Hoosier Athletic Conference

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The Hoosier Athletic Conference in Indiana

The Hoosier Athletic Conference is a ten-member IHSAA-Sanctioned conference located within Benton, Cass, Hamilton, Howard, Jasper, Tippecanoe, Tipton and White counties. The conference first began in 1947,[1] and has been in constant competition except for the 1997-98 school year, when membership dropped to three schools. The conference added four schools from the folding Mid-Indiana Conference in 2015.[2]

Membership[edit]

School City Team Name Colors Enrollment [1]
12-13
IHSAA
Class [2]
IHSAA Class
Football [3]
County Year Joined Previous Conference
Benton
Central
Oxford Bison           548 AAA AA 04
Benton
1968 Prairie
Cass Walton Kings           502 AA AA 09
Cass
2015 Mid-Indiana
Central
Catholic
1
Lafayette Knights           233 A AA 79
Tippecanoe
1970
2011
Independents
Hoosier Heartland
Hamilton
Heights
Arcadia Huskies           714 AAA AAA 29
Hamilton
2015 Mid-Indiana
Northwestern Kokomo Tigers           558 AAA AAA 34
Howard
2015 Mid-Indiana
Rensselaer
Central
2
Rensselaer Bombers           536 AA AA 37
Jasper
1947
1998
Midwest
Northwest Hoosier
Tipton Tipton Blue Devils           544 AA AA 80
Tipton
2000 Rangeline
Twin Lakes Monticello Indians           760 AAA AAA 91
White
1974 Northwest Hoosier
West Lafayette West Lafayette Red Devils           721 AAA AAA 79
Tippecanoe
1947 Midwest
Western3 Russiaville Panthers           808 AAA AAAA 34
Howard
1958
2015
Tri-County
Mid-Indiana
  1. Central Catholic played from 1993 to 2011 in the HHC.
  2. Rensselaer played from 1949 to 1954 and 1958 to 1968 as an independent, 1954 to 1958 in the old NSC, and 1968 to 1998 in the NWHC.
  3. Western played from 1965 to 2015 in the MIC.

Divisions[edit]

East West
Cass Benton Central
Hamilton Heights Central Catholic
Northwestern Rensselaer Central
Tipton Twin Lakes
Western West Lafayette

Former Members[edit]

School City Team Name Colors County Year Joined Previous Conference Year Left Conference Joined
Attica1 Attica Red Ramblers           23
Fountain
1947 Midwest 1971 Wabash River
Delphi Delphi Oracles           08
Carroll
1947
1956
1998
Carroll County
Northern State
Hoosier Heartland
1954
1992
20162
Northern State
Hoosier Heartland
Independents
Flora Flora Badgers           08
Carroll
1947 Carroll County 1961 none (consolidated
into Carroll
Rossville Rossville Hornets           12
Clinton
1947 Clinton County 1977 Midwest
Winamac3 Winamac Warriors           66
Pulaski
1947 Pulaski County 1972 Northwest Hoosier
Sheridan4 Sheridan Blackhawks           29
Hamilton
1948
2000
Hamilton County
Rangeline
1965
2012
Mid-Capital
Hoosier Heartland
Southwestern Lafayette Wildcats           79
Tippecanoe
1958 none (new school) 1966 Mid-Central Conference
Carroll5 Flora Cougars           08
Carroll
1961 none (new school) 1977 Midwest
Clinton
Prairie
4
Frankfort Gophers           12
Clinton
1961 none (new school) 1975 Rangeline
Harrison
(West Lafayette)
West Lafayette Raiders                79
Tippecanoe
1970 none (new school) 1997 Olympic
McCutcheon Lafayette Mavericks                79
Tippecanoe
1975 none (new school) 1997 Olympic
  1. Attica played in both the HAC and WRC from 1966 until leaving the HAC in 1971.
  2. Delphi's school board voted to leave the HAC after 2015-16 in November 2015.[3] The school refused to honor the football contracts for 2016-17 (schedules are made on a bi-yearly basis for football in Indiana), so the HAC decided to remove the school from the league effective immediately on December 17, 2016.[4] Since the departure happened in the middle of the school year instead of during the summer, the exit date is listed as 2016, since the school completed the fall season sports as conference members.
  3. Winamac played in both the HAC and NWHC from 1968 to 1972.
  4. Sheridan played in both the HCC and HAC throughout its tenure in the HAC.
  5. Carroll and Clinton Prairie were also members of the Mid-Central Conference from 1966 until 1975.

