Barberton High School is considering entering an athletic league after spending the past two seasons as an independent.
Superintendent Patti Cleary said Wednesday that Barberton has reached out to two area leagues.
“We have been independent for a couple of years and we would really like to get back into a league,” Cleary said. “We have applied to the Suburban League and Federal League, and we will have to wait and see what works for them and for us. We have had good conversations with both leagues.”
Barberton was a Suburban League member from 2005-2011. Before that, the Magics were in the NEO Conference, the Metro League and the Western Reserve Conference. Those leagues are all now defunct.
Cleary said joining a league will help with scheduling and also give coaches and athletes the opportunity to compete for league championships and league honors. She said the school is looking at enrollment sizes of schools in the Suburban League and Federal League, and seeing what makes sense in terms of revenue and geography.
Barberton already has rivalries with several schools in Summit and Medina counties. There is no set timetable on when Barberton might join a league, but Cleary said she hopes to know much more by late August or early September.
The Magics announced in February 2009 that they were leaving the Suburban League after the 2010-11 school year.
Suburban League Commissioner Keith Walker told the Akron Beacon Journal on Tuesday that he has been in contact with 12 schools about possibly joining the league.
The Suburban League has eight members: Cloverleaf, Copley, Green, Highland, Nordonia, Revere, Tallmadge and Wadsworth. Green is the only member that is considering leaving as it studies an option to join the Federal League.
Walker said the 12 schools that attended a June informational meeting hosted by the Suburban League were: Medina, Stow, North Royalton, Hudson, Cuyahoga Falls, Brecksville, Twinsburg, Barberton, Kent Roosevelt, Aurora, Chagrin Falls Kenston and Ravenna.
Solon was not invited to the meeting, but it did email a letter of interest.
Federal League Commissioner Joe Eaton hosted an informational meeting in June in Stark County that included seven interested schools: Green, Wadsworth, Aurora, Stow, Cuyahoga Falls, Barberton and Twinsburg.
Eaton told the Beacon Journal on Monday that Wadsworth, Aurora, and Twinsburg have said no to the Federal League. Officials from Stow and Cuyahoga Falls have publicly said they would prefer to join the Suburban League, which makes sense because it features several Summit County schools.
The Federal League is composed of six Stark County schools: Canton McKinley, GlenOak, Jackson, Lake, North Canton Hoover and Perry.
If the Suburban League and/or Federal League revamp, new lineups could be in place for the 2015-16 school year.
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