Northern Lakes League
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|School||Nickname||Location||Colors||Type||Enrollment||Middle school(s)||Joined League|
|Anthony Wayne||Generals||Whitehouse||Blue, White
||Public||1,299||Anthony Wayne JHS||1956|
|Bowling Green||Bobcats||Bowling Green||Red, Gray
||Public||1,093||Bowling Green JHS||1978|
||Public||1,349||Arbor Hills JHS,
|Perrysburg||Yellow Jackets||Perrysburg||Black, Old Gold
||Public||1,326||Arbor Hills JHS,
|Springfield||Blue Devils||Holland||Blue, White
|Eastwood||Eagles||Pemberville||Red, White, Columbia
||Public||1959–1972||Left for the SLL, now in the NBC|
|Elmwood||Royals||Bloomdale||Royal Blue, White
||Public||1960–1972||Left for the SLL, now in the NBC|
||Public||1956–1972||Left for the SLL, now in the NBC|
|Lake||Flyers||Millbury||Navy, White, Columbia
||Public||1960–1996||Left for the SLL, now in the NBC|
|Port Clinton||Redskins||Port Clinton||Red, White
||Public||1956–1963||Left for the GLL, now in the SBC|
||Public||1956–2011||Left for the NBC|
- The Great Northern Conference had been created in 1945 with Oregon Clay, Maumee, Perrysburg, Rossford, Sylvania and Toledo Whitmer as its charter members. Anthony Wayne would join them in 1953. League expansion was brought up in 1956 as Bowling Green, Fostoria, Swanton, Oak Harbor, Genoa, Lake, Port Clinton, Toledo Rogers and Holland were considered for membership. The GNC eventually grew and split into two divisions based on size— Orange: (Bowling Green, Clay, Fostoria, Toledo Rogers, Sylvania, and Toledo Whitmer) and Blue: (Anthony Wayne, Genoa, Maumee, Perrysburg, Port Clinton and Rossford). The names were changed in 1957, with the Orange Division becoming the Great Lakes League and the Blue Division becoming the Northern Lakes League.
|Great Northern Conference Divisions (created in 1956)|
|Orange / Great Lakes League||Blue / Northern Lakes League|
|Bowling Green||Anthony Wayne|
- The NLL begins for the 1956-57 school year with Anthony Wayne, Genoa, Maumee, Perrysburg, Port Clinton, and Rossford as its charter members.
- Eastwood joins in 1959 after being accepted in 1958.
- Elmwood and Lake both join in 1960.
- When Springfield (Holland HS until 1959) joins in 1962, the NLL will have its largest membership total at ten schools. This would only last for the 1962-63 school year.
- Port Clinton switches into the Great Lakes League (the Orange Division of the GNC) in 1963 after winning three football titles in 1957, 1960, and 1962.
- For the 1972-73 school year, Eastwood, Elmwood, and Genoa leave to help form the Suburban Lakes League (SLL), leaving 6 members for a while. Swanton and Napoleon were suggested as replacements.
- Southview joins in 1976 after Sylvania High School splits.
- Bowling Green leaves the GLL in 1978 to bring the league total to 8.
- The League membership remains consistent
- For the 1996-97 school year, Lake leaves to join the SLL, and is replaced by Northview, who leaves the former Great Lakes League. The football team remained in the GLL for the 1996 season before fully joining at season's end.
- Around 1999, Rossford first considered leaving the NLL for a league with members closer in their size. The 9-member SLL offered an opening, but Rossford initially declined.
- In 2008, Rossford sent a letter of interest to be considered as the replacement for Lakota in the SLL, who left for the MAL in 2009. The SLL could not get a 6-out-of-7 vote to accept Rossford, ensuring they would remain a member of the NLL for at least a few more years. The NLL considered adding Clay and Napoleon to make a ten-school league, but a majority vote was not reached to expand.
