Saginaw Valley League might admit remaining Big Nine teams and Flint Northwestern

Posted: January 26, 2011 by patrickhayes13 in Big Nine, Citybeat, High School, Saginaw Valley League

A resolution to the ever-shrinking Big Nine’s quest to join a league so its remaining four teams don’t have to go to insane lengths just to fill out a schedule every year could be in sight.

The Midland Daily News reports that the Saginaw Valley League will vote in March on whether to accept Big Nine teams Powers Catholic, Carman-Ainsworth, Davison and Flushing as well as independent Flint Northwestern into the SVL next fall. The league would then be divided into North and South divisions. From the report, it seems promising:

“With the two divisions and the proposed makeup of those, there’s going to be cost savings with transportation,” said (Midland Superintendent Carl) Ellinger, whose school district includes SVL members Dow High and Midland High. “Our students can be in the classroom longer, and that’s a good thing.”

The North Division would be: Saginaw High, Heritage, Saginaw Arthur Hill, Bay City Western, Bay City Central and Midland Dow.

The South would be Northwestern, Northern, Southwestern, Powers, Carman-Ainsworth, Davison and Flushing.

The SVL is already a great basketball league. This move would make it even stronger, perhaps making it the best hoops league in the state if it’s not already.

Now all that needs to happen is coaxing Grand Blanc out of the weird KLAA. GB could join the south division, balancing the SVL with eight teams in each division and allowing Grand Blanc to play more natural rivalries. Grand Blanc supposedly left the Big Nine partially because joining the KLAA would help with travel expenses. But wouldn’t playing in a possible SVL south division against other Genesee County schools be better than traveling to Milford and Brighton? And who wouldn’t want to see the GB-Powers basketball rivalry renewed, right?

— By Patrick Hayes | Great Lakes Hoops

  1. martian says:

    This sounds like a great idea. If Grand Blanc gets out of that league and into the SVL then they would have a mega league and might even attract teams like Beecher and Goodrich into a tougher league as well.

  2. Cinderella says:

    sounds like a good plan

  3. prepfan says:

    Looking at it from the Flint stand point. if the SVL does not let the big nine schools in the city schools move to the big nine. Cost has got to be hurt them. Maybe even taking in Grand Blanc and Goodrich. Beecher would have a hard time in sports other than basketball because of enrollment. I know I’m going broke just driving up to Saginaw all the time. the Flint schools are putting a lot more mile on than I am.

  4. Just to clarify, I think it’s a pipe dream to think GB would come back. I haven’t heard anything about them wanting to leave the KLAA. I think they’ve been pretty happy with the move.

    It’s just my personal opinion that it makes little sense for them to be in that league both from a competition standpoint and from a cost standpoint.

    • Jared Field says:

      The KLAA is a bush league compared to the Valley.

      • Oh for sure, I’m just saying from everything I’ve heard, the GB district is happy in that league.

        I think Flint area sports fans don’t like it, particularly people who miss the GB-Powers rivalry, but I just don’t think the school district as a whole is all that interested in a switch.

  5. gregjohnson says:

    They have talked on and off about this for some time. I’ll believe it when I see it. I do think it would be great for everybody involved, especially the local hoops fans.

  6. prepfan says:

    yes again seeing Grand Blanc and Grand Blanc north ( powers) play for something other than pride would be great. SVL would also give Davison some better teams to wrestle during the season and league meet. Still would be GB north to lose in hoops.

  7. Hoopsguru says:

    Thinking about more than just boys basketball – it sure would be nice for schools like MP, Dow, Midland, BCW, BCC, and Heritage to have a few more schools join the conference with solid hockey, baseball, softball, soccer, golf, track, X-C, swimming, etc programs. It’s too bad the breakdown into divisions could not be One division for sschools that are only COMPETITIVE in basketball and Another division for schools that have solid programs across the board.

    • Hoopsguru:

      The Midland Daily article says that the Division format would only be for sports like football, basketball, girls’ basketball, etc.

      Sports like hockey, swimming, tennis, golf, etc. where not all schools have a team would be just a single conference with no divisions.

  8. Matt says:

    Grand Blanc might need to get out of the KLAA not only to cut down on busing costs but also to remain competitive. After all they are currently 1-4 in the KLAA west. I know GB lost their two best players from last year but should they really be 1-4 in a league that you guys call bush league?

    • Jared Field says:

      Nope. They shouldn’t.

      If you’ll read that over again, I said it was a bush league compared to the Valley. Compared to the Flint Metro League, for example, it’s pretty good.

  9. Marcellus Miller says:

    Current travel is RIDICULOUS! And Northern has to travel to BCW, SH, Sag, MP, etc. two years straight due to the mixing of the girls’ schedule last year!

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