Remembering the Ohio Big 8 Conference

Qcity

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How about a little throwback to one of Ohio's all-time great basketball (only) conferences: The Ohio Big 8.

Class AAA

Alliance Aviators
Barberton Magics
East Liverpool Potters
Massillon Tigers
Niles Red Dragons
Salem Quakers
Warren Harding Panthers
Warren Western Reserve Raiders

What an epic league with some of the top teams and athletes in Ohio back in the day.
 

Maxie

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The ORIGINAL members of the BIG 8 Conference—1962-63
1–Alliance
2–Canton McKinley
3–East Liverpool
4–Massillon Washington
5–Niles
6–Salem
7–Steubenville
8–Warren Harding

Massillon Washington left the league after the 1965-66 season. The Tigers rejoined the conference in 1973-74. These schools were members at this time:

1–Alliance
2–Barberton
3–East Liverpool
4–Massillon Washington
5–Niles
6–Salem
7–Warren Harding
8–Warren Western Reserve

The Tigers left the league after the 1976-77 season.
 
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Qcity

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Appreciate that early history from the '60's!

Barberton won the state title in 1976.
 

Qcity

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Definitely remember Fails ……..went up against him. He was intense all the way around, but if you didn’t hustle on defense, you were out.
 
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