On Tuesday, the Northern Lakes League voted in favor of adding Napoleon as its eighth member beginning in 2011-12, instead of Clay. Napoleon replaces Rossford, which is leaving to join a new league.
“The big decision is made,” NLL commissioner Larry Morrison said. “There are going to be a couple major changes.
“I’ve talked to the Clay people and they knew what was happening and that one (school) was going to be disappointed,” Morrison added. “Well, I think they are in a livable situation where Napoleon really had a hard time with their league. From that standpoint, it’s probably best that it worked out that way.”
Morrison explained that Napoleon had been dealing with a bad travel situation and competing against larger schools in the Greater Buckeye Conference (Lima Senior, Marion Harding, Sandusky, Fremont Ross, and Findlay).
As a result, Clay remains in the Toledo City Athletic League — for the time being. There is still a possibility Clay could be added to the NLL.
Genoa superintendent Dennis Mock said a new conference being formed by Eastwood, Genoa, Rossford, Otsego, Woodmore, and Lake, is to be called the Northern Buckeye Conference. The NBC will be seeking two additional members for when it begins play in the fall of 2011.
Those two members could be Fostoria and Maumee, Mock said. If the NBC invites Maumee, and Maumee accepts, that opens up the strong possibility that the NLL would invite Clay to replace Maumee.
“Yes, that would be a given,” Commissioner Morrison confirmed.
One reason Maumee may join the new league is that its enrollment growth has been more stagnant than other NLL schools. The NBC has not approached Maumee yet.
“I know Maumee is concerned about size just like Rossford was,” Mock said.
Fostoria, which is leaving the Northern Ohio League, applied to the Suburban Lakes League this past year but was turned down.
“You would think they would be a natural,” Supt. Mock said about Fostoria.
Morrison, whom Mock described as a consultant and spokesperson for the NBC, said the new league has other priorities before making decisions on other schools.
“They did not get into that (on Tuesday) because they said before they set any priority on that they want to get things in order. What they are going to do is get their constitution written and get the commissioner hired and then they are going to look at who they would like,” Morrison said.
Mock said, “We put together two committees — one committee is putting together a new constitution and by-laws, another committee was put together to interview potential commissioners, and that’s kind of the status right now.”
Morrison and Mock both confirmed SLL commissioner Jim Yeager would be a candidate for commissioner of the new league.
Out in the cold are Gibsonburg and Elmwood — two members of the SLL that have not been invited to the NBC.
There remains the possibility that Gibsonburg and Elmwood would join the Midland Athletic League, the Toledo Area Athletic Conference, or attempt to continue the SLL in some form.
Gibsonburg superintendent Tom Pfeiffer said, “We’re just starting to brainstorm options now that it looks as if the league (SLL) is going to disband.
“I’m not even going to say at this time because we’re going to look at all of our options and talk as a group and make the best solution for our school. It’s not as if we have to make a decision in a very short amount of time. We’re just starting to look and time will tell,” Pfeiffer continued.
Ohio North champs
Genoa varsity soccer goalkeeper Josh McCoy, an upcoming sophomore, is playing for a club team called the Toledo Football Academy that won the Ohio North State Cup in Akron on May 31.
TFA now advances to the U.S. Youth Soccer Midwest Regional held in Sioux Falls, South Dakota starting June 19. The U-15 team, coached by Paul Holdgate, scored 14 goals, while only giving up two and compiling a 5-0 record over a two-week period. With a 3-1 score in the semifinals and 2-1 win in double overtime in the finals, the boys defeated Cleveland Futbol Club to win the championship.
Other team members include Ryan Bixler (Anthony Wayne), Jimmy Bockstahler (St. John's Jesuit), Nathan Cook (Central Catholic), Jordan Drake (Springfield), Jamie Fountain (Springfield), Austin Francis (St. Francis DeSales), Edgardo Freyre (Maumee), Connor Hoffman (Perrysburg), Jacob Martin (St. Francis), Brian Ogawa (Southview), Austin Rine (Maumee), Nate Seeman (Maumee), Jacob Vaughn (Perrysburg), Andy Wagner (Perrysburg), and Alex Wisniewski (St. Francis).
The Toledo Football Academy provides other environments of soccer competition for ages 5 (recreation) through 18, year round.
Goal Post Gala
The Genoa Comets Athletic Boosters, a volunteer organization for Genoa Area Local Schools, will host the Seventh Annual Goal Post Gala fundraiser August 7.
The Goal Post Gala was created to spearhead the drive to raise funds to move the Genoa Comets football field and stadium from Route 163 to the new campus on Genoa-Clay Center Road. Funds from this year’s Gala will be used to assist in the payment and continued enhancement of the field and stadium in their new location.
The Gala will consist of a golf outing beginning with a shotgun start at 8 a.m. at Chippewa Golf Club and evening festivities at Sunrise Park & Banquet Hall with doors opening at 6 p.m. and reverse raffle at 6:30 p.m. Call (419) 855-8381 and contact Cindy Lemke, Alisa Rawski or Staci Kreager.