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New classes: MV likely moving up, others staying put

February 26, 2013
By Andrew Smith of Hancock County Sports

Mt. Vernon will likely move up to Class 4A in basketball, baseball, softball and volleyball, while the other local schools will stay put, according to enrollment numbers released by the IHSAA Tuesday afternoon.

The IHSAA did not assign classes with the numbers, so the classes as currently assigned are based on the IHSAA's past practices. The IHSAA said it will finalize the classifications within the next two weeks, and also approve sectional alignments on April 29. The new classes will be in effect for two school years, running from fall 2013 through spring 2015.

MV's enrollment of 1,119 makes it the 95th-largest school in the state. With 406 schools eligible for the tournaments, it is likely that Classes 4A and 3A will feature 101 schools. 1A and 2A will feature 102 schools each. A recent change in IHSAA bylaws allowed for different numbers of schools in each class, but it has only publicly moved to make that change in football. Starting this fall, Class 6A will comprise the top 32 schools in enrollment, Class 5A the next 32, and the rest of the classes will have the usual 64 teams.

New Palestine -- which was two spots from the smallest enrollment in 4A last classification cycle -- will remain there in the four-class sports (football/basketball/baseball/volleyball). The Dragons have an enrollment of 1,107, likely putting NPHS in 4A for two more years. The projected 4A/3A cutoff will be between Jasper (1,099) and Northview (1,087), which would trade places, with Jasper making its first appearance in 4A. Indianapolis Northwest and Plymouth are also poised to make the move "up." Greenfield-Central has the state's 69th-largest enrollment at 1,446 and is solidly in 4A.

With 349 students, Eastern Hancock has the state's 288th-largest enrollment and will compete in Class 2A again. Loogootee and Bloomfield (316) will likely be the smallest 2A schools, and Northeast Dubois (also 316, but with a larger senior class) will be the largest 1A school.

The projected cutoff between 2A and 3A is between 3A Indianapolis Washington (538) and Sullivan (536).

In football, all of the local schools are staying put for two more years, although Greenfield-Central is just five spots from moving up to Class 5A. G-C's enrollment of 1,446 is five spots -- and 58 students -- behind Fort Wayne Wayne, which would be the smallest 5A school. Cathedral moving into Class 5A due to the "tradition factor" will likely push Wayne into 4A.

MV and NP are solidly in 4A again. The projected smallest school in 4A will likely be Danville (819) with Indianapolis Chatard bumping up to 4A due to the tradition factor. Of HHC schools, Delta will be moving back to 3A in football, as its enrollment of 803 has dropped it to 132nd-largest in the state. Western Boone (562) is projected to be the smallest 3A.

Eastern Hancock will safely remain in Class A with 349 students. The cutoff will be 409 students, with Eastern Greene & Clarksville being the largest Class A schools.

In soccer, all of the local schools will remain in Class 2A in a two-class system.

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