Northern Ohio League

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The Northern Ohio League (NOL) was an OHSAA athletic league in north central Ohio that began competition in 1944 and disbanded in 2017 after six of its seven members joined the Sandusky Bay Conference.[1][2][3]

All-time members[edit]

The all-time member schools of the NOL.
School Nickname Location Colors Tenure Left for
Bellevue Redmen Bellevue Red, White
         
1944-2017 SBC
Bucyrus Redmen Bucyrus Red, White
         
1944–2002 NCC
Columbian Tornadoes Tiffin Blue, Gold
         
1954-2017 SBC
Crestline Bulldogs Crestline Blue, White
         
1944–1954 JAC
Fostoria Redmen Fostoria Red, Black
         
2002–2011 NBC
Galion Tigers Galion Orange, Blue
         
1944–2011 NCC
Norwalk Truckers Norwalk Blue, Gold
         
1944-2017 SBC
Ontario Warriors Ontario Blue, Gold
         
2013-2017 MOAC
Sandusky Blue Streaks Sandusky Blue, White
         
2011-2017 SBC
Shelby Whippets Shelby Red, Gray
         
1944-2017 SBC
Upper Sandusky Rams Upper Sandusky Black, Orange
         
1944–2011 NCC
Willard Crimson Flashes Willard Crimson, White
         
1944-2017 SBC

League History[edit]

1940s[edit]

  • The NOL was formed in 1944 as the third-oldest high school league in Ohio. The original members were Bellevue, Bucyrus, Crestline, Galion, Norwalk, Shelby, Upper Sandusky and Willard.

1950s[edit]

  • In 1954, Crestline left and was replaced by Tiffin Columbian.[4]

2000s[edit]

  • In what was accepted as a move based on competing with schools closer to their size,[5] Bucyrus left after the 2001-02 school year for the North Central Conference and was replaced by Fostoria during winter of the 2002-03 school year.[6] Fostoria had considered joining the NOL back in 1961.[7]
  • In February and March 2009, Upper Sandusky[8] and Galion[9] were accepted as the ninth and tenth members of the North Central Conference, beginning in fall 2011. Both schools had cited long travel for NOL games as partial factors.[10] Meanwhile, Fostoria applied for membership in the Suburban Lakes League, but was initially turned down.
  • In June 2009, the member schools of the NOL voted to accept Sandusky into the league, with competition beginning in 2011.[11]
  • On August 17, 2009, Fostoria voted to join the newly formed Northern Buckeye Conference in 2011 with Rossford, coming from the Northern Lakes League and Eastwood, Elmwood, Genoa, Lake, Otsego and Woodmore, all schools that are coming from the Suburban Lakes League.[12]
  • Clear Fork (Ohio Cardinal Conference) and Vermilion (West Shore Conference) are brought up as potential candidates to bring the league's membership back to 8 schools.[13]

2010s[edit]

  • After a proposal to merge with the Sandusky Bay Conference was turned down by SBC principals, the NOL sought out additional members for their league.
  • Vermilion was initially admitted as a future member in 2011, to join in all sports but football for 2012-13, and for football in 2013-14.[14] However, at a board meeting on June 11, 2012, they decided to recommit to the West Shore Conference and not leave for the NOL in 2012.[15]
  • Ontario was admitted as a member of the NOL for the 2013-14 school year.[16]This happened a year before the North Central Conference folded in 2014. Galion was also invited to re-join the league, but they ultimately decided to join the MOAC after citing concern over potential league trips to Vermilion, even though travel distances are greater to some MOAC schools.
  • According to the Willard Times-Junction, letters were sent to schools to consider NOL membership: former NOL members Upper Sandusky and Galion; Clyde, Edison, and Huron of the Sandusky Bay Conference; Clear Fork of the Ohio Cardinal Conference; and Western Reserve of the Firelands Conference.[17]
  • Because of their shrinking enrollment, it had been rumored that Willard considered options outside of the NOL, including the newly formed Northern 10 Athletic Conference.
  • On March 8, 2016, Ontario announced that they would leave the NOL for the Mid-Ohio Athletic Conference in the 2017-18 school year. Eight days later, it was announced by Clyde High School principal William J. Webb that the remaining six NOL schools would merge with the Sandusky Bay Conference for the 2017-18 school year, ending the NOL after 73 years of competition.[18]

Championships[edit]

Boys Championships[edit]

All league champions have been updated besides champions from Crestline, Fostoria and Galion.

