Schuylkill, Colonial leagues announce cooperative schedule agreement
PHOTO BY MIKE HAINES Officials from the Colonial League and Schuylkill League announced a cooperative football scheduling agreement Thursday. They are (left to right) Lehighton athletic director and Schuylkil League Football Chairman Kyle Spotts; Tamaqua principal and SL President Stephen Toth; Northern Lehigh athletic director and CL President Bryan Geist; and Northwestern Lehigh athletic director and CL Treasurer and Footbal Chairman Jazon Zimmerman.
PHOTO BY MIKE HAINES
In the recent past, football teams in the Colonial League and Schuylkill League only met in the postseason. A new cooperative scheduling agreement will have teams from both leagues competing during the regular season starting in the fall of 2020.
Officials from the Colonial and Schuylkill leagues held a press conference Thursday announcing their new cooperative football scheduling model, which will take affect in the 2020 season.
The 12 Colonial League football teams and 16 from the Schuylkill League will form four divisions based on enrollments and PIAA Classifications. While Colonial League president Bryan Geist insisted the move was not a merger, the cooperative in effect creates a new 28-team league.
“It’s not a perfect system, but we’re getting closer,” said Northwestern Lehigh athletic director Jason Zimmerman.
The cooperative allows more schools to match up with opponents of similar size, which should result in more competitive games and could produce district brackets that better reflect teams performance throughout the season.
Bangor (4A), Blue Mountain (4A), Lehighton (4A), Northwestern Lehigh (4A), Pottsville (4A), Saucon Valley (4A), Southern Lehigh (5A), Wilson (4A).
Jim Thorpe (3A), North Schuylkill (3A), Northern Lehigh (3A), Notre Dame Green Pond (3A), Palisades (3A), Pen Argyl (3A), Salisbury (3A), Tamaqua (3A).
Pine Grove (3A), Schuylkill Haven (2A), Mahanoy Area (2A), Catasauqua (2A), Palmerton (2A), Minersville (2A).
Panther Valley (2A), Shenandoah (A), Marian Catholic (A), Tri-Valley (A), Nativity (A), Williams Valley (A).
A COMPREHENSIVE LOOK AT THE NEW SETUP, INCLUDING COMMENTS FROM A NUMBER OF AREA ATHLETIC DIRECTORS, WILL BE FEATURED IN FRIDAY’S TIMES NEWS AND ON THE OUR WEBSITE FRIDAY AFTERNOON.