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  1. Here's a list I compiled back in the day. It's slightly out-of-date, but not much:
  2. Thing is, you get a reputation for the "ready, fire, aim" approach to coaches (or, what school boards often misconstrue as "high standards"), you suddenly find yourself with fewer applicants for openings ... and you end up having to settle for less than perfect. Once a place gets a reputation as being short on the trigger with their coaches ... again, it doesn't matter what kind of "tradition" you have ... people avoid the place like the plague. Matter of fact, "tradition" ends up hurting you, because incoming coaches don't want to have to worry about living up to impossible expectations.
  3. The "people over there" don't really have a lot of control over it. I've seen communities that "don't tolerate mediocrity" and haven't won a sectional game in a decade. What matters is the five players on the floor. What happened 25 or 50 years ago or even 3 years ago has nothing to do with it. Just ask a lot of the North Central Conference.
  4. All it takes is one. If New Castle jumps, I wouldn't be shocked to see Richmond & Huntington North follow.
  5. Arlington basically *is* a charter school now. The state took over Manual, Arlington, Howe & Ripple and turned them over to charter school companies. All 3 saw a mass exodus of students -- Arlington's likely being the worst. None are run by IPS anymore. All except Howe used to be 4A schools before IPS reorganized a few into 6-12 buildings ... but even they were 3A. Meanwhile, Northwest (which is still an IPS school) gained enough students to move up to 4A and is, next to Tech, now the largest public city high school. Tech's enrollment, IIRC, has also gone up substantially.
  6. Good find. I've thought for a long time that the NCC as currently constituted isn't really sustainable -- a Logansport-to-Richmond footprint is a very difficult one to deal with. They'd be, geographically, right in the middle of the Hoosier Heritage Conference -- which needs one more member. They'd also be very similar to the HHC schools in enrollment & student body makeup & would be pretty competitive in most sports right off the bat. 2 things stand out: New Castle voted *against* expansion, and the superintendent & principal seem to be adamant about the length of roadtrips and the cost of transportation. Also, do note that their AD's last job was at Shelbyville, an HHC school. And also note that they talk *at length* about New Castle's declining assessed valuation, tax revenue base and, as a result, fewer funds with which to put gas in the buses. What stands out to me is that last quote from their superintendent: "I worked the 1987 state championship game between Marion and Richmond. "I've always had a lot of respect for the NCC. But we have to deal with what we have. Our enrollment has dropped and our assessed valuation has gone down about $400 million in the last 10-15 years. As I told the school board, it's not 1980 any more." If New Castle comes, we would LOVE to have them as the 8th member of the HHC. They'd be a perfect fit in the conference. I'm a bit biased -- I've been a part of the HHC as either a coach or a media member (or both) for 15 years now, but the league has become stronger than the NCC in just about every team sport except boys basketball. New Castle would fit right in. In the new NCC, it would be the second-smallest school out of 12 (assuming Jay County comes in), with only Muncie Central being smaller (and I'm expecting a Central/South merger virtually any day) ... and be a school with 1,100 students in a league where most schools have 1,500+ students, and a few have enrollments topping 2,000. In the HHC, the biggest school (Greenfield-Central) has an enrollment slightly below 1,500, and the smallest (Delta) is at about 800. New Castle would be right in the middle.
  7. will broadcast the 3A semistate between Mt. Vernon & Greensburg. Also, game preview: