The future of the Midwest Conference — and the as-yet-unnamed conference being born from it — could be clearer by the end of the week.
Culver Principal Albert Hanselman said Triton accepted an invitation on Monday to join the new conference. He also confirmed LaVille and West Central were invited, with an original deadline of Friday.
Hanselman said LaVille’s decision is expected by Friday. West Central athletic director Chuck Evans said his school told the new conference it could not meet that deadline but is still considering the proposal.
“We will do our due diligence and make a decision when we feel it’s in the best interest for us,” Evans said.
Caston, Pioneer and Winamac from the Midwest Conference, Knox and Culver from the Northern State Conference and previously independent North Judson informed those conferences of their intent to form the league earlier this month.
“We extended those invitations in hopes of getting eight (members), which is the ideal number, but we’re not opposed to having 10,” said Hanselman, who is acting as spokesman for the new conference. “If all nine say yes, we would seek a 10th member.”
Frontier athletic director Greg Martz, acting as spokesman for the remaining MWC members, said those schools cannot move forward until they know for certain who is leaving the conference. (The school boards at Pioneer and Winamac have not yet approved withdrawal from the MWC.)
“I would say we are going to explore every avenue, every option we have available to us,” Martz said of possible expansion back to six, eight or 10 teams. “From a practical standpoint, we don’t want to be stationary at five (members).”
No timetable exists for inception of the new league. A Northern State Conference bylaw provision requires exiting members to give two years notice. Hanselman said Culver acknowledged that agreement but told the conference it preferred to leave sooner, if possible.
The Midwest Conference constitution does not include guidelines for exiting members.
Hanselmen said the student body of each member school would submit a name for the new conference. Administrators would select a conference name from those options.
Mackeys aid fundraiser
Central Catholic graduate Patrick Mackey will be featured during K105-FM’s Riley Radiothon on Thursday.
The Lafayette radio station will hold its annual fundraiser for the Indianapolis-based Riley Hospital for Children from 6 a.m.-6 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday. Mackey and his family will be featured during Thursday’s broadcast around noon.
Other Lafayette area families will also share their Riley experiences. Listeners can call 1-888-745-3954 to donate.
Mackey has been receiving chemotherapy treatments at Riley since he was diagnosed with leukemia in March. A starting lineman and captain on Central Catholic’s Class A state championship football team last fall, Mackey is progressing toward the next stage in his recovery, which will include a bone marrow transplant.
Mackey has helped coach the CC junior varsity linemen since practice started earlier this month.
Due to expected high temperatures, the kickoff time for Frankfort’s home football game against Twin Lakes on Friday has been pushed back to 7:30 p.m.