Big Eight Conference (IHSAA)

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Big Eight Conference
Established1980
Members7
Region7 Counties: Daviess, Dubois, Gibson, Knox, Posey, Warrick, and Wabash of Illinois
HeadquartersIndiana
Locations
Big Eight Conference locations

The Big Eight Conference is an athletic conference currently comprising six IHSAA Class AAA high schools located in Southwestern Indiana with one IHSA Class 2A/3A member in Southern Illinois. The conference members are small city-based schools located in Daviess, Dubois, Gibson, Knox, Posey, and Warrick counties in Indiana and Wabash County in Illinois.

History[edit]

The Big Eight Conference was created in 1980 when seven members of the Southern Indiana Athletic Conference (Boonville, Jasper, Mount Vernon, Princeton, Tell City, Vincennes Lincoln, and Washington) left to form a new conference with a member of the Pocket Athletic Conference (Gibson Southern). Gibson Southern left in 1992 to rejoin the PAC. Tell City followed to rejoin the PAC in 2001 as well (they had been in that conference before joining the SIAC), reducing membership to six schools. Mount Carmel joined in 2003 to increase the membership to seven. Currently Mount Carmel, located in Illinois, is the only school from outside Indiana to compete in an Indiana athletic conference.

Mount Carmel announced in March of 2019 that it would leave the conference at the end of that school year. Jasper and Vincennes Lincoln announced in May 2019 that they will leave the Big Eight to join the Southern Indiana Athletic Conference beginning with the 2020-21 season.

There have been two different members of the conference that captured the 3A boys' basketball title in four successive years. Very rarely has this occurred in the history of the state finals. Washington captured the 2007-08, 2009–10, and 2010–11 titles, and Princeton captured the 2008-09 State Title.[1]

Member schools[edit]

Current members[edit]

School Location Mascot Colors # / County Enrollment [1]
15-16
IHSAA Class IHSAA Class
Football
Gym
Size
Year
Joined
Previous
Conference
Boonville Boonville Pioneers           87
Warrick
889 AAA AAAA 5,650 1980 Southern Indiana
Jasper Jasper Wildcats           19
Dubois
1,079 AAA AAAA 5,200 1980 Southern Indiana
Mount
Carmel
Mount
Carmel
Golden
Aces
          (IL)
Wabash
499 (IL)2A[2] (IL)3A[3] 2,500 2003 North Egypt
Mount
Vernon
Mount
Vernon
Wildcats           65
Posey
728 AAA AAA 3,200 1980 Southern Indiana
Princeton
Community
Princeton Tigers                26
Gibson
628 AAA AAA 5,200 1 1980 Southern Indiana
Vincennes
Lincoln
Vincennes Alices                42
Knox
794 AAA AAA 5,466 1980 Southern Indiana
Washington Washington Hatchets           14
Daviess
710 AAA AAA 7,090 1980 Southern Indiana
  1. As of 2012-13, Princeton plays in a new 5,200 seat gym which replaced the aging 3,000 seat old gym which is still occasionally used for tourneys as of 2016.

Former members[edit]

School Location Mascot Colors County Year Joined Previous Conference Year Left Conference Joined
Gibson
Southern
Fort Branch Titans          
         
26
Gibson
1980 Pocket 1992 Pocket
Tell
City
Tell City Marksmen           62
Perry
1980 Southern Indiana 2001 Pocket

State championships[edit]

Boonville Pioneers (1)[edit]

  • 2006 Softball (3A)

Jasper Wildcats (8)[edit]

  • 1949 Boys' Basketball
  • 1996 Baseball
  • 1997 Baseball
  • 1998 Baseball (3A)
  • 1999 Boys' Tennis
  • 2000 Baseball (3A)
  • 2001 Football (4A)
  • 2006 Baseball (3A)

Mount Carmel Golden Aces (3)[edit]

  • 1927 Boys' Basketball (Illinois)
  • 1981 Football (3A) (Illinois)
  • 2010 Boys' Golf (1A) (Illinois)

Mount Vernon Wildcats (0)[edit]

Princeton Community Tigers (2)[edit]

  • 2009 Boys' Basketball (3A)
  • 2015 Girls' Basketball (3A)

Vincennes Lincoln Alices (3)[edit]

  • 1923 Boys' Basketball
  • 1981 Boys' Basketball
  • 2002 Baseball (3A)

Washington Hatchets (9)[edit]

  • 1914 Boys' Track
  • 1915 Boys' Track
  • 1930 Boys' Basketball
  • 1941 Boys' Basketball
  • 1942 Boys' Basketball
  • 2005 Boys' Basketball (3A)
  • 2008 Boys' Basketball (3A)
  • 2010 Boys' Basketball (3A)
  • 2011 Boys' Basketball (3A)

One of the former members, Gibson Southern, has captured three state titles (2003, 2005, 2015 2A Softball) after rejoining the PAC. Tell City has never won a state title.

Conference Championships[edit]

Sources:[4][5][6]

Football[edit]

School Championships Years
Jasper 23 1981, 1982, 1984*, 1985, 1986*, 1987, 1990, 1994, 1995, 1996*, 1998, 1999*, 2000, 2001, 2004*,
2005, 2006*, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2014*, 2015
Vincennes Lincoln 10 1983*, 1984*, 1996*, 1997, 1999*, 2002, 2003, 2004*, 2014*, 2017
Tell City 6 1980, 1984*, 1988, 1989, 1991*, 1992
Mount Carmel 5 2006*, 2007, 2011, 2013, 2014*, 2016
Boonville 4 1984*, 1986*, 1991*, 2018
Gibson Southern 1 1983*
Princeton Community 1 1993
Mount Vernon 0
Washington 0

Boys Basketball[edit]

School Championships Years
Vincennes Lincoln 21 1981, 1982*, 1984*, 1987, 1988, 1989*, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1994, 1997, 1998, 1999*, 2002, 2003*,
2004, 2006, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016*
Jasper 10 1982*, 1989*, 1993, 1996, 1999*, 2000*, 2014*, 2016*, 2018, 2019*
Washington 10 1983, 1995, 2003*, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2011, 2016*, 2017, 2019*
Princeton Community 6 1984*, 1985, 2009, 2010, 2014*, 2019*
Boonville 4 1986, 1999*, 2000*, 2001
Mount Carmel 0
Mount Vernon 0
Tell City 0
Gibson Southern 0

Girls Basketball[edit]

School Championships Years
Washington 10 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998*, 1999, 2001, 2003
Jasper 9 1982, 1983, 1988, 1991, 1998*, 2005, 2010*, 2012, 2019
Boonville 7 1981, 1984*, 1985, 1986, 1987, 2000, 2017*
Vincennes Lincoln 6 2002, 2004, 2006, 2009, 2017*, 2018
Mount Carmel 4 2007, 2008, 2011, 2013
Princeton Community 3 2014, 2015, 2016
Mount Vernon 2 1984, 2010*
Tell City 2 1989, 1990
Gibson Southern 0

Note: Big Eight Conference championships are determined by a single round-robin among the active members. The Big Eight Conference does not break ties in the standings for championship purposes, instead co-championships are awarded.

Neighboring Conferences[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on March 18, 2009. Retrieved August 23, 2008.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ http://www.ihsa.org/school/schools/1347.htm
  3. ^ http://www.ihsa.org/school/schools/1347.htm
  4. ^ "Past Champions".
  5. ^ "Big 8 Conference Constitution" (PDF).
  6. ^ "Past Champions".