The Great Lakes Conference is scheduled to expand each of the next two years. This fall the GLC will add Buckeye and Fairview. Then for the 2019-20 school year, Lakewood will be the 10th member for a league that just began four years ago. These three schools will join Bay Elyria Catholic, Holy Name, Parma Senior, Normandy, Rocky River, and Valley Forge.
The GLC’s creation was formed when Avon, Lakewood, Midview, and North Ridgeville left the West Shore Conference to join the Southwestern Conference. Normandy, Parma Senior, and Valley Forge came from the now disbanded Northeast Ohio Conference. Holy Name came from the North Coast League.
Bay has competed against Buckeye, Fairvew, Lakewood in many sports as non-conference opponents both during the regular season and in the OHSAA tournament so there is some familiarity with the schools. In addition, Fairview and Lakewood were both members of the West Shore Conference in past years.
Buckeye, Fairview, and Lakewood provide great competitive opportunities for all schools in the GLC. They are close in proximity to most schools. They provide outstanding facilities. They each offer middle school teams for many sports which is probably one of the biggest strengths in adding them to the GLC.
We look forward to renewing some old rivalries along with creating new ones with the three new members schools. This will provide a strong, 10-team conference.