North Central Conference (IHSAA)

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The North Central Athletic Conference in Indiana

The North Central Conference is an IHSAA-sanctioned athletic conference consisting of ten large high schools in Cass, Delaware, Grant, Howard, Madison, Marion, Tippecanoe, and Wayne Counties across Central and North Central Indiana. Most of these schools are in 35,000+ population towns like Anderson, Marion, Kokomo, Lafayette, Muncie, and Richmond. Several of the nation's largest gymnasiums belong to members of this conference.[1][2]

History[edit]

The Conference was formed on March 23, 1926 by 10 schools in the Central third of Indiana. Charter members were Anderson, Arsenal Tech of Indianapolis, Frankfort, Kokomo, Lebanon, Logansport, Muncie Central, New Castle, Richmond, and Rochester. With a couple of minor changes in the first decade (Lafayette Jeff replacing Rochester in 1930, and Marion replacing Lebanon in 1933), the conference membership remained unchanged, while the conference added more sports to its umbrella.

This changed in 1960, as Arsenal Tech was forced to join the IPS Conference, and Frankfort left to co-found the Sagamore Conference in 1967. The conference would continue on with the same eight members for the next 36 years while changes were happening in the communities outside the schools. Anderson, Kokomo, and Muncie would open up second and third city high schools, while consolidations in the rural areas outside of Lafayette would give Jeff two similar-sized local rivals. However, the economic crisis and industrial decline in the late 1970s and early 1980s hit many of these cities hard, as populations dwindled without anything replacing the lost manufacturing jobs. Anderson, Kokomo, and Muncie are now down to one high school each.

In the face of these population shifts, Lafayette Jeff joined the Hoosier Crossroads Conference in 2003, joining local rivals Harrison and McCutcheon, as well as the growing suburban schools outside of Indianapolis. Huntington North was brought in from the Olympic Conference as a replacement, where it had previously had conference rivals located in Muncie and Anderson.

New Castle was voted out of the NCC at the beginning of the 2013-2014 school year. They joined the Hoosier Heritage Conference in 2014.[3] Huntington North left the NCC at the conclusion of the 2014-15 season to become a member of the Northeast Hoosier Conference. Lafayette Jeff rejoined the conference in 2014, bringing along fellow county schools Harrison and McCutcheon. Indianapolis Arsenal Tech rejoined the NCC as of April 1, 2015.

Membership[edit]

School Location Mascot Colors County Enrollment IHSAA Class /
Football/Soccer
Year Joined Previous Conference
Anderson Anderson Indians           48
Madison
1,872 4A/5A/2A 1926 Independent
Indianapolis
Arsenal Tech
1
Indianapolis Titans           49
Marion
1,810 4A/5A/2A 1926
2015
Independent
IPS
West Lafayette
Harrison
West Lafayette Raiders           79
Tippecanoe
1,775 4A/5A/2A 2014 Hoosier Crossroads
Kokomo Kokomo Wildkats           34
Howard
1,861 4A/5A/2A 1926 Independent
Lafayette
Jefferson
2
Lafayette Bronchos           79
Tippecanoe
1,935 4A/5A/2A 1931
2014
Independent
Hoosier Crossroads
Logansport Logansport Berries           09
Cass
1,242 4A/4A/2A 1926 Independent
Marion Marion Giants           27
Grant
1,029 3A/4A/2A 1933 Grant County
Lafayette
McCutcheon
Lafayette Mavericks           79
Tippecanoe
1,702 4A/5A/2A 2014 Hoosier Crossroads
Muncie
Central
3
Muncie Bearcats           18
Delaware
1,696 3A/4A/2A 1926 Independent
Richmond4 Richmond Red Devils           89
Wayne
1,415 4A/5A/2A 1926 Independent
  1. Arsenal played in the IPS Conference 1960-2015.
  2. Lafayette Jeff played in the HCC 2003-14.
  3. Known as Muncie until 1963.
  4. Known as Morton until 1948.

Former Members[edit]

School Location Mascot Colors County Enrollment IHSAA Class /Football/Soccer Year joined Previous Conference Year Left Conference Joined
Frankfort Frankfort Hot Dogs                12
Clinton
837 3A/3A/2A 1926 Independent 1967 Sagamore
Huntington
North
Huntington Vikings           35
Huntington
1,750 4A/5A/2A 2003 Olympic 2015 Northeast Eight
Lebanon Lebanon Tigers           06
Boone
1,049 3A/4A/2A 1926 Independent 1933 Independent
New Castle
Chrysler
New Castle Trojans           33
Henry
1,108 4A/4A/2A 1926 Independent 2013 Hoosier Heritage
Rochester Rochester Zebras                25
Fulton
564 3A/3A/A 1926 Independent 1931 Central Indiana

Divisions[edit]

Starting with the 2014 season, the NCC began divisional competition.

