Grizzlies News · Changes Coming to One of Michigan’s Top High School Athletic Conferences

ANN ARBOR – Over the next couple of years, the Southeastern Conference Red and White divisions will look a lot different.

The board of governors and athletic directors have approved a plan that will realign one of the state’s top conferences based on school enrollment in hopes of creating a more balanced playing field within the league.

SEC in 2020-2021

Jackson at Ypsilanti Community High School football

Teammates congratulate Ypsilanti’s Fred Willis (8) on a carry during Ypsilanti Community’s game against Jackson at Shadford Field in Ypsilanti Friday, Aug. 30 2019.Jacob Hamilton/

The school that will be immediately affected by the change will be Ypsilanti. The Grizzlies will join Ann Arbor Pioneer, Ann Arbor Huron, Ann Arbor Skyline, Saline, Monroe and Temperance Bedford in the SEC-Red next year for all sports.

That will leave Lincoln, Dexter, Pinckney, Tecumseh, Chelsea, Jackson and Adrian in the SEC-White for the 2020-2021 athletic year.

SEC in 2021-2022 and 2022-2023

After the 2020-2021 season concludes, Ypsilanti will be moved back down to the SEC-White, while Dexter and Lincoln will join the top six largest schools to create an eight-team Red division and a six-team White division.

The 2019 February enrollment count was used to decide the 2020-2021 athletic year, which had Ypsilanti as its seventh-largest school during that count.

The February count for 2020 was then used to determine the eight largest teams for the 2021-2022 and 2022-2023 athletic school years, which were Lincoln and Dexter, respectively.

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