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. While not known as a state sports power, the school did win its first IHSAA boys basketball state title last March in Class 4A, thanks in part to Indiana Mr. Basketball Trey Lyles. It was the 10th state title in school history, joining baseball (1918), boys golf (1933, 1936, 1946 and 1948), boys track (1922) and wrestling (1952, 1976 and 1979). 

Anderson leads the “Conference of Champions” with 26 IHSAA team state titles, although its last title came in boys golf in 1995. Muncie Central is second on the list with 17 as a member of the NCC and Kokomo has 16 (19 overall). Marion has 10, Richmond has eight, Logansport has five and Huntington North has won two (but none while in the NCC). Lafayette Jefferson won 13 state titles before departing the conference. In all, the NCC is credited with 105 IHSAA team state championship trophies.

“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 (beginning this fall). 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.”


NORTH CENTRAL CONFERENCE
IHSAA TEAM STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS

ANDERSON (26)
1926-current
1935 – Boys basketball
1937 – Boys basketball
1945 – Boys track and field
1946 – Boys basketball
1946 – Boys track and field
1946 – Boys cross country
1947 – Boys track and field
1947 – Boys cross country
1948 – Boys cross country
1948 – Boys track and field
1949 – Boys cross country
1950 – Boys cross country
1951 – Boys cross country
1952 – Boys golf
1952 – Boys cross country
1953 – Boys golf
1955 – Boys golf
1955 – Boys cross country
1959 – Boys cross country
1972 – Boys golf
1974 – Boys golf
1984 – Girls swimming and diving
1985 – Girls swimming and diving
1988 – Boys swimming and diving
1989 – Boys swimming and diving
1995 – Boys golf

MUNCIE CENTRAL (17)
1926-current
1928 – Boys basketball
1931 – Boys basketball
1951 – Boys basketball
1952 – Boys basketball
1956 – Boys cross country
1958 – Boys cross country
1963 – Boys basketball
1967 – Boys cross country
1978 – Boys basketball
1979 – Boys basketball
1988 – Boys basketball
1997 – Volleyball (4A)
1998 – Volleyball (4A)
1999 – Volleyball (4A)
2002 – Volleyball (4A)
2004 – Volleyball (4A)
2009 – Volleyball (4A)

KOKOMO (16)
1926-current
1926 – Boys track and field
1927 – Boys track and field
1934 – Boys track and field
1935 – Boys track and field
1937 – Boys track and field
1958 – Boys golf
1961 – Boys basketball
1969 – Boys swimming and diving
1985 – Baseball
1985 – Boys golf
1986 – Boys golf
1988 – Boys golf
1992 – Girls basketball
1994 – Boys track and field
1993 – Girls basketball
2003 – Girls basketball (4A)

LAFAYETTE JEFFERSON (13)
1931-2003
1932 – Boys golf
1948 – Boys basketball
1964 – Boys basketball
1969 – Baseball
1973 – Baseball
1974 – Girls swimming and diving
1975 – Boys tennis
1977 – Boys golf
1978 – Boys golf
1979 – Girls golf
1983 – Girls golf
1984 – Girls golf
1987 – Boys golf

MARION (9)
1933-current
1966 – Boys golf
1975 – Boys basketball
1976 – Boys basketball
1984 – Baseball
1985 – Boys basketball
1986 – Boys basketball
1987 – Boys basketball
1991 – Boys tennis
2000 – Boys basketball (4A)

RICHMOND (8)
1926-current
1941 – Boys golf
1958 – Wrestling
1992 – Boys basketball
1993 – Boys golf
1994 – Boys cross country
1996 – Boys golf
1997 – Boys golf
2003 – Boys golf

LOGANSPORT (5)
1926-current
1934 – Boys basketball
1975 – Baseball
1977 – Baseball
1979 – Baseball
1991 – Baseball

INDIANAPOLIS ARSENAL TECH (5)
1926-1960
1933 – Boys golf
1936 – Boys golf
1946 – Boys golf
1948 – Boys golf
1952 – Wrestling

FRANKFORT (3)
1926-1967
1929 – Boys basketball
1936 – Boys basketball
1939 – Boys basketball

NEW CASTLE (3)
1926-2013
1932 – Boys basketball
2006 – Boys basketball (3A)
2007 – Volleyball (4A)