Midland Athletic League

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The Midland Athletic League was an OHSAA athletic league located in northwest Ohio that was formed in 1985. Mark King was the last commissioner. The league folded following the 2013-14 school year as its members found new league homes. The last day of league operation was June 30, 2014.

Members[edit]

The member schools of the Midland Athletic League when it folded in June 2014.
School Nickname Location Colors New League for 2014-15
Bettsville Bobcats Bettsville Black, Orange
         
None, consolidated with Old Fort
Calvert Senecas Tiffin Royal Blue, White
         
Toledo Area Athletic Conference
Carey Blue Devils Carey Blue, White
         
Northern 10 Athletic Conference
Hopewell-Loudon Chieftains Bascom Scarlet, Gray
         
Blanchard Valley Conference
Lakota Raiders Kansas Navy Blue, White
         
Sandusky River League
Mohawk Warriors Sycamore Red, Black
         
Northern 10 Athletic Conference
New Riegel Blue Jackets New Riegel Navy Blue, Vegas Gold
         
Sandusky River League
North Baltimore Fighting Tigers North Baltimore Orange, Black
         
Blanchard Valley Conference
Old Fort Stockaders Old Fort Brown, Gold
         
Sandusky River League
St. Joseph (St. Joe's) Crimson Streaks Fremont Crimson, Gray
         
Sandusky River League
St. Wendelin Mohawks Fostoria Black, Gold
         
Sandusky River League
Seneca East Tigers Attica Orange, Black
         
Northern 10 Athletic Conference

Bettsville, New Riegel and Old Fort never fielded football teams for league play. St. Wendelin's football team competed in the MAL from 1986-2008, then in the Northwest Central Conference for 2009 and 2010. St. Wendelin spent 2011-2013 as a football independent, but since it remained a member of the MAL for every other sport, the MAL kept track of St. Wendelin's football record in the league standings.[1]

League history[edit]

1980s[edit]

  • The MAL was created for the 1985-86 school year's basketball season with Bettsville, Hopewell-Loudon, New Riegel, Old Fort and Seneca East coming from the crumbling Seneca County League to combine with North Baltimore and St. Wendelin from the former Lakeshore Conference. Hopewell-Loudon and Seneca East were also full members of the Lakeshore Conference. Tiffin Calvert and St. Joseph agreed to join the league, but were not able to leave the Sandusky Bay Conference until the 1985-86 school year ended.

1990s[edit]

2000s[edit]

  • Lakota left the Suburban Lakes League at the end of the 2008-09 school year to join the MAL in all sports in time for the 2009 fall sports season.
  • St. Wendelin competed in the Northwest Central Conference for football only in 2009 and 2010, but remained a member of the MAL for all other sports. They were eventually voted out of the NWCC for canceling 3 football games in 2010 and competed in the Christian Athletic League of America out of Michigan for football in 2012 and 2013.[2]
  • On September 8 of 2009, the MAL voted against adding SLL schools Elmwood and Gibsonburg after both submitted letters of interest for membership.[3]

2010s[edit]

