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KOKOMO WILDKATS LAY CLAIM TO NCC BOYS ALL-SPORTS TROPHY, LOSE OVERALL BY TWO POINTS

North Central Conference

UPDATED: June 3, 2014 – 12:01 a.m.

BY DEAN HOCKNEY

KOKOMO, Ind. – Kokomo is still the team to beat in the North Central Conference when it comes to boys sports. For the fifth consecutive year, the NCC Boys All-Sports plaque goes to the Kokomo Wildkats. For the second straight year, the Kats out-pointed Richmond for the championship, 68.5 to 58. Huntington North was third with 56, followed by Marion (51.5), Muncie Central (44.5), Logansport (43) and Anderson (38.5).

“The boys really ran away with the boys all-sports this year,” said Kokomo Athletic Director Jason Snyder. “In the spring, we had a nice run with track and golf finishing in first. That is a nice accomplishment, winning 10 points.”

The Wildkats won four championships this year on the boys’ side: swimming, wrestling, golf and track. Second place finishes came from football and cross country, and the Kats got a pair of third places in basketball and baseball. Snyder noted that this year, the Kats won the trophy despite the “big three” sports – football, basketball and baseball – not winning a title.

“Our big three was in the top half of the conference, but we had other teams step up,” said Snyder. “Swimming has been very tough, and they won this year. And golf was a really big conference win after other schools have dominated it. This was just an overall team accomplishment. We just had a group that really took pride in our conference games.”

Huntington North was the overall NCC All-Sports champions for the second consecutive year, topping the Wildkat boys and girls by a mere two points, 118-116. The Vikings placed third in the boys’ race and second on the girls’ side. Marion was third (108), followed by Logansport (105.5), Richmond (102.5), Muncie Central (93) and Anderson (74).

“We were ahead for quite a while, which is really tough considering the position we are in,” said Snyder, explaining that Kokomo is one of two NCC schools that does not field a gymnastics team. “All of the schools at the top have gymnastics teams and field points in that event, and we do not. So I am proud of our group. We have a great senior class, and their efforts and leadership led to Kokomo having a great year.”

The Lady Wildkats finished fifth overall in the girls NCC competition, which was won by Logansport for the second consecutive year. Kokomo’s total of 47.5 points was one shy of fourth place Muncie Central. The Berries had 62.5 points to beat Huntington North by one-half a point. Marion was third (56.5), Richmond was sixth (44.5) and Anderson seventh (35.5). The Lady Kats had no team championships in 2013-2014, but showed vast improvement from its eighth place finish of 2011-2012.

The NCC will look different when the new school year kicks off this fall as Lafayette Jefferson, McCutcheon and Harrison – all from Tippecanoe County – will join the fold. Huntington North will depart at the end of the 2014-2015 school year, with Indianapolis Arsenal Tech taking its spot to maintain a 10-team league.

CHARTER MEMBER ARSENAL TECH WELCOMED BACK TO THE NORTH CENTRAL CONFERENCE

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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.”

GUERIN CATHOLIC, ARSENAL TECH OFFICIALLY UNDER CONSIDERATION TO JOIN THE NORTH CENTRAL CONFERENCE

North Central Conference

BY DEAN HOCKNEY

KOKOMO, Ind. – It has been well documented that the North Central Conference will be at an odd nine teams starting with the 2015-2016 school year. With New Castle leaving this year and Huntington North at the end of 2014-2015 – and three Lafayette schools joining next year – the addition of at least one school to the blue collar conference is expected. But the blue collar aspect of the conference could come to a screeching halt if a private Catholic school is admitted. Could that happen? The answer is yes, and it is a real possibility as the addition of the private Guerin Catholic High School in Noblesville is under consideration by conference administrators.

“The principals and athletic directors of the North Central Conference met on December 12, 2013, at the IHSAA building at the request of representatives from Arsenal Technical High School and St Theodore Guerin High School to discuss the possible membership of those schools into the NCC.  Each school made a presentation to the group and discussed their interest in becoming a member of the NCC,” said NCC Sports Information Director Michael Austin in a prepared statement. “As a result of the meeting, the principals and athletic directors of the conference will request to visit each of the two schools in the near future in order to make the best possible decision for the NCC.

Founded in 2004, Guerin is a Roman Catholic college preparatory school with 750 students and a tuition of $12,450 per year. It is currently a Class 3A school in boys basketball and won a state title in 2012. Arsenal Tech is a Class 4A school in boys basketball and was an original member of the North Central Conference. Austin said there is no decision on admitting Guerin Catholic or Tech.

“There is no commitment to either school or from the conference at this point,” his statement read. “The visits are the next step in the lengthy process of making a formal invitation to any school that may wish to become a member of the conference.”

With changes happening in dozens of conference in Indiana, Austin said the NCC wants to ensure what is best for its student-athletes.

“As events unfold throughout the state among athletic conferences, the principals and athletic directors of the NCC will continue to focus on what is best for the student athletes, coaches, schools and communities of the member schools in the NCC,” Austin’s release stated. “The goal for the NCC remains the same; bigger, better, stronger and more exciting than ever.”

Current members of the North Central Conference include Kokomo, Logansport, Marion, Anderson, Muncie Central, Huntington North and Richmond. Lafayette Jefferson, McCutcheon and Harrison will join next school year while Huntington drops out – leaving room for at least one new school to keep the conference at an even number of competitors.