At the behest of Tony Torio, the coach at Ottawa Hills, the league considered whether or not to change to NAQT format and name me commissioner earlier this month. They voted 17-1 in the affirmative to both actions.
League play begins on Monday, October 19. The 18 teams are split into three, six-team divisions for what they call Season 1.
East: Central Catholic, School of the Arts, Maumee, Northwood, Clay, Gibsonburg
North: Whitmer, Northview, Southview, Toledo Technology Academy, Toledo Islamic Academy, Ottawa Hills
South: Springfield (Holland), Maumee Valley Country Day, Lake (Millbury), Bowling Green, Toledo Early College HS, St. Francis de Sales
After the round robin within each division is completed, the top 2/middle 2/bottom 2 from each division will be combined to form what they call the Season 2 groups. These teams will play the ones they didn't play in Season 1; there's no repeat match against the Season 1 opponent.
From the looks of it, there are 4 small schools in the league at present but I know Toledo School of the Arts is fighting hard to be considered NAQT-small as well. If they are granted small status, that would make 10 teams (5 schools, varsity and jv each) fighting for 3 SSNCT bids at the varsity level. Additionally, if Arts is granted status, then some team from the East group is guaranteed a bid.
Maumee Valley ran the table at Tiffin, so they have an HSNCT bid already and I would have to think they are early favorites to win the league. Ottawa Hills has their SSNCT bid and will play an A-set at Hicksville this weekend to get ready for their opening match. St. Francis missed out on an HSNCT bid at Tiffin and have a tough group with Bowling Green -- 3rd place at last year's NW OAC Regional -- and MVCD.
Greg Bossick, formerly Persona Non Grata
Mogadore '98, Youngstown State '02
Director of the Mahoning, Ashtabula, Portage, and Toledo Area Quizbowl Leagues