Year Football Cross Country Golf Soccer Basketball Bowling Swimming Wrestling Baseball Track & Field Tennis
1944-45 Bellevue, Galion Bellevue Started 2014-15 Started 2008-09
1945-46 Upper Sandusky Norwalk Started 2008-09 Shelby Upper Sandusky
1946-47 Shelby Bellevue, Upper Sandusky Started 2008-09 Galion Upper Sandusky
1947-48 Upper Sandusky Bellevue Started 2008-09 Willard Upper Sandusky
1948-49 Bucyrus Bucyrus Started 2008-09 Galion
1949-50 Shelby Shelby, Willard Started 2008-09 Upper Sandusky
1950-51 Shelby Bucyrus, Galion Started 2008-09 Galion Upper Sandusky
1951-52 Bellevue Norwalk Bellevue Started 2008-09 Willard Shelby
1952-53 Shelby, Upper Sandusky Norwalk, Shelby Bellevue, Bucyrus, Shelby Started 2008-09 Bucyrus Bellevue
1953-54 Shelby Shelby Bellevue Started 2008-09 Galion Bellevue
1954-55 Shelby Shelby Shelby Started 2008-09 Shelby Shelby
1955-56 Upper Sandusky Shelby Shelby Started 2008-09 Shelby Shelby
1956-57 Shelby Shelby Started 2008-09 Galion Shelby
1957-58 Galion Galion Started 2008-09 Bucyrus
1958-59 Galion Upper Sandusky, Willard Started 2008-09 Bucyrus
1959-60 Shelby Norwalk Started 2008-09 Bucyrus
1960-61 Shelby Willard Started 2008-09 Bucyrus
1961-62 Bellevue Norwalk Started 2008-09 Willard Columbian
1962-63 Bellevue Columbian Started 2008-09 Galion Columbian
1963-64 Bellevue, Bucyrus, Willard Upper Sandusky Started 2008-09 Galion Columbian Bellevue
1964-65 Bellevue Bucyrus Started 2008-09 Galion Shelby Bellevue
1965-66 Shelby Shelby Columbian Started 2008-09 Galion Columbian Shelby
1966-67 Bellevue Columbian Started 2008-09 Galion Columbian Bellevue, Shelby
1967-68 Shelby Bucyrus, Willard Started 2008-09 Galion, Shelby Shelby Shelby
1968-69 Shelby Norwalk Bellevue Started 2008-09 Galion, Shelby Shelby Bellevue
1969-70 Shelby Columbian Bellevue, Columbian Started 2008-09 Columbian, Willard Columbian Bucyrus
1970-71 Bucyrus Columbian Upper Sandusky Columbian Started 2008-09 Norwalk Columbian Upper Sandusky Bucyrus
1971-72 Columbian, Shelby Columbian Columbian Galion Started 2008-09 Norwalk Galion Shelby Bucyrus
1972-73 Bellevue Willard Started 2008-09 Norwalk Galion Bellevue
1973-74 Bellevue Norwalk Galion, Willard Started 2008-09 Bellevue Columbian Shelby
1974-75 Columbian, Norwalk, Shelby Bucyrus Shelby Galion Started 2008-09 Norwalk Norwalk Shelby Shelby
1975-76 Bellevue Shelby Willard Started 2008-09 Bellevue Norwalk, Shelby Shelby
1976-77 Norwalk Columbian Shelby Willard Started 2008-09 Norwalk Galion Shelby Norwalk
1977-78 Shelby Columbian Shelby Columbian Started 2008-09 Galion Upper Sandusky
1978-79 Galion Columbian Shelby Willard Started 2008-09 Norwalk Bellevue Columbian Columbian
1979-80 Willard Shelby Shelby Willard Started 2008-09 Norwalk Columbian Willard
1980-81 Shelby Shelby Shelby Willard Started 2008-09 Columbian Norwalk, Shelby Galion Willard
1981-82 Bellevue Bellevue Shelby Willard Started 2008-09 Norwalk Shelby Galion Willard
1982-83 Bellevue Bellevue Shelby Bellevue Started 2008-09 Columbian Shelby Galion Columbian
1983-84 Columbian Bellevue Willard Started 2008-09 Shelby Columbian Columbian
1984-85 Shelby Bellevue, Shelby Bellevue Bellevue Started 2008-09 Shelby Shelby Norwalk
1985-86 Galion Bellevue Willard Started 2008-09 Shelby Shelby Norwalk
1986-87 Columbian, Galion Shelby Upper Sandusky Willard Started 2008-09 Columbian, Shelby Shelby Norwalk
