Big Eight Conference (IHSAA)

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Big Eight Conference
Established 1980
Members All Class AAA
Region 7 Counties: Daviess, Dubois, Gibson, Knox, Posey, Warrick, and Wabash of Illinois
Headquarters Indiana
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 AAA 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 and Tell City followed in 2001 also to rejoin the PAC, reducing the Big Eight to six members. 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.

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[1] (IL)3A[2] 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)

Former Member State Championships[edit]

Gibson Southern Titans (3)[edit]

  • 2003 Softball (2A)
  • 2005 Softball (3A)
  • 2015 Softball (3A)

Tell City Marksmen (0)[edit]

Big Eight Championships[edit]

Football Championships by School[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 9 1983*, 1984*, 1996*, 1997, 1999*, 2002, 2003, 2004*, 2014*
Tell City 6 1980, 1984*, 1988, 1989, 1991*, 1992
Mount Carmel 5 2006*, 2007, 2011, 2013, 2014*, 2016
Boonville 3 1984*, 1986*, 1991*
Gibson Southern 1 1983*
Princeton Community 1 1993
Mount Vernon 0
Washington 0

Boys' Basketball Championships[3][4]

School Championships Years
Vincennes Lincoln 19 1981, 1982*, 1984*, 1987, 1988, 1989*, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1994, 1997, 1998, 1999*, 2002, 2003*,
2004, 2006, 2012, 2013
Jasper 7 1982*, 1989*, 1993, 1996, 1999*, 2000*, 2014*
Washington 8 1983, 1995, 2003*, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2011, 2017
Boonville 4 1986, 1999*, 2000*, 2001
Princeton Community 5 1984*, 1985, 2009, 2010, 2014*
Mount Carmel 0
Mount Vernon 0
Tell City 0
Gibson Southern 0

Girls' Basketball Championships[5]

School Championships Years
Washington 10 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998*, 1999, 2001, 2003
Jasper 8 1982, 1983, 1988, 1991, 1998*, 2005, 2010*, 2012
Boonville 7 1981, 1984*, 1985, 1986, 1987, 2000, 2017*
Vincennes Lincoln 5 2002, 2004, 2006, 2009, 2017*
Mount Carmel 4 2007, 2008, 2011, 2013
Mount Vernon 2 1984, 2010*
Tell City 2 1989, 1990
Princeton Community 2 2014, 2015

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.

Interesting Fact[edit]

The Big Eight Conference now has two different members that captured the 3A boys' basketball title in successive years. Washington captured the 2007-08, 2009–10, and 2010–11 State Titles and Princeton captured the 2008-09 State Title. Very rarely has this occurred in the history of the state finals.[6]

Neighboring Conferences[edit]

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