North Coast League
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|North Coast League|
|Classification||OHSAA Division II, III, and IV|
|Sports fielded||10 boys and 9 girls|
|States||1 - Ohio|
The NCL is currently made up of 12 schools across five counties in northeast Ohio. The schools are separated into two divisions, based on their enrollment. The Blue Division consists of larger schools, while the White Division is made up of smaller schools.
Padua Franciscan will be leaving the NCL after the 2019-20 school year. Beginning with the 2020-21 school year, the league will no longer sanction football, making each school independent for football only (unless a school would join another conference), while still competing in the NCL in other sports. The league will eliminate the division structure which has been in place since 2006 (since 2000 for football). Schools will instead play a single round robin schedule in most sports, resulting in eight league games per season for boys sports and nine for girls sports.
Blue Division (larger schools)Edit
|Archbishop Hoban High School||Knights||Akron, Summit County||Navy Blue & Old Gold |
|Beaumont SchoolA||Bluestreaks||Cleveland Hts., Cuyahoga County||Blue & Gold |
|Benedictine High SchoolB||Bengals||Cleveland, Cuyahoga County||Columbia Blue & White |
|Lake Catholic High School||Cougars||Mentor, Lake County||Forest Green & Gray |
|Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin High School||Lions||Chardon, Geauga County||Blue & Gold |
|Padua Franciscan High School||Bruins||Parma, Cuyahoga County||Brown & White |
|Saint Joseph AcademyA||Jaguars||Cleveland, Cuyahoga County||Purple & Gold |
|Walsh Jesuit High School||Warriors||Cuyahoga Falls, Summit County||Maroon & Gold |
A Girls' sports only
B Boys' sports only
White Division (smaller schools)Edit
|Cleveland Central Catholic High School||Ironmen||Cleveland, Cuyahoga County||Navy Blue & Red |
|Gilmour Academy||Lancers||Gates Mills, Cuyahoga County||Blue & Gray |
|John F. Kennedy High School||Eagles||Warren, Trumbull County||Navy Blue & White |
|Villa Angela-St. Joseph High School||Vikings||Cleveland, Cuyahoga County||Red & Columbia Blue |
|Elyria Catholic High School||Panthers||Elyria, Lorain County||Green & White
||1995–2011||Great Lakes Conference|
|Holy Name High School||Green Wave||Parma Hts., Cuyahoga County||Green & White
||1984–2015||Great Lakes Conference|
|St. Peter Chanel High School||Firebirds||Bedford, Cuyahoga County||Red & Black
|St. Thomas Aquinas High School||Knights||Louisville, Stark County||Black & Gold
|Trinity High School||Trojans||Garfield Heights, Cuyahoga County||Blue & White
||1984–2019||Chagrin Valley Conference|
|Valley Christian School||Eagles||Youngstown, Mahoning County||Blue & Bright Gold
||2015–17||Portage Trail Conference|
Full members Boys sports only Girls sports only
This chart only includes state championships won by the schools while in the North Coast League in sports sanctioned by the NCL.
|2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 |
|Cleveland Central Catholic||Boys Basketball
|Elyria Catholic||Girls Tennis||2006|
|Holy Name||Girls Soccer||2006|
|John F. Kennedy||Football||2016|
|1991, 1992, 2001 |
|2001, 2009 |
|Padua Franciscan||Ice Hockey
|1986, 1989, 2006 |
2008, 2009, 2013
|St. Peter Chanel||Boys Basketball
1986, 1987, 1988, 2011
|St. Thomas Aquinas||Girls Cross Country
Boys Track and Field
Girls Track and Field
Boys Track & Field
|1990, 1994, 1996 |
|2013, 2015, 2017 |
During the season, every school must play five league games, one against every other school in its own division. They are generally played the final five weeks of the season. Schools are also allowed to schedule schools in the other division, however these games are considered independent and do not count in NCL standings. Prior to 2011, each school played an additional school in the other division in a "crossover" game. The crossover opponents rotated on two-year stints.
In 2013 only, the White Division only had five schools, as Chanel closed in July 2013 and St. Thomas Aquinas did not play a NCL football schedule until 2014. The schools in the White Division only played four league games that year. This will occur again for the 2017 season, after Valley Christian leaves the NCL for the Portage Trail Conference. Gilmour Academy will join the White Division in 2018.
In other sports, such as basketball and volleyball, where more games are played during the season, each school must play 10 games against NCL opponents. Every school plays every other school in its division twice (once home, once away) Schools are also allowed to schedule schools in the other division, however these games are considered independent and do not count in NCL standings. Prior to the 2011 expansion, schools played 13 games: a home-and-away series against division opponents and a single game against inter-division foes.
In other sports such as track and swimming where schools have "meets" instead of individual games, there is one NCL meet for all schools in the league. For ice hockey a tournament is played in December to determine the conference champion as teams do not play an NCL schedule during the regular season.