Nine schools from six adjoining counties in Northern Indiana have announced their intentions to form a new athletic conference beginning with the 2015-16 school year.
The Hoosier North Athletic Conference (HNAC) will include Caston, Culver, Knox, LaVille, North Judson-San Pierre, Pioneer, Triton, West Central, & Winamac. The decision to start conference play in 2015-16 will give member schools adequate time to align the schedules for each sport.
Several factors were involved in the decision to form a new athletic conference including travel distance, competitive balance, existing rivalries, and overall athletic & academic philosophy. The decision to form the HNAC was a very thorough process that involved numerous meetings between the member schools with support from each school corporation.
In addition to athletic competitions, the HNAC also plans to host academic competitions between member schools in the areas of Math & English.
While the HNAC is currently comprised of nine schools, the conference would consider expanding to 10-teams should the right opportunity present itself in the future.
Triton, LaVille, Knox and Culver join the new formed league from the Northern State Conference.
The NSC is down to just four teams starting in 2015-2016 with Jimtown, Bremen, Glenn and New Prairie. The four remaining schools have actively been pursuing new members but on Tuesday we learned, according to Stacey Page Online, that Tippy Valley is the latest to turn down an invitation to join a reformed Northern State Conference. Fairfield and Wawasee previously turned down the NSC.
Marian is considering a move to the NSC, although the Knights said the decision of three other schools (Tippy Valley and Wawasee among them) would greatly affect their decision. With those two already saying no, Marian seems more like a long shot now.
Rochester and Culver Academy remain other possibilities.