Northern Indiana Valley Conference

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The Northern Indiana Valley Conference was an Indiana High School Athletic Association sanctioned conference in the South Bend/Mishawaka metropolitan area. The conference began as the St. Joseph County Conference in 1932, made up of county schools and South Bend schools not in the Northern Indiana Conference. Smaller county schools consolidated and moved to different conferences with schools of similar size, and by 1966 the county league was down to four members. The league decided to take in the two county Catholic schools, Marian and St. Joseph the next year, and rebranded as the Northern Indiana Valley Conference. The league took a hard hits beginning in 1974. Penn was accepted into the Northern Indiana Athletic Conference, South Bend Jackson announced its closure after the school year, and the league stopped sponsoring football. South Bend LaSalle were invited to replace LaPorte in the Northern Indiana Athletic Conference in 1976, although like Penn, they played in both leagues where schedules permitted. However, when Clay joined the Northern Indiana Athletic Conference in 1978, the schools broke off their relationship with the Catholic schools. Marian and St. Joseph continued on as independents for the next 27 years. With LaSalle closing in 2002, the Northern Indiana Athletic Conference discussed expanding beyond its seven schools, and took on both of the Catholic schools in 2005, so they absorbed every school in the Northern Indiana Valley Conference.

Membership[edit]

All schools located in St. Joseph County.

School Location Mascot Colors Year Joined Previous Conference Year Left Conference Joined
Greene Township Crumstown Bulldogs           1932 1965 none (consolidated
into Walkerton
Lakeville Lakeville Trojans           1932 1965 none (consolidated
into LaVille
Madison Township Wyatt Panthers           1932 1964 none (consolidated
into Penn)
New Carlisle New Carlisle Tigers                1932 1966 Northern State
North Liberty North Liberty Shamrocks           1932 1966 Northern State
South Bend Wilson South Bend Presidents           1932 1950 none (school closed)
Walkerton Walkerton Indians           1932 1966 none (consolidated
into Glenn
South Bend Clay1 South Bend Colonials           1939
1963
none (new school)
Northern State
1958
1978
Northern State
Northern Indiana
Penn2 Mishawaka Kingsmen                1958 none (new school) 1978 Northern Indiana
South Bend Jackson South Bend Tigers           1965 none (new school) 1975 none (school closed)
South Bend LaSalle3 South Bend Lions           1965 none (new school) 1978 Northern Indiana
Mishawaka Marian Mishawaka Knights           1967 Independents 1978 Independents
(Northern Indiana Athletic Conference 2005)
South Bend
St. Joseph's
South Bend Indians           1967 Independents 1978 Independents
(Northern Indiana Athletic Conference 2005)
  1. Was Washington-Clay until 1953
  2. Concurrent in Northern Indiana Valley Conference and Northern Indiana Athletic Conference, 1974-78.
  3. Concurrent in Northern Indiana Valley Conference and Northern Indiana Athletic Conference, 1976-78.

Conference Champions (Football)[edit]

  • 1967 - Mishawaka Marian (5-0)
  • 1968 - South Bend St. Joseph's (4-1)
  • 1969 - Mishawaka Marian (5-0)
  • 1970 - Mishawaka Marian (5-0)
  • 1971 - Mishawaka Marian (5-0)
  • 1972 - South Bend St. Joseph's (5-0)
  • 1973 - South Bend St. Joseph's (5-0)

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