|NB sports to play in two leagues (12-20-12)|
|Written by JORDAN CRAVENS Sentinel Staff Writer|
|Thursday, 20 December 2012 11:10|
North Baltimore has plans to be a part of two leagues for all sports except football starting in the 2014-2015 school year.
The plans are dependent on league realignments, but if all goes well, North Baltimore plans to participate in both the Blanchard Valley Conference and the Midland Athletic League for all non-football sports. Football would compete solely in the BVC.
"This all really depends on what route the MAL goes," said North Baltimore Athletics Director Bradlee Rowlinson.
"But, at this time, the MAL has invited us to stay," he said.
Rowlinson said North Baltimore's continued membership in the MAL would depend on how many teams, if any, are added to the remaining schools and what direction the MAL takes.
"If everything stays as is, we would join," Rowlinson said.
Both North Baltimore and Hopewell-Loudon have previously agreed to join the BVC in 2014-2015 for all sports. Other MAL member schools, Seneca East, Mohawk and Carey, will join the newly formed Northern 10 Athletic Conference. The Northern 10 will be a combination of those MAL schools, as well as schools from the North Central Conference and Mid-Ohio Athletic Conference.
The North Baltimore school board, this summer, approved an invitation to join the BVC and last month agreed to apply for continued membership in the MAL for all of its other sports.
Being a part of both leagues would be advantageous for North Baltimore.
"Our athletes would be playing for two championships," Rowlinson said.
If North Baltimore is unable to continue competition in the MAL, Rowlinson said, "We'd be disappointed, but we understand they have to look at what's best for themselves, too."
And, he said, if the MAL changes form, Rowlinson said North Baltimore would continue its relationship with existing MAL member schools in non-league form as much as possible.
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