1987-88 Columbian Columbian Upper Sandusky Willard Started 2008-09 Bellevue Columbian Columbian Norwalk
1988-89 Columbian Shelby Upper Sandusky Willard Started 2008-09 Bellevue Bellevue Columbian Norwalk
1989-90 Columbian, Galion Columbian, Shelby Upper Sandusky Bellevue Started 2008-09 Bellevue Bucyrus Willard Norwalk
1990-91 Willard Columbian Willard Started 2008-09 Norwalk Bucyrus, Galion Columbian Norwalk
1991-92 Bellevue, Bucyrus, Willard Columbian Bellevue Shelby, Willard Started 2008-09 Bellevue Bucyrus Columbian Shelby
1992-93 Bellevue Columbian Bellevue Bellevue, Willard Started 2008-09 Bellevue Bucyrus Columbian Shelby
1993-94 Bellevue Columbian Bellevue, Shelby Bellevue Started 2008-09 Bellevue, Norwalk Shelby, Upper Sandusky Willard Norwalk
1994-95 Bellevue Columbian Shelby Bellevue Started 2008-09 Bellevue Bellevue, Columbian Willard Norwalk
1995-96 Columbian Columbian Upper Sandusky Bellevue, Columbian Started 2008-09 Bellevue Columbian Upper Sandusky
1996-97 Bellevue, Columbian Willard Bellevue Started 2008-09 Bellevue Bucyrus, Galion Shelby Norwalk
1997-98 Bellevue, Galion Columbian Upper Sandusky Bellevue, Shelby Started 2008-09 Bellevue Bellevue Shelby Norwalk
1998-99 Shelby Columbian Shelby Shelby Started 2008-09 Bellevue Shelby Columbian Norwalk
1999-00 Bellevue, Willard Columbian Shelby Willard Started 2008-09 Bellevue Galion Columbian Norwalk
2000-01 Bellevue, Columbian, Shelby Columbian Shelby Willard Started 2008-09 Bellevue Norwalk Shelby Norwalk
2001-02 Bellevue, Columbian Columbian Willard Started 2008-09 Bellevue Bellevue, Columbian Shelby Norwalk
2002-03 Columbian Columbian Shelby Willard Started 2008-09 Bellevue Columbian Shelby Norwalk
2003-04 Bellevue, Columbian, Upper Sandusky Columbian Norwalk Fostoria Started 2008-09 Bellevue, Willard Galion Shelby Norwalk, Willard
2004-05 Bellevue Columbian Upper Sandusky Upper Sandusky Started 2008-09 Willard Bellevue Bellevue Norwalk
2005-06 Columbian Norwalk, Willard Willard Started 2008-09 Bellevue Norwalk, Shelby Galion Columbian, Norwalk
2006-07 Columbian Columbian Upper Sandusky Started 2008-09 Shelby Shelby Norwalk
2007-08 Columbian, Fostoria Willard Fostoria Started 2008-09 Bellevue Fostoria Shelby Bellevue
2008-09 Columbian, Fostoria Willard Columbian, Upper Sandusky Columbian Bellevue Fostoria Columbian Willard
2009-10 Galion Shelby Columbian, Shelby Columbian Bellevue, Columbian, Shelby Galion Norwalk Bellevue, Columbian, Norwalk Shelby Norwalk
2010-11 Columbian Columbian Upper Sandusky Norwalk, Shelby Galion Norwalk Norwalk Shelby Norwalk
2011-12 Sandusky Norwalk Willard Norwalk Sandusky Norwalk Columbian, Bellevue, Norwalk Bellevue Norwalk
2012-13 Columbian Norwalk Willard Norwalk Sandusky Sandusky Norwalk Norwalk Norwalk
2013-14 Columbian Columbian Bellevue Columbian Norwalk, Ontario Ontario Sandusky Ontario Norwalk Shelby
2014-15 Norwalk Willard Bellevue Norwalk Ontario Willard Ontario Bellevue, Sandusky Bellevue Sandusky Shelby
2015-16 Bellevue Norwalk Norwalk Ontario Ontario, Sandusky Columbian Shelby Bellevue Shelby Shelby Norwalk
2016-17 Sandusky Norwalk Norwalk Ontario Sandusky Sandusky Sandusky Sandusky Shelby Bellevue Norwalk
Year Football Cross Country Golf Soccer Basketball Bowling Swimming Wrestling Baseball Track & Field Tennis

