Lakes Valley Conference to begin next fall
The new Lakes Valley Conference (LAC) officially began on Monday at a special kick-off meeting at South Lyon East High School. “Together We Are One … Aspire, Aim, Achieve” is the basis for the LAC, which will begin in the fall of 2017.
Greg Michaels, athletic director of Huron Valley Schools, unveiled the new LAC logo before a packed media center made up of students, principals, athletic directors and student activities directors from all nine member schools.
Milford, Lakeland, South Lyon, South Lyon East, Waterford Kettering, Waterford Mott, Walled Lake Central, Walled Lake Western and Walled Lake Northern make up the LAC. The creation of the new conference is a culmination of work that began last May to create a new conference whose chief purpose was based on competitive equity, school size and geography.
Milford High School Principal Kevin McKenna shared that the new Lakes Valley Conference would focus on academics, arts and athletics. He acknowledged the hard work and the collaborative effort of students, student activities directors, athletic directors and principals to form a new league that will showcase all the great things going on in the classroom, on the playing field and in the community.
Walled Lake Consolidated Schools Athletic Director Brian Swinehart explained the decision to leave the Kensington Lakes Activities Association (KLAA) had nothing to do with football. Having like-size schools (1,000-1,700 student enrollment) and geography were two main areas of focus.
“I’m real excited about the sense of community we have now among the schools,” said Swinehart. “The student leaders in those nine schools took a leadership position and did a great job of helping create the new conference. We now have the academic piece in place so we can highlight academics, arts and athletics.”
“We want to the new conference to highlight all students and the great things the students do in the community,” said McKenna. “It will be an ongoing effort to showcase the fine work of all our students.”
For more information on the LAC, visit their website at www.lakesvalleyconference.org/.