The Greater Lansing Activities Conference will debut in August.
On Wednesday, athletic directors of the seven high schools and two representatives from league sponsor LAFCU unveiled the new league’s logo in front of the State Capitol in Lansing.
“I think this is the best thing for all of our schools,” Lakewood AD Bill Barker said. “We’re all trying to put our kids in a situation where they can be successful.”
Lakewood and Stockbridge move to the GLAC from the Capital Area Activities Conference.
“I have nothing but good things to say about the CAAC,” Barker said. “It’s a classy organization with great ADs. I’ll miss a lot of those guys, although we’ll play some of them non-league.”
The GLAC’s bylaws and schedules are set for 2014-15.
“It’s made my job a lot easier as far as scheduling,” Lansing Christian AD Zach VanDuinen said. “It’s a great opportunity to renew some rivalries with schools like Leslie and Stockbridge that were in our conference a couple of years ago.”
Lansing Christian and Leslie became independents the past two years after the Southern Michigan Activities Association dissolved.
“Our kids and our community are excited to have a league title and all-conference awards to go for,” Leslie AD Scott Cousineau said.
Olivet and Maple Valley came over from the Kalamazoo Valley Association.
“The KVA was in the middle of some transition, and two of our biggest rivals — Battle Creek Pennfield and Maple Valley – were leaving,” Olivet AD Matt Seidl said. “It made a lot of sense to me to move, although our community wasn’t totally sure. As the KVA began to unravel in November and December, we decided to make the jump.
“Some of these rivalries are old, because we’ve been in a league before with some of these schools. So it’s not like it’s a brand new thing. We’re excited.”
Olivet and Maple Valley were also members of the SMAA from 1982-2005 before joining the KVA.
“The purpose of us looking for a new league was the distance,” Maple Valley AD Duska Brumm said. “And with only seven schools in the league, it has opened up some non-league competition closer to home.”
Former CAAC member Perry joins the GLAC after two years in the Genesee Area Conference Red Division.
“It brings back the tradition of Leslie, Stockbridge and Perry being together from back in the 60s and 70s,” Hebden said. “This time, we’ll stay together for a lifetime.”
The three high schools were members of the Ingham County League from 1968-92.
“This particular group fits very well socioeconomically and in size,” Hebden added. “That’s important that our kids are able to compete. Our kids are excited to compete and go up against like kind of schools.”