Midwest Athletic Conference (IHSAA)

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Location of Midwest members in Indiana

The Midwest Athletic Conference is a high school athletic conference in northwestern Indiana, which has existed in two different incarnations, with a third planned to form in 2018. The original conference began in 1932, consisting of schools that were larger than most of their counterparts in their local county leagues.[1] The schools were based in Benton, Fountain, Jasper, Newton, Tippecanoe, Warren, and White counties. The forming of the Kankakee Valley Conference the next year caused a slight fluctiation over the next couple of years, as schools realigned themselves within the two leagues, with some schools claiming dual membership.[2] The league folded in 1947, as size disparities and willingness to sponsor some sports (such as football, some schools played 11-man or 8-man football, and others didn't sponsor the sport) led to schools going their separate ways.

The second incarnation of the conference began in 1955 with eight schools located in Benton, Carroll, Cass, Newton, and White counties, with largely different members than its first lineup.[3] The MAC had a tumultuous history of membership turnover for much of its history, but had stabilized since going to 10 members with West Central and Winimac joining in 1980 and 1981, respectively. The only changes since then were[clarification needed] Rossville and Carroll joining the Hoosier Heartland Conference in 1989 and 1992, leaving a stable 8 school membership for 20 years. In 2013, Caston, Pioneer, and Winamac announced that they were leaving the Conference to join with 2 other schools from the Northern State Conference as well as Independent North Judson for the 2015-2016 school year.This touched off an exodus that ended the conference, as West Central joined Caston, Pioneer, and Winamac in the Hoosier North Athletic Conference, while Frontier and Tri-County joined the Hoosier Heartland Conference. South Newton joined the Sangamon Valley Conference of Illinois.[4] North White was the only school that had not been accepted to another conference immediately, though they were accepted as a football-only member of the Hoosier Heartland. The Conference is set to reform in 2017, with six former schools rejoining.[5]

Future Membership[edit]

School Location Mascot Colors # / County Enrollment Class
FB Class
Year Joined Previous Conference
Frontier1 Chalmers Falcons                91
White
227 1A
1A
1965
2018
none (new school)
Hoosier Heartland
North Newton2 Morocco Spartans           56
Newton
452 2A
2A
1967
2018
none (new school)
Independents
North
White
3
Monon Vikings                91
White
264 1A
1A
1963
2018
none (new school)
Independents
South
Newton
4
Kentland Rebels                56
Newton
264 1A
1A
1966
2018
none (new school)
Sangamon Valley (IL)
Tri-County1 Wolcott Cavaliers                91
White
230 1A
1A
1971
2018
none (new school)
Hoosier Heartland
West
Central
5
Francesville Trojans                66
Pulaski
280 1A
1A
1967
1980
2018
none (new school)
NWHC
HNAC
  1. Played in the Hoosier Heartland Conference 2015-18.
  2. Played in the NWHC 1975-98, as an Independent 1998-2007 and 2017-18, and in the GSSC 2007-17.
  3. Played as an Independent (football played in Hoosier Heartland) 2015-18.
  4. Played in the Sangamon Valley Conference (IL) 2015-18.
  5. Played 1975-80 in the NWHC, and 2015-19 in the HNAC, playing 2018-19 in both conferences.

Former Members[edit]