- In May 2009, Rossford's board of education voted unanimously to leave the Northern Lakes League and form the new Northern Buckeye Conference with Eastwood, Genoa, Lake, Otsego, and Woodmore, all schools that were withdrawing from the Suburban Lakes League. Later additions to the NBC included Elmwood and Fostoria. The new league began competition in the fall of 2011.
- In June 2009, Napoleon High School accepted the invitation to join the Northern Lakes League in 2011 as the replacement for Rossford.
- In August 2009, Maumee's school board voted 3-2 to remain members of the Northern Lakes League and to not accept the NBC's invitation to join their new league.
|1962||Maumee, Port Clinton|
|1974||Anthony Wayne, Maumee, Springfield|
|1984||Bowling Green, Perrysburg|
|1988||Anthony Wayne, Bowling Green|
|1991||Bowling Green, Springfield|
|1992||Maumee, Southview, Springfield|
|1993||Springfield, Bowling Green|
|1997||Bowling Green, Southview|
|1998||Bowling Green, Southview|
- Richard, Jim (September 19, 1946). "Rossford Plays Maumee And Perrysburg Meets Sylvania In Suburban Grid Games". Toledo Blade. Retrieved June 14, 2018.
- Sama, Dominic (October 12, 1957). "Knights Wallop Rogers; Maumee Bows to Bryan". Toledo Blade. Retrieved September 27, 2010.
- "Central, Scott Upsets Jam City League Top Spot". Toledo Blade. October 13, 1956. Retrieved September 27, 2010.
- Blade Correspondent (February 6, 1960). "Eastwood Roars To Tie For Title (explains that 1959-60 is Eastwood's first year of NLL competition)". Toledo Blade. Retrieved September 9, 2010.
- "Elmwood Quells Westwood Rally; Generals Win (shows 1960-61 NLL basketball standings with Elmwood and Lake)". Toledo Blade. December 24, 1960. Retrieved September 9, 2010.
- Little, Jim (January 26, 1963). "Rossford Trips AW, 28-8, As Jack Tisdale Runs Wild (shows Springfield in the 1962-63 NLL standings as a league member not eligible for the league title)". Toledo Blade. Retrieved September 9, 2010.
- Little, Jim (January 27, 1963). "Suburban Leagues Must Be Flexible To Survive". Toledo Blade. Retrieved September 9, 2010.
- "New Prep Conference Set". Toledo Blade. December 16, 1970. Retrieved September 9, 2010.
- Goode, Mike (December 4, 1976). "Southview Zaps AW (Southview opened in 1976; article explains this was an NLL matchup)". Toledo Blade. Retrieved September 9, 2010.
- "Lake Wins Northern Lakes League Outright". Toledo Blade. November 3, 1978. Retrieved September 27, 2010.
- "Northview to join Northern Lakes League". Toledo Blade. August 29, 1995. Retrieved September 9, 2010.
- Schooley, Duane (December 16, 1999). "SLL and TAAC mull realignment". Toledo Blade. Retrieved September 9, 2010.
- "Suburban Lakes League says no to Bulldogs' bid". Toledo Blade. June 3, 2008. Retrieved January 12, 2014.
- Junga, Steve (June 11, 2008). "NLL sticks with 8 teams; league members to reconsider expansion in September". Toledo Blade. Retrieved January 12, 2014.
- Junga, Steve (May 22, 2009). "5 from SLL join Rossford for new league". Toledo Blade. Retrieved September 9, 2010.
- Junga, Steve (May 22, 2009). "5 from SLL join Rossford for new league". Toledo Blade. Retrieved January 12, 2014.
- Silka, Zach (June 10, 2009). "Napoleon replaces Rossford in NLL". Toledo Blade. Retrieved September 9, 2010.
- Junga, Steve (July 19, 2010). "New frontier ahead for area leagues". Toledo Blade. Retrieved September 10, 2010.
- Junga, Steve (August 20, 2008). "Preview: Southview picked again in NLL". Toledo Blade. Retrieved September 12, 2010.