Membership timeline[edit]

Conference Champions[edit]

Football[edit]

# Team Seasons
10 Harrison (WL) 1972*, 1975, 1986*, 1987, 1988*, 1989, 1990, 1992, 1995, 1996*
9 West Lafayette 1972*, 1985, 1988*, 1991, 1993, 1996*, 1999*, 2008, 2009
7 Delphi 1973, 1977, 1978, 1980, 1988*, 1999*, 2000*
6 Rensselaer Central 2001*, 2002*, 2004, 2005*, 2010, 2014
6 Lafayette Central Catholic 1972*, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015 (W), 2016
4 Twin Lakes 1986*, 1998, 2000*, 2003
3 Benton Central 2000*, 2001*, 2002*
3 Sheridan 2005*, 2006, 2007
1 Hamilton Heights 2015 (E)
1 McCutcheon 1994
1 Tipton 2001*
0 Carroll
0 Cass
0 Northwestern
0 Western
  • Football was first sponsored in 1972. Unlisted seasons between 1974 and 1984 are unverified. There was no champion in 1997.

Boys' Basketball[edit]

# Team Seasons
9 West Lafayette 1950*, 1955*, 1960, 1962*, 1964, 2000*, 2006, 2007, 2014
7 Benton Central 1996*, 1999, 2000*, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004
6 Rossville 1948, 1953, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1974*
7 Tipton 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015*
4 Attica 1950*, 1961, 1962*, 1968
4 Sheridan 1951, 1952, 1955*, 1957
3 McCutcheon 1994, 1995*, 1996*
2 Harrison (WL) 1995*, 1997
2 Twin Lakes 2005, 2017 (W)
2 Winamac 1956, 1962*
1 Central Catholic 2015*
1 Flora 1954
1 Hamilton Heights 2016
1 Northwestern 2017 (E)
1 Western 1963
0 Carroll
0 Cass
0 Clinton Prairie
0 Delphi
0 Rensselaer Central
0 Southwestern (Tipp)
  • The 1948-49, 1957–59, 1964–67, and 1971-93 champions are unverified. There was no champion in 1997-98.

Girls' Basketball[edit]

# Team Seasons
10 Benton Central 2003, 2005*, 2006, 2007*, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014*, 2015
5 West Lafayette 2004, 2005*, 2007*, 2016, 2017 (W)
4 Twin Lakes 2001, 2002*, 2005*, 2008
2 Tipton 2002*, 2012
1 Central Catholic 2014*
1 Northwestern 2017 (E)
0 Cass
0 Delphi
0 Hamilton Heights
0 Harrison
0 McCutcheon
0 Rensselaer Central
0 Sheridan
0 Western
  • Seasons before 2000-01 are unverified.

State Champions[edit]

IHSAA State Champions

Cass Kings (3)[edit]

  • Basketball- 2A (2003)
  • Softball- 2A (2006)
  • Softball- 2A (2008)

Central Catholic Knights (13)[edit]

  • 1976 Football (A)
  • 1998 Boys' Basketball (A)
  • 1999 Football (A)
  • 2000 Boys' Basketball (A)
  • 2003 Boys' Basketball (A)
  • 2004 Baseball (A)
  • 2006 Girls' Basketball (A)
  • 2007 Baseball (A)
  • 2009 Baseball (A)
  • 2009 Football (A)
  • 2010 Baseball (A)
  • 2010 Football (A)
  • 2010 Volleyball (A)
  • 2011 Baseball (A)

All championships before 2011-2012 school year as members of Hoosier Heartland Conference.

Northwestern Tigers (1)[edit]

  • Basketball- 2A (2007)

Sheridan Blackhawks(9)[edit]

  • 1980 Football (A)
  • 1984 Football (A)
  • 1987 Football (A)
  • 1988 Football (A)
  • 1992 Football (A)
  • 1998 Football (A)
  • 2005 Football (A)
  • 2006 Football (A)
  • 2007 Football (A)

Tipton Blue Devils (2)[edit]

  • 1990 Softball
  • 1994 Boys' Golf

Twin Lakes Indians(1)[edit]

  • 1989 Softball

West Lafayette Red Devils(4)[edit]

  • 1964 Boys' Cross Country
  • 1993 Football (2A)
  • 1998 Girls' Basketball (3A)
  • 2009 Football (3A)
  • 2013 Girls' Soccer (A)
  • 2014 Boys' Cross Country

Western Panthers (5)[edit]

  • 1988 Michelle Faulkner, 800 Meters
  • 2001 Girls' Golf
  • 2006 Brandon Youngdale, High Jump
  • 2012 Baseball, (3A)
  • 2014 Girls' Basketball, (3A)
  • 1977 Joe Schwartz, Wrestling

Rensselaer Bombers (1)[edit]

  • 2014 Football (2A)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Sideline Glances". Logansport Pharos Tribune. 1947-11-14. Retrieved 2012-03-27. 
  2. ^ "Hoosier Conference to Add 4 Schools". Kokomo Tribune, Kokomo, IN. 2014-05-23. Retrieved 2014-05-26. 
  3. ^ King, Sam (2016-11-14). "Delphi Leaving Hoosier Conference". Lafayette Journal & Courier, Lafayette, IN. Retrieved 2017-02-08. 
  4. ^ King, Sam (2016-12-17). "Delphi Formally Exits Hoosier Conference". Lafayette Journal & Courier, Lafayette, IN. Retrieved 2017-02-08. 

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