Delphi to join Hoosier Heartland Conference
Delphi Community High School Athletic Director Kevin Sims announced that Delphi has accepted an invitation to join the Hoosier Heartland Conference.
Pending approval from the Delphi Community School Corporation Board of Trustees at its scheduled March 12 meeting, the conference affiliation will officially begin with the 2019-20 school year for all sports.
“Our administration, athletic department, coaching staffs and the community are thrilled to have the opportunity to join the Hoosier Heartland Conference,” Sims said. “It was the place where we wanted to be.”
“The Hoosier Heartland Conference is a great fit for us, and we have felt like it was the best place for us to partner with moving forward,” he added. “We are really grateful for the opportunity to join it.”
Delphi made inquiries about joining the Hoosier Heartland Conference over the past couple of years, but an opening wasn’t available until conference members Frontier, North White and Tri-County decided to join the new version of the old Midwest Conference.
The new Hoosier Heartland Conference as currently comprised will consist of nine teams, including Carroll, Clinton Central, Clinton Prairie, Eastern, Rossville, Sheridan, Taylor and Tri-Central. Rossville does not participate in football.
It was really important for us to join a conference where we had some natural rivalries,” Sims said. “We have that with Carroll and Rossville, and both Clinton Central and Clinton Prairie have been on our schedules for many years.”
‘It just makes a lot of sense for us, and is a great place for us to be — where we wanted to be,” he added.
Sims indicated that he will be trying to add as many events with the new conference teams as early as next season before the full participation begins the following year.
The Oracles have participated in their sporting events as an independent since departing the Hoosier Conference after the 2014-15 school year.