School Location Mascot Colors # / County Year Joined Previous Conference Year Left Conference Joined
Attica Attica Red Ramblers           23
Fountain
1932 Fountain County 1947 Hoosier
Brook1 Brook Aces                56
Newton
1932
1955
Newton County
Kankakee Valley
1947
1966
Kankakee Valley
none (consolidated
into South Newton)
Fowler2 Fowler Bulldogs           04
Benton
1932
1955
Benton County
Benton County
1947
1968
Benton County
none (consolidated
into Benton Central)
Kentland1 Kentland Blue Devils                56
Newton
1932
1955
Newton County
Kankakee Valley
1947
1966
Kankakee Valley
none (consolidated
into South Newton)
Monticello Monticello Tioga Indians           91
White
1932 White County 1945 Central Indiana
Morocco1 Morocco Beavers           56
Newton
1932 Newton County 1947 Kankakee Valley
Pine Village3 Pine Village Pine Knots           86
Warren
1932 Warren County 1947 Warren County
Remington Remington Rifles           37
Jasper
1932
1967
Jasper County
Prairie
1933
1971
Kankakee Valley
none (consolidated
into Tri-County)
Rensselaer
Central
4
Rensselaer Bombers           37
Jasper
1932 Jasper County 1947 Hoosier
Veedersburg5 Veedersburg Green Devils           23
Fountain
1932 Fountain County 1947 Fountain County
West Lafayette West Lafayette Red Devils           79
Tippecanoe
1932 Independents 1947 Hoosier
Williamsport3 Williamsport Patriots           86
Warren
1932 Warren County 1947 Warren County
Oxford6 Oxford Blue Devils           04
Benton
1933 Benton County 1947 Benton County
West Lebanon West Lebanon Clippers           86
Warren
1934 Warren County 1947 Warren County
Brookston Brookston Bombers                91
White
1955 White County 1965 none (consolidated
into Frontier)
Camden Camden Red Devils           08
Carroll
1955 Carroll County 1965 none (consolidated
into Delphi
Monon Monon Railroaders           91
White
1955 Kankakee Valley 1963 none (consolidated
into North White)
Royal Center Royal Center Bulldogs                09
Cass
1955 Cass County 1963 none (consolidated
into Royal Center)
Wolcott Wolcott Wildcats                91
White
1955 White County 1971 none (consolidated
into Tri-County)
Francesville Francesville Zebras                66
Pulaski
1957 Tippecanoe Valley 1965 none (consolidated
into West Central)
Klondike West Lafayette Nuggets                79
Tippecanoe
1961 Tippecanoe County 1970 none (consolidated
into Harrison)
Pioneer Royal Center Panthers                09
Cass
1963 none (new school) 2015 Hoosier North
DeMotte DeMotte Indians           37
Jasper
1967 Kankakee Valley 1970 none (consolidated
into Kankakee Valley)
Wheatfield Wheatfield Red Devils           37
Jasper
1967 Kankakee Valley 1970 none (consolidated
into Kankakee Valley)
Kankakee
Valley
Wheatfield Kougars           37
Jasper
1970 none (new school) 1972 Northwest Hoosier
Carroll Flora Cougars           08
Carroll
1977 Hoosier 1992 Hoosier Heartland
Rossville Rossville Hornets           12
Clinton
1977 Hoosier 1989 Hoosier Heartland
Caston Fulton Comets                25
Fulton
1978 Three Rivers 2015 Hoosier North
Winamac
Community
Winamac Warriors           66
Pulaski
1981 Northwest Hoosier 2015 Hoosier North
  1. Concurrently played in MAC and NCC 1932-33, and in MAC and KVC 1933-47.
  2. Concurrently played in MAC and BCC 1932-47.
  3. Concurrently played in MAC and WCC 1932-34.
  4. Known as Rensselaer before 1939.
  5. Concurrently played in MAC and FCAA 1932-47.
  6. Concurrently played in MAC and BCC 1933-47.

Membership timeline[edit]

Winamac Community High School Caston High School Rossville High School (Rossville, Indiana) Carroll High School (Flora, Indiana) Tri-County High School Kankakee Valley High School West Central High School North Newton Junior-Senior High School Kankakee Valley High School South Newton High School Frontier High School (Indiana) Pioneer Regional High School North White High School William Henry Harrison High School (West Lafayette, Indiana) West Central High School Tri-County High School Pioneer Regional High School North White High School Delphi Community High School Frontier High School (Indiana) Seeger Memorial Junior-Senior High School Benton Central Junior-Senior High School Seeger Memorial Junior-Senior High School West Lafayette Junior-Senior High School Fountain Central High School Rensselaer Central High School Tri-County High School Seeger Memorial Junior-Senior High School North Newton Junior-Senior High School Twin Lakes High School South Newton High School Benton Central Junior-Senior High School South Newton High School Attica Junior-Senior High School

State Champs[edit]

North White High School[edit]

  • Football (A) 1994

Pioneer High School[edit]

  • Football (A) 1997

Tri-County High School[edit]

  • Baseball (A) 1998

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Monticello is trailing a new conference in the northwest section of Indiana.". Delphi Journal (Delphi, IN). 1933-01-05. Retrieved 2017-03-01. 
  2. ^ "Free Throws.". Logansport Pharos-Tribune (Logansport, IN). 1934-01-30. Retrieved 2017-03-22. 
  3. ^ "High Schools in Area Organize Midwest Conference". Logansport Pharos Tribune. 1955-01-25. Retrieved 2012-03-25. 
  4. ^ "South Newton Joining Illinois Conference". Newton County Times. 2014-01-28. Retrieved 2014-02-07. 
  5. ^ Hettinger, Paul. ""West Central Leaving HNAC"". Pulaski County Journal, Winamac, IN. Retrieved 2016-09-30. 

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