Big Blue River Conference

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The Big Blue River Conference was an IHSAA-mandated conference featuring schools from North Central and East Central Indiana. It operated from the 1969-70 school year until 1988-89. The East Central Conference can be considered a direct predecessor to the conference, as six of the conference's 7 schools from its last season (the five schools left open, as well as Spiceland, which consolidated into Tri in 1969) were present for the conference's first season.[1] The nine school format did not last long, as Morton Memorial left after the first season, and Hamilton Southeastern had outgrown the conference and left in 1972. The conference briefly returned to nine schools in 1977, as Lapel and Shenandoah joined from the folding White River Conference. However, North Decatur left three years later, as the new expansion left them geographically isolated. Morristown would follow suit in 1985, as the school dropped football. The conference would split in 1989, ending the 47-year run of the ECC/BBRC. Lapel and Shenandoah would help reform the WRC, New Palestine and Triton Central would move to the Rangeline Conference, and Tri was accepted into the Tri-Eastern Conference. Knightstown and Eastern Hancock were left as independents, though both would join the WRC six and eight years later, respectively.

Former Members[edit]

School Location Mascot Colors County Year Joined Previous Conference Year Left Conference Joined
Eastern
Hancock
Charlottesville Royals           30
Hancock
1969 East Central 1989 Independents
(WRC 1997)
Hamilton
Southeastern
Fishers Royals                29
Hamilton
1969 Mid-Capital 1972 Rangeline
Knightstown Knightstown Panthers           33
Henry
1969 East Central 1989 Independents
(WRC 1995)
Morristown Morristown Yellow Jackets                73
Shelby
1969 East Central 1985 Mid-Hoosier
Morton Memorial Knightstown Lions           70
Rush
1969 East Central 1970 Independents
(closed 2009)
New
Palestine
New Palestine Dragons           30
Hancock
1969 East Central 1989 Rangeline
North
Decatur
Greensburg Chargers                16
Decatur
1969 Independents 1980 Mid-Hoosier
Tri Lewisville Titans           33
Henry
1969 none (new school) 1989 Tri-Eastern
Triton
Central
Fairland Tigers           73
Shelby
1969 Mid-Hoosier 1989 Rangeline
Lapel Lapel Bulldogs           48
Madison
1977 White River 1989 White River
Shenandoah Middletown Raiders           33
Henry
1977 White River 1989 White River

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Eastern Hancock Royals 1969-70 Season". Eastern Hancock Boys Basketball. Retrieved 2014-09-29.