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New conference expands to 8 teams

6 from NHC, plus Huntington North and Leo

The new athletic conference in northeast Indiana officially has two more teams.

The conference added Huntington North and Leo to a form new conference along with six current members of the Northeast Hoosier Conference, according to a news release from Norwell principal and NHC president Mark Misch.

“The things that we asked them to present on, academically, athletically, enrollment, facilities, competition, numbers, sports offered and demographics … you put all those together, we felt like Leo and Huntington North were the ones who fit and were the most similar to the other six of us,” Misch said Thursday in a phone interview.

The unnamed conference will begin play in June of 2015, just after the NHC officially disbands.

Huntington North, which is currently in the North Central Conference, and Leo of the Allen County Athletic Conference will join Bellmont, Columbia City, DeKalb, East Noble, New Haven, and Norwell in the new conference.

After announcing that the NHC would disband, the six NHC schools (minus Carroll and Homestead) have been working together to join an new conference.

Last week, the “NHC 6” heard presentations from four area schools, Huntington North, Leo, Concordia and Angola.

Misch said there was no timeline for deciding a name for the new conference.

“We wanted to get the schools secured and get the process started of them getting out of their current conference and lining up with our withdrawal (from the NHC),” Misch said. “And we wanted all eight schools to be a part of the naming process so we haven’t even any begun that part of the process.”

Misch also said there will be future work on by-laws and the conference constitution.

“We didn’t want it to be six schools deciding it, and then inviting,” Misch said. “We wanted to get six schools that were interested in this and move forward in the details.”

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