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SRL forms, MAL likely dead
February 1, 2013 - Zach Baker
Six area schools have committed to joining a new conference, the latest domino to fall in a frantic series of shuffling schools and leagues over the past few years.
With the formation of the Sandusky River League, which is to include — for now — Calvert, St. Joe, Old Fort, New Riegel, Lakota and Sandusky St. Mary — the Midland Athletic League essentially is dead.
Five of the six schools in the SRL — all but St. Mary — are MAL members. The MAL's foundation started to shake last season, when three members, Mohawk, Seneca East and Carey announced plans to bolt for the newly-formed Northern 10 Conference. In addition to that, Hopewell-Loudon and North Baltimore opted to move to the Blanchard Valley Conference.
The SRL and N-10 are set to begin play in the fall of 2014.
With the SRL forming, two MAL schools are at this point without homes — Bettsville and St. Wendelin. Neither is an MAL football member. Bettsville doesn't have football, and St. Wendelin is independent.
The SRL likely will add schools; it said so in the release, which described its "ultimate goal" as having eight football schools, and two to three non-football schools.
With New Riegel and Old Fort already in the ranks, that potentially means one non-football school could be added. Four football schools would need to join the SRL to reach its goal for football members.
Let the speculation begin.
The MAL has been in existence since 1985.