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Hilltop and Edon high schools, located in Williams County, are members of the TAAC, but only in football. Emmanuel Christian and Maumee Valley do not have football teams. Maumee Valley dropped football after the 1978 season.

"Edon and Hilltop did not have a vote in the process, but they welcomed the addition of Gibsonburg," Nowak said. "One, for scheduling reasons because it's going to round out the (football) schedules. We're going to have an even number of teams."

Fourth-year Gibsonburg football coach Matt Harp, whose team plays Ottawa Hills to open the season every year, said becoming a member of the TAAC "is an excellent fit for us."

The Golden Bears' football squad beat Ottawa Hills 34-7 this season and has won two in a row against the Green Bears, who have played Gibsonburg in football every year for the last decade.

 

"Joining the TAAC is absolutely a good thing for us," Harp said. "We didn't want to be an independent school. That wouldn't be good for any of our programs. The TAAC is a league where we can be competitive in every sport. It's a talented league with some good schools that we're excited to be a part of."

Liskai said he was glad the long process is over and Gibsonburg will have a new conference affiliation.

"We feel like we're in a good place," he said. "In our meetings with the TAAC, they run things first rate. They are good people to work with and we're excited. We're trying to do what's best for our kids, and its a great place to be. We look forward to bringing a lot of positives to their conference."

Cardinal Stritch Athletic Director Joe Gutilla said he was pleased to have Gibsonburg join the TAAC.

"The addition of Gibsonburg will certainly lend additional credibility to our conference," he said. "As the athletic director at Cardinal Stritch, I look forward to working together with them in all sports, and as the head football coach I am particularly excited to have an opportunity to go head-to-head with them on the football field."

Northwood football coach Ken James, who was the school's athletic director for 16 years, said he "loved the idea" of adding Gibsonburg to the TAAC. Northwood has won or shared six of the last eight TAAC football titles.

"Geographically, they are a good fit," James said. "It gives us an eighth football school, which helps everybody. They have good people out there. Their football coach is a good guy and their superintendent (Tom Peiffer) knows the importance of athletics in the overall program. They've had a lot of success athletically, with state championships in baseball (2005) and softball (2001, '02, '03), and I've felt like we've always had a good, competitive relationship with them."

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