Mount Carmel to leave Big Eight in May

From Herald Staff Reports

Changes are coming to the Big Eight Athletic Conference as Mount Carmel will be leaving the conference as a whole following the completion of this school year.

In a vote of the conference schools at a Big Eight conference meeting, Mount Carmel was originally voted out of the conference after the 2019-20 school year. However at the same meeting, Mount Carmel decided to opt out of its final year of membership in the Big Eight Conference due to scheduling hardships. This move comes after recent changes in the Illinois High School Association football state tournament series which would not allow the Golden Aces to field a full Big Eight conference schedule as the IHSA is moving to a district scheduling plan.

In terms of football scheduling for the other six conference schools (Jasper, Boonville, Mount Vernon, Princeton, Vincennes Lincoln, Washington), that process is still being worked on. More announcements are expected at a later date to clear up the future football schedules for the remaining Big Eight teams.

Since joining the Big Eight at the beginning of the 2003-04 school year, Mount Carmel has won a total of 15 conference titles — six in football, four in girls basketball, three in boys golf and two in girls golf.

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