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LOCAL RECAP OF NEW IHSAA CLASSIFICATIONS FOR 2017-2018 AND 2018-2019

KOKOMO, Ind. – Every two years, the IHSAA evaluates school enrollments and releases new classifications for athletic tournaments. The organizing body of Indiana high school sports recently released the classifications for the 2017-2018 and 2018-2019 schools years for the sports of boys basketball, girls basketball, football, volleyball, boys soccer and girls soccer. Baseball and softball will be released at a later date.

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. Two schools that have joined the IHSAA membership in the last two years are not yet eligible to compete in IHSAA tournaments and are not included in the listing of schools – Indianapolis Lighthouse Charter‐East and Lighthouse Christian Academy of Bloomington will be eligible in 2020‐21.

Also, per IHSAA By‐Law, C‐2‐3c, any school has the option to play up one or more classes in any sport they choose for the two‐year classification period by notifying the Association Office. In boys soccer and girls soccer, both Brebeuf Jesuit and Guerin Catholic have opted to play up in the new Class 3A in both sports. Tournament Success Factor points will still be accumulated in baseball and softball this spring and any necessary updated versions in those sports will be released in the days following the end of those respective state tournaments.

Carmel remains the largest high school in Indiana with 5,000 students, followed by Ben Davis (4,362), North Central (3,772), Warren Central (3,736) and Penn (3,345). The smallest school in Indiana is Smith Academy for Excellence (No. 406) with an enrollment of 33.

Locally, there was not much of a shakeup in classifications (enrollment rankings are a reference and based on boys basketball, which has the most teams participating):

Kokomo: (1,749 students, enrollment ranking fell from 38th largest school to 46th) Remains in Class 5A in football; Class 4A in boys basketball, girls basketball and volleyball. The Kats are in the new Class 3A in boys soccer and girls soccer.

Western: (855 students, enrollment ranking rose from 127 to 123) Remains in Class 4A in football; Class 3A in boys basketball, girls basketball and volleyball; The Panthers are in Class 2A in boys soccer and girls soccer.

Northwestern: (562 students, enrollment ranking stayed the same at 191): Remains in Class 3A in football, boys basketball, girls basketball and volleyball; The Tigers are in Class 2A in boys soccer and girls soccer.

Tipton: (524 students, enrollment ranking fell from 192 to 208) Fell to Class 2A in football, boys basketball, girls basketball and volleyball. The Blue Devils are in Class 2A in boys soccer and Class 1A in girls soccer.

Eastern: (491 students, enrollment ranking rose from 275 to 217) Remains in Class 2A in football, boys basketball, girls basketball and volleyball. The Comets are in Class 1A in boys soccer and girls soccer.

Lewis Cass: (466 students, enrollment ranking fell from 220 to 225) Remains in Class 2A in football, boys basketball, girls basketball and volleyball. The Kings do not field a soccer program.

Taylor: (413 students, enrollment ranking fell from 241 to 251) Remains in Class 2A in football, boys basketball, girls basketball and volleyball. The Titans are in Class 1A in boys soccer and girls soccer.

Tri-Central: (271 students, enrollment ranking fell from 309 to 327) Remains in Class 1A in football, boys basketball, girls basketball and volleyball. The Trojans are in Class 1A in boys soccer and girls soccer.

North Central Conference enrollments: 29. Lafayette Jefferson (2,031), 33. Indianapolis Arsenal Tech (1,940), 35. Anderson (1,933). 37. Harrison (1,905), 45. McCutcheon (1,769), 46. Kokomo (1,769), 59. Muncie Central (1,551), 76. Richmond (1,331). 83 Logansport (1,235), 102. Marion (1,053).

Hoosier Conference enrollments: 123. Western (855), 138. Twin Lakes (773), 146. West Lafayette (734), 148. Hamilton Heights (728), 182. Benton Central (585), 191 Northwestern (562), 202. Rensselaer Central (531), 208. Tipton (524), 225. Lewis Cass (466), 310. Lafayette Central Catholic (291).

