Allen County Athletic Conference – Wikipedia

Allen County Athletic Conference
Established 1956
Region Indiana
Allen County Athletic Conference locations

The Allen County Athletic Conference (ACAC) is a seven-member Indiana High School Athletic Association (IHSAA) conference. While all of its charter schools are and were located in Allen County, it also has member schools from Adams, Jay, and Wells counties. The ACAC, along with the Porter County Conference, are the only two county conferences left in existence.

History[edit]

The Allen County Athletic Conference began with nine schools in Allen County in 1956.[1] The schools were smaller, rural schools, with the exception of Elmhurst, the sole Fort Wayne school that wasn’t included in the Fort Wayne City Series. The conference was hit hard by consolidation, and the nine original schools were down to four by the 1968 season (and two of those were new consolidations). The conference responded by going outside county borders by admitting Norwell (itself a newly consolidated school) in 1967, followed by Adams Central, Churubusco, and Eastside in 1968. The rebooted conference now expanded well outside of the Allen County footprint, including schools from Adams, DeKalb, Wells, and Whitley counties. All of the schools now sponsored football, and competition in that sport began in 1969.

The conference went to a two division format in 1971 with the addition of new school Homestead and Southern Wells. That format ended in 1975, as Homestead left for the Northeastern Indiana Athletic Conference, followed by Eastside leaving for the Northeast Corner Conference in 1980. The breakup of the NEIAC in 1989 led to a wide-scale realignment of conferences in Northeast Indiana, as schools looked to realign themselves with rivals of similar enrolments. The ACAC became the home for mid-sized schools, while the Northeast Corner housed small schools, and the newly formed Northeast Hoosier Conference became the stable for the largest non-Fort Wayne schools. Carroll and Norwell left that year for the NEHC, while Churubusco left for the NECC. They were replaced by NEIAC schools Bluffton and South Adams. Garrett, becoming too large for the Northeast Corner, moved to the Allen County league in 2005.

Jay County joined the conference beginning with the 2014-15 school year.[2] However, the conference shrank down to seven schools in 2015, as Garrett moved to the Northeast Corner Conference in 2014, and Leo joined six of the eight Northeast Hoosier Conference high schools in a new conference (Northeast 8) in 2015.[3][4]

Membership[edit]

Current members[edit]

  1. Adams Central played in the ACAC and the EWVC concurrently for 1965-66, the final year for the EWVC.
  2. Woodlan was known as Woodburn before 1959.

Former members[edit]

  1. Lafayette Central became part of Roanoke High School in 1963. Roanoke itself consolidated into Huntington North in 1966, taking Lafayette Township with it. The township then split off from HNHS to become part of Southwest Allen County Schools in 1971.

Membership timeline[edit]

Jay County High Scool Garrett High School South Adams Jr./Sr. High School Bluffton High School (Bluffton, Indiana) Southern Wells Jr/Sr High School Homestead High School (Fort Wayne, Indiana) Heritage Junior-Senior High School Eastside Junior-Senior High School Churubusco High School Carroll High School (Fort Wayne, Indiana) Norwell High School (Indiana) Norwell High School (Indiana) Adams Central High School Woodlan Junior/Senior High School Heritage Junior-Senior High School Leo Junior/Senior High School Homestead High School (Fort Wayne, Indiana) Carroll High School (Fort Wayne, Indiana) Heritage Junior-Senior High School Woodlan Junior/Senior High School Elmhurst High School Carroll High School (Fort Wayne, Indiana)

Division Format 1971-75[edit]

North South
Churubusco Adams Central
Fort Wayne Carroll Heritage
Eastside Homestead
Leo Norwell
Woodlan Southern Wells
Boys Girls
Baseball Basketball
Basketball Cross Country
Cross Country Golf
Football Soccer
Golf Softball
Soccer Swimming
Swimming Tennis
Tennis Track & Field
Track & Field Volleyball
Wrestling

Conference Championships[edit]

