Division lineups set for BCS Athletic ConferencePublished 8:09am Monday, August 18, 2014
The first contests of the 2014-15 fall sports season will be Wednesday as Brandywine tennis competes in the Paw Paw Invitational.
The Bobcats will be beginning a new era as they will no longer be members of the Lakeland Conference. Cassopolis, Buchanan and Bridgman are making the same change.
Those four schools, as well as members of the former St. Joe Valley Conference have joined to form the New BCS Athletic Conference.
There will also be some honorary members of the BCS in certain sports, including former members of the Kalamazoo Valley Conference and the Red Arrow Conference.
The first official BCS event will see the Brandywine boys tennis team travel to Kalamazoo to take on Hackett.
There will be different division lineups for many of the sports.
Most are based on geographical pairings, while football is based on team strength.
These division lineups will only be for the 2014-15 season as five new teams — River Valley, Comstock, Berrien Springs, Parchment and Michigan Lutheran — join the league the following year.
Football will have a Red and a Blue division.
The Red Division will consist of Brandywine, Bronson, Buchanan, Cassopolis and Mendon. The Blue Division will be made up of Centreville, New Buffalo, Bridgman, White Pigeon and Lake Michigan Catholic.
Each division will have its own champion.
Cross country will be one division with a single champion. There will be three jamborees in which all 10 teams will compete.
Volleyball will be made up of two divisions with a season-ending, 10-team tournament. Division play will count 33 percent toward the league championship, while the league tournament will count as 67 percent.
The East Division will be made up of Bronson, Cassopolis, Centreville, Mendon and White Pigeon. The West Division will be made up of Brandywine, Bridgman, Buchanan, LMC and New Buffalo.
The remaining fall sports, boys tennis and boys soccer will not have divisions. Both will include honorary members.
A single round robin and a league tournament will both count 50 percent toward the league title in tennis.
A single round robin, which will include Red Arrow members Michigan Lutheran, Watervliet Grace Christian and Howardsville Christian, will determine the league champion.
Standings will be based on a point system that awards a team three points for a win and one point for a tie. If a match should end in a tie, there will be a pair of 10-minute overtimes, but no shootout to decide a winner.
Winter sports will have two divisions in both boys and girls basketball and one division in wrestling.
Spring sports will have two divisions in baseball, softball, track and boys basketball and a single division for girls tennis and girls soccer.