Beginning fall 2014, the Lake Michigan and Northwest conferences are merging into one high school football league. The merger will create more choices, more scheduling options and increase the competitiveness of the schedules, according to school superintendents. The new yet-to-be-named league will be broken into two, seven-team divisions based on enrollment and the strength of the football program. One division includes Boyne City, Grayling, Elk Rapids, St. Francis, Glen Lake, Kingsley and Benzie Central. The other division includes Harbor Springs, East Jordan, Charlevoix, Suttons Bay, Kalkaska, Mesick and Frankfort. There is currently no plan to expand the merger to other sports.