pleased to see the amount of interest for a very, very important decision in their world, in the community’s world.

“I was very enlightened in their approach to it,” he noted. “The alumni are very passionate, whether their opinion be to leave or whether to stay.

“They are very passionate about our athletic program and our athletic department,” Ball said. “That’s always nice to be reinforced. It gives a lot of validity to what you are doing.”

Ball said the perception of a majority of the coaches was to remain as one of the original teams in the Northern Ohio League by 80 to 90-percent.

“That’s not a disrespect for the Sandusky Bay Conference,” he pointed out. “In most people’s judgment, it was a lateral move competitively. A little disadvantageous distance-wise.

“I think it was a distinct disadvantage rival-wise, establishing rivalries we have had for 60, almost 70 years” Ball stated. “You can’t replace playing Norwalk and Shelby and Bellevue. It would be impossible, but I think the sake of moving just to move was not good enough for the majority of the coaches.

“I believe if you took a line up, and we took a poll, I think you would see 80 to 90-percent of them would like to stay in the NOL,” he pointed out. “I just think that’s our best option at this point in time.”

Willard High School Principal Chris Schaaf also felt the participation of the board of education members in looking at the option of joining the SBC helped with the decision-making process and its support of athletic field and gymnasiums.

“As far as the SBC goes, personally, I think it speaks well for Willard that they would want us to join the SBC,” Schaaf said. “I think we have a lot to offer, and I think that is due to what the board has done as far as facilities go.

“I think it’s due to what our coaches have done in the past,” Schaaf added, “and I think it’s due to the community support of our athletic programs. I think that all speaks well for the Willard City Schools.”

CLICK HERE - Willard to remain in Northern Ohio League

updated 2-22-13

CLICK HERE - Willard: Northern ohio League or Sandusky Bay Confernce?

article by The Senior Report's Dave Schmidt

Midwest Athletic Conference

updated 2-14-13

CLICK HERE - Kemper will take over as commissioner of the MAC

Toledo City League

update 4-5-13

TCL Expansion On Hold

A Toledo Public School official has informed us that the TCL expansion has been placed on hold. This is due to the school system looking to find a new Superintendent. Lima Central Catholic and Marion Harding were in postion to be the 7th and 8th members of the conference.

LCC left the Northwest Conference after being asked to leave by the other members. LCC had won numerous NWC conference titles. LCC and the NWC agreed on a plan to phase out of the conference after the plan is complete LCC will be an independent.

Marion Harding has been an independent since the dissolving of the Greater Buckeye Conference at the end of the 2010-11 school year.

updated 1-23-13

CLICK HERE - TCL Update - Lima Central Catholic and Marion Harding

updated 12-20-12

TCL Expansion Changes

we are in contact with two schools from the TRAC who are in preliminary talks with the TCL about possible membership

...two schools seem to be have been left outside of these talks, both independents, these two schools had thought they were to receive an invitation before the end of the year...sources say this will not happen

Will continue to post information as we receive it.

updated 9-14-12

TCL Considers Expansion

Toledo Public Schools Ad Hoc Committee on Athletics met yesterday to discuss possible expansion of the Toledo City League by 2 members. No decisions were made but will be discussed again at the October committee meeting.

EDITOR'S NOTE - We were asked by one of the two schools being considered not to mention their name, which we will honor. We will also not list the other school at this time.

information to THE SENIOR REPORTS by Brian Murphy, Assistant Superintendent


updated 4-4-13

CONFIRMED: Bettsville Denied SRL Membership

Justin Rohrer the Athletic Director Bettsville confirmed today they were denied SRL membership.

In the near future we will work on rebuilding our athletic program as an independant program until a point where we can join an athletic conference that fits our needs and goals.

Justin Rohrer
Athletic Director
Bettsville Schools

Will update on this story as we receive details.

updated 3-20-13

Bettsville Waiting To Hear From SRL

SR asked Bettsville about their athletic conference future -

reply from Bettsville
We are currently waiting a decision from the SRL on acceptance.

