Northern Indiana Athletic Conference

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Northern Indiana Athletic Conference
(NIAC)
Established 1927
Members 7 Class 4A, 2 Class 3A
Region North Central Indiana
Locations
Northern Indiana Athletic Conference locationsThe Northern Indiana Conference in Indiana. Current Areas are in red, Former Areas are in Maroon

About[edit]

The Northern Indiana Conference is a high school athletic conference that was founded in 1927 and spanned from as far West as Hammond and Gary to South Bend/Mishawaka and Elkhart to the East and South to Plymouth. Since its start in 1927, a total of 32 separate schools have at one time called the NIC home. From its inception until 1963, the conference had been divided into East and West divisions. The West Division (as well as Valparaiso) left to form the Northwestern Conference in 1963. With membership dwindling to 7 members by the 1970s, the conference added former members of the Northern Indiana Valley Conference to its ranks. Currently, every former NIVC member is now a part of the NIC except for South Bend Jackson, which closed in 1973, and South Bend LaSalle, which joined the NIC in 1977, but closed in 2001.

Like the Southern Indiana Athletic Conference, the NIAC was also a superconference that spanned several counties, and a lot of driving miles, for a period between 1940 and 1965. Throughout the 1970s the membership dwindled as many schools left to form new conferences. From 1995 to 2015 the two conferences share the same setup with 7 or 8 schools in one county, 8 in this case from St. Joseph County and 1 from an adjacent county, Elkhart in this case. This will change in 2015, as four schools from the folding [[Northern State Conference {IHSAA}|Northern State Conference]] will join, making a 13 school conference.[1] This will also expand the conference footprint into two counties formerly represented in the NIAC: LaPorte (last represented in 1995) and Marshall (last represented in 1930).

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Boys[edit]

Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Football, Golf, Soccer, Swimming & Diving, Tennis, Track & Field, Wrestling

Girls[edit]

Basketball, Cross Country, Golf, Gymnastics, Soccer, Softball, Swimming & Diving, Tennis, Track & Field, Volleyball

Current members[edit]

School Location Mascot Colors County Enrollment
IHSAA Class
Joined Previous
Conference
Elkhart
Central
1
Elkhart Blue Blazers           20
Elkhart
1747
AAAA
1927 Independents
Mishawaka Mishawaka Cavemen           71
St. Joseph
1761
AAAA
1927 Independents
Mishawaka
Marian
Mishawaka Knights                71
St. Joseph
768
AAA
2005 Independents
Penn Mishawaka Kingsmen                71
St. Joseph
3222
AAAAA
1977 Independents
South Bend
Adams
South Bend Eagles                71
St. Joseph
1773
AAAA
1941 none (new school)
South Bend
Clay
South Bend Colonials                71
St. Joseph
1466
AAAA
1979 Independents
South Bend
Riley
South Bend Wildcats                71
St. Joseph
1511
AAAA
1931 none (new school)
South Bend
St. Joseph
2
South Bend Indians                71
St. Joseph
793
AAA
2005 Independents
South Bend
Washington
South Bend Panthers           71
St. Joseph
1428
AAAA
1938 none (new school)
  1. Elkhart Central was known as Elkhart until 1972.
  2. South Bend St. Joseph was known as South Bend St. Joseph's until 2012.

Future Members[edit]

School Location Mascot Colors County Enrollment
IHSAA Class
Joining Previous
Conference
Bremen Bremen Lions           50
Marshall
485
AA
2015 Northern State
Glenn Walkerton Falcons                71
St. Joseph
625
AAA
2015 Northern State
Jimtown Elkhart Jimmies                20
Elkhart
586
AAA
2015 Northern State
New Prairie New Carlisle Cougars                46 LaPorte
71 St. Joseph
865
AAAA
2015 Northern State

Former members[edit]

School Location Mascot Colors County Joined Previous
Conference
Left Conference
joined
East Chicago Washington1 East Chicago Senators           45
Lake
1927 Independents 1963 Northwestern
Gary Emerson Gary Golden Tornadoes           45
Lake
1927 Independents 1963 Northwestern
Gary Froebel Gary Blue Devils           45
Lake
1927 Independents 1963 Northwestern
Gary Mann Gary Horsemen           45
Lake
1927 Independents 1963 Northwestern
Goshen Goshen Redskins           20
Elkhart
1927 Independents 1969 Independents
Hammond Hammond Wildcats           45
Lake
1927 Independents 1963 Northwestern
La Porte LaPorte Slicers           46
La Porte
1927 Independents 1976 Duneland
Michigan City Elston2 Michigan City Red Devils           46
La Porte
1927 Independents 1995 none (consolidated
into Michigan City)
Plymouth Plymouth Pilgrims           50
Marshall
1927 Independents 1930 Independents
South Bend Central3 South Bend Bears           71
St. Joseph
1927 Independents 1970 none (school closed)
Valparaiso Valparaiso Vikings           64
Porter
1927
1945
1953
Independents
Independents
Independents
1930
1948
1963
Independents
Independents
Northwestern
Whiting Whiting Oilers           45
Lake
1927 Independents 1963 Northwestern
East Chicago Roosevelt East Chicago Rough Riders           45
Lake
1929 Little 7 1963 Northwestern
Gary Wallace Gary Hornets           45
Lake
1935 Little 7 1963 Northwestern
Hammond Tech Hammond Tigers           45
Lake
1937 Independents 1963 Northwestern
Gary Tolleston Gary Blue Raiders           45
Lake
1941 Independents 1963 Northwestern
Hammond Clark Hammond Pioneers           45
Lake
1941 Independents 1963 Northwestern
Fort Wayne North Side4 Fort Wayne Redskins           02
Allen
1942 Ft. Wayne City Series 1965 Ft. Wayne City Series
Elkhart Memorial5 Elkhart Crimson Chargers           20
Elkhart
1972 none (new school) 2000 Northern Lakes
South Bend LaSalle South Bend Lions           71
St. Joseph
1977 Independents 2001 none (school closed)
  1. East Chicago Washington was known as East Chicago until 1928.
  2. Michigan City Elston was known as Michigan City until 1972.
  3. South Bend Central was known as South Bend until 1930.
  4. Fort Wayne North Side played concurrently in the NIC and FWCS their entire membership in the NIC.
  5. Elkhart Memorial played concurrently in the NIC and NLC for the 1999-2000 school year.