East West
Anderson Harrison
Arsenal Tech Kokomo
Marion Lafayette Jeff
Muncie Central Logansport
Richmond McCutcheon

Conference Championships[edit]

Football[edit]

# Team Seasons
25 Richmond 1951, 1952, 1956, 1958*, 1962, 1963, 1967, 1970*, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1977*, 1978,
1985, 1989, 1991, 1992, 1994*, 1999, 2000*, 2001, 2012, 2013
19 Kokomo 1932*, 1939*, 1955, 1957*, 1960*, 1961, 1964, 1965, 1987*, 1993, 1994*, 1996, 2007, 2008, 2009,
2010, 2011,2015, 2016
16 Lafayette Jeff 1934*, 1936, 1937, 1943*, 1946, 1947, 1948*, 1950, 1966, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1994*, 1998,
2000*
14 Muncie Central 1932*, 1933, 1934*, 1940, 1941, 1942, 1943*, 1944, 1945, 1953, 1954*, 2002, 2003, 2004
10 Marion 1960*, 1968, 1969, 1970*, 1986, 1987*, 1988, 1990, 1997, 2006*
7 Logansport 1958*, 1959, 1960*, 1977*, 1995, 2005, 2006*
5 Arsenal Tech 1939*, 1949, 1954*, 1957*, 1960*
5 New Castle 1935, 1938, 1948*, 1976, 1984
2 McCutcheon 2014, 2016
1 Anderson 1983
1 Harrison (WL) 2016
1 Huntington North 2006*
0 Frankfort
0 Lebanon
0 Rochester

Boys Basketball[edit]

# Team Seasons
20 Marion 1940, 1966, 1968,1969, 1975, 1977*, 1980, 1981, 1983, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1989, 1990*, 1991, 1998*,
1999, 2000*, 2007*, 2008*, 2009
20 Muncie Central 1927, 1928, 1929, 1938*, 1950, 1953, 1954, 1955, 1959, 1960, 1963, 1970*, 1978, 1994*, 2000*,
2004, 2005, 2007*, 2008*, 2012
17 Kokomo 1939, 1944, 1945, 1951, 1956, 1958, 1961, 1962, 1971*, 1976*, 1990*, 1994*, 1996, 2003*, 2010*,
2011, 2013
16 Anderson 1941, 1943*, 1949, 1965, 1973, 1974, 1976*, 1982, 1984, 1992, 1993, 1997*, 1998*, 2001*, 2002*,
2006
10 New Castle 1943*, 1972, 1979, 1990*, 1995, 1997*, 2001*, 2003*, 2007*, 2010*
10 Lafayette Jeff 1935, 1942, 1947, 1948, 1951, 1964, 1967, 1968, 2001*, 2003*
9 Richmond 1943, 1970*, 1971*, 1976*, 1977*, 1988, 2002*, 2014, 2015
5 Frankfort 1930, 1931, 1936, 1937, 1938*
4 Logansport 1933, 1934, 1977*, 2017
2 Arsenal Tech 1932, 1957
1 McCutcheon 2016
0 Harrison (WL)
0 Huntington North
0 Lebanon
0 Rochester

Girls Basketball[edit]

# Team Seasons
14 Kokomo 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994*, 1998, 1999, 2000*, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2008*, 2010
8 Anderson 1982, 1983, 1984, 1986, 1987, 1994*, 2005, 2008*
5 New Castle 1979, 1995*, 2007, 2009, 2011
5 Lafayette Jeff 1988, 1989, 1995*, 1996, 2017
5 Logansport 1997, 2008*, 2012, 2013, 2014
4 Richmond 1985, 1990, 2000*, 2015
3 Marion 1980, 1981, 2016
0 Arsenal Tech
0 Harrison (WL)
0 Huntington North
0 McCutcheon
0 Muncie Central

State Championships[edit]

Anderson (26)[edit]