Justin Rohrer
Athletic Director
Bettsville Schools
updated 2-19-13

Bettsville To Attend Sandusky River League Meeting

verified by email to SR

A representitive from Bettsville will be attending the meeting.

Justin Rohrer
Athletic Director
Bettsville Schools


updated 4-3-13

Carey Not In BVC Mix

email reply to SR about a possible Blanchard Valley Conference Invitation

Carey has not received an invitation to the BVC nor had any discussions about joining that conference with any of its representatives. We are committed to the present agreement that we have with our fellow Northern 10 Athletic Conference schools to begin conference play commencing with the 2014-2015 school year.

Peter J. Cole, Principal- Carey High School


updated 3-29-13

Statement on Marion Catholic

The NWCC is saddened to hear Marion Catholic, as of the 2013-14 school year, will no longer be part of the conference. Marion Catholic was one of the original members of the NWCC and was very instrumental in leading and organizing the NWCC. They have been very supportive and great to work with in their years with the NWCC. The NWCC would like to wish the Marion Catholic families, students, teachers and administrators a bright and prosperous future.

Dave May
NWCC Commissioner

Southwestern Conference

updated 3-20-13

CLICK HERE - Midview and Lakewood to join SWC in 2015-16

updated 3-9-13

CLICK HERE - Four teams petition to join Southwestern Conference

updated 3-8-13

CLICK HERE - What's going on with Southwestern Conference expansion?

updated 12-24-12

CLICK HERE - Avon to move to Southwestern Conference in 2015-16

CLICK HERE - Avon joins SWC, will make switch in 2015-16 season

updated 10-16-12

CLICK HERE - What happens to the Southwestern Conference when Midpark and Berea merge?

Marion Catholic

updated 3-20-13

CLICK HERE - Marion Catholic High School To Close

updated 3-21-13

CLICK HERE - Final year for Marion Catholic HS

Fostoria St Wendelin

updated 3-19-13

Fostoria St. Wendelin Accepted By SRL

The Sandusky River League voted 6-0 to accept Fostoria St. Wendelin’s application into the Sandusky River League as the seventh member of the new league. This will be effective in the 2014-15 school year. The schools currently committed to the new league are Calvert, Lakota, New Riegel, Old Fort, Fremont St. Joseph and Sandusky St. Mary.

updated 3-20-13

CLICK HERE - St. Wendelin's application to SRL is accepted


updated 3-19-13

CLICK HERE - Polar Bears hire Zuk, commit to SBC

Muskingum Valley League

updated 3-19-13

MVL Decides Not To Expand

From an ECOL Athletic Director
The MVL has decided to stay at 9 teams and not to expand with the ECOL.

updated 2-23-13

CLICK HERE - Muskingum Valley League in talks to expand, sets meeting for teams interested in joining league

Toledo Area Athletic Conference-Sandusky River League

updated 3-14-13

Is The TAAC and SRL Talking Merger

email reply to SR asking about a merger with the Sandusky River League

from TAAC Commissioner Rick Kaifas
The TAAC is looking into discussions with the SRL regarding a possible merger.

Reply from SRL
At this time there is no plan to merge the Sandusky River League and the Toledo Area Athletic Conference. This appears to be a story that came out that at this time was nothing more than a discussion and has no merit.

Mark King
Sandusky River League
updated 3-15-13

CLICK HERE - SRL-TAAC merger may be in works

updated 3-14-13

CLICK HERE - TAAC considers expansion with SRL Schools

CLICK HERE - SRL looking at options

CLICK HERE - Lakota School March 11, 2013 Board Highlights

SUPERINTENDENT’S REPORT – Mr. David M. Danhoff, Superintendent

The Sandusky River League is reviewing options to help enhance the opportunities for our athletes through creative scheduling with the TAAC. We may eventually merge with the TAAC and have two separate divisions but we are looking at what is best for all concerned. We had a major set-back when Margaretta announced its decision to remain in the Sandusky Bay Conference. This decision affected other schools who were contemplating making the move to our new league and that is why we must re-visit our talks with the TAAC (Toledo Area Athletic Conference). Overall, everything will turn out for the best and we will have a new home for our athletes.

