Triton is the latest school to leave the Northern State conference, announcing Monday it will join Culver, Knox, Winamac, North Judson, Caston and Pioneer in a new league comprised mostly of smaller schools.
The new league is still in search of an 8th member and has invited LaVille, another Northern State Conference team. The Triton departure could be the final straw that causes LaVille to depart because the Lancers are currently the smallest remaining member of the NSC along with Jimtown, New Prairie, Bremen and Glenn.
New Prairie is the biggest of the remaining five schools. They've turned down overtures to join the Northern Indiana Conference in the past. It's unclear with all the latest movement, if they would finally consider such a move to join the Mishawaka and South Bend schools, which geographically and size wise, are probably a better fit.
However, I'm hearing that New Prairie, Jimtown, Glenn and Bremen are all "solid" and not looking to leave the NSC. That's an important starting point.
Mishawaka Marian is a school the remaining NSC schools are interested in although as of Monday no formal invite has been made to Marian. It's unclear if the Knights would be interested.
Other possibilities for schools that could help fill the holes of the Northern State Conference include the likes of Fairfield, Tippy Valley and Rochester.
Culver and Knox announced last week they were departing the NSC. League by laws state that Culver, Knox and Triton must remain in the NSC for two more years before departing for a new league.