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NHC still intact for now

Homestead AD says rumors on change not new

An NHC shakeup has not yet materialized, according to Homestead athletic director Joe Updegrove.

“We are still in the NHC,” Updegrove said Tuesday before the girls basketball game between the Spartans and Snider.

Last month, word was spreading that Homestead, along with Carroll, could be leaving the 24-year-old conference.

The rumors were fueled by a meeting that occurred at Leo with the six other NHC schools (without Carroll and Homestead) about the possibility of life without the two big schools.

Leo and Angola were also in attendance about maybe replacing Carroll and Homestead in the NHC or a new conference.

But the two schools can’t be “kicked out” of the league and would have to be given a two-year window if any of the other six schools were to secede.

Nothing has changed since that time, though, and Updegrove said there hasn’t been a lot of talk among the NHC’s athletic directors about the issue either.

Some schools’ principals and superintendents have gotten involved since then, leaving a lot of the decision-making up to them.

But for now the Spartans’ and Chargers’ athletic programs will remain in the NHC.

“This comes up every year,” Updegrove said of the rumors.

Updegrove said there could be possibilities down the road for Homestead and Carroll to go the independent route, if things worked out.

He said possibly an arrangement could be worked out where the Spartans and Chargers would play SAC schools in a nonconference setting in football, a lot like Notre Dame is doing with the Atlantic Coast Conference in college football.

The rest of the sports would also be independent.

Girls basketball

CANTERBURY 74, CARMEL 61: In Carmel, Kindell Fincher had 22 points and 21 rebounds as the Cavs won. Darby Maggard had 17 points, Bailey Farley 17 and Aaliyah Gaines and 16.

EAST NOBLE 54, GARRETT 45: In Garrett, Kerri Shrock’s 11 points paced the Knights. Brandi Dawson led Garrett with 21 points.

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