CLICK HERE - Lakota School Board Meeting

updated 2-20-13

email sent to SR

No TAAC/SRL Merger

There will be no merger between the newly formed Sandusky River League and Toledo Area Athletic Conference. While we deeply respect the combative balance of the TAAC,the founding members of the Sandusky River League are excited and commited to bringing a new strong league that is based on area high schools that provide a strong athletic and academic history. This will allow us to have a league that hopefully will provide a reputation for a strong competitive balance and positive atmosphere for many years.

Mark King
Sandusky River League

No New Members Added

SR sent the following email to Commissioner King

Can you give us an update on schools who applied and if any were accepted today?

reply from Commissioner Mark King

I prefer not to speak about teams who have shown interested in the SRL. No additional schools were added today.

TAAC Statement On "No Merger"

SR sent an email to Commissioner Rick Kaifas for a statement

The TAAC respects the decision of the SRL and hope we can continue our non-league competitions.

Toledo Area Athletic Conference

updated 2-14-13

TAAC Reconsiders Expansion

email reply to SR asking about a change in plans on expansion for the future

from Commissioner Rick Kaifas
We met the 12th and as a league decided to explore expansion further.

updated 1-17-13

TWEETED by - Kevin Shields @KShieldsNM

It appears the TAAC won't be expanding. Written statement from commissioner Rick Kaifas said the league voted against expansion Wed.

Said Kaifas, "We have had interest from a lot of schools, but the league voted against expansion at our monthly meeting yesterday.

The TAAC was rumored to be a possible option for many area schools, looking for secure league affliations in the future

updated 1-16-13

Email reply to THE SENIOR REPORTS request for information on today's meeting -

from Commissioner Rick Kaifas - TAAC has no plans to expand at this time

Commissioner's reply - on losing any TAAC members "not as of now"

Public vs Private

updated 3-11-13

CLICK HERE - Are North Royalton, Rocky River and Shaker Heights part of a changing tide for public-school sports?

Principals Athletic Conference

updated 3-11-13

Principals Athletic Conference Says NO To Expansion

email reply to SR on expansion talks in the PAC

email from PAC Commissioner Gary Woods
The Pac Principals and AD’s voted down expansion. They have decided that at the present time, it is in their member school’s best interests to remain an 8 team league.

updated 1-31-13

Details Update of Exapnsion Talks

email from SR sent to Gary Woods - AD at Northwest and Commissioner of PAC

Gary...interesting situation for you with all of this, AD of school applying for membership and Commissioner of the league you are looking to join. I hope it works out for everyone.

Can you give me a conference statement as commissioner on the process you will be going thru to discuss the 2 applications, possible time schedule, etc.

reply from Gary Woods
It was interesting and yet, an uncomfortable/awkward situation at the same time. I am confident that the league members appreciate my dual role and respect my position - just as I do theirs. The decision is theirs to make. I would only enter into the discussion if they asked for my input. As Commissioner, I do NOT carry a vote on league matters. My main functions are financial, organizational, and informational.

I received Orrville’s letter after Christmas vacation. I reviewed it via phone conversation with one of the PAC ‘s charter member schools who knew the ins and the outs of previous expansion when East Canton and Sandy Valley left the PAC for other leagues and Timken, Indian Valley, and CVCA were admitted. I also discussed it with my principal and we decided that IF (BIG IF) the PAC were to expand, it would probably be by two’s so that there wouldn’t be OPEN DATES throughout the schedules of member schools.

