"We're definitely looking for a 12th school right now," said Ed Mehlberg, league president and long-time athletics director at Auburn Hills Oakland Christian.
"We have been in contact with some schools already."
The vacancy in the two-division league, which is made up of eight Christian schools, one Baptist school, one Lutheran school and one non-religious private school, had an opening created when two members, Sterling Heights Bethesda Christian and Warren Zoe Christian, merged this summer and will now operate on Bethesda's campus as Sterling Heights Parkway Christian.
"With those two schools merging, it allows us to bring in at least one new school," Mehlberg
said."Personally, I would love to see us bring in a few more, which would give us even more credibility and be larger, kind of like the OAA.But not everyone in the league is supporting that.We'll see what happens.
"We're a bunch of small schools," said Mehlberg
, noting that all members are Class D schools with the exception of one Class C school.
If one of these schools fits, as to what we are looking for, they might become members by the spring sports season or next school year," Mehlberg
Liggett officials have also stressed some interest in coming back to the MIAC down the road if the league had enough schools with football teams, Mehlberg