By DOUG DONNELLY
Whitmore Lake will leave the Tri-County Conference after the 2018-19 school year, according to a published report.
The Trojans are headed to the Michigan Independent Athletic Conference, which will have 14 schools for 2019-20 and beyond. The conference was formerly only for private and independent schools but recently changed its charter to include charter and public schools. Livonia Clarenceville will also join the MIAA.
HomeTown Life Newspapers published a story late Thursday about the conference change for Clarenceville and Whitmore Lake.
Glynn Blackwell, athletic director at Novi Christian Academy, said the league extended an offer for Whitmore Lake to join after school officials made a presentation on Wednesday. The Whitmore Lake Board of Education will hear about the proposal Monday.
Blackwell said he expects Whitmore Lake to join the league next year. The MIAC is split into two separate divisions. It will be determined later which division Whitmore Lake will be in.
Other members of the MIAC include Plymouth Christian, Lutheran High Westland, Westland Huron Valley Lutheran, Novi Christian, Bloomfield Hills Roeper, Southfield Christian, Allen Park Inter-City Baptist, Auburn Hills Oakland Christian, Sterling Heights Parkway Christian, Center Line Macomb Christian, Rochester Hills Lutheran Northwest, Brighton Charyl Stockwell Academy and the newest member, Livonia Clarenceville.
Whitmore Lake’s membership in the Tri-County Conference dates back more than 45 years.
Whitmore Lake was a charter member of the Tri-County Conference, which was formed in 1973. Britton, Deerfield, Madison, Summerfield, Ann Arbor St. Thomas and Whitmore Lake joined together to create the league. Britton, Deerfield and Madison were from Lenawee County, Summerfield from Monroe County and Whitmore Lake and St. Thomas from Washtenaw County.
Whiteford and Sand Creek joined the TCC for the 1975-76 school year, which was the last for St. Thomas. Morenci joined the TCC in 1981 and Clinton in 2007. Britton and Deerfield were a co-op program in several sports before becoming Britton Deerfield High School in 2011.
Whitmore Lake has won 37 league titles during its years in the TCC.