PAC ADs met at Timken on Wednesday, January 9th at which time in my role as Commissioner, I shared the letters of application with them. We had no discussion about the letters other than to present them as an item on the agenda. I then asked them to return to their schools and discuss the applications with their principals regarding the merits/problems associated with expansion. This would enable the principals to be aware of the letters rather than to be blind-sided by them at their regularly scheduled meeting the following week.

PAC Principals met Monday, January 14. We conducted normal business items and came down to NEW BUSINESS and the addressing of the applications. I excused myself from the meeting (due to a possible “conflict of interest”) and any discussion regarding the issue and left the discussion in their very capable hands. League By-Laws indicate that 7 schools must be in favor of expansion for it to proceed. Preliminary discussion was held by the principals. They will be responding to the applications via letter. It will be coming from League President, Mike Bova, of CVCA and would indicate the league’s current position on the applications.


We appreciate Commissioner Woods response to our email. Hats off to him and the PAC for doing it the right way! updated 1-30-13

CLICK HERE - Northwest, Orrville apply for membership in the Principals Athletic Conference

Muskingum Valley League

updated 2-23-13

CLICK HERE - Muskingum Valley League in talks to expand, sets meeting for teams interested in joining league

Fostoria St Wendelin

updated 2-12-13

CLICK HERE - St. Wendelin Applies To Sandusky River League

updated 8-4-12

CLICK HERE - SW joins expanded grid league

Public vs Private

updated 2-11-13

CLICK HERE - Hot debate over separate OHSAA playoffs receives surprisingly cool response from St. Edward wrestling opponents

Sandusky River League

updated 2-7-13

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Sandusky Register's Mark Hazelwood talks with SMCC about SRL

updated 2-3-13

CLICK HERE - Four local schools to be part of new SRL

St. Wendelin and Bettsville have been extended invitations

updated 2-2-13

CLICK HERE - St. Mary Central Catholic to leave Sandusky Bay Conference

CLICK HERE - Midland Athletic League ended

updated 2-1-13

CLICK HERE - Sandusky River League: Final chapter written in MAL saga

CLICK HERE - Local schools form new athletic league

CLICK HERE - SMCC headed to Sandusky River League

CLICK HERE - Sandusky River League - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Sandusky St. Mary Central Catholic

CLICK HERE - It's Official - Sandusky River League

RT @KShieldsNM
Reports are circulating that Sandusky St. Mary Central Catholic will announce its leaving the Sandusky Bay Confetence on Fri

The proposed Sandusky Rivers League seems to be playing a part in the SMCC talks

updated 1-15-13


Schools looking to form the SRL will meet on Wednesday (1-16-13) to discuss issues on membership and who will commit for the future. TWEETED by - Mark Hazelwood @SRHazelwood

However, an SBC source indicated SMCC & Margaretta still "have one foot out the door" to the Sandusky River League.


TWEETED by - Kevin Shields @KShieldsNM

#Margaretta, #SJCC, #Lakota and #OldFort are 4 possible area schools for a new league called the Sandusky Rivers League.

New Riegel, Tiffin Calvert, SMCC and 1-3 others could be involved as well.

TWEETED by - Courier Sports @Courier_Sports

Hopewell-Loudon possibily backing out of their committment to the BVC would put the conference at 11 and in a big bind

TWEETED by - Mark Hazelwood @SRHazelwood

Listed MHS, SMCC, TC, FSJ, Lakota as pretty committed plus possibly new riegal & old fort and 1-3 others talking.

More from Margaretta mtg: Current average SBC trip is 15 miles. Sandusky River League average would be 25 miles.

Margaretta: "most of these schools will travel well, and gates are not a concern."

"By creating a better competitive balance for our students, we believe that the Margaretta fan base at games will actually increase."

Sandusky River League's central location would be Fremont, and the Sandusky River would pass through several of the school districts.

