- Solon City School District
Solon Comets to Join Suburban League Athletic Conference
Solon Board of Education Approves Move to New Athletic Conference
The Comets will begin the transition to the Suburban League as soon as competition schedules allow and procedural steps are completed for the district to exit the Greater Cleveland Conference and formally join the Suburban League.
The Solon Board of Education on September 12 approved the district moving to the Suburban League athletic conference as soon as competition schedules allow. The board action follows a September 6 vote by the Suburban League’s athletic council overwhelmingly approving Solon as the 16th member school.
Solon Comet athletic teams have been competing in the Greater Cleveland Conference since 2015. The transition to the Suburban League will mark a return to conference competition with several familiar area schools.
“We have been looking to make this change and rekindle traditional conference rivalries with neighboring schools for several years now,” said Solon Schools Superintendent Fred Bolden. “Our teams have enjoyed excellent competition within the Greater Cleveland Conference and wish all of the GCC member schools continued success. The move to the Suburban League, however, makes sense geographically and provides exciting opportunities for our student athletes, our athletic program and our Comet fans.”
Currently, there are 15 member schools in the Suburban League split into two conferences based on enrollment. Solon will compete in the National Conference along with Brecksville-Broadview Heights, Hudson, Nordonia, North Royalton, Stow, Twinsburg and Wadsworth as soon as the competition schedules can be set.
The league’s American Conference includes Aurora, Barberton, Copley, Cuyahoga Falls, Highland, Kent Roosevelt, Revere and Tallmadge.
The Suburban League was formed in 1949 and expanded in 2015 when the former Northeast Ohio Conference dissolved. Solon was a member of the Northeast Ohio Conference and joined the new Greater Cleveland Conference upon its formation in 2015.
“Sponsoring competition in 22 different sports, the league has a long history of athletic excellence across the athletic landscape,” according to the Suburban League in announcing the vote to admit Solon to the conference. “The addition of Solon High School, widely recognized for both athletic and academic excellence, is seen as another step toward the league’s commitment to the 3 A’s – academics, athletics and the arts.”
Specific details about potential schedules and the official shift to Suburban League play will be communicated as soon as it is finalized.