The Spartans Join Miami Valley Conference

The Spartans Join Miami Valley Conference
Roger Bacon High School will join the Miami Valley Conference (MVC) as a full member starting in fall, 2021. Already an associate member in football, this marks a historic milestone in the long and illustrious history of Roger Bacon. A founding member of the Greater Catholic League (GCL) in 1931, this is the first conference move in the 92-year history of Roger Bacon.

“We are extremely excited and pleased to be joining the MVC,” said Principal Steve Schad. “Our move reflects the realities of the current organization of the GCL-Coed and addresses some serious concerns we have with the distance between league schools and the lack of local competition.”

Only three (Roger Bacon, Purcell and McNicholas) of the eight schools which make up the GCL-Coed are located in Cincinnati. Besides the three GCL-Coed schools in Dayton (Alter, Chaminade Julienne and Carroll), Fenwick is in Middletown and Badin is in Hamilton. A recent reorganization of the league (doing away with divisional play) increased the already burdensome number of long distance trips during the school year. “We simply cannot justify putting large numbers of students, on school nights, on the road to play league opponents over an hour away. It is not uncommon to have students returning from contests very late at night – a situation which has real safety concerns and is not compatible with a student/athlete” said Principal Schad. The MVC, which consists of 7 public and 7 private schools, are all located in Cincinnati. The combination of local competition plus reduced travel times makes the difficult decision easy to understand. “We are proud of our GCL heritage; however, we are not bound by the past” said Principal Schad. “The GCL most our alum are familiar with is very different from the current GCL-Coed league membership. The move to the MVC positions our school, students, parents and alum in the most advantageous situation possible. We will continue to have top quality competition, including traditional GCL rivals, with schools we can accurately call our neighbors.”

The Greater Catholic League (originally the Greater Cincinnati League) was formed in 1931 with four “original” schools: Elder, Purcell, Roger Bacon and Xavier University High (St. Xavier). In 1962, LaSalle and Moeller were added. In 1990, Alter, Chaminade Julienne, Badin and McNicholas joined to make a 10-team league consisting of two divisions: the North Division (Alter, Badin, Chaminade Julienne, McNicholas, Purcell Marian and Roger Bacon) and the South Division (Elder, LaSalle, Moeller, and St. Xavier). In 2006, Carroll and Fenwick joined the GCL and the league was regrouped into three divisions: the North Division (Alter, Carroll, Chaminade Julienne and Fenwick), Central Division (Badin, McNicholas, Purcell Marian and Roger Bacon) and South Division (Elder, LaSalle, Moeller and St. Xavier). In 2013, the GCL was reorganized again, this time including the Girls Greater Catholic League. Under the GCL umbrella there were three leagues: Greater Catholic League Co-ed (GCL-Coed, North and Central Divisions), Girls Greater Catholic League (GGCL) and Greater Catholic League South (GCLS). In 2019, the GCL-Coed moved to a single 8-team division and did away with the “North” and “Central” designations.