News From Terre Haute, Indiana

Sports

April 30, 2013

IHSAA sectional alignments bring forth change

North, South’s sectional gains two teams — Avon and Brownsburg

TERRE HAUTE — When enrollment changes placed several area schools into different classes for the 2013-15 Indiana High School Athletic Association sectional alignments, change was expected when the sectional fields were finalized.

And change is exactly what nearly every area school will experience starting this fall.

The IHSAA announced the new sectional alignments on Monday and every basketball sectional in the Tribune-Star’s coverage area changed in some form. Sectional fields that had remained mostly constant through the class sports area that began in 1996 were tweaked or reshaped altogether.

Perhaps the most stable sectional had been the western 4A sectional — classified as Sectional 12 in recent years.

But when Northview’s enrollment dropped and the Knights were moved to Class 3A, a new member was assured to join existing teams Terre Haute North, Terre Haute South, Martinsville, Mooresville and Plainfield.

What took some aback was that the sectional gained two teams — Avon and Brownsburg.

“That’s two solid programs in most sports. It’ll add another challenge for the teams that were already in that sectional,” North athletic director Michael Menser said.

The seven-team 4A sectional creates new challenges. When a sectional goes above the traditional six-team field, an extra night of competition is necessary. Most sectionals go with a Tuesday-Wednesday-Friday-Saturday setup. That can create travel and logistical hurdles.

“It’ll be four nights instead of three, that’s one more night of traveling east. For our players, it’s another night where they have to play well,” South athletic director Brian Mancuso said. “It’s going to be harder [to win], but it’s going to be harder for them too.”

Equally germane to North and South will be what the schools agree to as far as hosting duties are concerned. In the years when Northview was in the field, there was a 3-3 split between schools in the western extreme of the sectional and schools roughly in the western suburban area of Indianapolis. The schools agreed to rotate the sectional sights so both geographic areas had an equitable split of hosting duties.

Now, the split is 5-2 … in favor of the Indianapolis-area schools.

“We think our facilities here are good enough to host. The teams that come here have good experiences. We hope it continues,” Mancuso said.

Northview’s drop to 3A placed the Knights in what is effectively a Western Indiana Conference invitational. They join WIC members West Vigo, Brown County, Edgewood and Owen Valley in a reconfigured Sectional 28. Exiting the sectional are Greencastle  (except for volleyball) and South Vermillion.

Change was most dramatic for the Parke County Class A schools.

Riverton Parke’s move up and South Vermillion’s move down to Class 2A created what is, essentially, a brand-new sectional. The Panthers and Wildcats are joined by Wabash River Conference members Fountain Central and Seeger as well as Southmont and Clinton Central.

Riverton Parke’s departure from Class A left a hole in the former Class A sectional field that had comprised entirely of WRC schools. The hole was filled by Lafayette Central Catholic, a move certain to cause consternation.

Oft-demonized by small public school fans for its alleged advantage as a result of a lack of district boundaries and supposed recruiting, LCC has won 37 combined sectional titles in boys basketball, girls basketball, baseball and volleyball since the class era began in 1996.

Rockville athletic director Ryan Luce wasn’t surprised LCC joined the field and was philosophical about the challenge they represent.

“We kind of looked at it on the map. We knew they’d come in from the north and we knew LCC was a candidate,” Luce said. “If you were successful, [LCC] was always  something that lurked in the distance. You knew you’d have to deal with them at some point. Having them in the sectional round? It’s going to make it challenging.”

The IHSAA also announced football classifications for the 2013-15 seasons as IHSAA football enters the six-class era.

The former Class 5A was split in half and Terre Haute North and Terre Haute South are in the new Class 5A field. Because of the split, most sectional fields in Class 6A and 5A include just four teams.

North and South’s new sectional foes are Castle and Evansville North. These are teams that both North and South open their seasons with. Castle is the reigning champion of the former Evansville-based Class 5A sectional and won a state title in 1995. Evansville North last won a 4A sectional in 2000 and last won a 5A sectional in 1995.

The last time a Terre Haute school won a football sectional was South’s title in 1988, but with the new system in place, optimism is high that the drought might end.

“This is why the new division was created. All of the schools are more equal in size. I’m pleased with the way it broke down. It’s a good solid sectional and a competitive one,” North football coach Chris Barrett said.

The remaining football classes remain as they were in terms of members and sectional size.

Northview’s 4A sectional added Danville, Indianapolis Chatard and Indianapolis Northwest. Chatard moved up from Class 3A due to the IHSAA’s new success factor, which moves teams up a class who enjoy state championship level success in their previous class. Indianapolis Cathedral moved out of the sectional and up to 5A for the same reason.

West Vigo’s 3A field — which formerly had Chatard — gained five new teams. Crawfordsville, Edgewood, Greencastle, North Montgomery and Western Boone join existing members Brebeuf and Tri-West.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Sports
Tom Lindley column mug.jpg

CNHI News Service

Local Interest
SPT 072614 TOM JONES LEADER.jpg

Tribune-Star/Bob PoynterLeader: Tom Jones is leading going into Sunday's final round of the Men's City Championship at Hulman Links on Sunday.

