Classic Athletic Conference

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The Classic Athletic Conference in Indiana. Grant County is in pink because its only representative left in 1979.

The Classic Athletic Conference was a short-lived IHSAA-sanctioned conference based in northern East Central Indiana. Formed by the largest schools in their predecessor conferences, the conference only lasted nine years before disbanding

History[edit]

The conference began in 1977, as schools from both the Mississinewa Valley Conference and White River Conference joined together.[1] This move was spurred by the then-new class football playoff system, where larger schools were awarded fewer points for playing small schools, hurting their chances of a playoff spot. Both conferences had large enrollment disparities, which did not benefit the larger schools. This prompted three schools from each conference to start their own conference. This would cause the end of both existing conferences. The MVC was only a five-member conference at this point, and the a plan for the five remaining WRC schools to join with three schools from the Big Blue River and Mid-Eastern conferences fell through, so the seven schools ended up having to fend for themselves.

The newly formed conference only lasted in its original format for two years, as Mississinewa left for the more geographically-compact Central Indiana Athletic Conference. The remaining five schools continued their tenuous alliance, although the same reason the conference formed (attendance disparities) plagued it through the rest of its existence. Anderson Highland and Jay County remained large schools, while their counterparts' numbers had either stagnated or declined. The end finally came in 1986, when the two aforementioned schools joined the Olympic Conference, which not only had more similar-sized schools, but also featured similar demographics at that point (second/third schools in large cities and mid-sized city schools). Delta, Pendleton Heights, and Yorktown became independents, but worked towards resurrecting the WRC, which was achieved in 1989. The same three schools now play in the Hoosier Heritage Conference.

Former Members[edit]

School Location Mascot Colors County Year Joined Previous Conference Year Left Conference Joined
Anderson Highland Anderson Scots                48
Madison
1977 White River 1986 Olympic
Delta Muncie Eagles                18
Delaware
1977 Mississinewa Valley 1986 Independents
Jay County Portland Patriots                38
Jay
1977 Mississinewa Valley 1986 Olympic
Mississinewa Gas City Indians           27
Grant
1977 Mississinewa Valley 1979 Central Indiana
Pendleton
Heights
Pendleton Arabians           30
Madison
1977 White River 1986 Independents
Yorktown Yorktown Tigers                18
Delaware
1977 White River 1986 Independents

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Sports Spotter". Anderson Herald, Anderson, IN. 1975-12-12. Retrieved 2012-07-30.