14 superintendents have come to an agreement; now its up to the school boards of the Lake Michigan Conference and Northwest Conference football programs to finalize a loaded football league in northern Michigan.
The hope is to get the league established by the start of the 2014 season. The goals of the merger are to expose the athletes to new competition and help them in gathering playoff points to secure better matchups and travel plans in the postseason. The naming of the new conference could come down to votes by the students of all 14 schools.
They will be broken up into two divisions based on enrollment and size. The first will include Benzie Central, Boyne City, Elk Rapids, Glen Lake, Grayling, Kingsley and returning conference member Traverse City St. Francis. The second division would include Charlevoix, East Jordan, Frankfort, Harbor Springs, Kalkaska, Mesick and Suttons Bay.