TERRE HAUTE —
Terre Haute North and Terre Haute South received word Tuesday from the Southern Indiana Athletic Conference that the Vigo County schools were denied acceptance into that current eight-team league.
The SIAC is made up of eight schools in the Evansville area: Castle, Evansville Bosse, Evansville Central, Evansville Harrison, Evansville Materi Dei, Evansville North, Evansville Reitz and Evansville Memorial. It’s at least a 110-mile drive to all of those schools from Terre Haute.
“We’ve been trying to find a conference that will accept us due to milling that the MIC [Metropolitan Interscholastic Conference] will eventually vote us out,” Vigo County Superintendent Dan Tanoos said. “We’ve made contact with conferences all over the area. The latest was the SIAC. They voted today not accept us. This is purely based on the economics. For football, basketball and baseball it would be viable, but the travel for all the other sports would not be financially in their best interest so therefore they denied our application.”
Tanoos said Vigo County Executive Director of Secondary Education Stacy Mason was informed of the denial Tuesday afternoon. The SIAC schools did not share the details of the vote or if it needed to be a unanimous decision by the schools.
Vigo County officials are trying to be proactive, preparing for the MIC to expand its membership, reaching out to at least 10 Indianapolis-area schools, according to an Indianapolis Star report.
The MIC was reported to be interested in seven suburban schools from the Hoosier Crossroads Conference.
However, the HCC released a joint statement from an Oct. 3 meeting. The statement, as published in the Lafayette Journal & Courier was: “We left the meeting with a continued and renewed commitment to be the premier conference in the state athletically and academically. At this time no schools have applied to join another conference.”
Tanoos said Vigo County School Corporation has “written letters to at least three conferences. Those two have not received positive response due to travel distance or their conference is currently filled. But if the MIC’s able to draw other schools, we hope that changes.”
Tanoos declined to comment which conferences those are. The superintendent doesn’t expect the Vigo County schools to be voted out of the MIC unless the MIC is able to expand its membership.
“If they don’t get anybody to come in, who knows what they’ll do. We need to have a conference,” Tanoos said.