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IHSAA announces class changes for next 2 years

The IHSAA announced the new classifications in class sports for the next two school years.

The enrollment figures, the total of boys and girls in grades 9-12, were submitted by the schools to the Indiana Department of Education last fall and are used to determine the classifications in the sports of baseball, boys and girls basketball, football, boys and girls soccer, softball and volleyball.

A few northeast Indiana schools were affected by the changes.

In baseball, softball, basketball and volleyball, Columbia City and New Haven both dropped to 3A from 4A, Woodlan fell to 2A from 3A, while Bishop Luers went up to 3A from 2A because of enrollment figures and Canterbury went from A to 2A.

The Canterbury girls basketball program would have gone up anyway because of the success factor.

In football, South Side dropped to 4A.

Bishop Luers (success factor) went up from 2A to 3A and Central Noble (enrollment increase) went from A to 2A.

Homestead, Northrop, Warsaw and Carroll will all be placed in the newly formed 6A.

In soccer, the Canterbury boys increased to 2A from A because of the success factor, while the Canterbury girls will remain in A.

Any school has the option to play up one or more classes in any sport for the two-year classification period by notifying the IHSAA.

Guerin Catholic's girls soccer team has again opted to play in 2A instead of A, while Brebeuf's boys and girls soccer teams have both opted to play in Class 2A instead of A.

Success factor points will still be accumulated in boys basketball, baseball and softball and any necessary updated versions in those sports will be released in the days following the end of those respective state tournaments.

Sectional groupings for each sport will be announced this spring following approval of the IHSAA Executive Committee.

High School Sports Editor Greg Jones on prep sports.

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