Membership timeline[edit]

New Prairie High School Jimtown High School John Glenn High School (Walkerton, Indiana) Bremen High School (Indiana) St. Joseph High School (South Bend, Indiana) Marian High School (Mishawaka, Indiana) Clay High School (Indiana) South Bend LaSalle High School Penn High School North Side High School (Fort Wayne, Indiana) John Adams High School (South Bend, Indiana) Hammond Clark High School Tolleston Middle School Washington High School (South Bend, Indiana) Hammond Technical High School Lew Wallace High School James Whitcomb Riley High School Central High School (East Chicago, Indiana) Whiting High School Valparaiso High School South Bend Central High School Plymouth High School Mishawaka High School Michigan City High School LaPorte High School Hammond High School (Indiana) Goshen High School Gary Mann High School Gary Froebel High School Gary Emerson High School Elkhart Central High School Central High School (East Chicago, Indiana)

Rivalries[edit]

Main rivalries:

  • Clay Colonials vs. Washington Panthers
  • Penn Kingsmen vs. Mishawaka Cavemen
  • St. Joseph Indians vs. Marian Knights
  • Elkhart Central Blue Blazers vs. Elkhart Memorial Crimson Chargers*
  • Riley Wildcats vs. Adams Eagles

Notable sub-rivalries

  • Riley vs. Clay
  • Adams vs. Clay
  • St. Joseph vs. Penn
  • Riley vs. Marian
  • Penn vs. Elkhart Memorial*
  • Penn vs. Fort Wayne Snider*
  • Marian vs. Mishawaka
  • St. Joseph vs. Clay
  • Mishawaka vs. Washington
  • Marian vs. Penn (baseball only)
  • St. Joseph vs. Culver Military Academy (hockey and lacrosse only)*°
  • Mishawaka vs. Clay (football only)
  • Mishawaka vs. Adams (Basketball)

(Asterisk indicates non-member of NIAC)

(Degree indicates a non-NIAC sanctioned sport)

State Championships[edit]

Elkhart Central (6)[edit]

  • 1973 Boys Cross Country
  • 1979 Boys Golf
  • 1969 Boys Track
  • 1993 Boys Track
  • 1968 Wrestling
  • 2012 Baseball

Mishawaka (7)[edit]

  • 1946 Boys Cross Country
  • 1980 Volleyball
  • 1983 Volleyball
  • 1988 Volleyball
  • 1991 Wrestling
  • 2008 Wrestling
  • 2010 Wrestling

Mishawaka Marian (9)[edit]

  • 1973 Volleyball
  • 1973 Football (A)
  • 1975 Football (2A)
  • 1976 Football (2A)
  • 2001 Boys Golf
  • 2012 Girls Soccer
  • 1999 Boys Hockey
  • 2001 Boys Hockey
  • 2010 Boys Hockey

Penn (16)[edit]

  • 1983 Football (4A)
  • 1994 Baseball
  • 1994 Girls Golf
  • 1995 Football (5A)
  • 1996 Football (5A)
  • 1997 Football (5A)
  • 1998 Baseball (4A)
  • 1999 Softball (3A)
  • 1999 Boys Soccer
  • 2000 Football (5A)
  • 2001 Baseball (4A)
  • 2002 Girls Golf
  • 2004 Girls Golf
  • 2005 Girls Golf
  • 2010 Volleyball (4A)
  • 2011 Volleyball (4A)

South Bend Adams (8)[edit]

  • 1966 Boys Swimming & Diving
  • 1966 Wrestling
  • 1967 Boys Swimming & Diving
  • 1968 Boys Swimming & Diving
  • 1973 Boys Golf
  • 1974 Boys Tennis
  • 1976 Volleyball
  • 1978 Volleyball

South Bend Clay (2)[edit]

  • 1970 Baseball
  • 1994 Boys Basketball

South Bend Riley (10)[edit]

  • 1938 Boys Golf
  • 1956 Boys Swimming & Diving
  • 1957 Boys Swimming & Diving
  • 1958 Boys Swimming & Diving
  • 1962 Boys Swimming & Diving
  • 1962 Boys Golf
  • 1964 Boys Golf
  • 1978 Boys Swimming & Diving
  • 1986 Boys Swimming & Diving
  • 1995 Boys Swimming & Diving

South Bend St. Joseph (8)[edit]

  • 1972 Volleyball
  • 1975 Girls Tennis
  • 1995 Football (3A)
  • 1998 Girls Soccer
  • 2003 Boys Soccer
  • 2005 Girls Basketball (3A)
  • 2010 Girls Tennis
  • 2010 Girls Soccer

South Bend Washington (2)[edit]

  • 1973 Football (3A)
  • 2007 Girls Basketball (4A)

See also[edit]

Related links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Pete Byrne (2014-04-23). "UPDATE: NIC expands, adding Bremen, Jimtown, New Prairie and Glenn". WSBT TV, South Bend, IN. Retrieved 2014-04-24. 

Conference Champions[edit]