History of the WBL

Western Buckeye League Commissioner: Kent Smelser – Email
Objective: The object of the W.B.L. is to promote a greater interest in athletic contests and to regulate activities of the league.
Membership History:

  • The charter members of the league in 1940-1941 were Bellefontaine, Bluffton, Celina, St. Marys, Van Wert and Wapakoneta.
  • Kenton entered the league in 1942.
  • Shawnee entered the league with the 1952-1953 Basketball Season.
  • Bluffton left the league in football after the 1952 season.
  • Bluffton left the league in all sports after the 1956-1957 season.
  • Coldwater entered the league in the 1957-1958 season.
  • Bellefontaine left the league after the 1964-1965 season.
  • Bath entered the league beginning with the 1965-1966 Basketball Season.
  • Shawnee left the league at the end of the 1966-1967 Basketball Season.
  • Ottawa-Glandorf entered the league in the spring of 1967.
  • Elida and Delphos St. Johns entered the league in December of 1971.
  • Coldwater withdrew from the league effective June 1, 1973.
  • Defiance entered the league in September 1973 in all sports.  (Defiance 1972-73 WBL meets in CC, Golf, Tennis, and Track)
  • Delphos St. Johns withdrew from the league August 3, 1981 (effective end of 1981-82 season).
  • Shawnee re-entered the league on October 5, 1981. Played full schedule in 1982-1983.

Current Members:

  • Bath
  • Celina
  • Defiance
  • Elida
  • Kenton
  • Ottawa-Glandorf
  • Shawnee
  • St. Marys
  • Van Wert
  • Wapakoneta

Current League Sports:
Fall Sports

  • Boys & Girls Cross Country
  • Football
  • Boys Golf
  • Boys Soccer
  • Girls Soccer
  • Girls Tennis
  • Girls Volleyball

Winter Sports

  • Boys Basketball
  • Girls Basketball
  • Boys & Girls Swimming
  • Boys & Girls Bowling
  • Wrestling

Spring Sports

  • Baseball
  • Softball
  • Boys Tennis
  • Boys & Girls Track & Field