Royals were without conference previous two years

CHARLOTTESVILLE — For the first time in two years, Eastern Hancock belongs to a conference. The Royals, who have competed as an independent since the 2010-11 school year following the dissolution of the White River Conference, are now members of the Mid-Hoosier Conference.

MHC administrators approved EH last September. Originally, the Royals were slated to join their new conference in individual sports this school year and in team sports next fall. However, EH athletic director Aaron Spaulding said the school was able to get its schedules in line with the rest of the MHC and that his programs are “100 percent” committed for 2012-13.

“We were concerned out of the gate as to whether we could get all of our team sports in. Individual sports were a lot easier because there’s generally just one meet — like a cross country meet for instance — where all the schools just got on one day,” Spaulding said. “We were able to get those schedules matched up.”

The Mid-Hoosier Conference currently contains eight other schools: Edinburgh, Hauser, Indian Creek, Morristown, North Decatur, South Decatur, Southwestern and Waldron. Knightstown will be admitted as the conference’s 10th member in 2013-14. EH effectively took the place of Triton Central, which left the MHC for the Indiana Crossroads Conference.

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