Girls Championships[edit]

All league champions have been updated besides champions from Fostoria and Galion.

Year Volleyball Cross Country Golf Soccer Tennis Basketball Bowling Swimming Softball Track & Field
1974-75 Bellevue Started 2013-14 Started 2015-16 Shelby, Upper Sandusky Started 2014-15 Started 1999-00 Started 1977-78 Upper Sandusky
1975-76 Bellevue Started 2013-14 Started 2015-16 Shelby Bellevue Started 2014-15 Started 1999-00 Started 1977-78
1976-77 Willard Started 2013-14 Started 2015-16 Bellevue Shelby Started 2014-15 Started 1999-00 Started 1977-78
1977-78 Bellevue Started 2013-14 Started 2015-16 Bellevue Upper Sandusky Started 2014-15 Started 1999-00 Shelby Willard
1978-79 Columbian Started 2013-14 Started 2015-16 Columbian Columbian Started 2014-15 Started 1999-00 Shelby
1979-80 Columbian Started 2013-14 Started 2015-16 Shelby Columbian Started 2014-15 Started 1999-00 Shelby Bellevue
1980-81 Upper Sandusky Bellevue Started 2013-14 Started 2015-16 Shelby Upper Sandusky Started 2014-15 Started 1999-00 Galion Bellevue
1981-82 Norwalk Started 2013-14 Started 2015-16 Upper Sandusky Started 2014-15 Started 1999-00 Galion Bellevue
1982-83 Bellevue, Norwalk, Willard Columbian Started 2013-14 Started 2015-16 Bellevue Shelby Started 2014-15 Started 1999-00 Shelby Columbian
1983-84 Bellevue, Norwalk Columbian Started 2013-14 Started 2015-16 Bellevue Bellevue Started 2014-15 Started 1999-00 Shelby
1984-85 Bellevue Columbian, Norwalk Started 2013-14 Started 2015-16 Bucyrus Upper Sandusky Started 2014-15 Started 1999-00 Galion Willard
1985-86 Columbian Bellevue Started 2013-14 Started 2015-16 Columbian Shelby Started 2014-15 Started 1999-00 Willard Bellevue
1986-87 Norwalk Bellevue Started 2013-14 Started 2015-16 Columbian Galion Started 2014-15 Started 1999-00 Bellevue Bellevue
1987-88 Shelby Bellevue Started 2013-14 Started 2015-16 Columbian Shelby Started 2014-15 Started 1999-00 Bellevue, Bucyrus Bellevue
1988-89 Bellevue, Shelby Columbian Started 2013-14 Started 2015-16 Columbian Shelby, Upper Sandusky Started 2014-15 Started 1999-00 Bellevue, Bucyrus Columbian
1989-90 Bellevue Columbian Started 2013-14 Started 2015-16 Bucyrus, Columbian Willard Started 2014-15 Started 1999-00 Bucyrus, Shelby Columbian
1990-91 Columbian, Shelby Columbian Started 2013-14 Started 2015-16 Bucyrus Willard Started 2014-15 Started 1999-00 Bucyrus Columbian
1991-92 Columbian Started 2013-14 Started 2015-16 Shelby Shelby Started 2014-15 Started 1999-00 Shelby Columbian
1992-93 Norwalk Columbian Started 2013-14 Started 2015-16 Columbian Willard Started 2014-15 Started 1999-00 Shelby Columbian
1993-94 Norwalk Columbian Started 2013-14 Started 2015-16 Shelby Willard Started 2014-15 Started 1999-00 Bucyrus Shelby
