New Great Lake Conference to include seven local schools for 2015-16 season

By Robert Rozboril, Northeast Ohio Media Group | April 28, 2014 2:30 p.m.

CLEVELAND, Ohio — Seven schools will join the new Great Lake Conference for the 2015-16 season, which will encompass 12 varsity sports.

Bay, Elyria Catholic, Holy Name, Normandy, Parma, Rocky River and Valley Forge will make up the GLC.

“The conversation started because of geography and the competition level that these schools are working with,” said Chuck Grimm, who was recently named the GLC secretary. Grimm is a veteran basketball official who is currently the secretary for the Lake Erie Basketball Officials Association.

The GLC is one of multiple new leagues set to begin in 2015-16. Included in the shuffle is several schools leaving the Northeast Ohio Conference and West Shore Conference to help form the Greater Cleveland Conference and Western Reserve Conference.

Normandy, Parma and Valley Forge are currently part of the NOC, while Bay, Elyria Catholic and Rocky River are part of the WSC. Holy Name currently competes in the North Coast League.

Since four of the seven teams in the league are located in Parma or Parma Heights, the travel distances for conference contests will be minimal. The same is true for athletic events between Bay and Rocky River.

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