OHSAA Northeast Region athletic conferences

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This is a list of high school athletic conferences in the Northeast Region of Ohio, as defined by the OHSAA.[1] Because the names of localities and their corresponding high schools do not always match and because there is often a possibility of ambiguity with respect to either the name of a locality or the name of a high school, the following table gives both in every case, with the locality name first, in plain type, and the high school name second in boldface type. The school's team nickname is given last.

Akron City Series[edit]

Former members

  • Akron Central Wildcats (1915-1970, consolidated into Central-Hower)
  • Akron Central-Hower Eagles (1970-2006, closed)
  • Akron Garfield Rams (1926-2017, consolidated into Kenmore-Garfield)
  • Akron Hower Buccaneers (1927-1970, consolidated into Central-Hower)
  • Akron Kenmore Cardinals (1929-2017, consolidated into Kenmore-Garfield)
  • Akron South Cavaliers or Big Blue (1915-1980, closed)
  • Akron West Cowboys (1915-1953, closed)

All-American Conference[edit]

Red Division

White Division

Blue Division

Former members

Chagrin Valley Conference[edit]

Chagrin Division

Valley Division

  1. Played 1996-98 in Western Reserve.

Future members

Former members

  • Aurora Greenmen (1964-1983, to East Suburban, 1996-2015, to Suburban)
  • Chardon Hilltoppers (1964-1980, to East Suburban, 1983-1996, to Premier Athletic Conference 1998)
  • Chagrin Falls Kenston Bombers (1964-1996, to Western Reserve, 2005-2015, to Western Reserve)
  • Solon Comets (1964-1996, to Western Reserve)
  • Twinsburg Tigers (1964-1996, to Western Reserve)
  • Newbury Black Knights (1998-2014, to Northeastern Athletic Conference)

Football divisions[edit]

Chagrin Valley Conference Divisions (1998-present, unless noted)
 Chagrin Division   Metro Division   Valley Division 
Aurora (1998-2015) Beachwood (2009-2015) Beachwood (2019-)
Beachwood (2005-2009, 2015-2019) Brooklyn (2019-) Berkshire
Chagrin Falls Cuyahoga Heights (2005-2015, 2019-) Cardinal
Edgewood (2019-) Fairport Harding (2005-2009, 2019-) Cuyahoga Heights (2015-2019)
Geneva (2015-) Hawken (2005-2015) Fairport Harding (2009-2019)
Harvey (2009-) Independence (2005-2015, 2019-) Grand Valley (1998-2009, 2019-)
Hawken (2018-2019) Lutheran West (2019-) Hawken (1998-2005, 2015-2018, 2019-)
Kenston (2005-2015) Richmond Heights (2005-2015, 2019-) Independence (2015-2019)
Lakeside (2019-) Trinity (2019-) Kirtland
Orange Newbury (1998-2014)
Perry Richmond Heights (2015-2019)
West Geauga Wickliffe (2018-)
Wickliffe (1998-2018)

Cleveland Senate Athletic League[edit]

Former members:

  • Cleveland Aviation Thunderbirds (1965–95)
  • Cleveland Benedictine Bengals (1936–72)
  • Cleveland Cathedral Latin Lions (1936–67))
  • Cleveland Central Trojans (1904–52)
  • Cleveland East Blue Bombers (1904-2010)
  • Parma Heights Holy Name Green Wave (1936–67)
  • Cleveland Lincoln Wolverines (1936–70)
  • Cleveland St. Ignatius Wildcats (1936–67)
  • Cleveland South Flyers (1904-2010)
  • Cleveland West Cowboys (1904–61)
  • Cleveland West Technical Warriors (1904–95)
  • Cleveland Whitney M. Young Warriors (2004-2018)

Eastern Buckeye Conference[edit]

Eastern Ohio Athletic Conference[edit]

The Eastern Ohio Athletic Conference league was formed after the Inter-Tri County League split into two separate conferences for the 2017-18 school year.

Federal League[edit]

  • Canton McKinley Bulldogs1 (2003–)
  • Canton GlenOak Golden Eagles (1975–)
  • Green Bulldogs (2015-)
  • Massillon Jackson Polar Bears (1964–)
  • Uniontown Lake Blue Streaks (1987–)
  • North Canton Hoover Vikings (1968–)
  • Perry Panthers (1964–)
  1. Joined for all sports, besides football, in Fall 2003. Joined conference for football in Fall 2004.