1994-95 Bellevue, Norwalk, Shelby Columbian Started 2013-14 Started 2015-16 Bucyrus Columbian Started 2014-15 Started 1999-00 Bellevue, Bucyrus Willard
1995-96 Norwalk Columbian Started 2013-14 Started 2015-16 Bucyrus, Columbian Upper Sandusky Started 2014-15 Started 1999-00 Willard Shelby
1996-97 Norwalk Bellevue Started 2013-14 Started 2015-16 Bellevue Shelby Started 2014-15 Started 1999-00 Willard Bellevue
1997-98 Bucyrus Started 2013-14 Started 2015-16 Norwalk Shelby Started 2014-15 Started 1999-00 Columbian, Willard Upper Sandusky
1998-99 Columbian Started 2013-14 Started 2015-16 Upper Sandusky Shelby Started 2014-15 Started 1999-00 Shelby Upper Sandusky
1999-00 Columbian Bellevue Started 2013-14 Started 2015-16 Columbian Columbian, Upper Sandusky, Willard Started 2014-15 Galion Bellevue Upper Sandusky
2000-01 Columbian Started 2013-14 Started 2015-16 Upper Sandusky Willard Started 2014-15 Galion Columbian Upper Sandusky
2001-02 Willard Started 2013-14 Started 2015-16 Columbian Willard Started 2014-15 Galion Willard Columbian, Shelby
2002-03 Norwalk Columbian Started 2013-14 Started 2015-16 Bellevue Started 2014-15 Galion Bellevue Shelby
2003-04 Bellevue Shelby Started 2013-14 Started 2015-16 Upper Sandusky Upper Sandusky Started 2014-15 Galion Bellevue, Shelby Shelby
2004-05 Bellevue, Norwalk Columbian Started 2013-14 Started 2015-16 Upper Sandusky Started 2014-15 Bellevue Shelby
2005-06 Bellevue Upper Sandusky Started 2013-14 Started 2015-16 Shelby Started 2014-15 Galion Bellevue Bellevue
2006-07 Columbian Bellevue Started 2013-14 Started 2015-16 Shelby Shelby Started 2014-15 Galion Bellevue Shelby
2007-08 Norwalk Started 2013-14 Started 2015-16 Shelby Shelby Started 2014-15 Shelby Bellevue Shelby
2008-09 Columbian Columbian Started 2013-14 Started 2015-16 Shelby Columbian Started 2014-15 Shelby Bellevue Columbian
2009-10 Columbian Shelby Started 2013-14 Started 2015-16 Norwalk Columbian Started 2014-15 Shelby Willard Shelby
2010-11 Norwalk Shelby Started 2013-14 Started 2015-16 Willard Bellevue Started 2014-15 Shelby Shelby Columbian
2011-12 Norwalk Bellevue Started 2013-14 Started 2015-16 Willard Bellevue, Shelby Started 2014-15 Sandusky Bellevue Columbian
2012-13 Norwalk Bellevue Started 2013-14 Started 2015-16 Columbian Bellevue, Shelby Started 2014-15 Sandusky Bellevue Bellevue
2013-14 Norwalk Bellevue Shelby Started 2015-16 Norwalk Bellevue Started 2014-15 Sandusky Bellevue Bellevue
2014-15 Norwalk Bellevue Started 2015-16 Norwalk Bellevue Norwalk, Willard Sandusky Bellevue Bellevue
2015-16 Norwalk Bellevue Bellevue Ontario Norwalk Bellevue, Willard Willard Sandusky Bellevue Ontario
2016-17 Norwalk Bellevue Shelby Ontario Norwalk Bellevue, Shelby Willard Sandusky Bellevue Ontario
Year Volleyball Cross Country Golf Soccer Tennis Basketball Bowling Swimming Softball Track & Field

