Pending school board approval on September 12th, the LaVille Lancers are the latest school to announce it is leaving the Northern State Conference to join a new conference made up of smaller schools.
LaVille was a charter member of the Northern State Conference, thus making it a long process for the Lancers to decide what they wanted to do. After taking input from the community, faculty, administrators and student-athletes, LaVille feels like it is making the right decision--albeit one with some regret to the tradition they had.
"For the past 47 years, LaVille has enjoyed the opportunity to experience great competition within the NSC," LaVille Athletic Director Will Hostrawser explains. "We look forward to continuing the relationships between our neighboring schools from the NSC in the future-- just outside the conference realm."
The move leaves the Northern State Conference with just four teams: Jimtown, Glenn, Bremen and New Prairie.
The four other league members: Culver, Knox, Triton and now LaVille are all departing for a new league along with North Judson, Winamac, Caston and Pioneer.
"Within the new athletic conference, we look forward to the opportunity to develop new relationship with schools closer to our size," Hostrawser says. "We believe this will give our student-athletes a competitive boost. We are looking for this competitive boost to encourage more kids to become involved in athletics at our school. It's a fact that kids involved in extra-curricular activities have better grades--- so this move has the potential to make a positive academic impact on our school as well."
NSC by-laws state that schools must remain in the league for two years before departure.
The four remaining Northern State Conference schools continue to explore new options on how to fill out the conference. The likes of Fairfield, Rochester and Tippy Valley are strong possibilities for schools who could join and/or be invited.
Mishawaka Marian is also a school that the NSC covets. The Knights are the smallest school in the Northern Indiana Conference.
The NIC could also have another impact on the NSC with regards to New Prairie, the biggest school left in the NSC which is much closer to NIC schools in terms of geography than the three teams its currently left with.