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Colonial League

Colonial League
Colonial League logo.png
Formation1975
Legal statusAssociation
PurposeAthletic/Educational
Region served
Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania
Delaware Valley, Pennsylvania
Northeastern Pennsylvania
Membership
14 schools
Official language
English
President
Bryan Geist
Parent organization
PIAA
AffiliationsPIAA District XI
Websitecolonialleague.org
Remarks(610) 767 – 9840

The Colonial League is an athletic conference consisting of 14 high schools mostly from the Lehigh Valley portion of eastern Pennsylvania in the United States. It is part of District XI of the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association. The Colonial League is designed for mid and small-size schools in the Lehigh Valley. Larger schools in the region compete in the Lehigh Valley Conference.

History

In 1975, nine schools from the Lehigh Valley region of eastern Pennsylvania merged to form the Colonial League. Since then, a total of six teams have joined the league, with one team leaving.

Charter members

The Colonial League was founded in 1975, with the following teams as charter members.

These schools were originally either part of the Lehigh Valley League, or the Lehigh-Northampton League for interscholastic activities. As years went on, the member schools of these leagues became much different in size. The smaller schools of each league broke away and formed the Colonial League. Other schools became members of the Centennial League or the East Penn Conference.

1994 Additions

The following teams moved from the neighboring Centennial League in 1994.

1994 Departure

In 1994, the Nazareth Blue Eagles decided to leave the Colonial League to compete with larger schools from the Lehigh Valley in the Mountain Valley Conference. Since then, they joined the Lehigh Valley Conference in 2001 and its successor conference, the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference, in 2014.

2014 Additions

The following schools were formerly associate members of the Colonial League; they participated in a number of sports, with some in league play and others as independent status. In time for the 2014–15 sports seasons, they were promoted to a full-time membership.

2014 Departure

The following school was offered to change its associate member status to full-time membership for the 2014-15 season, but declined. To accept full membership would have meant this small traditionally single-A school would be required to play all sports at the AA level. In the best competitive interest of the students the offer was declined.

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