Saginaw Valley League

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The Saginaw Valley High School Association (commonly referred to as the Saginaw Valley League) is a high school sports league formed in 1904 within the Michigan High School Athletic Association (MHSAA), located in the Bay, Genesee, Isabella, Lapeer, Midland, and Saginaw, Counties in Michigan area.


It was formed in the fall of 1904 with five teams: Bay City Eastern (Bay City Central), Bay City Western (Bay City Handy), Saginaw Eastern (Saginaw High), Arthur Hill, and Flint High (Flint Central).[1]

In August 2012, the final four teams of the Big Nine Conference, Carman-Ainsworth, Davison, Flint Powers Catholic and Flushing, joined the league in its South Division. With the Flint Metro League losing Lapeer East and Lapeer West, Flushing and Carman-Ainsworth applied to join that league with Flushing's membership approved starting in the 2014-15 year.[2]

Member schools[edit]

The Saginaw Valley League currently has 14 member schools.

Current members[edit]

School Nickname Location Joined Previous Conference
Red Division
Bay City Central Wolves Bay City
Flint Carman-Ainsworth Cavaliers Flint Township 2012 Big Nine Conference
Flint Northwestern Wildcats Flint 1969 Independent
Flint Powers Catholic Chargers Flint 2012 Big Nine Conference
Midland Dow Chargers Midland 1971, 1981 Independent
Saginaw Arthur Hill Lumberjacks Saginaw 1961 Arrowhead Conference
Saginaw Heritage Hawks Saginaw Township 1994 Independent
Blue Division
Bay City Western Warriors Auburn 1974 Independent
Davison Cardinals Davison 2012 Big Nine Conference
Flint Southwestern Knights Flint 1961 Independent
Lapeer Lightning Lapeer 2014 None (school opened)
Midland Chemics Midland
Mount Pleasant Oilers Mount Pleasant 2005 Independent
Saginaw Trojans Saginaw

Former members[edit]

School Nickname Location Joined Previous Conference Departed Successive Conference
Pontiac Central Chiefs Pontiac pre-1950 1994 Oakland Activities Association
Flint Central Indians Flint 1904 2009 None (school closed)
Flint Northwestern Wildcats Flint 1969 Independent 2001 Independent
Bay City Handy Wildcats Bay City 1961 Arrowhead Conference 1980 Independent
Flint Northern Vikings Flint pre-1950 2013 None (school closed)
Flushing Raiders Flushing Township 2012 Big Nine Conference 2014 Flint Metro League
  • From 1969–1979, the Conference splint into a Saginaw Valley East and a Saginaw Valley West Conference. Many Conference Realignments happened during this time.

Membership Timeline since 1950[edit]

Saginaw Valley League[3]
Saginaw Valley East
Saginaw Valley West
Saginaw High School Saginaw Heritage High School Arthur Hill High School Powers Catholic High School Pontiac Central High School Owosso High School Mount Pleasant High School (Michigan) Midland High School (Michigan) Herbert Henry Dow High School Lapeer High School Flushing High School (Michigan) Flint Southwestern Academy Flint Northwestern High School Flint Northern High School Flint Central High School Davison Community Schools Carman-Ainsworth High School Western High School (Auburn, Michigan) Bay City T.L Handy High School Bay City Central High School

List of Saginaw Valley League Conference Champions[edit]



  1. ^ Glory: History of Saginaw County Sports pp 177.
  2. ^ "Flushing to join Flint Metro League, creating 'major concern' in the Saginaw Valley League South Division". Flint Journal. Mlive Media Group. Retrieved 28 March 2015. 
  3. ^ Michigan High School Football
  4. ^ 2011 -2012 Dow High School Athletic Handbook.
    • 2011–2012 Midland High School Athletic Handbook.