Hoosier Heartland Conference: 217. Eastern (491), 251. Taylor (413), 288. Carroll (353), 295. Clinton Prairie (330), 297. Sheridan (329), 299. Rossville (313), 324. Clinton Central (274), 327. Tri-Central (271), 354. Tri-County (234), 370. Frontier (202).

Courtesy of the IHSAA and Sports Journal staff

 

HOWARD COUNTY IS FIVE AND OUT IN BOYS BASKETBALL SECTIONALS, TIPTON HEADS TO MARION REGIONAL

Eastern's Nolan Smalley plays in championship game of the Class 2A Taylor Sectional against Madison-Grant. (SJ photo/William Gibson)

Eastern’s Nolan Smalley plays in championship game of the Class 2A Taylor Sectional against Madison-Grant. (SJ photo/William Gibson)

BY DEAN HOCKNEY

For just the ninth time in the 103-year history of the IHSAA boys basketball sectional tourney format, and second time in three seasons, Howard County did not have a team hoist a championship trophy. Eastern and Western both earned title game berths but came up empty-handed as the underdog squads. In Tipton County, the Blue Devils earned a berth in the Marion Regional this coming Saturday.

Class 4A Sectional 7 at Lafayette Jefferson:

The Kokomo Wildkats had an uphill battle to add to its state-record 74 sectional titles as they played in the best win-loss bracket in the state (104-34). The six-team field had a winning percentage of .754, more than 100-points higher than the Crawford County Sectional of .647 (88-48) and Michigan City Sectional of .640 (105-59).

The Kats took care of business in its quarterfinal game at the Marion Crawley Center with a 56-51 win over the host Bronchos. In the semifinals, Kokomo faced the defending state runners-up and No. 5-ranked McCutcheon Mavericks – a squad that handed the Wildkats its worse loss of the season, a 77-53 thrashing in game four at Memorial Gymnasium. Unfortunately, round two against eventual-champ McCutcheon had the same results with the Mavs winning 78-56.

Kokomo got down early, trailing 16-8 after one quarter and 36-17 at the break. Anthony Barnard led the Wildkats with 25 points and Ty Sparling ended his career with 13 points. Brevin Beard grabbed a game-high eight rebounds. Kokomo finished the season 18-7, its best outing since a 22-3 season in 2012-2013.

Class 3A Sectional 20 at Maconaquah:

The Western Panthers started the season 0-16, but in the sectional championship game, they gave a favored West Lafayette Red Devils (16-9) a major scare before falling 51-37. Early in the fourth quarter, Western trailed WL 31-28 but missed a shot to tie the game. Luke Touloukian then connected on a pair of 3-pointers to put the game away and claim its 11th sectional title and first since 2013.

In the quarterfinals round, West Lafayette upset No. 13 Northwestern 64-50 and then defeated Maconaquah 55-49 to advance to the finals. Western drew a bye and upset Peru 63-50 to earn a title berth. The Panthers finished the season 4-19 while Northwestern ended its campaign 13-8.

Class 2A Sectional 39 at Taylor

One year ago, the Eastern Comets were celebrating its first sectional championship in 60 seasons. History was on the line in the Taylor Sectional, but a first-ever back-to-back sectional championship did not happen as the Comets went ice cold in the title game. Playing Madison-Grant, Eastern shot 30-percent from the floor in a 50-34 loss.

The championship game was close as Eastern trailed the Argylls 32-26 after three quarters, but the poor shooting continued as the squad hit just two fourth quarter baskets and were outscored 18-8 in the final eight minutes.

The Taylor Titans (7-19) defeated Elwood 47-41 in the quarterfinals before falling to Madison-Grant in a 49-46 thriller in the semifinals. Eastern (8-17), which drew a first round bye, defeated Eastbrook 47-38 in the semifinals.

