In case you haven’t noticed, all of the other conferences are looking up to the Metropolitan Interscholastic Conference in boys basketball and football.
Make that in swimming, too. Not exactly a surprise!
Carmel continued to build on its girls and boys swimming dominance in 2019. The Lady Greyhounds have won 33 consecutive state swimming and diving championships, and the Carmel boys have won 4 in succession and 7 of the past 8.
Not exactly news, you say? Yeah, I hear ya!
But then the Carmel boys basketball team added to its success with a state championship in basketball while posting a school-best 26-1 single-season record under second-year coach Ryan Osborn.
Osborn posted a 47-9 won-loss record in two seasons as the varsity coach of the Greyhounds. He was also the state runner-up coach in 2018, and Carmel won back-to-back state championships under Scott Heady in 2012-2013. Osborn, you probably know, moved up in the ranks from his assistant’s role after Heady went to Marian College.
You might say that there’s something special and positive going on in the land of Greyhounds!
And, also, when it comes to high-revenue IHSAA sports like boys basketball and football, the MIC has been oh-so dominant.
Make that big-time dominant!
Ben Davis cut down nets in boys basketball in 2017 (Carmel was the 4A runner-up), followed by Warren Central (2018) and now Carmel in 2019, all in the big-school class. And MIC schools have won 6 of the past 10 state championships.
The power of the MIC schools among boys teams is especially telling in football since the power conference was formed in 1996.
MIC schools have been crowned state football champions 26 times, including the past eight in a row.
Since 1999, MIC schools have won 18 of 20 state football titles.
The MIC started its latest football streak after Fishers (Hoosier Crossroads Conference) toppled Lawrence Central in the 2010 state football finals.
Speaking of the HCC, it still has its work cut out; it is far behind the MIC in football and boys basketball since the HCC was established in the fall of 2000.
Other than Fishers HS, the only other 5A HCC state football champion since then was Westfield in 2016. The Rocks of Jake Gilbert were also a state runner-up in 2013. Hamilton SE (5A) lost to MIC power Warren Central in the 2005.
In boys basketball since 2001, Brownsburg (HCC) won Class 4A in 2008, while the MIC has won 10 state titles (3 by Carmel) with 3 runners-up (Carmel 1).
In girls basketball, Hamilton Southeastern (4A) is the lone HCC state champ (2019) — and Zionsville (4A) was the state the runner-up in 2018 — since the HCC was formed.
(Note: Noblesville HS, a charter member of the HCC, won the state in girls basketball in 1987 and was runner-up in 1988 in the former single-class format.)
The MIC, however, owns 10 girls state basketball titles (Carmel’s lone title came in 2008) and 1 runner-up finish since 2001.
(Note: Under the former single-class format, Carmel was also a state runner-up in 1995.)
So, could Franklin Central, which joined the HCC in the fall of 2018, eventually play a dominant role in the HCC?
The Flashes have not brought home any State championships or runner-up plaques in boys or girls basketball.
Franklin Central football, however, enjoyed much State 2A success under head coach Chuck Stephens way back in the old 3-class format, winning state titles from 1980-82, and adding 4A state runner-up finishes in 1986, ’88 & ’89.
The Franklin Central football program has produced only 1 winning season in the last 11 seasons. The Flashers, however, were 8-2 in in 2017. They were 3-8 the next season in their first season in the HCC.
Franklin Central would appear to have some work to do if it’s going to help add to any potential HCC football fortunes.
You might say the same about Noblesville. The Millers program has not enjoyed a winning season since 2001. Noblesville’s best is a pair of 5-5 finishes in the last 17 years.
—Mark Morrow, a Hall of Fame Indiana sportswriter, has resided in Hamilton County since 1989. You can follow him in The Times, and on Twitter at mmediamarko12. He can be reached at mediamarko5@gmail.com or by calling 317 460-8018.