Time capsule

A look at the history of area high school athletic leages and conferences over the years from Tribune Chronicle records and the Ohio High School Athletic Association website:

OHIO SCHOLASTIC LEAGUE

1950-1953

¯ Warren G. Harding

¯ Canton McKinley

¯ Massillon

¯ Alliance

¯ Mansfield

¯ Toledo Waite

OHIO BIG 8

1961-1981

All sports but football

Original members

¯ Warren G. Harding

¯ Niles

¯ Salem

¯ Alliance

¯ Canton McKinley (left after 1966)

¯ Massillon (left after 1966; re-joined in 1973, left after 1977)

¯ East Liverpool

¯ Steubenville (left after 1969)

Others

¯ Warren Western Reserve (joined in 1967; left after 1979)

¯ Barberton (joined in 1968)

ALL-AMERICAN CONFERENCE

Football only

1963-1979

¯ Warren G. Harding

¯ Niles

¯ Canton McKinley

¯ Massillon

¯ Steubenville (joined in 1966)

¯ Alliance (joined in 1969)

ALL-AMERICAN CONFERENCE

2008-present

¯ The second version of the AAC was formed by the merger of the Metro Athletic Conference and the Trumbull Athletic Conference. It has been tiered by size with various groupings during its existence.

Original AAC members

¯ Howland

¯ Lakeview

¯ Champion

¯ LaBrae

¯ Newton Falls

¯ Niles

¯ Girard

¯ Liberty

¯ Hubbard

¯ Brookfield (left after 2010; re-joined in 2014)

¯ Canfield

¯ Poland

¯ Struthers

¯ Campbell

¯ Salem (left after 2011)

¯ Beaver Local (left after 2013)

Others

¯ Austintown Fitch (joined in 2011)

¯ Jefferson (joined in 2011)

¯ Warren G. Harding (joined in 2014)

¯ Boardman (joined in 2014)

¯ Youngstown East (joined in 2014)

¯ Ashtabula Edgewood (joined in 2014)

¯ Ashtabula Lakeside (joined in 2015)

NEO ATHLETIC CONFERENCE

1970-77

¯ Warren Western Reserve

¯ Cuyahoga Falls

¯ Akron Hoban

¯ Akron St. Vincent

¯ Barberton

¯ Lorain Southview

TRUMBULL AA LEAGUE

TRUMBULL ATHLETIC CONFERENCE

1960-1991 / 1991-2008

¯ The Trumbull AA League was for all sports except football until 1968. The league changed its name to Trumbull Athletic Conference in 1991.

Original members

¯ Howland (left after 1971)

¯ Cortland (merged with Bazetta, became Lakeview in 1961)

¯ Champion

¯ Leavittsburg (merged with Braceville, became LaBrae in 1970)

¯ Newton Falls

¯ Liberty (left after 1971; re-joined in 1979)

Others

¯ Badger (joined in 1961; remained in league except for football after 1968; left after 2003)

¯ Canfield (joined in 1968, left after 1971)

¯ Brookfield (joined in 1972, left after 1977; re-joined in 1987)

¯ Mathews (joined in 1972, left after 1982)

¯ East Palestine (joined in 1987; left after 1990)

¯ Hubbard (joined in 1990)

¯ Girard (joined in 2000)

ALL-AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE

1986-1990

¯ Warren G. Harding

¯ Warren Western Reserve

¯ Howland

¯ Niles

¯ Hubbard

STEEL VALLEY CONFERENCE

1949-2009

Original members

¯ Niles (left after 1957; returned from 1982-85)

¯ Girard (left after 1971)

¯ Hubbard (left after 1980)

¯ Austintown Fitch (left after 2003)

¯ Struthers (left after 1979)

¯ Campbell (left after 1980)

Others

¯ Boardman (joined in 1951, left after 2003)

¯ Brookfield (joined in 1959, left after 1968)

¯ Ursuline (joined in 1970)

¯ Cardinal Mooney (joined in 1970)

¯ Howland (joined in 1975, left after 1985)

¯ Warren Western Reserve (joined in 1980, left after 1985)

¯ Warren G. Harding (joined in 1982, left after 1985; rejoined in 1990)

¯ Youngstown Chaney (joined in 2003)

¯ Youngstown East (joined in 2003)

¯ John F. Kennedy (joined in 2003 in all sports but football)

¯ Youngstown Rayen (joined in 2003, school closed after 2007)

¯ Youngstown Wilson (joined in 2003, school closed after 2007)

FEDERAL LEAGUE

¯ Austintown Fitch (2003-2011) and Boardman (2003-2014) both competed in the large-school Stark County-based Federal League after leaving the faltering Steel Valley Conference in 2003.

