Portage Trail Conference

The Portage Trail Conference or PTC is an association of seven high schools and their associated middle/junior high schools located in the northeast region of the U.S. State of Ohio. Three member schools are in Portage County, two are in Stark County, and one each is located in Summit and Trumbull counties. The conference officially began play in August 2005 with 16 member schools divided into two eight-school divisions based on enrollment, with the smaller schools in the County Division and the larger schools in the Metro Division. Games against teams in the opposite division did not count as conference games.[1] Between 2013 and 2017, the conference experienced a number of membership changes, with four schools leaving and three schools joining. In 2020 the PTC underwent its largest changes since its inception as 10 schools left the conference. Two schools left the County Division to join different leagues while all eight Metro Division member schools left to form their own conference, the Metro Athletic Conference.[2] Two smaller independent schools joined the five remaining PTC schools for the 2020–21 school year and the County Division name was dropped. By the 2021–22 school year, the conference will compete with a total of six schools.[3]

Current membersEdit

School Nickname Location Colors[4] Enrollment[a] Middle school Year Joined
James A. Garfield High School G-Men Garrettsville Black, gold
   
416[5] James A. Garfield Middle School 2005
John F. Kennedy Catholic School Eagles Warren Blue, white, red
     
167[6] John F. Kennedy Catholic School[b] 2020
Lake Center Christian School Tigers Lake Blue, gold
   
193[7] Lake Center Christian School[c] 2015
Mogadore High School Wildcats Mogadore Green, white
   
257[5] Mogadore Junior High School 2005
Rootstown High School Rovers Rootstown Navy blue, white
   
326[5] Rootstown Middle School 2005
Southeast High School Pirates Palmyra Maroon, gold
   
461[5] Southeast Middle School 2005
St. Thomas Aquinas High School Knights Louisville Black, gold
   
139[8] St. Thomas Aquinas Middle School 2020

██ = leaving after 2020–21 school year

  1. ^ Enrollment numbers only include grades 9–12 even if the school has additional grades in the building
  2. ^ JFK Upper Campus includes grades 6–12
  3. ^ Lake Center Christian School includes grades PK–12

Former membersEdit

School Nickname Location Colors[4] Membership years Division New league
Cloverleaf High School Colts Westfield Green, white
   
2015–2020 Metro Metro Athletic Conference
Coventry High School Comets Coventry Blue, gold
   
2005–2020 Metro Metro Athletic Conference
Crestwood High School Red Devils Mantua Red, gray, white
     
2005–2020 County Chagrin Valley Conference
East Canton High School Hornets East Canton Blue, gold
   
2005–2013 County Inter-Valley Conference
Field High School Falcons Brimfield Red, white, black
     
2005–2020 Metro Metro Athletic Conference
Norton High School Panthers Norton Red, black, white
     
2005–2020 Metro Metro Athletic Conference
Ravenna High School Ravens Ravenna Blue, white, red
     
2005–2020 Metro Metro Athletic Conference
Springfield High School Spartans Lakemore Red, gray
   
2005–2020 Metro Metro Athletic Conference
Streetsboro High School Rockets Streetsboro Blue, gold
   
2005–2020 County/Metro Metro Athletic Conference
Theodore Roosevelt High School Rough Riders Kent Red, white, black
     
2005–2015 Metro Suburban League
Valley Christian School Eagles Youngstown Royal blue, gold
   
2017–2020 County Eastern Ohio Athletic Conference
Waterloo High School Vikings Atwater Burgundy, white
   
2005–2017 County Mahoning Valley Athletic Conference
Windham High School Bombers Windham Black, gold
   
2005–2013 County Northeastern Athletic Conference
Woodridge High School Bulldogs Cuyahoga Falls Maroon, silver, white
     
2005–2020 County/Metro Metro Athletic Conference

HistoryEdit

The PTC was formed as an expansion and reorganization of the original Portage County League or PCL, which had existed for most of the 20th century and by 2003 included eight high schools in Portage County and two in neighboring Summit County. Beginning in 2003, school leaders in the league began to explore the possibilities of expansion and realignment to better meet the needs of all the schools involved due to the vast differences in enrollments at member schools.[9]