High School
College
  • ISU football picked last in MVFC

    Indiana State’s football team found itself in familiar, if depressing, territory when the Missouri Valley Football Conference preseason poll was released on Tuesday.

    July 29, 2014

  • Degano2.jpg Bullpen mates: Three relievers coming on strong down stretch for Rex

    The Terre Haute Rex pitching staff ranks fifth among the 12 teams in the Prospect League in earned-run average this season and first in the league with only four home runs allowed all summer. But the Rex pitchers might be the best in the league the past two weeks as the team has had two shutouts and two games with one run allowed in the past week.

    July 29, 2014 2 Photos

  • Prettyman wants ISU to be prepared for potential NCAA changes

    Against a rising tide of media, public and institutional sentiment that would suggest otherwise, Indiana State Director of Athletics Ron Prettyman believes that the current model of college athletics still works.

    July 26, 2014

  • ISU basketball trio earn national academic honors

    A trio of Indiana State basketball student-athletes have been named to the 2013-14 National Association of Basketball Coaches Honors Court as announced by the national organization. Honored from Indiana State were Lucas Eitel, Justin Gant and Jake Kitchell.

    July 23, 2014

  • Metro roundup: Post 346 rallies past Rockville

    Wayne Newton Post 346 scored a run in the sixth and two in the seventh to get past Rockville 6-3 in an American Legion baseball regional at Terre Haute North on Wednesday.

    July 23, 2014

Sports Columns
Pro Sports
Colts Camp Football_Tayl.jpg

Indianapolis Colts head coach Chuck Pagano, right, laughs with running back Chris Rainey during an NFL football training camp in Anderson, Ind., Saturday, July 26, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

Terre Haute Rex
SPT 072914 ROSSELLI STEAL.jpg

Tribune-Star/Joseph C. Garza Safe!: Tony Rosselli beats the tag at second base by a West Virginia opponent during the Rex' game against the Miners on Tuesday at Warn Field.

Colts
Colts Camp Football_Tayl.jpg

Indianapolis Colts head coach Chuck Pagano, right, laughs with running back Chris Rainey during an NFL football training camp in Anderson, Ind., Saturday, July 26, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

Auto Racing
SPT071614sprints clauson.jpg

Tribune-Star/Jim Avelis Waiting: Bryan Clauson sits in his sprint car, waiting his turn to qualify at the Terre Haute Action Track for the Don Smith Classic.

AP Auto Racing News
Latest News
TribStar.com Poll
AP Video
Two Women Narrowly Avoid Being Hit by Train Obama Chides House GOP for Pursuing Lawsuit Raw: Thousands Flocking to German Crop Circle Raw: Japanese Soldiers Storm Beach in Exercises Raw: Otters Enjoy Water Slides at Japan Zoo Crayola Announces Family Attraction in Orlando Broken Water Main Floods UCLA In Virginia, the Rise of a New Space Coast Raw: Rocket Launches Into Space With Cargo Ship Rodents Rampant in Gardens Around Louvre Girl Struck by Plane on Florida Beach Dies Raw: Weapons Fire Hits UN School in Gaza Raw: Plane Lands on New York Highway Raw: 2 Shells Hit Fuel Tank at Gaza Power Plant Raw: Obama Eats Ribs in Kansas City Six PA Cops Indicted for Robbing Drug Dealers Harding Love Letters Now Open to Public Wisc. Twins Celebrate a Century of Laughter New Sanctions on Key Sectors of Russian Economy Kerry: Not Worried About Israeli Criticism
NDN Video
Heartwarming 'Batkid Begins' Documentary is Tear-Jerker Orlando Bloom 'Takes a Swing' at Justin Bieber In Ibiza Pitch Invading Morons Cause Chaos - @TheBuzzeronFOX Sadie Doesn't Want Her Brother to Grow Up "Maxim" Hotness! See Jessica Alba's Sizzling Spread Two women barely avoid being hit by train Broken Water Main Floods UCLA Orlando Bloom and Justin Bieber Reportedly Came To Blows In Ibiza Meet the Man Behind Dumb Starbucks Chris Pratt Adorably Surprises Kids at a 'Guardians of the Galaxy' Screening NOW TRENDING: Peyton Manning dancing at practice "The Bachelorette" Makes Her Decision Thieves pick the wrong gas station to rob Golden Sisters on '50 Shades' trailer: 'Look At That Chest!' Staten Island Man's Emotional Dunk Over NYPD Car - @TheBuzzeronFOX GMA: Dog passes out from excitment to see owner Baseball Hall of Famers Inducted 'Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1' Sneak Peek Florida Keys Webcam Captures Turtles Hatching Morgan Freeman Sucks Down Helium on 'Tonight Show'
Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.
  • -

     

    March 12, 2010

activity
Real Estate News