Blanchard Valley Conference

updated 1-28-13

Hardin Northern

VERIFIED - BVC school administrator confirms Hardin Northern’s superintendent Doug Roberts announced that they will be fielding a varsity football team.

Hardin Northern will play a full varsity football schedule. HN had consider sitting out this year at the varsity level and had to inform the BVC at the last conference meeting. BVC schools would have been left with an open date had HN dropped varsity football.

more details as we get them
updated 12-13-12

THE SENIOR REPORTS emailed the BVC and asked about future expansion

email reply from Traci Conley, Vanlue School Principal and BVC President
At this time, the BVC is moving on as planned with the addition of North Baltimore and Hopewell Loudon. The BVC will continue to do what is best for our conference, and currently that is to plan for our 2014-15 schedule with 12 schools within our conference.

updated 12-10-12

BVC Looks To Add Two

Courier Sports (Findlay) Tweets the following - The BVC is getting to work at it's next step in the expansion process of trying to find two more teams to join the league

North Coast League

updated 1-23-13

North Coast League Adds Saint Thomas Aquinas

The North Coast League voted late last week to admit Saint Thomas Aquinas High School in Louisville. Saint Thomas Aquinas will join the league's white division.

The league had been in discussions with Saint Thomas Aquinas about joining the league for some time. The recent announcement that Saint Peter Chanel High School will close at the end of the year accelerated those discussions.

With the admission of Saint Thomas Aquinas, the North Coast League's size will remain constant with 12 schools.

The league will now work with Saint Thomas Aquinas on the transition to membership. Depending upon Saint Thomas Aquinas' existing game commitments, the timeline for full league participation may vary from sport to sport.

Joseph A. Waler
Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin School
updated 1-24-13

CLICK HERE - No Expansion, Three Other Schools Applied

Youngstown Christian

updated 12-18-12

THE SENIOR REPORTS emailed Youngstown Christian and asked "Would your school consider replacing St. Peter Chanel in the North Coast League?"

email reply from Dolph Carroll, Athletic Director - Youngstown Christian
We have been in contact with the League and would be interested in pursuing the possibility of becoming a member of the NCL.

Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary

updated 12-17-12

THE SENIOR REPORTS emailed Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary and asked "Would your school consider replacing St. Peter Chanel in the North Coast League?"

email reply from Andy Jalwan, Athletic Director - St. Vincent-St. Mary
We would be interested in joining the North Coast League and the league is aware of our interest.

udated 12-16-12

Replacing St. Peter Chanel in the NCL

email reply to THE SENIOR REPORTS question-

Statement from NCL
The principals of the league learned of the news of Saint Peter Chanel's closing on Friday afternoon. In the coming weeks, we will consider the ramifications this will have on the league and consider our options moving forward.

Joseph A. Waler
North Coast League President
Joseph A. Waler, Principal
Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin School

St. Peter Chanel

updated 12-14-12

CLICK HERE - St. Peter Chanel High School to close at end of school year

CLICK HERE - North Coast League

St. Peter Chanel is a member of the NCL White Division

Midland Athletic League

updated 1-22-13

CLICK HERE - More conference changes on the way, MAL may dissolve after 2013-14 school year

updated 1-7-13

MAL Commissioner On Possible Changes

THE SENIOR REPORTS asked the following - Margaretta is having a Booster Club meeting tonight to discuss their athletic conference affiliation for the future. The meeting is picking up a lot of interest with both media and posters on the message boards.

Would it be possible for you to send us your statement on what they will be discussing? Will appreciate your time and help.

Reply from Mark King, Commissioner - Midland Athletic League
I did not attend the meeting on January 4, 2013 therefore I do not believe it would be appropriate for me to comment at this time. Again we are looking at options that will best fit our membership for future years. I will gladly comment when something does take place but at this time I do not believe it is our best interest to speculate. Thanks for your understanding. "By creating a better competitive balance for our students, we believe that the Margaretta fan base at games will actually increase."