Final Portage County League members:

  • Crestwood Red Devils
  • Field Falcons
  • Garfield G-Men
  • Mogadore Wildcats (Summit)
  • Rootstown Rovers
  • Southeast Pirates
  • Streetsboro Rockets
  • Waterloo Vikings
  • Windham Bombers
  • Woodridge Bulldogs (Summit)

It was decided to expand the league and divide it into two divisions based on enrollment figures. Initially Ravenna, Norton, Springfield, East Canton, and Coventry accepted invitations to join the new league beginning in 2005.[10] Later in the year, following news that the Western Reserve Conference (which had just lost member Ravenna) would be losing at least two additional member schools (leaving the South Division with just four teams), Kent Roosevelt left the WRC and accepted an invitation to join the new league effective in 2005 after initially choosing to remain in the WRC.[11][12]

The Metro Division contained the larger schools, which competed in Ohio's Divisions III and IV for football, while the County Division contained the smaller schools, who competed in divisions IV-VII. Because they were based on enrollment, a school's membership in a given division could change if enrollment numbers change. Games between teams of the same division counted in conference standings, while games against schools from the other division were treated as non-conference games.

In January 2011, the PTC announced that due to a change in enrollment figures, Streetsboro would move to the Metro Division and Southeast would move to the County Division for the 2011-12 school year.[13] East Canton announced in February 2011 that they would leave the PTC following the 2012–13 sports season to join the Inter-Valley Conference.[14] In July 2011, Windham announced their own departure from the conference citing enrollment issues. They also left the PTC after the 2012–13 school year and joined the Northeastern Athletic Conference.[15] The PTC heard presentations from four area high schools (Barberton, Northwest, St. Thomas Aquinas, and Lake Center Christian) in May 2011, prior to the announcement that Windham would also be leaving the conference in 2013.[16] Rather than expand, however, the PTC chose to stay at 14 teams, and Streetsboro moved back to the County Division for the 2013–14 school year.[17] In September 2013, Kent Roosevelt announced plans to leave the PTC for the Suburban League beginning in the 2016–17 school year, later changed to the 2015–16 school year.[18][19]

In December 2013, Cloverleaf announced it would leave the Suburban League for the Portage Trail Conference in 2015.[20] Lake Center Christian announced it would join at the same time. The two schools officially joined in July 2015 and began conference play in August. At the same time, the divisions were reorganized, with Streetsboro and Woodridge changing to the Metro Division with new member Cloverleaf, and Crestwood moving to the County Division along with new member Lake Center Christian.[21]

 
League members beginning with the 2015-16 school year

Waterloo High School announced intentions in early 2016 to leave the conference after the 2016–17 season.[22] They began play in the Mahoning Valley Athletic Conference in August 2017. Valley Christian School in Youngstown was announced in December 2016 as the PTC's newest member, and began PTC play in August 2017, joining from the North Coast League.[23]

On April 15th, 2019, the eight Metro Division schools announced plans to break away from the PTC and start a new conference (the Metro Athletic Conference) beginning with the 2020–21 school year.[2] In response to this Crestwood (then the largest school in the County Division) announced it was considering leaving the PTC for the Chagrin Valley Conference,[24] which was made official by a board of education vote on July 9th, 2019.[25]

Next, Valley Christian announced it was leaving after the 2019–20 school year, with Garrettsville Garfield announcing it was leaving after the 2020–21 school year.[3]

Portage Trail Conference Divisions (2005–2020, unless noted)
Metro Division County Division
Cloverleaf (2015–2020) Crestwood (2015–2020)
Coventry East Canton (2005–2013)
Crestwood (2005–2015) Garfield
Field Lake Center Christian (2015–2020)
Kent Roosevelt (2005–2015) Mogadore
Norton Rootstown
Ravenna Southeast (2011–)
Southeast (2005–2011) Streetsboro (2005–2011, 2013–2015)
Springfield Valley Christian (2017–2020)
Streetsboro (2011–2013, 2015–) Waterloo (2005–2017)
Woodridge (2015–2020) Windham (2005–2013)
Woodridge (2005–2015)

