Northeast Eight Conference

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Northeast Eight Conference
NE8/NEC
Established1989
As Northeast Hoosier Conference
2014
As Northeast Eight Conference
Dissolved2013
(Northeast Hoosier Conference)
Members8; 6 Class 4A, 2 Class 3A
Region7 Counties: Adams, Allen, DeKalb, Huntington, Noble, Wells, and Whitley, Indiana
Locations
Northeast Eight Conference locations

An eight-member IHSAA-Sanctioned Athletic Conference within the Northeastern Indiana counties of Adams, Allen, DeKalb, Huntington, Noble, Wells, and Whitley. The conference was started in 1989 as the Northeast Hoosier Conference when six schools from the Northeastern Indiana Athletic Conference (Bellmont, Columbia City, DeKalb, East Noble, Homestead, and New Haven) joined with two schools from the Allen County Athletic Conference (Fort Wayne Carroll and Norwell). When the smaller six schools decided to pull out of the conference in 2015, the conference essentially ceased to exist, forcing the much larger Carroll and Homestead into joining the Summit Athletic Conference. The remaining schools, while settling on the current league name, added Huntington North of the North Central Conference and Leo of the Allen County Athletic Conference, who are more similar in size to the rest of the schools. While the six NEHC schools technically dropped out, they never actually left the league, having succeeded in forcing out the two large Fort Wayne schools, ended up staying in the league. This is not an unheard of tactic, as most notably Ohio's Chagrin Valley Conference pulled virtually the same move around the same time.

Membership[edit]

School Location Mascot Colors Enrollment IHSAA Class/Football Class # / County Year Joined Previous Conference
Bellmont Decatur Braves                927 AAA/AAA 01
Adams
1989 Northeastern Indiana
Columbia
City
Columbia City Eagles                1,127 AAAA/AAAA 92
Whitley
1989 Northeastern Indiana
DeKalb Waterloo Barons                1,302 AAAA/AAAA 17
DeKalb
1989 Northeastern Indiana
East
Noble
Kendallville Knights                1,213 AAAA/AAAA 57
Noble
1989 Northeastern Indiana
Huntington
North
Huntington Vikings           1,750 AAAA/AAAA 35
Huntington
2015 North Central
Leo Leo Lions           989 AAA/AAAA 02
Allen
2015 Allen County
New Haven New Haven Bulldogs                985 AAAA/AAAA 02
Allen
1989 Northeastern Indiana
Norwell Ossian Knights                876 AAA/AAA 90
Wells
1989 Allen County

Former Members (As Northeast Hoosier Conference)[edit]

School Location Mascot Colors Enrollment IHSAA Class # / County Year Joined Previous Conference Year Left Conference Joined
Fort Wayne
Carroll
Fort Wayne Chargers           1,889 AAAA 02
Allen
1989 Allen County 2015 Summit
Fort Wayne
Homestead
Fort Wayne Spartans                2,141 AAAA 02
Allen
1989 Northeastern Indiana 2015 Summit

State Championships[edit]

Bellmont (6)[edit]

  • 1987 Wrestling
  • 1988 Wrestling
  • 1994 Wrestling
  • 2007 Volleyball (3A)
  • 2008 Football (3A)
  • 2010 Volleyball (3A)

Columbia City (0)[edit]

DeKalb (2)[edit]

  • 1980 Baseball
  • 1986 Football (4A)

East Noble (1)[edit]

  • 2000 Football (4A)

Carroll (2)[edit]

  • 2010 Baseball (4A)
  • 2011 Baseball (4A)

Homestead (10)[edit]

  • 1983 Gymnastics
  • 1984 Gymnastics
  • 1985 Gymnastics
  • 1990 Hockey (AA)
  • 1991 Hockey (A)
  • 1995 Hockey (AA)
  • 1996 Gymnastics
  • 1999 Gymnastics
  • 2001 Gymnastics
  • 2015 Boys Basketball

Huntington North (2)

  • 1990 Girls Basketball
  • 1995 Girls Basketball

New Haven (0)[edit]

Norwell (2)[edit]

  • 2003 Baseball (3A)
  • 2007 Baseball (3A)

Notable athletes[edit]

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