TIPTON COUNTY SCHOOLS

Class 3A Sectional 24 at Marion

Tipton’s ride to a sectional championship was one of the most thrilling in the state with a pair of overtime wins. In the quarterfinals, the Blue Devils dismissed the defending state champion Marion Giants 67-66 in overtime. They followed that with an easy 42-17 win over Yorktown in the semifinals before defeating Hamilton Heights 46-37 in an overtime championship contest.

The win was the 25th sectional title in program history and first since 2014. The Blue Devils (16-8) will now battle for its seventh regional title when they play New Haven (19-7) in the second game of the Marion Regional on March 11. The 10 a.m. first game features Fairfield (13-12) against No. 13 Fort Wayne Luers (17-7) with the winners to play in the Elite Eight at 8 p.m.

Class 1A Sectional 54 at Tri-Central

The Tri-Central Trojans (2-19) ended its season with a 61-38 loss to Clinton Central in the sectional quarterfinals. No. 1 Lafayette Central Catholic defeated No. 4 Clinton Prairie 59-53 to advance to the Sweet Sixteen.

HOWARD & TIPTON COUNTY RESULTS FOR IHSAA BOYS BASKETBALL SECTIONALS

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4A Sectional 7 at Lafayette Jefferson

Feb. 28 at 6:00

  1. Zionsville def. Harrison 81-57
  2. Kokomo def. Lafayette Jeff 56-51

March 3 at 6:00

  1. Zionsville def. #3 Logansport 66-57
  2. #5 McCutcheon def. Kokomo 78-56

Championship Game – March 4 at 7:30

  1. #4 McCutcheon def. Zionsville 61-47

Kokomo finishes season 18-7

 

3A Sectional 20 at Maconaquah

Feb. 28 at 6:00

  1. West Lafayette def. #13 Northwestern 64-50
  2. Peru def. Benton Central 65-44

March 3 at 6:00

  1. West Lafayette def. Maconaquah 55-49
  2. Western def. Peru 63-50

Championship Game – March 4 at 7:00

  1. West Lafayette def. Western 51-37

Northwestern finished season 13-8

Western finished season 4-19

 

3A Sectional 24 at Marion

Feb. 28 at 6:00

  1. Tipton def. Marion 67-66 OT
  2. Hamilton Heights def. Blackford

March 3 at 6:00

  1. Tipton def. Yorktown 42-17
  2. Hamilton Heights def. Delta 51-33

Championship Game – March 4 at 7:30

  1. Tipton def. Hamilton Heights 46-37

Tipton advances to the Marion Regional

 

2A Sectional 37 at Oak Hill

Feb. 28 at 7:00

  1. Manchester def. Lewis Cass 57-56

March 1 at 6:00

  1. #3 Oak Hill def. Wabash 52-29
  2. Southwood def. Northfield 72-52

March 3 at 6:00

  1. Manchester def. Rochester 59-36
  2. Southwood def. #3 Oak Hill 60-52

Championship Game – March 4 at 7:30

  1. Southwood def. Manchester 54-49

 

2A Sectional 39 at Taylor

Feb. 28 at 6:00

  1. Taylor def. Elwood 47-41
  2. Eastbrook def. Alexandria 67-57

March 3 at 6:00

  1. Madison-Grant def. Taylor 49-46
  2. Eastern def. Eastbrook 47-38

Championship Game – March 4 at 7:30

  1. Madison-Grant def. Eastern 50-34

Taylor finished season 7-19

Eastern finished season 8-17

 

1A Sectional 43 at Tri-Central

Feb. 28 at 6:00

  1. Clinton Central def. Tri-Central 61-38
  2. #4 Clinton Prairie def. Frontier 60-51

 March 3 at 6:00

  1. #1 Lafayette Central Catholic def. Clinton Central 83-43
  2. #4 Clinton Prairie def. Faith Christian 60-52

 Championship Game – March 4 at 7:00

  1. #1 Lafayette Central Catholic def. #4 Clinton Prairie 59-53