Northern Lakes Conference of Indiana

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The Northern Lakes Conference within Indiana

The Northern Lakes Conference of Indiana (NLC) is an IHSAA-sanctioned athletic conference of high schools located within Elkhart, Kosciusko and Marshall counties in Indiana, United States.

History[edit]

To deal with the reorganization and consolidation of high schools across Northern Indiana, an organizational meeting for the formation of the Northern Lakes Conference was held on February 3, 1963. Charter members of the NLC were the high schools of Bremen, Manchester, Nappanee, Plymouth, Rochester and Warsaw. The conference began competition in 1964–65 in Boys’ Baseball, Football, Basketball and Track. In 1965, Boys’ Tennis and Golf were added; Cross-Country was added in 1966; and Wrestling became a conference sport in 1968. The conference was “intended to provide good, clean competition and fellowship for the boys, the coaches, and the school bodies of the Northern Lakes region.”

Concord High School joined the NLC in 1967 and Wawasee High School joined in 1968. By 1970, all schools participated in all eight boys’ sports.

In the 1970s Girls’ sports were added. Conference competition began in 1976–77 in Basketball, Tennis, Track and Volleyball. In 1980 Swimming was added; Cross-Country was added in 1986, Softball in 1987; Golf in 1994; and Soccer in 1997.

Additional sports added to NLC Boys’ competition included Swimming in 1980 and Soccer in 1994.

Membership in the Northern Lakes Conference has fluctuated between six and eight schools throughout conference history. In 1976, Manchester changed conferences. 1987 and 1989, Rochester and Bremen withdrew memberships to begin competition with schools of lesser size and less travel than those of the NLC membership. Additions to the Northern Lakes Conference were Goshen in 1976 and Northridge in 1987. Elkhart Memorial begian competition in winter sports in 2000 and all other sports in 2001–02.

The Northern Lakes Conference is recognized as one of the athletic conferences in the state of Indiana. Competitions at the state level include NLC student athletes in most every sport.[clarification needed] The NLC started offering a formal coaching education course in 1991. NLC principals and athletic directors are regularly seated in governing bodies for athletic administration at the state level.[citation needed]

On March 7, 2018, the Northern Lakes Conference announced that Elkhart Memorial High School will cease to be a member of the conference at the conclusion of the 2019- 2020 school year. In the fall of 2020, Elkhart Memorial and Elkhart Central high schools will consolidate forming one Elkhart High School. The new school will retain Elkhart Central's position in the Northern Indiana Conference.

The conference announced it will be accepting applications for membership through May 15, 2018. The NLC announced in July 2018 that Mishawaka High School will join for the 2020-21 school year, leaving the NIC.[1]

Basketball[edit]

The NLC has a rich basketball history, producing NBA stars like Scott Skiles, Rick Fox, and Shawn Kemp. On February 11, 2017, the Warsaw Tigers made league history by becoming the first team to win the conference in three consecutive years while going undefeated (21-0) during that span.[2]

Membership[edit]

School Location Mascot Colors County Size IHSAA
Class
Year Joined Previous Conference
Concord Elkhart Minutemen           20
Elkhart
1,657 5A 1967 Elkhart County
Elkhart
Memorial
1
Elkhart Crimson Chargers           20
Elkhart
1,567 5A 1999 Northern Indiana
Goshen Goshen RedHawks2           20
Elkhart
1,923 5A 1976 Independents
(NIC 1969)
Northridge Middlebury Raiders           20
Elkhart
1,397 4A 1987 Independents
(new school 1969)
NorthWood Nappanee Panthers           20
Elkhart
901 4A 1969 none (new school)
Plymouth Plymouth Rockies / Pilgrims           50
Marshall
1,097 4A 1963 Central Indiana
Warsaw
Community
Warsaw Tigers           43
Kosciusko
2,103 6A 1963 Central Indiana
Wawasee Syracuse Warriors           43
Kosciusko
939 4A 1968 none (new school)
  1. Elkhart Memorial played in both the NIC and NLC from 1999 to 2001. School will closes after 2019-20 school year.
  2. Mascot was Redskins until 2016.