  • On December 1, 2011, Carey, Mohawk, and Seneca East announced they would leave the MAL to help form the new Northern 10 Athletic Conference in 2014 with Bucyrus, Buckeye Central, Colonel Crawford, Crestline, Riverdale, Wynford and Ridgedale.[4]
  • On April 19, 2012, Calvert, Hopewell-Loudon, and North Baltimore also announced they would leave the MAL to join the Blanchard Valley Conference after answering a letter of interest made by the BVC in February 2012. Leaving only two football-playing schools (Lakota and St. Joseph CC) it appeared likely that the MAL would not sponsor the sport anymore.[5]
  • On May 21, 2012, Hopewell-Loudon and North Baltimore were invited to join the BVC for 2014-15, with responses expected by July 1, 2012.[6] North Baltimore accepted on June 19, 2012[7] while Hopewell-Loudon accepted a day later.[8] Hopewell-Loudon considered a proposal that would make them dual-members of both the MAL and the BVC for every sport except football.
  • In July 2012, Lakota sent a letter of inquiry to the TAAC about potential membership.[9]
  • In December 2012, North Baltimore decided to participate in both the MAL and BVC for all sports except football, which would have been BVC-only. This depended on what setup the MAL would have had in the future.[10]
  • On February 1, 2013, St. Mary Central Catholic High School in Sandusky announced they would be forming a new league called the Sandusky River League in 2014-15 with Calvert, Lakota, New Riegel, Old Fort, and St. Joe's. This league's intention was to have eight football-playing members and 2-3 non-football schools. This league would ultimately give a home to the remaining MAL football schools along with New Riegel and Old Fort for all other sports. Bettsville and St. Wendelin were not initially added to the SRL, but were extended invitations and encouraged to apply.[11]
  • On March 19, 2013, St. Wendelin was accepted to join the Sandusky River League as its seventh member for 2014.[12]
  • On April 4, 2013, it was confirmed that Bettsville would not be admitted to the SRL and would have competed as an independent following the MAL's demise.[13] In early 2014, Bettsville opted to let Old Fort absorb its district prior to the 2014-15 school year in order to save its district from financial issues.[14]
  • On May 13, 2013, Tiffin Calvert was unanimously voted in as the 11th member of the TAAC for 2014.[15] They will join the TAAC without actually competing in the SRL.
  • As the last calendar day for the 2013-14 school year, June 30, 2014 was the last day the MAL existed as a league.

Boys championships[edit]

Year Football[16] Cross Country[17] Golf[18] Basketball[19] Wrestling[20] Baseball[21] Track & Field[22] Tennis[23]
1985-86 N/A N/A N/A Old Fort St. Joseph New Riegel, Old Fort, St. Joseph Seneca East
1986-87 Calvert, St. Wendelin Bettsville Calvert New Riegel St. Joseph St. Joseph Seneca East
1987-88 St. Joseph, St. Wendelin, Seneca East St. Joseph St. Joseph New Riegel St. Joseph St. Joseph Seneca East
1988-89 St. Joseph St. Joseph Old Fort Calvert Seneca East North Baltimore, St. Joseph Seneca East
1989-90 St. Joseph Seneca East Old Fort North Baltimore St. Joseph North Baltimore Seneca East
1990-91 St. Joseph Seneca East St. Joseph Carey Carey North Baltimore Seneca East
1991-92 St. Joseph, St. Wendelin Seneca East St. Joseph St. Wendelin Carey New Riegel Seneca East
1992-93 St. Joseph, Carey, Seneca East Hopewell-Loudon St. Joseph New Riegel, St. Joseph St. Joseph Hopewell-Loudon, Mohawk Seneca East
1993-94 Carey Old Fort Bettsville Carey, Old Fort St. Joseph Mohawk St. Joseph
1994-95 Carey Seneca East St. Joseph Old Fort Carey St. Joseph Seneca East
1995-96 North Baltimore Seneca East Bettsville New Riegel, Old Fort Mohawk New Riegel, St. Joseph Seneca East
1996-97 St. Joseph Seneca East St. Joseph Old Fort Mohawk St. Wendelin St. Wendelin
1997-98 Mohawk Seneca East New Riegel New Riegel Mohawk Seneca East Seneca East
1998-99 Calvert St. Wendelin St. Joseph Calvert Mohawk St. Wendelin St. Wendelin
1999-00 Calvert St. Wendelin St. Joseph Calvert Mohawk Seneca East St. Wendelin
2000-01 Calvert, Carey St. Joseph North Baltimore Calvert, Mohawk, St. Joseph Mohawk Carey, New Riegel Seneca East
2001-02 Mohawk St. Joseph St. Joseph Old Fort Mohawk St. Joseph Seneca East
2002-03 Calvert, Mohawk Old Fort St. Joseph Calvert St. Joseph Mohawk Seneca East
2003-04 Hopewell-Loudon, Carey, Mohawk (See Notes section) Old Fort St. Joseph Calvert Mohawk Calvert, Mohawk, St. Joseph Old Fort
2004-05 Hopewell-Loudon Odlf Fort St. Joseph Calvert Mohawk St. Joseph Seneca East
2005-06 Hopewell-Loudon Old Fort St. Joseph New Riegel Mohawk Calvert, Mohawk Hopewell-Loudon
2006-07 Mohawk Old Fort St. Joseph Carey, Mohawk, Seneca East Calvert Mohawk Hopewell-Loudon
2007-08 Hopewell-Loudon Hopewell-Loudon St. Joseph Calvert Calvert Hopewell-Loudon, Mohawk, St. Joseph Mohawk
2008-09 Hopewell-Loudon Old Fort St. Joseph Carey Calvert Seneca East Seneca East
2009-10 Carey, St. Joseph Calvert Calvert New Riegel Calvert Hopewell-Loudon Seneca East
2010-11 Mohawk New Riegel St. Joseph Calvert, New Riegel Carey New Riegel Seneca East
2011-12 Hopewell-Loudon Seneca East St. Joseph New Riegel Carey Hopewell-Loudon Seneca East
2012-13 St. Joseph Seneca East St. Joseph New Riegel, Old Fort, St. Joseph Carey North Baltimore Seneca East
2013-14 Calvert, Carey Seneca East Hopewell-Loudon Old Fort Carey