In the wake of these events, four of the remaining County Division schools (Mogadore, Rootstown, Southeast and Lake Center Christian) began a search for schools to join the conference in order to keep it intact. On February 5th, 2020 it was announced that beginning with the 2020-21 school year St. Thomas Aquinas (Stark County) and Warren JFK (Trumbull County) would join the conference, bringing the eventual final total to six schools (with five competing in football).[3]

ChampionshipsEdit

The PTC has championships in 18 different sports, the most recent additions being the boys' and girls' bowling tournament in 2007 and regular-season competition in 2008. Most sports have champions for each division, with the exceptions of boys' tennis and girls' tennis, which are not divided into divisions because a limited number of schools offer the sport. In football, baseball, basketball, soccer, softball, and volleyball, the division champion is determined by the results of regular-season play. Other sports—cross country, golf, bowling, track and field, tennis, and wrestling—weigh the regular-season and season-ending conference tournaments equally as part of determining the season's overall champion.[26]

FootballEdit

Year Metro County Playoff qualifiers (state division)
2005 Southeast Garfield Southeast (III), Garfield (IV), Mogadore (VI)
2006 Kent Roosevelt Garfield, Mogadore Kent Roosevelt (II), Coventry (III),
Mogadore (VI), Windham (VI)
2007 Ravenna Mogadore Ravenna (III), Field (III), Mogadore (VI)
2008 Kent Roosevelt[27] East Canton, Mogadore[28] Kent Roosevelt (II), Field (III), Ravenna (III),
East Canton (VI), Mogadore (VI)[29]
2009[30] Ravenna Mogadore, Woodridge Ravenna (II), Field (III),
Woodridge (IV), Mogadore (VI)
2010 Ravenna Mogadore Kent Roosevelt (II), Field (III),
Garfield (IV), Mogadore (VI)
2011 Kent Roosevelt Southeast Kent Roosevelt (II), Ravenna (III),
Southeast (III), Mogadore (VI)
2012 Kent Roosevelt Mogadore Kent Roosevelt (II), Ravenna (III),
Woodrige (III), Mogadore (VI)
2013 Kent Roosevelt Woodridge Kent Roosevelt (II), Woodridge (IV), Mogadore (VI)
2014 Crestwood, Field,
Ravenna
Mogadore Crestwood (IV), Field (IV),
Woodridge (IV), Mogadore (VI)
2015 Woodridge Mogadore Woodridge (IV), Crestwood (IV), Mogadore (VII)
2016 Woodridge Crestwood Crestwood (IV), Woodridge (IV),
Garfield (V), Mogadore (VII)
2017 Woodridge Rootstown Woodridge (III), Mogadore (VI)
Rootstown (VI), Valley Christian School (VII)
2018 Norton, Ravenna,

Woodridge

Boys' cross countryEdit

Overall conference winner based on combination of regular-season finish and tournament finish.[26]

Year Metro County State finishes (state division)
2005 Field Woodridge Woodridge - 3rd (II), East Canton - 10th (III)
2006 Crestwood Woodridge Woodridge - 1st (II), East Canton - 2nd (III)
2007 Crestwood Woodridge Woodridge - 1st (II), Crestwood - 6th (II),
Field - 11th (II)
2008 Crestwood[31] Woodridge Woodridge - 1st (II), Crestwood - 5th (II),
East Canton - 5th (III)
2009[32] Field Woodridge Woodridge - 1st (II)
2010 Field Woodridge Woodridge - 1st (II)
2011 Crestwood Woodridge Woodridge - 4th (II)
2012 Crestwood Woodridge Woodridge - 1st (II)
2013 Woodridge [33]

Girls' cross countryEdit

Overall conference winner based on combination of regular-season finish and tournament finish.[26]

