Mid-Southern Conference of Indiana

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The Mid-Southern Conference in Indiana

A ten-member IHSAA-Sanctioned Athletic Conference within the South Central Indiana counties of Clark, Harrison, Jackson, Scott, and Washington.

History[edit]

The conference began in 1958, with seven schools leaving the Southeastern Indiana Conference and allying with three schools from Clark County (whose previous conference affiliations are in need of research). The first decade-plus within the league was stable, as the only change was Brownstown becoming Brownstown Central due to consolidation in Jackson County. Meanwhile, the 1970s proved to be a comparatively tumultuous decade. Mitchell joined the Blue Chip Conference in 1970, seeking for conference rivals to the west. They were replaced by Floyd Central, which had been independent since forming three years earlier. Austin, which did not sponsor football, joined the Southern Athletic Conference in 1974 while maintaining MSC membership. This allowed the Eagles to ally themselves with other non-football schools, yet maintain the traditional rivalries from the SEIC. Silver Creek also did not have football, while Scottsburg dropped it in the 1970s, yet they were much larger than most schools that didn't offer the sport. In fact, Scottsburg is still the largest school without a gridiron program, though one may be revived in 2016.

Floyd Central grew much faster than anticipated, and by 1976 had outgrown the other schools, necessitating a move to the Hoosier Hills Conference. This marked the first time membership had dropped below ten schools, though this would only last for two years. North Harrison, a school that had outgrown the small-school Blue River Conference and was within the MSC footprint, joined after starting their football team, bring the league back to 10 schools with seven football-playing members.

Paoli was the next school to make a change, becoming a charter member of the Patoka Lake Conference while maintaining MSC membership. This lasted for six years, as Paoli decided the more geographically compact PLC was better suited to their needs, leaving the Mid-Southern in 1985. There was concern that Austin would also leave, being the other dual-conference member, but Austin would instead leave the SAC in 1987 being by far the largest school in the Southern, as well as being competitively dominant. The conference would stay with a nine school, six football team setup for 16 years, the longest period of stability since the league was founded.

The conference once again moved to ten members when Eastern (Pekin) decided to start a football team in the early 2000s. They had grown not only to the point where football was feasible, but also too large for the Southern, and joined the MAC in 2003. The number of football schools would move from six to eight by the end of the decade. Eastern would unveil their football team in 2007, while Silver Creek would start their own team in 2010.

Membership[edit]

School Location Mascot Colors Enrollment IHSAA Class # / County Year Joined Previous Conference
Austin1 Austin Eagles           437 AA 72
Scott
1958 Southeastern Indiana
Brownstown Central Brownstown Braves                611 AAA 36
Jackson
1965 none (new school)
Charlestown Charlestown Pirates           702 AAA 10
Clark
1958
Clarksville Clarksville Generals           530 AA 10
Clark
1958
Corydon Central Corydon Panthers                819 AAA 31
Harrison
1958 Southeastern Indiana
Eastern (Pekin) New Pekin Musketeers                552 AA 88
Washington
2003 Southern
North Harrison Ramsey Cougars           702 AAA 31
Harrison
1978 Independents
(BRC 1974)
Salem Salem Lions                656 AAA 88
Washington
1958 Southeastern Indiana
Scottsburg Scottsburg Warriors                865 AAA 72
Scott
1958 Southeastern Indiana
Silver Creek Sellersburg Dragons                644 AAA 10
Clark
1958
  1. Austin was also a member of the Southern Athletic Conference from 1974 to 1987.

Former Members[edit]

School Location Mascot Colors County Year Joined Previous Conference Year Left Conference Joined
Brownstown Brownstown Bears                36
Jackson
1958 Southeastern Indiana 1965 none (consolidated into
Brownstown Central)
Mitchell Mitchell Bluejackets                47
Lawrence
1958 Southeastern Indiana 1970 Blue Chip
Paoli1 Paoli Rams                59
Orange
1958 Southeastern Indiana 1985 Patoka Lake
Floyd Central Floyds Knobs Highlanders                22
Floyd
1970 Independents 1976 Hoosier Hills
  1. Paoli was also a member of the Patoka Lake Conference from 1979 until it left the MSC in 1985.

Conference Champions[edit]

Asterisks denote split championships.

Football[edit]

# Team Seasons
17 Brownstown Central 1968*, 1981, 1982*, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998*, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005*, 2010, 2011, 2013
15 Charlestown 1975, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1982*, 1985*, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1998*, 2007, 2008*, 2009, 2012
15 Clarksville 1964, 1965, 1967, 1969, 1970*, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1976, 1983*, 1984, 1985*, 1986, 2006
8 Salem 1962, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 2005*, 2008*
2 Corydon Central 1968*, 1983*
2 Paoli 1966, 1968*
1 Floyd Central 1970*
1 Mitchell 1963
0 Eastern (Pekin)
0 North Harrison
0 Scottsburg
0 Silver Creek
  • Scottsburg dropped football after the 1983 season, but may be reviving the sport in 2015. Eastern began their football program in 2007, and Silver Creek in 2011.

Boys Basketball[edit]

# Team Seasons
17 Brownstown Central 1963, 1968*, 1976, 1981*, 1983*, 1984*, 1986, 1989*, 1991, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2010, 2011*, 2012*, 2013, 2014*
15 Scottsburg 1964*, 1965*, 1967, 1968*, 1969, 1981*, 1988*, 1989*, 1992, 1995*, 1996, 1999*, 2000, 2003*, 2007
12 Silver Creek 1966, 1970*, 1971, 1973, 1979, 1980, 1983*, 1995*, 1997, 1998, 1999*, 2012*
10 Corydon Central 1960*, 1968*, 1970*, 1984*, 1985, 1993, 1994, 2001, 2011*, 2014*
6 Charlestown 1965*, 1981*, 1987*, 1990, 2008*, 2011*
5 Clarksville 1974, 1977, 1978, 2012*, 2014*
5 North Harrison 1981*, 1987*, 1988*, 1989*, 2003*
3 Austin 1981*, 1999*, 2002
3 Paoli 1959, 1960*, 1961
3 Salem 1982, 2008*, 2009
2 Floyd Central 1972, 1975
2 Mitchell 1962, 1964*

Girls Basketball[edit]

# Team Seasons
24 Scottsburg 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1981*, 1983, 1985*, 1986*, 1987*, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1993*, 1994, 1995,
1996, 2002*, 2004*, 2007, 2011*, 2012*, 2013*, 2014*
8 Austin 1980, 1981*, 1982, 1984, 1985*, 2008, 2010, 2013*
7 Corydon Central 1981*, 1986*, 1999, 2000, 2004*, 2005, 2006
5 Charlestown 1992, 1993*, 1997*, 1998, 2000
5 North Harrison 1987*, 2002*, 2003, 2004*, 2009
4 Brownstown Central 1997, 2001, 2011*, 2014*
1 Clarksville 1987*
1 Eastern (Pekin) 2012*
0 Floyd Central
0 Paoli

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