Mark King
updated 12-23-12

Future Make-Up of the MAL

THE SENIOR REPORTS asked the following - Would like to request a statement on the future of the MAL. In the newspaper article about North Baltimore it mentioned it depended on the future make-up of membership.

Reply from Mark King, Commissioner - Midland Athletic League
The current membership is still exploring the options to continue as the MAL and other possible ventures and at this time have noting further to report. I am sure the new year will bring new updates or information.

updated 12-12-12

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Superintendent Elaine Nye said the schools not leaving the MAL are to meet next week to discuss their future.

OHSAA Transfer Rules

updated 1-17-13

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Oak Harbor

updated 1-18-13

Tweeted today by News-Messenger sports writer-

>Kevin Shields @KShieldsNM
It was rumored Oak Harbor might be looking outside the #SBC at other options.

email reply from Oak Harbor to SR
Mr. Shields asked me about these rumors in an email last evening, and here was my response to him--FYI:

Simply put, Oak Harbor Athletics are and will continue to be a proud members of the Sandusky Bay Conference. It is a privilege to be part of the SBC and its storied history of sportsmanship, collaboration, and competition that has enriched the lives of generations of student-athletes. I look forward to the stories of SBC excellence yet to be written!

Guy Parmigian
BCS School District
updated 1-15-13

It's Official - Oak Harbor To Remain In Sandusky Bay Conference

Brief and to the point email from Oak Harbor

Oak Harbor Athletics are, and will continue to be proud members of the Sandusky Bay Conference.

Guy Parmigian
BCS School District
According to Oak Harbor school board president Jeff Dombusch the BOE was updated on this issue at a meeting last night. We appreciate Jeff's help in getting us this information.

All-American Conference

updated 1-17-13

CLICK HERE - All-American Conference Expansion On The Horizon

updated 11-6-12

CLICK HERE - All-American Conference To Look At Expansion


updated 1-17-13

Margaretta Athletic Conference Update

email reply to our request from Margaretta

At this time Margaretta has no official announcement to make other than we are continuing to explore our options. Our community is in support of us finding a situation that provides the best "competitive balance" for our future student-athletes.

Ryan Bohn
Assistant Principal
Athletic Director
Margaretta High/Middle School
***email also included that yesterday's meeting was with Sandusky Bay Conference AD's and that there was no Sandusky Rivers Conference meeting--also, MAL AD's had a seperate meeting


updated 1-15-13

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Participation Fees

updated 1-11-13

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Hopewell-Loudon Not Leaving BVC

email reply to "rumors" that H-L was leaving the BVC - We are getting reports that Hopewell Loudon will be dropping out of the BVC to join the proposed Sandusky Rivers League.

Hopewell-Loudon is NOT leaving the BVC. We are thrilled with the opportunity to be a part of an established league with a long standing tradition of great competition.

Bill Dobbins
Hopewell-Loudon HS/JR High Principal

Sandusky Bay Conference

updated 1-5-12

TWEET from Kevin Shields @KShieldsNM - The News-Messenger in Fremont

Major area conference changes seem to be on the way again, reports have Oak Harbor, SMCC and Margaretta looking to leave the SBC


The Margaretta Athletic Booster Club meeting will take place in the high school cafeteria on Monday, January 7, at 7:00 p.m. At this meeting, the administration will give an update of Margaretta's future conference affiliation. Parents of all grade levels and community members are encouraged to attend.

Norwalk St. Paul

updated 1-3-12

St. Paul Happy With Firelands Conference

THE SENIOR REPORTS sent the following email to Norwalk St. Paul

We have been getting reports that St Paul is considering a change of athletic conferences and may be attending a meeting of schools looking to start a possible new league or establish a current conferences.


We are not considering leaving the Firelands Conference. We are very happy with our Conference affiliation and have no plans to change. Parties from this new conference have contacted us but we are not interested in making any moves.

John Livengood
Athletic Director 
St. Paul High School

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