Former members

  • Canton South Wildcats (1964–1990, to Northeastern Buckeye)
  • Navarre Fairless Falcons (1964–1976, to All-Ohio)
  • Canton Glenwood Eagles (1964–1975, consolidated into GlenOak)
  • Marlboro Marlington Dukes (1964–1985, to Senate)
  • Magnolia Sandy Valley Cardinals (1964–1968, to Senate)
  • Louisville Leopards (1968–1990, to Northeastern Buckeye)
  • Canton Oakwood Golden Raiders (1968–1975, consolidated into GlenOak)
  • Alliance Aviators (1983–2003, to Metro Athletic)
  • New Philadelphia Quakers (1987–1997, to East Central Ohio)
  • Canton Timken Trojans (1987–1995)
  • Wooster Generals (1987–2003, to Ohio Cardinal)
  • Austintown-Fitch Falcons1 (2003–2011, to All-American)
  • Boardman Spartans1 (2003–2012, football only through 2014 season)
  1. Joined for all sports, besides football, in Fall 2003. Joined conference for football in Fall 2004.

Great Lakes Conference[edit]

Great Lakes League (ice hockey)[edit]

Ice hockey only league. see [1]

Greater Cleveland Conference[edit]

This conference has two incarnations. The first version lasted until 1998, and the second was begun by remaining members of the Northeast Ohio Conference in 2015.

Second version[edit]

First version (1950-98)[edit]

  • Bedford Bearcats (1950-1998, to Lake Erie)
  • Berea Braves (1950-1975, to Lake Erie)
  • Euclid Panthers (1950-1998, to Lake Erie)
  • Garfield Heights Bulldogs (1950-1968, to Lake Erie)
  • Maple Heights Mustangs (1950-1998, to Lake Erie)
  • Middleburg Heights Midpark Meteors (1950-1975, to Lake Erie)
  • Willoughby Union Rangers (1950-58, split into Eastlake North and Willoughby South)
  • Eastlake North Rangers (1958-1998, to Premier)
  • Mentor Cardinals (1967-1993, to Lake Erie)
  • Mayfield Wildcats (1968-1998, to Western Reserve)
  • Willoughby South Rebels (1968-1998, to Premier)
  • Lyndhurst Brush Arcs (1975-1998, to Western Reserve)
  • Macedonia Nordonia Knights (1994-1997, to Western Reserve)

Independents[edit]

Lake Effect Conference[edit]

This conference does not include football. Only Cleveland St. Martin De Porres, Cleveland Horizon Science Academy, and North Ridgeville Lake Ridge Academy are current members of the OHSAA.

Lake Erie League[edit]

Former members

  • Elyria Pioneers (1923–54, to Buckeye Conference. 1997-2003, to Pioneer)
  • Lakewood Rangers (1923-2007, to Northeast Ohio)
  • Lorain Steelmen (1923–54, to Buckeye Conference)
  • Rocky River Pirates (1923–37, to Southwestern)
  • Shaker Heights Red Raiders (1923-2012, to Northeast Ohio)
  • Parma Redmen (1951-2003, to Pioneer)
  • Lyndhurst Brush Arcs (1962–75, to Greater Cleveland)
  • Parma Heights Valley Forge Patriots (1962-2003, to Pioneer)
  • Garfield Heights Bulldogs (1968-2007, to Northeast Ohio [Football 1968-86, 1993-2007])
  • Parma Normandy Invaders (1968-2003, to Pioneer)
  • Berea Braves (1975–79, to Pioneer)
  • Middleburg Heights Midpark Meteors (1975–79, to Pioneer)
  • Mentor Cardinals[3] (1993-2011, to Northeast Ohio)
  • Euclid Panthers (1998-2015, to Greater Cleveland)
  • Lorain Admiral King Admirals (2002–10, consolidated into Lorain)
  • Lorain Southview Saints (2002–10, consolidated into Lorain)
  • Warren Warren G. Harding Raiders (2010-2013, to All-American, football through 2014 season)
Lake Erie League Divisions (1993-2011, unless noted)
 Lake Division   Erie Division 
Admiral King (2002-06) Admiral King (2006-10)
Cleveland Heights Bedford (1998-2011)
Elyria (1997-2003) Garfield Heights (1993-2007)
Euclid (1998-2011) Lorain (2010-11)
Lakewood (1993-2007) Maple Heights (1998-2006, 2010-11)
Maple Heights (2006-10) Normandy (1993-2003)
Mentor Parma (1993-2003)
Shaker Heights (1997-2011) Shaker Heights (1993-97)
Shaw (1993-97) Shaw (1997-2011)
Southview (2002-03) Southview (2003-10)
Valley Forge (1993-2002) Valley Forge (2002-03)
Warren Harding (2010-11) Warrensville Heights