LAKE ERIE LEAGUE

¯ Warren G. Harding (2010-2013) joined the Cleveland-based Lake Erie League after the SVC was terminated.

MAHONING VALLEY CONFERENCE

METRO ATHLETIC CONFERENCE

1972-1994 / 1994-2008

¯ The MVC disbanded in 1994 and re-formed as the MAC. John F. Kennedy and Campbell were not invited to join the new conference.

Original MVC members

¯ John F. Kennedy (left after 1994)

¯ Howland (left after 1975; re-joined in 1995)

¯ Girard (left after 2000)

¯ Liberty (left after 1979)

¯ Canfield

¯ Poland

¯ West Branch (left after 1981)

Others

¯ Salem (joined in 1978)

¯ Struthers (joined in 1979)

¯ Campbell (joined in 1980, left after 1994; re-joined in 2006)

¯ Niles (joined in 1995)

¯ Alliance (joined in 2003, left after 2005)

¯ East Liverpool (joined in 2006)

Original MAC members

¯ Howland

¯ Niles

¯ Girard

¯ Canfield

¯ Poland

¯ Struthers

¯ Salem

NORTH COAST LEAGUE

¯ John F. Kennedy, independent for the most part after the MVC folded, joined the dying SVC in 2003 in all sports but football, before landing in the Cleveland-based NCL White Division starting in 2011. The Eagles compete with other parochial schools St. Thomas Aquinas, Trinity, Cleveland Central Catholic and Villa Angela-St. Joseph.

TRUMBULL INTERSCHOLASTIC ASSOCIATION

TIA A LEAGUE

TRUMBULL A LEAGUE

TRUMBULL INTERSCHOLASTIC CONFERENCE

1921-1962 / 1964-1973 / 1973-1981 / 1981-1996

¯ Local school districts in Trumbull County were part of the TIA from the 1920s through the early 1960s. Several mergers into new school districts around 1960 reduced the number of schools and most of the larger schools joined the newly-formed Trumbull AA League. The TIA A League was formed in 1964, then morphed into the Trumbull A League and then the Trumbull Interscholastic Conference.

TIA basketball lineup 1948-49

¯ League I — Howland, Champion, Leavittsburg, Liberty, McDonald, Mineral Ridge

¯ League II — Cortland, Vienna, Lordstown, Braceville, Southington, Bristol

¯ League III — Bazetta, Fowler, Kinsman, Johnston, Vernon, Hartford

¯ League IV — Mecca, Gustavus, Farmington, Bloomfield, Mesopotamia, Greene

TIA basketball lineup 1954-55

¯ League I — Champion, Leavittsburg, Liberty, Mineral Ridge, McDonald

¯ League II — Cortland, Vienna, Braceville, Southington, Bristol, Vernon

¯ League III — Bazetta, Kinsman, Lordstown, Fowler, Farmington, Hartford

¯ League IV — Mecca, Johnston, Greene, Gustavus, Bloomfield

School district mergers

¯ Bloomfield-Mespo was formed from Bloomfield and Mesopotamia for the 1950-51 school year.