Year Metro County State finishes (state division)
2005 Crestwood Woodridge Crestwood - 4th (II), Woodridge - 12th (III)
2006 Crestwood Woodridge Woodridge - 5th (III)
2007 Crestwood Woodridge Woodridge - 7th (II), Waterloo - 11th (III)
2008[34] Crestwood Woodridge Woodridge - 4th (II)
2009[32] Crestwood Woodridge Woodridge - 10th (II)
2010 Kent Roosevelt Woodridge Woodridge - 4th (II)
2011 Crestwood Woodridge
2012 Crestwood Woodridge Woodridge - 9th (II)

Girls' tennisEdit

Overall conference winner based on combination of regular-season finish and tournament finish.[26]

Year Regular season Tournament Overall
2005[35] Ravenna Ravenna Ravenna
2006 Ravenna Ravenna Ravenna
2007 Ravenna Ravenna Ravenna
2008[36] Ravenna Ravenna Ravenna
2009[37] Kent Roosevelt Kent Roosevelt Kent Roosevelt
2010[38] Kent Roosevelt Kent Roosevelt Kent Roosevelt
2011 Kent Roosevelt Kent Roosevelt Kent Roosevelt
2012 Kent Roosevelt Kent Roosevelt Kent Roosevelt
2013 Kent Roosevelt Field Kent Roosevelt, Field
2014
2015

GolfEdit

Overall division winner based on combination of regular-season finish and tournament finish.[26]

Metro County
Year Regular season Tournament Overall Regular season Tournament Overall
2005 Kent Roosevelt Ravenna Ravenna Rootstown Mogadore Mogadore,
Rootstown
2006[39] Kent Roosevelt Ravenna Kent Roosevelt Mogadore Mogadore Mogadore
2007[40] Kent Roosevelt Kent Roosevelt Kent Roosevelt Rootstown Rootstown Rootstown
2008[26] Kent Roosevelt Crestwood Crestwood,
Kent Roosevelt
Mogadore Rootstown Rootstown
2009[41] Kent Roosevelt Kent Roosevelt Kent Roosevelt Rootstown Rootstown Rootstown
2010[42] Crestwood,
Kent Roosevelt
Kent Roosevelt Kent Roosevelt Rootstown,
Woodridge
Woodridge Woodridge
2011 Kent Roosevelt, Crestwood Kent Roosevelt Kent Roosevelt Woodridge Woodridge Woodridge
2012 Kent Roosevelt Kent Roosevelt Kent Roosevelt Woodridge Woodridge Woodridge
2013[43] Kent Roosevelt Kent Roosevelt Kent Roosevelt Mogadore Southeast Southeast
2014
2015 Norton Field Norton

Boys' soccerEdit

Year Metro County State finishes (state division)
2005 Kent Roosevelt Rootstown, Waterloo
2006 Crestwood Waterloo
2007 Kent Roosevelt[44] Woodridge
2008 Kent Roosevelt[44] Woodridge Woodridge finishes ranked 8th in State for D2
2009 Kent Roosevelt[45] Woodridge
2010 Norton Woodridge
2011 Coventry Waterloo
2012 Kent Roosevelt Woodridge
2013 Field Garfield
2014 Kent Roosevelt Woodridge
2015 Woodridge Lake Center Christian
2016 Woodridge
2017 Woodridge
2018 Woodridge

Girls' soccerEdit

Year Metro County State finishes (state division)
2005 Woodridge (no split b/w Metro and County) Woodridge
2006 Crestwood, Kent Roosevelt,
Norton, Ravenna
Garfield, Woodridge
2007 Ravenna Woodridge
2008 Ravenna[46] Woodridge
2009 Kent Roosevelt[47] Rootstown
2010 Kent Roosevelt, Norton Woodridge
2011 Kent Roosevelt Rootstown
2012 Coventry, Kent Roosevelt, Norton Rootstown
2013 Norton