See also[edit]

External links[edit]

  1. ^ Centers, Joe (March 12, 2016). "Fisk: There is interest in forming a new league". Norwalk Reflector. Retrieved March 13, 2016. 
  2. ^ Day, Courtney (March 9, 2016). "Ontario joining MOAC as NOL disbands". Mansfield News Journal. Retrieved March 9, 2016. 
  3. ^ Centers, Joe (March 16, 2016). "NOL to merge with Sandusky Bay Conference". Norwalk Reflector. Retrieved March 16, 2016. 
  4. ^ http://www.crawfordcountybasketball.com/northernohioleague.html Northern Ohio League Index, CrawfordCountyBasketball.com
  5. ^ Hazelwood, Mark (Uploaded August 25, 2010). "Major shakeup in Northern Ohio League members?". Fandy.com. Retrieved October 18, 2014.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  6. ^ Associated Press (January 29, 2003). "Bucyrus changes own losing legacy". Bryan Times. Retrieved October 1, 2014. 
  7. ^ "Fostoria may quit Great Lakes". Toledo Blade. November 15, 1961. Retrieved October 2, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Upper Sandusky approved by the NCC". WMFD-TV. February 6, 2009. Retrieved October 18, 2014. 
  9. ^ Hazelwood, Mark (March 2009). "Galion officially leaves Northern Ohio League". Sandusky Register. Retrieved October 18, 2014. 
  10. ^ Norwalk Reflector Staff (February 2009). "Upper, Galion consider leaving NOL". Norwalk Reflector. Retrieved October 18, 2014. 
  11. ^ Sandusky Register Staff (Uploaded May 24, 2010). "JUST IN: Sandusky accepted into Northern Ohio League". Sandusky Register. Retrieved October 18, 2014.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  12. ^ "Fostoria votes to join NBC". Toledo Blade. August 18, 2009. Retrieved January 12, 2014. 
  13. ^ http://www.reviewtimes.com/Issues/2009/Jul/24/ar_sports_072409_story1.asp?d=072409_story1,2009,Jul,24&c=s
  14. ^ Fandy.com Staff (November 1, 2011). "NOL accepts Vermilion as seventh team". [Fandy.com]. Retrieved October 18, 2014. 
  15. ^ http://www.theseniorreports.com/ohio.htm
  16. ^ Norwalk Reflector Staff (March 14, 2012). "School board gives OK to become Northern Ohio League's eighth team". Norwalk Reflector. Retrieved October 18, 2014. 
  17. ^ Schmidt, Dave (February 22, 2013). "Willard: Northern Ohio League or Sandusky Bay Conference?". The Senior Reports. Retrieved February 22, 2013.  External link in |publisher= (help)
  18. ^ Centers, Joe (March 16, 2016). "NOL to merge with Sandusky Bay Conference". Norwalk Reflector. Retrieved March 16, 2016.