New athletic league takes Hoosier North Athletic Conference mantle

NORTH JUDSON — The fledgling athletic conference featuring Culver, Triton, Knox, North Judson and LaVille now has a name.
The Hoosier North Athletic Conference will include nine schools in six adjoining counties as current Northern State Conference schools Culver, LaVille, Knox and Triton are joined by Midwest Conference schools Caston, Pioneer, West Central and Winamac and independent North Judson-San Pierre. The new athletic conference is scheduled to begin play with the 2015-16 school year to give member schools enough time to align their schedules for each sport.
Several factors were involved in the decision to form the new athletic conference including travel distance, competitive balance, existing rivalries and overall athletic and academic philosophy. The decision to form the HNAC was a thorough process that involved numerous meetings between the member schools with support from each school corporation.
In addition to athletic competitions, the HNAC also plans to host academic competitions between member schools in the areas of math and english.
While the HNAC is currently comprised of nine schools, conference officials say they would consider expanding to a 10-team field should the right opportunity present itself in the future.