Girls' volleyballEdit

Year Metro County State finishes (state division)
2005 Southeast Streetsboro
2006 Crestwood, Southeast Streetsboro, Waterloo
2007 Field Streetsboro
2008[48] Field Streetsboro
2009 Southeast[49] Streetsboro[50]
2010[51] Kent Roosevelt Streetsboro, Waterloo
2011 Kent Roosevelt Waterloo
2012 Kent Roosevelt, Crestwood Southeast

Boys' basketballEdit

Year Metro County State finishes (state division)
2006 Springfield Windham Windham - Final Four (IV)
2007 Springfield Windham
2008 Kent Roosevelt[52] Streetsboro[53]
2009 Kent Roosevelt[54] Streetsboro, Waterloo[55]
2010 Norton East Canton
2011 Crestwood, Kent Roosevelt Streetsboro
2012 Kent Roosevelt, Norton Southeast, Woodridge
2013 Norton Windham
2014 Norton Streetsboro
2015 Coventry Mogadore
2016 Coventry Mogadore
2017 Woodridge Crestwood, Mogadore
2018 Woodridge, Norton Crestwood Mogadore

Girls' basketballEdit

Year Metro County State finishes (state division)
2006 Southeast East Canton, Rootstown, Waterloo East Canton - 2nd (IV)
2007 Crestwood, Southeast Waterloo
2008 Southeast East Canton
2009 Field[56] Mogadore[57]
2010 Ravenna[58] Mogadore
2011 Ravenna Mogadore
2012 Ravenna Woodridge
2013 Norton Southeast
2018 Cloverleaf, Norton Garfield

WrestlingEdit

Overall division winner based on combination of regular-season finish and tournament finish.[26]

Metro County
Year Regular season Tournament Regular season Tournament
2006 Ravenna Ravenna Woodridge Woodridge
2006 Ravenna Ravenna Woodridge Woodridge
2008[59] Ravenna Ravenna Woodridge Woodridge
2009[60] Coventry Coventry Streetsboro Streetsboro
2010[61] Coventry Coventry Waterloo Waterloo
2011 Crestwood Crestwood Rootstown, Garfield, Waterloo Rootstown
2012 Crestwood Crestwood Southeast Rootstown
2013 Crestwood, Coventry, Ravenna Crestwood Rootstown Woodridge
2014
2015
2016
2017
2018 Cloverleaf, Norton, Woodridge Norton Rootstown Rootstown
2019

Boys' bowlingEdit

Overall conference winner based on combination of regular-season finish and tournament finish.[26] Beginning in 2010, champions were crowned in both Metro and County divisions.

Year Regular-season Tournament Overall State finishes (state division)
2007[62] NA Kent Roosevelt Kent Roosevelt
2008[63] Ravenna Kent Roosevelt Kent Roosevelt, Ravenna
2009[64] Ravenna Crestwood Crestwood
Metro County
Regular-season Tournament Overall Regular-season Tournament Overall
2010[65] Kent Roosevelt Crestwood Crestwood, Kent Roosevelt Garfield Garfield Garfield Kent Roosevelt - 13th (I)[66]
2011 Kent Roosevelt Crestwood Kent Roosevelt, Crestwood Garfield Garfield Garfield
2012 Crestwood Crestwood Crestwood Garfield Garfield Garfield
2013 Kent Roosevelt Kent Roosevelt Kent Roosevelt Garfield East Canton Garfield, East Canton

Girls' bowlingEdit

Overall conference winner based on combination of regular-season finish and tournament finish.[26] Beginning in 2010, champions were crowned in both Metro and County divisions.

