Cincinnati Hills League History 1985 - 2006
The information on the CHL from 1985 - 2006 includes league standings and all-league selections. The Hamilton County Educational Services provided most of the information, but had some school years missing from their files. Jim Barre, retired Wyoming athletic director, provided some additional information. I spent time at the public library going through microfilm looking for league standings, which I found some. Also, I went to each league school to check yearbooks. From the yearbooks, I did find some additional varsity won-lost records. The standings that are missing some team records are shown in italics. Despite the info collected, there is still missing standings and all-league selections. Most of this missing info comes from the first two years of the league, 1985-86 and 1986-87. Another large gap came from 1998 - 2002.
My goal is to have every league standing from 1985 to present. All-league selections will be the hardest to get. If anyone has accurate information on missing league won-lost records or all-league, they can contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org (subject-league history).
Bill Bretz, Cincinnati Hills League Sports Information Director
The Cincinnati Hills League celebrated its 25th anniversary during the 2009-2010 school year. It is one the best Division II/III leagues in Ohio. The current league schools are much diversified and are not only well known for their athletic teams, but also for their academics. Many of the schools have received state & national honors for their academics.
During the mid 1980's, there was a big shake-up in the sports leagues in the Cincinnati area. Some leagues dissolved and other realigned. From all these changes, the Cincinnati Hills League was created in 1985. The league was part of the Southwestern Ohio Athletic/Academic Confederation. Besides the CHL, the Metro County Conference & the Queen City Conference were part of the confederation. The league was based at the Hamilton County Educational Office. There were nine charter schools for the CHL: Cincinnati Academy of Physical Education (CAPE), Deer Park, Finneytown, Indian Hill, Loveland, Madeira, Mariemont, Reading, & Wyoming. In 1989, Taylor made it 10 schools when they moved over from the Western Metro Conference. The league stayed with 10 schools until 1993-1994. At the end of that school year, CAPE dissolved as a school bringing the number of CHL schools back down to nine. Loveland was the biggest school in the league enrollment wise from the beginning. The district continued to grow and, more or less, out grew the other eight schools. At the end of the 1994-1995 school year, Loveland dropped out of the CHL to join the Fort Ancient Valley Conference. The Tigers are still members of that conference today. Since the beginning of the 1995-1996 school, there have been no changes in the schools of the CHL. It has one of the longest stretches of any league in southwest Ohio that has not had a change in the number of league schools. The other two conferences in the confederation went through many changes over the years. Neither one exists today. At the end of the 2008-2009 school year, the CHL left the Hamilton County Educational Office. The league today is independent of any other organization. The current league secretary/treasurer is Terry Hartley, retired Deer Park Athletic Director. Besides the hired officials and meet managers, the only other employee of the league is the Sports Information Director, Bill Bretz.
At the beginning of the 2006-2007 school year, the CHL website was created. In the first four years, that website has grown to over 600,000 views a year. A multitude of information can be found on the site. Also, the past year's standings, stats, & all-league since the 2006-2007 school year are archived on the website.
The links below will look back at standings, all-league, and other bits of information from 1985 to the spring of 2006.
- 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989
- 1990,1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999
- 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005