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North Coast League

The North Coast League (NCL) is a high school athletic conference for Catholic schools in Greater Cleveland, Ohio.

North Coast League
Classification OHSAA Division II, III, and IV
Established 1984
Members 14
Sports fielded 10 boys and 9 girls
State Championships 49
Country United States
Region Midwest
States 1 - Ohio

Current membersEdit

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

The current NCL membership: Blue Division members are marked with blue, White Division members are marked with white.
School Nickname Location Colors
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

School Nickname Location Colors
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

Former membersEdit

School Nickname Location Colors Membership Current Conference
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
1984–2013 School closed
St. Thomas Aquinas High School Knights Louisville, Stark County Black & Gold
2013–2019 Independent
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

Membership timelineEdit

St. Joseph Academy (Cleveland, OH)Gilmour AcademyValley Christian SchoolsSt. Thomas Aquinas High School (Louisville, Ohio)Walsh Jesuit High SchoolJohn F. Kennedy High School (Warren, Ohio)Benedictine High School (Cleveland, Ohio)Beaumont SchoolArchbishop Hoban High SchoolVilla Angela-St. Joseph High SchoolElyria Catholic High SchoolNotre Dame-Cathedral Latin SchoolTrinity High School (Ohio)St. Peter Chanel High SchoolPadua Franciscan High SchoolLake Catholic High SchoolHoly Name High SchoolCleveland Central Catholic High School 

Full members Boys sports only Girls sports only

State championshipsEdit

This chart only includes state championships won by the schools while in the North Coast League in sports sanctioned by the NCL.

School Sport Year(s)
Archbishop Hoban Football
Girls Soccer
2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
Beaumont School Volleyball 2012
Benedictine Football 2014
Cleveland Central Catholic Boys Basketball
Girls Basketball
Elyria Catholic Girls Tennis 2006
Holy Name Girls Soccer 2006
John F. Kennedy Football 2016
Lake Catholic Football
1991, 1992, 2001
NDCL Baseball
2001, 2009
2000, 2009
2014, 2015
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
2015, 2016
Trinity Girls Basketball
Boys Track & Field
1990, 1994, 1996
VASJ Boys Basketball
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.

Other sportsEdit

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.