Northern Buckeye Conference

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For the OHSAA league in Northeast Ohio also initialized as the "NBC", see Northeastern Buckeye Conference.

The Northern Buckeye Conference (NBC) is an OHSAA high school athletic conference that began athletic competition in 2011 with 8 high schools from Northwest Ohio's Ottawa and Wood counties as members.

Members[edit]

The member schools of the Northern Buckeye Conference.
School Nickname Location District Colors Type Middle school(s) Joined League
Eastwood Eagles Pemberville 5:16 Red, White, Columbia Blue
              
Public Eastwood MS 2011
Elmwood Royals Bloomdale 6:20 Royal Blue, White
         
Public Elmwood MS 2011
Fostoria Redmen Fostoria 4:12 Red, Black
         
Public Fostoria JHS 2011
Genoa Comets Genoa 4:12 Maroon, Gray
         
Public John C. Roberts MS 2011
Lake Flyers Millbury 4:12 Navy Blue, White, Columbia Blue
              
Public Lake MS 2011
Otsego Knights Tontogany 4:12 Black, Orange, White
              
Public Otsego JHS 2011
Rossford Bulldogs Rossford 4:12 Maroon, Gray
         
Public Rossford JHS 2011
Woodmore Wildcats Elmore 6:20 Purple, Gold
         
Public Woodmore JHS 2011

History[edit]

The NBC officially formed on July 1, 2011 and began its inaugural season in the fall of 2011.[1] The idea for the league was born in the spring of 2009 when the Suburban Lakes League was unable to gather enough votes amongst member schools to make former Northern Lakes League member Rossford its eighth member as a replacement for Lakota.[2] The SLL principals created a plan for a 12-team, 2-division league upon the request of Eastwood's superintendent, and voted 6-0-1 to begin contacting schools to invite them into this league.[3] Shortly after, the idea for expansion was dropped when the seven members could not agree on which schools to approve extending membership to. Speculation on proposed members was pointed at Rossford, Fostoria, Maumee, Northwood, Ottawa Hills, Cardinal Stritch, and Danbury.

Ultimately, the five SLL schools that "voted" for Rossford's inclusion held a superintendent's meeting without Gibsonburg and Elmwood to discuss creating a new league. In this meeting, Eastwood, Genoa, Lake, Otsego and Woodmore decide to withdraw from the Suburban Lakes League in order to create a new league with Rossford called the Northern Buckeye Conference.[4] Former NLL commissioner and Northview High School athletic director Larry Jones was named league commissioner, which became effective on August 1, 2009. Plans to add two more schools to the league became a priority shortly after. Elmwood, Fostoria, and Maumee confirmed receiving verbal invitations to apply for NBC membership, and on August 5, 2009, Commissioner Jones announced that only Elmwood and Fostoria had formally applied prior to the July 31 deadline.[5] Maumee's school board voted on August 3, 2009 to remain in the NLL.[6] The NBC voted to invite both Elmwood and Fostoria on August 12, to which Fostoria quickly accepted on August 17[7] and Elmwood on September 9, after they were denied admission into the Midland Athletic League.[8]

Since the league has Northern Lakes League commissioner Larry Morrison as a consultant, and five of the schools had prior membership with the NLL, the NBC set up their league bylaws and constitution similar to the NLL's. This also includes a "majority rules" clause for votes, which is different from the SLL's that called for a 75% vote.

Commissioner Jones stepped down at the end of May 2013 and handed the reigns over to Dave Bringman.[9]

League championships[edit]

Boys championships[10][edit]

School Year Football Soccer Cross Country Golf Basketball Wrestling Baseball Track & Field
2011-12 Eastwood Woodmore Elmwood Woodmore Eastwood, Lake Elmwood Lake Eastwood
2012-13 Genoa Woodmore Otsego Woodmore Otsego Genoa Otsego Eastwood
2013-14 Genoa Rossford Otsego Lake Lake Genoa Lake Eastwood
2014-15 Eastwood Rossford Otsego Rossford
2015-16
2016-17
2017-18
2018-19
2019-20
2020-21

Girls championships[11][edit]

School Year Volleyball Soccer Cross Country Golf Basketball Softball Track & Field
2011-12 Eastwood Lake Eastwood Elmwood Lake Eastwood Eastwood
2012-13 Eastwood Lake Eastwood Otsego Elmwood Elmwood Eastwood
2013-14 Otsego Woodmore Eastwood Elmwood Elmwood Eastwood Eastwood
2014-15 Otsego Lake Eastwood Otsego
2015-16
2016-17
2017-18
2018-19
2019-20
2020-21

Individual State Champions[edit]

  • Cole Gorski, Otsego, Pole Vault, 2014[12]
  • Jay Nino, Genoa, Wrestling (220 lb.), 2014[13]

See also[edit]

Ohio High School Athletic Conferences

References[edit]

  1. ^ Held, Chayse (June 9, 2009). "Five SLL schools, Rossford plan new league". Bowling Green Sentinel-Tribune. Retrieved May 15, 2011. 
  2. ^ "Suburban Lakes League says no to Bulldogs' bid". Toledo Blade. June 3, 2008. Retrieved January 12, 2014. 
  3. ^ Junga, Steve (March 25, 2009). "SLL plans 12-team, 2-division alignment". Toledo Blade. Retrieved January 12, 2014. 
  4. ^ Junga, Steve (May 22, 2009). "5 from SLL join Rossford for new league". Toledo Blade. Retrieved September 9, 2010. 
  5. ^ Junga, Steve (May 22, 2009). "5 from SLL join Rossford for new league". Toledo Blade. Retrieved January 12, 2014. 
  6. ^ Junga, Steve (July 19, 2010). "New frontier ahead for area leagues". Toledo Blade. Retrieved September 10, 2010. 
  7. ^ "Fostoria votes to join NBC". Toledo Blade. August 18, 2009. Retrieved January 12, 2014. 
  8. ^ Held, Chayse (September 9, 2009). "Elmwood to join Northern Buckeye Conference". Bowling Green Sentinel-Tribune. Retrieved May 15, 2011. 
  9. ^ http://www.toledoblade.com/HighSchool/2013/05/16/Jones-retiring-Bringman-named-NBC-commissioner.html
  10. ^ http://northernbuckeyeconference.net/sports/sports.html
  11. ^ http://northernbuckeyeconference.net/sports/sports.html
  12. ^ Junga, Steve (June 7, 2014). "Otsego’s Cole Gorski vaults to win". Toledo Blade. 
  13. ^ Emmons, Donald (March 6, 2014). "Genoa's Nino collects Ohio title and record". Toledo Blade. 

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