  • 1935 Boys Basketball
  • 1937 Boys Basketball
  • 1945 Boys Track & Field
  • 1946 Boys Basketball
  • 1946 Boys Track & Field
  • 1946 Boys Cross Country
  • 1947 Boys Track & Field
  • 1947 Boys Cross Country
  • 1948 Boys Track & Field
  • 1948 Boys Cross Country
  • 1949 Boys Cross Country
  • 1950 Boys Cross Country
  • 1951 Boys Cross Country
  • 1952 Boys Golf
  • 1952 Boys Cross Country
  • 1953 Boys Golf
  • 1955 Boys Golf
  • 1955 Boys Cross Country
  • 1959 Boys Cross Country
  • 1972 Boys Golf
  • 1974 Boys Golf
  • 1984 Girls Swimming & Diving
  • 1985 Girls Swimming & Diving
  • 1988 Boys Swimming & Diving
  • 1989 Boys Swimming & Diving
  • 1995 Boys Golf

Arsenal Tech (10)[edit]

  • 1918 Baseball
  • 1922 Boys Track
  • 1933 Boys Golf
  • 1936 Boys Golf
  • 1947 Boys Golf
  • 1948 Boys Golf
  • 1952 Wrestling
  • 1976 Wrestling
  • 1979 Wrestling
  • 2014 Boys Basketball (4A)

Harrison (3)[edit]

  • 1974 Girls Track
  • 1992 Football (4A)
  • 1995 Baseball

Huntington North (2)[edit]

  • 1990 Girls Basketball
  • 1995 Girls Basketball

Kokomo (19)[edit]

  • 1911 Boys Track
  • 1924 Boys Track
  • 1925 Boys Track
  • 1926 Boys Track
  • 1927 Boys Track
  • 1934 Boys Track
  • 1935 Boys Track
  • 1937 Boys Track
  • 1958 Boys Golf
  • 1961 Boys Basketball
  • 1969 Boys Swimming
  • 1985 Baseball
  • 1985 Boys Golf
  • 1986 Boys Golf
  • 1988 Boys Golf
  • 1992 Girls Basketball
  • 1993 Girls Basketball
  • 1994 Boys Track
  • 2003 Girls Basketball (4A)

Lafayette Jefferson Bronchos (14)[edit]

  • 1916 boys' Basketball
  • 1932 boys' Golf
  • 1948 boys' Basketball
  • 1964 boys' Basketball
  • 1969 Baseball
  • 1973 Baseball
  • 1974 girls' Swimming
  • 1975 boys' Tennis
  • 1977 boys' Golf
  • 1978 boys' Golf
  • 1979 girls' Golf
  • 1983 girls' Golf
  • 1984 girls' Golf
  • 1987 boys' Golf

Logansport (5)[edit]

  • 1934 Boys Basketball
  • 1975 Baseball
  • 1977 Baseball
  • 1979 Baseball
  • 1991 Baseball

Marion (11)[edit]

  • 1926 Boys Basketball
  • 1966 Boys Golf
  • 1975 Boys Basketball
  • 1976 Boys Basketball
  • 1984 Baseball
  • 1985 Boys Basketball
  • 1986 Boys Basketball
  • 1987 Boys Basketball
  • 1991 Boys Tennis
  • 2000 Boys Basketball (4A)
  • 2016 Boys Basketball (3A)

McCutcheon (3)[edit]

  • 1999 Baseball (4A)
  • 2003 Baseball (4A)
  • 2008 Softball (4A)

Muncie Central (17)[edit]

  • 1928 Boys Basketball
  • 1931 Boys Basketball
  • 1951 Boys Basketball
  • 1952 Boys Basketball
  • 1963 Boys Basketball
  • 1978 Boys Basketball
  • 1979 Boys Basketball
  • 1988 Boys Basketball
  • 1956 Boys Cross Country
  • 1958 Boys Cross Country
  • 1967 Boys Cross Country
  • 1997 Volleyball (4A)
  • 1998 Volleyball (4A)
  • 1999 Volleyball (4A)
  • 2002 Volleyball (4A)
  • 2004 Volleyball (4A)
  • 2009 Volleyball (4A)

Richmond (8)[edit]

  • 1941 Boys Golf
  • 1958 Wrestling
  • 1992 Boys Basketball
  • 1993 Boys Golf
  • 1994 Boys Cross Country
  • 1996 Boys Golf
  • 1997 Boys Golf
  • 2003 Boys Golf

Largest gymnasiums in nation in NCC[edit]

Neighboring conferences[edit]

See also[edit]

External links[edit]

Resources[edit]