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The SAC will be expanding by six schools in 2015-16 to bring the total to 20, as Kalamazoo Valley Association members Hackett Catholic Central, Schoolcraft, Constantine, Galesburg-Augusta, Delton Kellogg and Kalamazoo Christian have been officially accepted as members beginning in 2015-16.
Photo: Gobles (SAC) and Kalamazoo Christian (KVA) met in the district semifinals this past season. Beginning in 2015-16, the two schools will be conference rivals in the SAC. (Junfu Han | MLive.com)
The Decatur baseball team fell in the Division 3 baseball championship game, 9-0, to Grosse Pointe Woods University Liggett.
Photo: The Decatur baseball team watches as the University Liggett players receive their championship hardware. (Patrick Nothaft | firstname.lastname@example.org)
The Decatur baseball team defeated Grosse Pointe Woods University Liggett 4-1 to win the Division 4 baseball championship in 2012.
Photo: Decatur hoists the D4 baseball championship trophy following its 4-1 win over Grosse Pointe Woods University Liggett on Saturday at C.O. Brown Stadium in Battle Creek. (Jared Purcell | MLive.com)
The Decatur softball team advanced to the program's first-ever state title game in 2009, but the Raiders came up short, losing to Unionville-Sebewaing 4-0 in the Division 4 title game.
Photo: USA's Dani Gremel slides to second in the Division 4 MHSAA Softball Final against Decatur in 2009. (MLive file photo)
Bangor joined the SAC in 2003. The school competed in the Red-Arrow from 1983-2002 and in the KVA from 1957-82.
Hartford joined the SAC in 2003 after competing in the Red-Arrow from 1966-2002.
The Southwestern Athletic Conference expanded in 2003 after a handful of teams merged from the Red-Arrow Conference. Two divisions were created: North Division Gobles Fennville Saugatuck Bangor Martin Bloomingdale South Division Decatur Hartford Watervliet Marcellus Lawton
The Decatur football team lost to Mendon, 21-14, in the 2002 Division 7 state championship game. Photo: Decatur's Cory Sabo hauls in a two-point conversion pass despite Mendon defender Mark Batten (32). Mendon defeated rival Decatur 21-14 to win the Division 7 Michigan State Football Championship title in the Silverdome in Pontiac, Mich. on Nov. 30, 2002. (Kalamazoo Gazette file photo)
The Lawton boys track team won the 2001 Division 4 state championship. The Blue Devils finished as the runner-up the next year in 2002.
The Gobles football team advanced to the Division 7 championship game for the second consecutive season. The Tigers fell to Iron Mountain, 25-23. Photo: Gobles quaterback Bradlee Nelson sets up to throw a short pass to end Jarid Killeen. Gobles lost to Iron Mountian 25-23 in the 2000 State Division 7 football finals held at the Pontiac Silverdome. (Kalamazoo Gazette file photo)
The Decatur baseball program made the Division 4 state championship game in four out of five years from 1999 to 2003. The Raiders won three state titles in that span, in 1999 and in 2002 and 2003. Photo: Decatur's baseball team strikes a victorious pose with the state championship trophy after a 7-2 win over Taylor Light and Life in the 2002 title game. (Kalamazoo Gazette file photo)
The Gobles football team advanced to the 1999 Division 7 state championship game, but the Tigers fell to Traverse City St. Francis, 23-6.
The Lawrence football team won the 1997 Class DD state championship game, beating Mio 28-6. Photo: Ernesto Diaz (8) of Lawrence breaks a long gainer, one of several en route to a 241-yard Class DD yardage record. Bob Szabo (52) of Mio dives but misses on the tackle. (Kalamazoo Gazette file photo)
The Decatur football team fell to Ravenna, 48-26, in the 1997 Class C state championship game at the Pontiac Silverdome. Photo: Kent Kerestury of Ravenna, tries to get away from Steve Athey of Decatur during the 1997 Class C state title game at the Silverdome. (Kalamazoo Gazette file photo)
The Hartford football team won the 1993 Class CC state championship game, defeating Onsted 43-14. Hartford was a member of the Red Arrow league at the time.
The Lawrence football team advanced to the 1990 Class D state championship game, but fell to Frankfort 33-6.
The Hartford baseball team won the 1988 Class C state championship with an 11-10 win over Morley-Stanwood.
The Marcellus softball team won the 1986 Class D state championship with a 3-0 win over Central Lake.
The Lawton wrestling team won four Class D team state championships from 1985 to 1990. The Blue Devils won the crown from 1985-87 and in 1990. They finished as the runner-up in 1988-89.
The Gobles football team won the 1984 Class D state championship with a 31-22 win over Crystal Falls Forest Park.
Schoolcraft left after the 1972-73 sports year.
Martin joined the SAC in 1973 to replace Schoolcraft. The school competed in the Allegan-Ottawa league before that.
Schoolcraft joined the SAC as a charter member in 1971 after coming over from the St. Joe Valley League.
Gobles joined the SAC in 1971 after previously competing in the Allegan-VanBuren Conference.
Marcellus joined the SAC in 1971 after previously competing in the St. Joseph Valley League.
Bloomingdale joined the SAC in 1971. The school competed in the Allegan-VanBuren league prior to that.
Decatur joined the SAC in 1971 after competing in the Red Arrow Conference before that.
Lawrence joined the SAC in 1971 after playing in the Allegan-VanBuren Conference before that.
Lawton joined the SAC in 1971 after previously competing in the Allegan-VanBuren Conference.
The Southwestern Athletic Conference was created in 1971 with Bloomingdale, Decatur, Gobles, Lawrence, Lawton, Marcellus and Schoolcraft serving as charter members from the Kalamazoo area.
The Lawton boys cross country program won back-to-back Class C-D state championships in 1966-67.
The Gobles boys basketball team won the 1954 Class D state championship with a 56-28 win over Remus.
The Decatur boys basketball team won the 1942 Lower Peninsula Class C state championship with a 31-20 win over Flint St. Mary. A lower peninsula and upper peninsula state champion was awarded from 1932 to 1947.
The Lawton boys track team finished as the runner up at the 1928 Class D Lower Peninsula state meet.