Southeastern Conference (MHSAA)

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The Michigan High School Athletic Association Southeastern Conference (MHSAA SEC) is a high school sports conference composed of twelve schools (all public) in three different counties in the state of Michigan. The SEC is split into two divisions, Red and White, based on enrollment. The current members of the SEC are:[1]

Red Division[edit]

School Nickname Colors Enrollment Class County Rivals
Ann Arbor Huron High School River Rats Green and Gold 1,823 A Washtenaw Ann Arbor Pioneer High School, Saline High School, Skyline High School, Ypsilanti High School
Ann Arbor Pioneer High School Pioneers Purple and White 1,893 A Washtenaw Ann Arbor-Huron High School, Saline High School, Skyline High School
Ann Arbor Skyline High School Eagles Columbia Blue and White 1,715 A Washtenaw Ann Arbor Pioneer High School, Ann Arbor Huron High School
Bedford Senior High School Kicking Mules Scarlet and Gray 1,600 A Monroe Monroe High School, Adrian High School, Tecumseh High School, Saline High School
Monroe High School Trojans Red and White 2,145 A Monroe Dearborn Fordson, Bedford Senior High School, Adrian High School,
Saline High School Hornets Navy and Gold 1,897 A Washtenaw Ann Arbor Huron High School, Ann Arbor-Pioneer High School, Chelsea High School, Bedford High School

White Division[edit]

School Nickname Colors Enrollment Class County Rivals
Adrian High School Maples Royal Blue and White 804 B Lenawee Bedford High School, Tecumseh High School, Monroe High School, Chelsea High School
Chelsea High School Bulldogs Navy and Gold 877 B Washtenaw Dexter High School, Saline High School, Tecumseh High School, Adrian High School
Dexter High School Dreadnaughts Maroon and Gold 1,171 A Washtenaw Chelsea High School, Saline High School, Tecumseh High School
Lincoln High School Railsplitters Royal Blue and Grey 1,460 A Washtenaw Saline High School, Ypsilanti High School
Tecumseh High School Indians Orange and Black 869 B Lenawee Adrian High School, Chelsea High School, Dexter High School
Ypsilanti High School Grizzlies Black and Gold 1,399 A Washtenaw Lincoln High School, Ann Arbor Huron High School

History[edit]

Locations of the members of the Southeastern Conference based on divisional setup.

The SEC was formed by three schools from the disbanding Washtenaw County League (Chelsea, Dexter, and Saline), two from the Huron League (Dundee and Ypsilanti Lincoln), and independent South Lyon. The league expanded to eight by 1969, with Novi joining from the Lakeland Conference that year, and Milan joining from the Huron in 1967. In 1973 Dundee left for the Michigan-Ohio Border Conference, and was replaced by Brighton, joining from the Wayne-Oakland League. 1979 also brought major change to the conference, as Brighton, Novi, and South Lyon left for the Kensington Valley Conference. Parma Western joined that year, having been independent since leaving the Cascades Conference in 1976. Tecumseh left the Huron League to join the Southeastern in 1980, bringing the conference to seven members. Western returned to the Cascades Conference in 1983, as their replacement, Pinckney, left the Kensington Valley Conference in 1984.

The league was stable until 2000, when Milan and Pinckney left for the Huron League and Kensington Valley Conference, respectively. Temperance Bedford joined from the Great Lakes League, and were joined by two schools that had been independent since the South Central Conference folded in 1996 (Adrian and Ann Arbor Pioneer). The conference now split into Red and White divisions: Adrian, Bedford, Pioneer, and Saline made up the Red, and the White consisted of Chelsea, Dexter, Lincoln, and Tecumseh. The Southeastern scrapped the divisional format in 2006 in anticipation of another former South Central school joining that next year, Ann Arbor Huron. The conference reintroduced divisions in 2009, the Red being formed by Bedford, Huron, Pioner, Saline, and two new members, new school Ann Arbor Skyline and Monroe, who left the Michigan Mega Conference. The White Division consisted of Adrian, Chelsea, Dexter, Lincoln, Tecumseh, and another school leaving the Michigan Mega, Ypsilanti.

Ypsilanti had changed their name from Braves to Phoenix in 2010, after phasing out Native American mascots since the 1990s. The school district consolidated with Ypsilanti Willow Run in 2013, resulting in not only another mascot change (Grizzlies), but a color change from Purple and Gold to Black and Gold.

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