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# Team Seasons
14 Woodlan 1970*, 1971 (N)*, 1972 (N, C), 1973 (N), 1974 (N, C)*, 1975, 1982, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1989*, 1996, 2015, 2016
10 Leo 1971 (N)*, 1974 (N)*, 1977, 1997*, 2002, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012*, 2013, 2014
10 Heritage 1970*, 1972 (S)*, 1998, 2001, 2002*, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2012*
8 Adams Central 1969, 1972 (S)*, 1981, 1994, 1995, 1997*, 1999, 2017, 2018
5 Norwell 1971 (S, C), 1980, 1983, 1987, 1988
5 South Adams 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 2019
3 Carroll (FW) 1976, 1978, 1979
2 Garrett 2007, 2012*
2 Homestead 1973 (S), 1974 (S)
2 Southern Wells 2000, 2008
1 Bluffton 1989*
1 Churubusco 1971 (N)*
1 Eastside 1974 (N)*
0 Jay County
  • 1971-74: N = North Division champions, S = South Division champions, C = title game champions (not held in 1973).

Boys Basketball[edit]

# Team Seasons
24 Leo 1957, 1960, 1961, 1963*, 1964, 1966*, 1971, 1972, 1979*, 1980, 1993, 1994, 1995,
1998*, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2004, 2005*, 2006, 2011*, 2013*, 2015
11 Norwell 1973, 1978*, 1979*, 1981*, 1982, 1983*, 1984*, 1986, 1987*, 1988
9 Carroll (FW) 1969, 1974, 1977, 1978*, 1981*, 1983*, 1984*, 1985, 1987*
9 Bluffton 1998*, 2002, 2003, 2008, 2009*, 2010, 2011*, 2013, 2016*
4 Woodlan 1996, 2007, 2014, 2017*
3 Heritage 2005*, 2009*, 2017*
3 Jay County 2016*, 2018, 2019
3 Southern Wells 1975, 1976, 1992
1 Adams Central 2012
1 Huntertown 1966*
1 South Adams 1997
0 Arcola
0 Churubusco
0 Eastside
0 Elmhurst
0 Garrett
0 Harlan
0 Hoagland
0 Homestead
0 Lafayette Central
0 Monroeville
0 Ossian
0 Woodburn
  • Champions from 1958-59 to 1990-91 not listed are unverified.

Girls Basketball[edit]

# Team Seasons
8 Leo 1978, 2001, 2002, 2004*, 2008*, 2010, 2012, 2013*
6 Garrett 2006*, 2007, 2008*, 2011, 2013*, 2014
5 Jay County 2015, 2016, 2017*, 2018, 2019
2 Woodlan 2005*, 2020
2 Heritage 2003, 2006*
1 Southern Wells 2009
1 Norwell 1976
1 South Adams 2017*
0 Adams Central
0 Bluffton
0 Carroll (FW)
0 Churubusco
0 Eastside
0 Homestead
  • Champions from beginning of competition (ca. 1974-75) until 2000 not listed are unverified.

Wrestling[edit]

# Team Seasons
27 Adams Central 1975, 1978*, 1979, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987*, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 2000, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016, 2018, 2019
5 Carroll (FW) 1974, 1976, 1977, 1978*, 1987*
3 Leo 2003, 2007, 2014
3 Woodlan 1972, 1973, 2001
2 Bluffton 1999, 2002
2 Garrett 2009, 2010
2 South Adams 2008, 2011
0 Churubusco
0 Eastside
0 Heritage
0 Homestead
0 Jay County
0 Norwell
0 Southern Wells

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Only tournament champions listed.

State titles[edit]

Adams Central Flying Jets (1)[edit]

Bluffton Tigers (0)[edit]

Garrett Railroaders (1)[edit]

Heritage Patriots (1)[edit]

Leo Lions (1)[edit]

  • 2014 Girls Softball (3A)
  • 2008 Justin Woods, Leo 33-0 215lb State Wrestling Champion

South Adams Starfires (1)[edit]

• Davona Runkel – Girls shot put (1986)

Southern Wells Raiders (1)[edit]

Woodlan Warriors (0)[edit]

External links[edit]

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