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(7-12-18) The Northern Lakes Conference made a major announcement on Wednesday by adding Mishawaka High School as the 8th team to the league beginning in the 2020-21 school year. The opening for a new member happened when Elkhart decided to merge Central and Memorial back into one high school.

The Cavemen, who were chartered members of the Northern Indiana Conference (NIC) since 1927.

The NIC membership after Mishawaka’s departure:

Bremen, Elkhart, Glenn, Jimtown, Mishawaka Marian, New Prairie, Penn, South Bend Adams, South Bend Clay, South Bend Riley, South Bend St. Joseph, South Bend Washington

 Mishawaka Principal Jerome Calderone

“This is a big move for our school. We put a lot of time, effort and research into changing conferences. We consulted with Mishawaka legends who have been leaders for decades. We also met with all 19 of our varsity coaches before making an application to the NLC. We appreciate the strong relationships we have with schools from the NIC, and we look forward to developing those same bonds in the Northern Lakes. 2020 will be an exciting time for all Cavemen”.

Mishawaka Director of Athletics Dean Huppert

“As one of the founding members of the Northern Indiana Conference, Mishawaka has been proud to be in the NIC since 1927. We’ll continue that tradition the next two years before moving to the Northern Lakes Conference in 2020. It will be exciting to continue our existing rivalries while enhancing the traditions of Cavemen Athletics by developing new ones”.

Teams in the NLC:

Concord, Goshen, Northridge, NorthWood, Plymouth, Warsaw, Wawasee and Mishawaka in 2020



July 11, 2018

The Northern Lakes Conference announces that beginning in the fall of 2020, Mishawaka High School will be joining the NLC. When selecting an eighth member, the NLC considered the following…

  • ● Existing values and vision of the NLC
  • ● Facilities and enrollment
  • ● Display of academic and athletic excellence
  • ● Sports offered at the potential member school
  • ● Geographic location

We look forward to building a long standing relationship with Mishawaka High School that contributes towards our goal of continuing the outstanding academic and athletic reputation of the Northern Lakes Conference.

James A. Condon, Principal, Plymouth HS – NLC President

Troy Akers, Principal, Warsaw HS – NLC President Elect

Larry Kissinger, Athletic Director, Goshen HS – NLC Secretary