Lakes Eight gets a makeover

Matt DeYoung • Jul 21, 2015 at 1:03 PM

The Lakes Eight Conference will be getting a makeover for the 2014-15 school year.

That’s when current conference members Tri-County and Grant will league the league in favor of the CSAA.

In response, the Lakes Eight will add Muskegon Catholic Central.

“As far as all the other sports, they have every sport we offer except for wrestling and lacrosse,” said Spring Lake athletic director Cavin Mohrhardt. “That’s more than some of the schools that are leaving.”

The Lakes Eight began back in 2006, when Spring Lake and Fruitport joined up with Ludington, Fremont, Orchard View, Grant, Tri-County and Newaygo.

Prior to that, Fruitport and Spring Lake were members of the Western Waterways Activities Conference. The Lakers and the Trojans were part of the WWAC West, which also included Ludington, Orchard View and Manistee. 

WWAC East teams included Fremont, Chippewa Hills, Big Rapids, Reed City and Tri-County.

In 2005, the WWAC juggled its divisions, and the Western Waterways Lakes division was formed. That included Chippewa Hills, Grant, Ludington, Big Rapids, Fremont, Orchard View, Fruitport and Spring Lake.

The next year, the league disbanded and the Lakes Eight was formed.

Newaygo abandoned the Lakes Eight in 2012, with Tri-County and Grant pledging to do the same this year.

That left the remaining conference schools scrambling to determine their future.

“Over the past four years, there have been all kids of options considered,” Mohrhardt said. “At one point, the whole Lakes Eight talked to the West Michigan Conference, but nothing came of that. We talked with a lot of other schools.

“Over the past year, this was probably the only option considered, other than everybody breaking up and going their own way.”

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