BY DEAN HOCKNEY
The esteemed North Central Conference traces its roots to March 1926 when 10 teams joined forces to form a basketball-only North Central Conference. Of those 10 schools, only Anderson, Kokomo, Logansport, Muncie Central and Richmond remain. Last week, the NCC announced the Titans of Indianapolis Arsenal Technical High School – one of its original 10 – would return to the conference after a 55-year absence.
“The principals of the North Central Conference met at the IHSAA Building on April 16 to discuss the progress of the NCC to expand its membership to 10 members in school year 2015–2016,” NCC Sports Information Director Michael Austin said in a prepared statement. “As a result of the meeting, the North Central Conference is excited to announce that Arsenal Technical High School has been offered and accepted membership into the NCC. They will become members of the NCC on April 1, 2015 and will begin scheduling athletic events with current and future members of the conference as the opportunity becomes available.”
Tech left the NCC in 1960 after the Indianapolis School Board moved the school to the Indianapolis Public School Conference. They will return to fill the void that will be left when Huntington North departs following the 2014-2015 school year.
“The addition of Arsenal Technical High School into the NCC will now allow the conference to continue to plan for divisional play and conference tournaments in nearly all sports,” said Austin. “The goal of the NCC remains the same; bigger, better, stronger and more exciting than ever.”
In the last 12 months, the conference has announced the departure of New Castle and Huntington North and the additions of Lafayette Jefferson, McCutcheon and Harrison. And according to Austin, the conference realignment may not be done.
“Additionally, the principals and athletic directors of the NCC will continue to seek other schools for future membership into the conference,” Austin said in his statement, “as well as remain focused on what is best for the student athletes, coaches, schools and communities of the 10 member schools in the NCC.”