Toledo Area Athletic Conference
The Toledo Area Athletic Conference (TAAC) is a high school athletic conference located in northwest Ohio, with member schools stretched across Lucas, Williams, and Wood counties. It was formed in 1988, and the league sponsors football, cross country, volleyball, golf, basketball, wrestling, baseball, softball, and track & field.
|School||Nickname||Location||Enrollment (CB/FB 2020)||State FB Region (2020)||Colors||Type||Membership Type||Tenure|
|Cardinal Stritch Catholic||Cardinals||Oregon||128||6:22||Red, Black
|Emmanuel Christian||Warriors||Toledo||Green, White
|Hilltop||Cadets||West Unity||72||7:26||Red, White
|Maumee Valley Country Day||Hawks||Toledo||Navy, White
|Montpelier||Locomotives||Montpelier||123||6:22||Navy Blue, Columbia Blue, White
|Ottawa Hills||Green Bears||Ottawa Hills||133||6:22||Kelly Green, White
|Toledo Christian||Eagles||Toledo||Blue, Gold
Edon, Hilltop, and Montpelier are primarily members of the Buckeye Border Conference for all sports, except for football, which is the only sport that they compete in the TAAC for.
Emmanuel Christian and Maumee Valley currently do not have football teams. Maumee Valley dropped football after the 1978 season.
Toledo Christian are members of the Northern 8 Football Conference, a conference for 8 man football.
|School||Nickname||Location||Colors||Type||Membership Type||Tenure in League|
|Tiffin Calvert||Senecas||Tiffin||Royal Blue, White
|Gibsonburg||Golden Bears||Gibsonburg||Orange, Black
|Lorain Catholic||Spartans||Lorain||Scarlet, Gray
The TAAC began in 1988 when long-time rivals Danbury, Emmanuel Christian (then known as Emmanuel Baptist), Maumee Valley, and Ottawa Hills joined together with the recently expanded Toledo Christian (formerly McAuley High School) to compete in basketball. When Cardinal Strich joined in 1995 after going without sports for a while, the league teamed with the Buckeye Border Conference to create the 12-team Toledo Buckeye League, which involved cross-over games with both leagues' members. This setup only lasted until June 1998, but both leagues continue to have members compete against each other.
The first season for TAAC football was in 1999 with Cardinal Stritch, Danbury, Ottawa Hills, Toledo Christian and the recently added football-only Lorain Catholic competing for the inaugural title.
In 2000, Northwood left the Suburban Lakes League for the TAAC, wanting to compete with schools closer to their size. They initially joined in all sports but football (competing as an independent in 2000), but fully joined the league the next year.
The TAAC lost its first member when Lorain Catholic closed at the end of the 2003-04 school year.
Tired of competing in the South Central Athletic Association that was composed of several Michigan schools, Edon and Hilltop left to compete as football-only members in the TAAC in 2005. Former ties created in the old TBL made for the easy transition.
Emmanuel Baptist changed its name to Emmanuel Christian in the spring of 2006.
In September 2009, Gibsonburg applied for membership when it became evident that the Suburban Lakes League was going to fold in the spring of 2011. On October 7, they were admitted as the 8th full member school in the league, after being complimented for their facilities and comparable enrollment to current members. They became a full-voting member on January 1, 2010 and joined the league for the 2011-12 school year.
Former commissioner Dick Nowak noted that although the league was set with members, their five-year plan involved adding two more members and possibly going to a two-division format. He would not indicate which schools are interested in TAAC membership at the time. Rick Kaifas became the new TAAC commissioner on April 6, 2011.
In July 2012, Lakota High School and Fremont St. Joseph CC both sent letters of inquiry about joining the TAAC, concerned that the Midland Athletic League would dissolve after losing many members to other new leagues.
On May 13, 2013, Tiffin Calvert announced that they would join the TAAC right after the Midland Athletic League disbanded in the spring of 2014.
On March 16, 2017, Danbury announced plans to join the Sandusky Bay Conference in the River Division of the Conference beginning in the 2018-2019 school year. They will be exiting the TAAC as one of the first original members of the conference when it first formed in 1988.
On March 20, 2017, Gibsonburg also announced plans to leave the TAAC with Danbury to join the Sandusky Bay Conference in the River Division of the Conference beginning in the 2018-2019 school year. They will be exiting the TAAC as members since the 2011-2012 school year.
In May 2017, it was announced that Stryker will join the league as a football-only member for the 2018 season.
In October 2019, Stryker and Toledo Christian agreed at a meeting to form the new Northern 8 Football Conference for OHSAA schools that are committing to play 8-man football for the future. The OHSAA does not currently sponsor the 8-man game, but several member schools resorted to that option recently instead of playing the traditional 11-man game or choosing not to play out the season. Stryker and Toledo Christian will forfeit their football membership in the TAAC, but will remain members of the Buckeye Border Conference and the TAAC respectively, for all other sports.
Beginning in the fall of 2020, Pettisville has joined the league in boys soccer only.
|2004||Northwood, Ottawa Hills|
|2017||Gibsonburg, Ottawa Hills|
Boys Basketball Champions
|1988-89||Ottawa Hills, Emmanuel Baptist||6-2|
|1989-90||Ottawa Hills, Emmanuel Baptist||7-1|
|2002-03||Danbury, Ottawa Hills||10-2|
|2007-08||Ottawa Hills, Toledo Christian||11-1|
|2008-09||Ottawa Hills, Toledo Christian||11-1|
- List of TAAC Football Champions
- Elmwood will be eighth school in NBC
- Gibsonburg applies to become TAAC member
- The new Toledo Border League, Dec 8, 1994 (initially called the Toledo Border League, the setup eventually became the Toledo Buckeye League)
- TAAC basketball preview, Dec 1989
- Gibsonburg becomes eighth member of TAAC
- TAAC accepts Gibsonburg, Toledo Blade, Oct 8 2009
- Three teams share role of favorite for basketball championship. Toledo Blade Dec 12, 1989
- Brighter day soon may dawn in Stritch sports. Toledo Blade Dec 8, 1994
- As noted on a banner in Cardinal Stritch High School's gymnasium
- 1999 HS Football Schedules. Toledo Blade Aug 26, 1999
- Stritch remains top team to beat. Toledo Blade Aug 23, 2000
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-07-04. Retrieved 2013-05-14. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link) CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
- Gibsonburg becomes eighth member of TAAC. Toledo Blade Oct 7, 2009
- http://www.thecourier.com/Issues/2012/Jul/25/ar_sports_072512_story4.asp?d=072512_story4,2012,Jul,25&c=s[permanent dead link]
- Tiffin Calvert will join the Toledo Area Athletic Conference right after the Midland Athletic League disbands in the spring of 2014 Junga, Steve. Toledo Blade. May 14, 2013.
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-05-17. Retrieved 2014-05-16.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
- http://www.montpelier.k12.oh.us/userfiles/440/Montpelier%20League%20Change%20Press%20Release.pdf Montpelier League Change Press Release, June 5, 2014
- http://www.sanduskyregister.com/sports/football/6968216 Sandusky Bay Conference expansion finalized
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- Junga, Steve (October 3, 2019). "Area schools establish Ohio's first eight-man football league". Toledo Blade. Retrieved February 6, 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
- Watkins, Jimmy (September 16, 2019). "SMCC's 8-man football decision part of changing football landscape". Sandusky Register. Retrieved February 6, 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
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