Girls championships[edit]

Year Volleyball[24] Cross Country[25] Tennis[26] Basketball[27] Softball[28] Track & Field[29]
1985-86 - - NA St. Wendelin/New Riegel St. Wendelin Seneca East
1986-87 Hopewell-Loudon St. Joseph NA New Riegel/St. Joseph Calvert St. Joseph
1987-88 Hopewell-Loudon St. Joseph NA St. Joseph Calvert St. Joseph/Seneca East
1988-89 Hopewell-Loudon St. Joseph NA St. Joseph Calvert/St. Wendelin North Baltimore
1989-90 Hopewell-Loudon St. Wendelin NA New Riegel/North Baltimore Calvert Seneca East
1990-91 New Riegel St. Wendelin NA New Riegel Calvert Seneca East
1991-92 Hopewell-Loudon Seneca East NA New Riegel Calvert/Mohawk/Seneca East Seneca East
1992-93 Calvert Seneca East NA New Riegel Mohawk Seneca East
1993-94 Hopewell-Loudon St. Joseph NA New Riegel Mohawk Seneca East
1994-95 Hopewell-Loudon Seneca East NA New Riegel Mohawk/Old Fort Seneca East
1995-96 Hopewell-Loudon Seneca East NA Hopewell-Loudon Mohawk Seneca East
1996-97 Hopewell-Loudon Seneca East NA Hopewell-Loudon Old Fort Seneca East
1997-98 Hopewell-Loudon Seneca East NA Hopewell-Loudon Old Fort Seneca East
1998-99 Hopewell-Loudon Seneca East NA Hopewell-Loudon Hopewell-Loudon/Old Fort Seneca East
1999-00 Hopewell-Loudon Seneca East NA Hopewell-Loudon Old Fort St. Joseph
2000-01 Hopewell-Loudon Seneca East NA St. Joseph Old Fort Calvert
2001-02 Hopewell-Loudon Seneca East NA New Riegel Mohawk Carey
2002-03 Old Fort Hopewell-Loudon NA Calvert Mohawk Carey
2003-04 Old Fort Hopewell-Loudon NA New Riegel/St. Joseph Mohawk Carey
2004-05 Mohawk Old Fort NA New Riegel/St. Joseph Mohawk Carey
2005-06 Old Fort Seneca East NA Calvert/Hopewell-Loudon Mohawk Carey
2006-07 Old Fort Mohawk NA Hopewell-Loudon Mohawk Carey
2007-08 Hopewell-Loudon Seneca East NA St. Wendelin St. Wendelin/Carey Carey
2008-09 Hopewell-Loudon Seneca East NA Carey Mohawk Seneca East
2009-10 Hopewell-Loudon Seneca East NA New Riegel New Riegel St. Joseph
2010-11 Lakota/Hopewell-Loudon Seneca East NA Carey, Mohawk Lakota Seneca East
2011-12 New Riegel Hopewell-Loudon NA New Riegel New Riegel/Lakota St. Joseph
2012-13 Mohawk Hopewell-Loudon NA Carey St. Joseph Carey
2013-14 New Riegel Mohawk NA Carey

