Two of the four remaining members of the Midwest Conference are severing ties with the league.
Frontier and Tri-County will be added to the Hoosier Heartland Conference beginning in 2015-16, Frontier athletic director Greg Martz confirmed this afternoon.
Also joining the HHC are Mid-Indiana schools Taylor and Eastern, both located in Howard County.
Beginning in the fall of 2015, the HHC will become a 10-team league that already contains members Carroll, Clinton Central, Clinton Prairie, Rossville, Sheridan and Tri-Central.
In August, Caston, Pioneer and Winamac informed the other Midwest Conference members they would be joining a new league with Culver, Knox and North Judson.
“Losing half of your conference is a pretty big challenge to try to fill,” Martz said. “Once that happened, it put South Newton, North White, Tri-County and us in a situation where we were trying to get other schools to join us … The bottom line is we had four schools. We couldn’t wait any longer. We had to make a decision to be in a conference.”
Scheduling of future athletic events to follow conference guidelines remains to be seen. The schools must await board approval before officially becoming a conference member.
“This will benefit all of our students in athletic competition and academic opportunities,” Taylor AD Karen Franklin told the Sports Journal.
Martz said there is a possibility of expansion beyond what now is a 10-team league.