Future Member[edit]

School Location Mascot Colors County Size IHSAA
Class
Year Joining Previous Conference
Mishawaka Mishawaka Cavemen           71
St. Joseph
1,477 5A 2020 Northern Indiana

Former members[edit]

School Location Mascot Colors County Years Joined Previous Conference Year Left Conference Joined
Bremen1 Bremen Lions           50
Marshall
1963 Marshall County 1989 Northern State
Manchester North Manchester Squires                85
Wabash
1963 Independents
(WCC 1962)
1976 Three Rivers
Nappanee Nappanee Bulldogs           20
Elkhart
1963 Elkhart County 1969 none (consolidated
into NorthWood)
Rochester Rochester Zebras                25
Fulton
1963 Central Indiana 1987 Three Rivers Conference
  1. Played concurrently in NLC and MCC 1963-66.

Conference Championships[edit]

Football[edit]

# Team Seasons
15 Plymouth 1966, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973*, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978*, 2005, 2007*, 2008, 2009, 2012*, 2014
14 NorthWood 1974, 1980*, 1984*, 1985*, 1991*, 1992*, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1999*, 2004*, 2007*, 2016
12 Concord 1979, 1983, 1984*, 1991*, 2004*, 2006, 2010, 2011, 2012*, 2013, 2015
9 Goshen 1978*, 1980*, 1981*, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1992*, 1997, 1998, 2002
9 Warsaw 1964, 1967, 1973*, 1982, 1990, 1992*, 1999*, 2000, 2001
3 Wawassee 1973*, 1986, 2004*
2 Bremen 1965, 1970
1 Northridge 2017
1 Elkhart Memorial 2003
1 Rochester 1969
0 Manchester
0 Nappanee

Boys Basketball[edit]

# Team Seasons
26 Warsaw 1965, 1966*, 1967, 1969, 1972*, 1976, 1979*, 1980, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1989, 1991, 1992, 1994,
1995, 1996*, 1997*, 1999, 2004, 2010, 2011, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018*
17 Plymouth 1968*, 1970, 1973, 1977, 1978, 1981, 1982, 1983*, 1987, 1988, 1990, 1996*, 1997*, 1998*, 2001,
2007*, 2008
5 Rochester 1966*, 1971, 1974, 1975, 1979*
4 Northridge 1996*, 2009, 2014, 2018*
4 NorthWood 1972*, 1998*, 2000, 2007*
3 Elkhart Memorial 2002, 2006, 2012
2 Concord 2005, 2013
2 Wawassee 1983*, 1983
1 Goshen 2003
1 Manchester 1968*
0 Bremen
0 Nappanee

Girls Basketball[edit]

# Team Seasons
14 Warsaw 1984, 1987*, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1993, 1999, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2010, 2013
8 Northridge 1997, 1998, 2006, 2007, 2014, 2016, 2017, 2018
5 Plymouth 1992, 1994, 2000, 2001, 2009*
4 Elkhart Memorial 2008, 2009*, 2011, 2012
4 Goshen 1980, 1981, 1982, 1987*
3 Wawassee 1995, 1996, 2009*
2 Concord 1983, 1985
2 NorthWood 1977, 2015
2 Rochester 1978, 1979
1 Bremen 1986

State Championships[edit]

Concord (3)[edit]

  • 1964 Boys Gymnastics
  • 1965 Boys Gymnastics
  • 1966 Boys Gymnastics

Elkhart Memorial (0)[edit]

Goshen (3)[edit]

  • 1978 Football (2A)
  • 1988 Football (4A)
  • 2014 Soccer (2A)

Northridge (2)[edit]

  • 1988 Softball
  • 2004 Boys Cross Country

NorthWood (2)[edit]

  • 1999 Girls Basketball (3A)
  • 2005 Football (3A)

Plymouth (4)[edit]

  • 1977 Football (2A)
  • 1982 Boys Basketball
  • 2007 Boys Basketball (3A)
  • 2008 Girls Basketball (3A)

Warsaw (5)[edit]

  • 1976 Girls Basketball
  • 1978 Girls Basketball
  • 1984 Boys Basketball
  • 1991 Softball
  • 2005 Boys Golf

Wawasee (1)[edit]

  • 1976 Girls Track & Field

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ray, Olivia (2018-07-11). "Mishawaka High School to join the Northern Lakes Conference 2020-21". WSBT 22 (South Bend, IN). Retrieved 2019-03-06.
  2. ^ http://www.inkfreenews.com/2017/02/11/warsaw-basketball-three-peat-of-perfection-for-tigers/

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