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Northern Lakes League commissioner Larry Morrison said the league will vote this Tuesday to “tenatively” accept either Clay or Napoleon.

The NLL is making the move to stay at eight teams after the Rossford school board approved a resolution to leave the NLL and join a new league being formed with Eastwood, Lake, Genoa, Otsego, and Woodmore. The changes would not take effect until the 2011-12 school year and both the NLL and the Suburban Lakes League would remain intact for the next two school years.

The whole thing started when the Lakota district announced its intent to leave the SLL and join the Midland Athletic League in the 2009-10 school year.

Earlier this year, administrators from Genoa, Otsego, Lake, Woodmore, and Eastwood voted in favor of admitting Rossford to the SLL while those from Gibsonburg and Elmwood voted against. The 5-2 vote didn’t meet the league’s criteria for admitting new members.

The Rossford school board two weeks ago approved a resolution showing “its serious intent to join a newly-formed league with Otsego, Lake, Genoa, and Eastwood schools at this time,” said Lisa Spotts, a spokesperson for the administration.

Genoa principal Ted Keller confirmed that the new 6-team league is also meeting Tuesday to move ahead with tentative plans. Members of the Genoa school board are forming a committee to meet with the district’s coaches and administrators and discuss the new, yet unnamed league.

Genoa superintendent Dennis Mock said the proposed new league would be formed with the intent of adding two more schools for what would be an eight-team league.

He said he didn’t know of any districts presently that would be likely candidates for joining the new league, but Fostoria could be one possibility because it had applied for membership in the Suburban Lakes League because its conference, the Northern Ohio League, may also be breaking up. Fostoria, like Rossford, was turned down by the SLL.

“We’ll have to go out and start asking,” Mock told The Press.

If the new league is formed, Gibsonburg and Elmwood would be left as the only remaining members of the SLL. After the announcement in The Press two weeks ago that Genoa was forming a committee to discuss the new league, Elmwood superintendent Steven Pritts wrote a letter to The Press explaining his school’s position.

“As one might expect, there has been a great deal of opinion, and differences thereof, as to what course the league might take; and indeed sometimes that has meant almost daily meetings with sudden unexpected changes of direction,” Pritts wrote.

Pritts continued that Elmwood was intent on keeping the SLL intact. But a vote by the NLL Tuesday could get the wheels in motion and leave no recourse for Elmwood and Gibsonburg but to seek out other teams, join Lakota in the MAL, or possibly move on to another conference.

(Eastwood superintendent Brent Welker responded in his weekly newsletter. See “This Week in Government” in this week’s issue of The Press for his comments.)

It could be a move that could get the dominoes reaching into the Toledo Area Athletic Conference, Toledo City Athletic League, and even the Sandusky Bay Conference. Speculation has it that if the NOL breaks up, teams from that league might be interested in applying to the SBC.

According to the 2008-09 directory of the Ohio High School Athletic Association, Elmwood is the smallest school in the SLL with a combined boys/girls enrollment of 292. Woodmore’s enrollment stands at 295. Lakota and Gibsonburg each have enrollments of 315 while Lake has 383 students. Genoa has an enrollment of 390 and Otsego has an enrollment of 409.  Eastwood is the largest SLL school with an enrollment of 466 but if it had been admitted, Rossford, with an enrollment of 478 students, would have been the largest school in the league.


Comets and Rockets
Two girls relay teams, one from Genoa and the other from Oak Harbor, were in Columbus competing in the state track meet this weekend.

Representing the Comets was the 4x800 relay team of freshman Nicole Kraemer, sophomore Angel Kuron, senior Alyssa Wolf, and sophomore Tiffany Wright. Representing the Rockets was the 4x100 team of sophomore Kelly Bryant, sophomore Kayla Diefenthaler, senior Sam Scott, and freshman Megan Turnow.

At the Lexington D-II regional, the Genoa team finished fourth in 9:51.48, trailing Defiance (9:35.56), Coldwater (9:49.89), and Akron Archbishop Hoban (9:51.15). The same Genoa team had won a district championship one week earlier in 9:59.34. At the SLL meet, the same group won the 4x800 in 9:41.9.

The Oak Harbor team was third in the 4x100 with a time of 50.53, trailing teams from Akron Buchtel (50.2) and Upper Sandusky (50.45). The same Rocket 4x100 relay team won a Sandusky Bay Conference title in 51.32 two weeks earlier.

At the regional, the Oak Harbor girls team tied with Ottawa-Glandorf for 15th place (15 points) of 39 scoring teams, and Genoa finished 28th with five points.

In the boys D-II regional, Genoa was 15th with 12 points and senior Marcus Vicars qualified for state in the shot put. Vicars (58-3¼) was second in the regional, finishing behind Sandusky Perkins junior Matt Hoty (64-8¼) and ahead of Eastwood junior Justin Welch (55-9¾). However at the SLL meet, Welch (61-1¾) defeated Vicars in the shot put and set a new league record in the process.

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