See also[edit]

Ohio High School Athletic Conferences

Notes[edit]

  • St. Wendelin canceled its final two football games of the 2003 season, with Carey and Mohawk, due to low numbers and injuries. Hopewell-Loudon's league record was 6-1, while both Carey and Mohawk wound up 5-1 in the MAL. Since neither Carey nor Mohawk had yet played St. Wendelin but each had just one league loss at the end of the season, league officials decided they and Hopewell-Loudon would share the MAL title.

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.midlandathleticleague.com/fall-sports/mal-football/
  2. ^ https://fostoriafocus.com/article.php?id=1232
  3. ^ Junga, Steve (September 9, 2009). "MAL denies 2 SLL schools". Toledo Blade. Retrieved September 10, 2010. 
  4. ^ Chandler, Joey (December 2, 2011). "North Central Conference to fold: Six NCC members to join new Northern 10 Athletic Conference". Mansfield News Journal. Retrieved December 2, 2011. 
  5. ^ Radick, Ted (April 18, 2012). "BVC Expansion: Four schools set to make pitch to BVC". Findlay Courier. Retrieved April 18, 2012. 
  6. ^ http://bns.findlaypublishing.com/rss/CEELOCALSPORTS
  7. ^ http://www.theseniorreports.com/ohio.htm
  8. ^ James, Jessica (June 21, 2012). "Hopewell-Loudon school board OKs BVC membership". Findlay Courier. Retrieved June 21, 2012. 
  9. ^ http://www.thecourier.com/Issues/2012/Jul/25/ar_sports_072512_story4.asp?d=072512_story4,2012,Jul,25&c=s
  10. ^ http://www.sent-trib.com/high-school-sports/nb-sports-to-play-in-two-leagues-12-20-12
  11. ^ Montgomery, John (February 2, 2013). "Four local schools to be part of new SRL". Tiffin Adviser-Tribune. Retrieved February 4, 2013. 
  12. ^ Schmidt, Dave (March 19, 2013). "Fostoria St. Wendelin Accepted By SRL". The Senior Reports. Retrieved March 19, 2013. 
  13. ^ Schmidt, Dave (April 4, 2013). "CONFIRMED: Bettsville Denied SRL Membership". The Senior Reports. Retrieved April 4, 2013. 
  14. ^ McCray, Vanessa (June 22, 2014). "Bettsville schools to merge with old rival". Toledo Blade. Retrieved June 30, 2014. 
  15. ^ Tiffin Calvert will join TAAC in 2014. Junga, Steve. Toledo Blade. May 14, 2013.
  16. ^ http://www.midlandathleticleague.com/fall-sports/mal-football/
  17. ^ http://www.midlandathleticleague.com/category/scores/cross-country-boys/
  18. ^ http://www.midlandathleticleague.com/category/scores/golf-boys/
  19. ^ http://www.midlandathleticleague.com/category/scores/basketball-boys/
  20. ^ http://www.midlandathleticleague.com/category/scores/wrestling/
  21. ^ http://www.midlandathleticleague.com/category/scores/baseball/
  22. ^ http://www.midlandathleticleague.com/category/scores/track-boys/
  23. ^ http://www.tiffinohiosports.com/mal_btennis_home.html
  24. ^ http://www.midlandathleticleague.com/fall-sports/mal-volleyball/
  25. ^ http://www.midlandathleticleague.com/fall-sports/mal-girls-cross-country/
  26. ^ http://www.tiffinohiosports.com/mal_gtennis_home.html
  27. ^ http://www.midlandathleticleague.com/winter-sports/mal-girls-basketball/
  28. ^ http://www.midlandathleticleague.com/spring-sports/mal-softball/
  29. ^ http://www.midlandathleticleague.com/spring-sports/mal-girls-track-field/

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