The North Central Conference will go to divisional play in most sports starting in the 2014-15 school year.
The move is designed to cut travel expenses while at the same time add excitement with new championship tournaments in some of the sports, Logansport athletic director Greg Fisher said.
Logansport will be in the East Division along with Harrison, Kokomo, Lafayette Jeff and McCutcheon. The West Division will consist of Anderson, Huntington North, Marion, Muncie Central and Richmond.
Girls and boys basketball will be the only sports that will include a round robin format where every team will play every team in the regular season, thus they will not include divisional play.
Football will still play two non-conference games, thus Logansport will still play Twin Lakes and Peru in the regular season. The Berries will play four divisional games and then draw three games for cross-divisional play. Fisher said no tournament-type format will be held the final week of the season as of now, but that is not yet finalized.
There will now be championship tournaments in baseball, softball, volleyball, girls and boys soccer and girls and boys tennis. The formats will vary by sport.
Baseball and softball will have 10-team tournaments with seeding based on divisional records.
Soccer will have the top four seeded teams playing for the conference championship with the bottom six teams competing in a separate tournament for placing.
“We’re excited about it,” Fisher said. “It will bring together a lot of good teams and will help with transportation costs over the course of the season.”
The next school year will be the final year Huntington North is competing in the NCC. Fisher said the conference is hoping to add a 10th school and is interested in further expansion.
Beau Wicker is the sports editor of the Pharos-Tribune. He can be reached at 574-732-5113 or firstname.lastname@example.org.