Year Regular-season Tournament Overall State finishes (state division)
2007[62] NA Garfield Garfield
2008[63] Garfield Crestwood Crestwood, Garfield
2009[64] Garfield Garfield Garfield
Metro County
Regular-season Tournament Overall Regular-season Tournament Overall
2010[65] Kent Roosevelt Kent Roosevelt Kent Roosevelt Garfield Garfield Garfield
2011 Coventry Coventry Coventry Garfield Garfield Garfield
2012 Springfield Springfield Springfield Garfield Garfield Garfield
2013 Springfield Coventry Springfield, Coventry Garfield Garfield Garfield

Boys' track & fieldEdit

Overall division winner based on division meet finish.[26]

Metro County
Year Regular season Conference meet Overall Regular season Conference meet Overall State finishes (state division)
2006 Field Field Field Streetsboro Streetsboro Streetsboro
2007 Crestwood Crestwood Crestwood[67] Streetsboro Streetsboro Streetsboro[68]
2008 Crestwood Crestwood Crestwood[69] Woodridge Woodridge Woodridge[70]
2009[71] Crestwood Crestwood Crestwood Woodridge Woodridge Woodridge
2010[72] Southeast, Crestwood Southeast Southeast Woodridge Woodridge Woodridge Woodridge - 2nd (II)
2011 Southeast Southeast Southeast Woodridge Woodridge Woodridge
2012 Crestwood Kent Roosevelt Crestwood, Kent Roosevelt Woodridge Woodridge Woodridge
2013 Kent Roosevelt Kent Roosevelt Kent Roosevelt Woodridge Woodridge Woodridge
2014 Field Field Field Woodridge Woodridge Woodridge
2015 Coventry, Field, Crestwood Field Field Woodridge Woodridge Woodridge
2016 Coventry Woodridge Coventry, Woodridge

Girls' track & fieldEdit

Overall division winner based on combination of regular season and division meet finish.[26]

Metro County
Year Regular season Conference meet Overall Regular season Conference meet Overall State finishes (state division)
2006 Crestwood Crestwood Crestwood Woodridge Woodridge Woodridge Crestwood - 1st (II)
2007 Field Crestwood Field, Crestwood[67] Woodridge Woodridge Woodridge[68]
2008 Ravenna Ravenna Ravenna[69] Ravenna Woodridge Woodridge[70]
2009[73] Kent Roosevelt Kent Roosevelt Kent Roosevelt Woodridge Woodridge Woodridge Woodridge - 10th (II)
2010[72] Kent Roosevelt Kent Roosevelt Kent Roosevelt Woodridge Waterloo Woodridge, Waterloo Woodridge - 9th (II)
2011 Kent Roosevelt Kent Roosevelt Kent Roosevelt Woodridge Woodridge Woodridge
2012 Crestwood Crestwood, Kent Roosevelt Crestwood Woodridge Woodridge Woodridge
2013 Crestwood Kent Roosevelt Crestwood, Kent Roosevelt Woodridge Woodridge Woodridge

BaseballEdit

Year Metro County State finishes (state division)
2006 Norton Woodridge
2007 Field Woodridge
2008 Field Woodridge
2009 Kent Roosevelt[74] Garfield
2010[75] Crestwood Woodridge
2011 Ravenna Garfield
2012 Ravenna Garfield, Southeast
2013 Field Southeast, Woodridge
2018 Woodridge [76]

SoftballEdit

Year Metro County State finishes (state division)
2006 Springfield Garfield
2007 Field Garfield
2008 Field Garfield, Waterloo
2009[77] Field Waterloo
2010 Field[78] East Canton, Garfield[79][80]
2011 Springfield Garfield
2012 Springfield Woodridge
2013 Field Windham
2017 Norton Crestwood

Boys' tennisEdit

Overall conference winner based on combination of regular-season finish and tournament finish.[26]

Year Regular season Tournament Overall
2006 Norton Norton Norton
2007 Norton Norton Norton
2008[81] Norton Norton Norton
2009[82] Kent Roosevelt Kent Roosevelt Kent Roosevelt
2010[83] Kent Roosevelt Kent Roosevelt Kent Roosevelt
2011 Kent Roosevelt Kent Roosevelt Kent Roosevelt
2012 Norton Norton Norton
2013 Norton Norton Norton
2014 Norton Norton Norton
2015 Norton Norton Norton
2016 Norton Norton Norton
2017 Woodridge Woodridge Woodridge
2018 Woodridge

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