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May 1, 2014

Fisher: NCC in position of strength

Part of Greg Fisher’s legacy at Logansport will include his hard work to keep the North Central Conference afloat.

The departing Logansport athletic director, who is retiring in June, said the NCC in a position of strength for the future.

“I couldn’t be happier that the North Central Conference will be around for a long, long time,” he said. “I think that the conference is heading in a direction that reflects changes in the face of athletics: divisional play, conference tournaments. And we feel like we have a pretty good handle on where we’re headed the next few years.”

The conference will go to a divisional format next school year. The West will include Logansport, Harrison, Kokomo, Lafayette Jeff and McCutcheon. The East will include Anderson, Huntington North, Marion, Muncie Central and Richmond.

Indianapolis Tech will replace Huntington North beginning in the 2015-16 school year.

Divisional play will begin next year in every sport except basketball.

“Boys and girls basketball will play a round-robin schedule,” said Fisher, adding that could change in future years. “We are working towards a conference basketball tournament.”

Another change to the basketball schedules will include “a lot of girls-boys doubleheaders.”

Fisher added the football schedules will reflect divisional play.

“We will play everyone in our division in football plus we will have some cross-over play,” he said. “Our cross-over opponents next year will be Marion, Muncie Central and Huntington North.”

The Logan AD, who was the NCC president this year, added a championship weekend will not be held in Week 9 next year but that it remains a possibility in the future.

“We have seven weeks devoted to conference play. There are things we don’t want to change. We don’t want to lose Peru-Logansport which is the longest continuous rivalry game in the state. The cross-over games may change over the years, but you’ll know who you are playing in divisional games every year,” he said. “We’d like to have a championship weekend in football. That’s the direction we are moving towards.”

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