TERRE HAUTE —
Football teams for Terre Haute North Vigo and Terre Haute South Vigo high schools will compete in Conference Indiana, starting in 2014, Vigo County school officials announced this afternoon.
The teams will compete for two years, after which the Vigo County schools may be invited into the conference. All other sports will continue to compete in the Metropolitan Interscholastic Conference (MIC) through 2014.
Teams for golf, track, cross country and swimming will compete in Conference Indiana next year as non-conference teams, as a way to show the Vigo County schools can compete, Supt. Dan Tanoos said at the afternoon news conference.
Conference Indiana includes schools such as Bloomington North, Bloomington South, Franklin Central and Columbus North.
The MIC principals voted in November to replace North and South in the eight-team conference, beginning with the 2014-15 seasons. The increased cost of transportation associated with the 70-mile distance between the two Terre Haute schools and the six current Indianapolis-area MIC schools was the reason stated at the time, along with academic concerns related to the hour-plus drive time.
Earlier last fall, Supt. Tanoos told the Tribune-Star that the corporation — aware of the impending MIC shakeup — was pursuing affiliations with different conferences.
In October, the Southern Indiana Athletic Conference turned down acceptance of North and South into that league, which currently includes eight Evansville-area schools.
North and South endured the scheduling complexities as independents from the early 1980s, after they left the SIAC (Southern Indiana Athletic Conference), until joining the MIC nearly a generation later.