Mahoning Valley Athletic Conference[edit]

The Mahoning Valley Athletic Conference was formed after the Inter-Tri County League split into two separate conferences for the 2017-18 school year.

North Coast League[edit]

Blue Division

White Division

Former members

Northeastern Athletic Conference[edit]

Stars Division

Stripes Division

  • North Bloomfield Bloomfield Cardinals (No football, 2002-)
  • Bristolville Bristol Panthers (No football, 2002-)
  • Southington Chalker Wildcats (2002-)
  • Lordstown Red Devils (No football, 2002-)
  • Newbury Black Knights (2014-)

Former Members

  • Thompson Ledgemont Redskins (2008-2015, School closed)

Patriot Athletic Conference[edit]

Stars Division

Stripes Division

Portage Trail Conference[edit]

Metro Division

County Division

Former members

  • East Canton Hornets (2005–13, to Inter-Valley)
  • Kent Roosevelt Rough Riders (2005–15, to Suburban League-National)
  • Atwater Waterloo Vikings (2005-17, to Mahoning Valley Athletic)
  • Windham Bombers (2005–13, to Northeastern Athletic)
Portage Trail Conference Divisions (2005-present, unless noted)
 Metro Division   County Division 
Akron Springfield Crestwood (2015-)
Cloverleaf (2015-) East Canton (2005-13)
Coventry Garrettsville
Crestwood (2005-15) Lake Center Christian (2015-)
Field Mogadore
Kent Roosevelt (2005-15) Rootstown
Norton Southeast (2011-)
Ravenna Streetsboro (2005-11, 2013-15)
Southeast (2005-11) Valley Christian (2017-)
Streetsboro (2011-13, 2015-) Waterloo (2005-17)
Woodridge (2015-) Windham (2005-13)
Woodridge (2005-15)

Principals Athletic Conference[edit]

Also known as PAC-7/8

Former Members

  • Akron Coventry Comets (1989–97, to Independent; 2001–05, to Portage Trail-Metro)
  • East Canton Hornets (1989-2005, to Portage Trail-County)
  • Gnadenhutten Indian Valley Braves (1992–96, 2007–17, to Inter-Valley Conference)
  • Magnolia Sandy Valley Cardinals (1989-2001, to Inter-Valley)
  • Canton Timken Trojans (2005–15, school closed)
  • Zoarville Tuscarawas Valley Trojans (1989-2017, to Inter-Valley Conference)

Southwestern Conference[edit]

Former members

  • Berea Braves (1937–1950, to Greater Cleveland, 2005–13, consolidated into Berea-Midpark)
  • Oberlin Indians (1937–1964, to Lakeland)
  • Rocky River Pirates (1937–2005, to West Shore)
  • Fairview Warriors (1940–2005, to West Shore)
  • Lorain Clearview Clippers (1945–1954, to Lakeland)
  • Wellington Dukes (1945–1954, to Lakeland)
  • Medina Bees (1947–1986, to Pioneer)
  • Bay Rockets (1954–2005, to West Shore)
  • Brecksville-Broadview Heights Bees (2005-2015, to Suburban)
  • Middleburg Heights and Brook Park Midpark Meteors (2005-2013, consolidated into Berea-Midpark)

Suburban League[edit]

American Division

National Division

Former members

  • Green Bulldogs (1949–2015, to Federal)
  • Manchester Panthers (1949-1976, to All-Ohio)
  • Mogadore Wildcats (1957-1968, to Portage County)
  • Peninsula Woodridge Bulldogs (1957-1978, to Portage County)
  • Coventry Comets (1969-1983, to All-Ohio)
  • Norton Panthers (1972-2005, to Portage Trail-Metro)
  • Brimfield Field Falcons (1978-1990, to Portage County)
  • Lodi Cloverleaf Colts (1997–2015, to Portage Trail-Metro)

Wayne County Athletic League[edit]

