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New soccer season will bring two-year 'uber-league' trial

CHAZY/WILLSBORO - Taking a page from the highly successful merger between the Section VII and Section X football teams, the Mountain and Valley and Champlain Valley Athletic Conference (MVAC) will merge leagues for the 2011-12 soccer season.

The two-year trial was developed through Section VII soccer chairman Rob McAuliffe, head coach of the state champion Chazy boys soccer team.

"There could be some tweaks, but the formation of the schedule is done and the proposal has been approved by both the MVAC, CVAC and Section VII," McAuliffe said. "I put a proposal together in the spring and shared it with other schools because we thought that this was a way to solve some of the problems the section was having."

McAuliffe said two main concerns included the declining enrollment in some schools that forced either consolidation or elimination of soccer programs and the lack of competitive balance in certain divisions within the MVAC and CVAC.

"One of the big points was the level of competition in both leagues," McAuliffe said. "Both leagues were experiencing some very lop-sided scores. Under this new format, you get schools playing schools of similar size and ability."

The new soccer uber-league will have three divisions, the first comprising of all Class B teams (AuSable Valley, Beekmantown, Northeastern Clinton, Peru, Plattsburgh, Saranac and Saranac Lake), the second of northern Class C and Class D programs (Lake Placid, Northern Adirondack, Seton Catholic, Chazy, Elizabethtown-Lewis, Willsboro and Westport for boys; Lake Placid, Northern Adirondack, Seton Catholic, Ticonderoga, Moriah, Chazy, Elizabethtown-Lewis and Willsboro for girls) and a third division of southern Class D schools (Crown Point, Indian Lake/Long Lake, Johnsburg, Keene, Minerva\Newcomb, Schroon Lake and Wells for boys; Crown Point, Indian Lake/Long Lake, Westport, Keene, Minerva\Newcomb, Schroon Lake and Wells for girls). Westport moves from Division II to Division III in girls soccer to make room for Moriah and Ticonderoga, who do not have boys soccer programs.

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