¯ Maplewood was formed from Mecca, Johnston and Greene for the 1959-60 school year

¯ Badger was formed from Kinsman, Vernon, Hartford and Gustavus for the 1960-61 school year

¯ Lakeview was formed from Cortland and Bazetta for the 1961-62 school year

¯ Mathews was formed from Vienna and Fowler for the 1961-62 school year

TIA basketball lineup 1961-62

¯ Maplewood, Bristol, Southington, Farmington, Bloomfield

Original TIA A League members 1964-65

¯ Maplewood

¯ Bristol

¯ Mathews

¯ Lordstown

¯ Braceville (left in 1970, was merged into LaBrae with Leavittsburg)

¯ Southington

¯ Farmington

¯ Bloomfield

Others

¯ McDonald (joined in 1965)

¯ Mineral Ridge (joined in 1965)

¯ Warren Market (joined in 1970)

Original Trumbull A League members 1973-74

¯ Maplewood

¯ Bristol

¯ Lordstown

¯ Southington (left after 1976)

¯ Farmington

¯ Bloomfield

Original TIC members 1981-82

¯ Maplewood

¯ Bristol (left after 1992)

¯ Lordstown

¯ Farmington (merged into Bristol for 1988-89 school year)

¯ Bloomfield

Others

¯ Southington (joined in 1982)

¯ Mathews (joined in 1983; left after 1990)

NORTHEASTERN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE

2002-present

Original NAC members

¯ Maplewood

¯ Bristol

¯ Southington

¯ Lordstown

¯ Bloomfield

¯ Pymatuning Valley

Others

¯ Badger (joined in 2003)

¯ Mathews (joined in 2003)

¯ Ledgemont (joined in 2008; left in 2015, school closed)

¯ Grand Valley (joined in 2009)

¯ Windham (joined in 2013)

¯ Newbury (joined in 2014)

GRAND RIVER CONFERENCE

1972-1989

Original GRC members

¯ Grand Valley

¯ Pymatuning Valley

¯ Perry

¯ Ledgemont

Others

¯ Jefferson (joined in 1974; left after 1987)

¯ Fairport Harbor (joined in 1976)

¯ Southington (joined in 1978, left after 1982; re-joined in 1987, football only)

¯ Mathews (joined in 1985, football only)

EAST SUBURBAN CONFERENCE

¯ Several area schools joined the small-school conference which has included over the years mostly schools from Geauga, Ashtabula and Lake counties.

¯ Bristol (1992-2002)

¯ Maplewood (1996-2002)

¯ Southington (1996-2002)

¯ Mathews (1990-91)

¯ Lordstown (1996-2002)

¯ Bloomfield (1996-2002)

¯ Grand Valley (1989-1998)

¯ Pymatuning Valley (1989-1998)

INTER-COUNTY LEAGUE

1951-2006

Original ICL members

¯ McDonald

¯ Canfield (left after 1960

¯ Lowellville

¯ North Lima (consolidated into South Range in 1969)

¯ Columbiana (left after 1956; re-joined in 1976, left after 1991)

¯ Goshen Union (consolidated into West Branch in 1959)

¯ Springfield (left after 1960; re-joined in 1969)

Others

¯ Jackson-Milton (joined in 1954, left after 1960; re-joined in 1967)

¯ Greenford (joined in 1956, consolidated into South Range in 1969)

¯ Crestview (joined in 1957; left after 1989)

¯ Western Reserve (joined in 1959)

¯ Mineral Ridge (joined in 1961)

¯ South Range (joined in 1969 when it was formed by the merger of North Lima and Greenford)

¯ Mathews (joined in 1991; left after 2004)

¯ Sebring (joined in 2005)

INTER TRI-COUNTY LEAGUE

2006-2017

¯ League was grouped in two tiers by size (larger schools, smaller schools) through 2015, when it went to a three-tier system based in part on geography and in part by size. The 16-school membership remained the same throughout:

¯ McDonald, Mineral Ridge, Jackson-Milton, Western Reserve, South Range, Springfield, Lowellville, Sebring, Columbiana, Leetonia, Crestview, East Palestine, United Local, Lisbon, Wellsville, Southern Local

MAHONING VALLEY ATHLETIC CONFERENCE

2017-present

¯ The MVAC is one of the leagues which was spun off of the breakup of the ITCL.

¯ McDonald

¯ Mineral Ridge

¯ Jackson-Milton

¯ Western Reserve

¯ Lowellville

¯ Springfield

¯ Sebring

¯ Waterloo

— Sources: Ohio High School Athletic Association, Tribune Chronicle records

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