Former members

  • Apple Creek Aces (1924–55, consolidated into Waynedale)
  • Big Prairie Bobcats (1924–37, to Holmes County League)
  • Burbank Bombers (1924–53, consolidated into Norwayne)
  • Chester Pups (1924–51, consolidated into Northwestern)
  • Congress Senators (1924–51, consolidated into Northwestern)
  • Creston Panthers (1924–51, consolidated into Norwayne)
  • Fredericksburg Freddies (1924–55, consolidated into Waynedale)
  • Marshallville Tigers (1924–38, consolidated into Dalton, transferred to Smithville 1955)
  • Mount Eaton Paint Township Pirates (1924–55, consolidated into Waynedale)
  • Shreve Trojans (1924–63, consolidated into Triway)
  • Sterling Eagles (1924–53, consolidated into Norwayne)
  • West Salem Clippers (1924–51, consolidated into Northwestern)
  • Wooster Triway Titans (1963–70, to Chippewa Conference)

Western Reserve Conference[edit]

The Western Reserve Conference is the name of four separate conferences (including two that ran simultaneously for a few years) in Northeastern Ohio.

Fourth Version (2015-)[edit]

This version was formed as most of the Premier Athletic Conference combined with two schools from the Northeast Ohio Conference, and one from the Chagrin Valley Conference.

Third Version (1996–2007)[edit]

This version was formed in 1996, as the Metro League merged with five schools from the Chagrin Valley Conference. This version of the WRC would combine with the Pioneer Conference to become the Northeast Ohio Conference.

Western Reserve Conference Divisions (1996-2005, unless noted)
 North Division   South Division 
Brush (1998-2005) Barberton
Kenston Cuyahoga Falls
Mayfield (1998-2005) Hudson (1997-2005)
Nordonia (1997-2005) Kent Roosevelt
Orange (1996-1998) Ravenna
Solon Stow-Munroe Falls
Twinsburg
West Geauga (1996-1998)

Second Version (1920s-68)[edit]

This version started as the Lake County League in the early 1920s, taking the WRC name in 1948 (despite the first WRC still existing). The league would last another 20 years before folding in 1968.

  • Fairport Harbor Fairport Harding Skippers (1920s-28, to Lake Shore League, 1948–51, to Northeastern Conference, 1962–68, to Lake Shore League)
  • Painesville Harvey Red Raiders (1920s-28, to Lake Shore League)
  • Kirtland Hornets (1920s-60, to Great Lakes Athletic Conference)
  • Madison Blue Streaks (1920s-68, to Lake Shore League)
  • Perry Pirates (1920s-68, to Lake Shore League)
  • Willoughby Union Rangers (1920s-28, to Lake Shore League)
  • Wickliffe Blue Devils (1920s-57, to Northeastern Conference)
  • Chardon Hilltoppers (1948–64, to Chagrin Valley Conference)
  • Painesville Riverside Beavers (1949–51, to NortheasternConference)
  • Conneaut Trojans (1951–59, to Northeastern Conference)
  • Ashtabula Harbor Mariners (1951–65, to Northeastern Conference)
  • Lakeland Rowe Vikings (1951–64, consolidated into Conneaut)
  • Jefferson Falcons (1954–68, to Northeastern Conference)
  • Geneva Spencer Wildcats (1957–61, consolidated into Geneva)
  • Edgewood Warriors (1962–65, to Northeastern Conference)

First Version (1919-51)[edit]

This league was originally the Trolley League until 1931, when it took the WRC name.

Defunct conferences[edit]

See also[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ OHSAA. "Ohio High School Athletic Association Web site". Retrieved 2006-12-31. 
  2. ^ "High school sports: Lake Erie League to add Lutheran East". Retrieved 2016-08-04. 
  3. ^ "N.O.C. Welcomes New Member the Mentor Cardinals!". NortheastOhioConference.org. Northeast Ohio Conference. July 6, 2011. Archived from the original on 2012-01-25. Retrieved July 20, 2011. 
  4. ^ Aaron Dorksen (2015-04-19). "PAC approves Loudonville as Football-Only Member". The Daily Record, Wooster, OH. Retrieved 2015-05-23. 
  5. ^ March 24, 2014 (2013-03-20). "Midview to join SWC in 2015-16 - Chronicle-Telegram". Chronicle.northcoastnow.com. Retrieved 2014-03-24.