East Central Conference (IHSAA)

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The East Central Conference was an athletic conference from 1947 to 1969 based in Eastern Indiana, considered as one of the regional superconferences in the state. The conference began with 12 schools, though had turnover within its first year, mainly having to do with gym issues. Pendleton and Greenfield, larger schools, refused to play in Cambridge City's gym, deeming it too small to play in. The conference felt otherwise, and forced the two schools out of the conference. Williamsburg, on the other hand, had the opposite problem; its gym was found to be too small for conference play, and moved them out as well. To fill their spots, the conference recruited Milroy, Morristown, and Morton Memorial to join the fold.[1] While the conference did grow to 13 schools, by 1956 it had started to splinter. Three schools left to found the Eastern Indiana Athletic Conference in 1956, while in 1962 four schools left to help found the Tri-Eastern Conference. The formation of the TEC in 1962 almost caused the ECC to fold, as it was left with five members. However, the Hancock County Conference's six schools were merged into the fold, giving the conference new life. Consolidation was eventually the ECC's undoing, as the loop was left with five schools by 1969. These five, as well as the school Spiceland consolidated into (Tri), started the Big Blue River Conference. That conference can be considered a direct successor to the ECC, meaning the conference (under its multiple names) existed for 42 years, until the BBRC folded in 1989.

Membership[edit]

School Location Mascot Colors County Year Joined Previous Conference Year Left Conference Joined
Brookville Brookville Greyhounds                24
Franklin
1947 Whitewater Valley 1956 Eastern Indiana
Cambridge City Cambridge
City
Wampus Cats           89
Wayne
1947 Wayne County 1956 Eastern Indiana
Centerville Centerville Bulldogs           89
Wayne
1947 Wayne County 1962 Tri-Eastern
Farmland Farmland Wildcats           68
Randolph
1947 1956
Greenfield Greenfield Tigers                30
Hancock
1947 Hancock County 1948 Hancock County
Hagerstown Hagerstown Tigers                89
Wayne
1947 Wayne County 1956 Eastern Indiana
Knightstown Knightstown Panthers           33
Henry
1947 Henry County 1962 Tri-Eastern
Liberty1 Liberty Lancers           81
Union
1947 Whitewater Valley 1962 Tri-Eastern
Pendleton Pendleton Irish           30
Madison
1947 Independents 1948 Independents
Spiceland Spiceland Stingers           33
Henry
1947 Henry County 1969 none (consolidated
into Tri)
Union City
Community
Union
City
Indians                68
Randolph
1947 1962 Tri-Eastern
Williamsburg Williamsburg Yellow Jackets                89
Wayne
1947 Wayne County 1948 Wayne County
Milroy Milroy Cardinals           70
Rush
1948 1968 none (consolidated into Rushville)
Morristown Morristown Yellow Jackets                73
Shelby
1948 1969 Big Blue River
Morton Memorial Knightstown Lions           70
Rush
1948 1969 Big Blue River
Middletown Middletown Cossacks           33
Henry
1952 Independents 1955 White River
Carthage Carthage Blue Raiders           70
Rush
1956 1969 none (consolidated
Knightstown)
Charlottesville Charlottesville Eagles           30
Hancock
1962 Hancock County 1964 none (consolidated into
Eastern Hancock)
Hancock Central Maxwell Panthers                30
Hancock
1962 Hancock County 1969 none (consolidated
into Greenfield Central)
Mount Comfort Mount Comfort Buccaneers           30
Hancock
1962 Hancock County 1963 none (consolidated
into Mount Vernon)
New
Palestine
New Palestine Dragons           30
Hancock
1962 Hancock County 1969 Big Blue River
Vernon Township Fortville Vikings                30
Hancock
1962 Hancock County 1963 none (consolidated
into Mount Vernon)
Wilkinson Wilkinson Bulldogs           30
Hancock
1962 Hancock County 1964 none (consolidated into
Eastern Hancock)
Mount Vernon Fortville Marauders                30
Hancock
1963 none (new school) 1968 White River
Eastern
Hancock
Charlottesville Royals           30
Hancock
1964 none (new school) 1969 Big Blue River
  1. Liberty played in both the ECC and WVC from 1947 until it left for the Tri-Eastern Conference in 1962.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Dots and Dashes". National Road Traveler, Cambridge City, IN. 1948-04-01. Retrieved 2014-09-29.