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INDIANAPOLIS — IHSAA Commissioner Bobby Cox announced Monday the new classifications for 409 IHSAA member schools in several 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, soccer, softball and volleyball.
A total of 34 schools will play in a different classification in football than they had in the previous two-year cycle. In the four-class sports, 39 schools have changed levels. State tournaments in boys and girls soccer will be contested in a two-class format for the first time next fall.
Sectional groupings for each sport will be announced this spring. Schools will be assigned to the same groups in baseball, boys and girls basketball, softball and volleyball.
The biggest impact in this area is that Norwell will move from Class 3A in football to 4A, changing the makeup of the sectional which Bellmont has played in the past two years.
Leo also will exit the area sectional and will move to 4A. Long-time 3A football power NorthWood moves to 4A as well.
Fort Wayne Wayne and Fort Wayne South Side will shift up from 4A to 5A in football.
Churubusco, which won the area Class A Sectional last year, defeating South Adams, moves to 2A.
In baseball, basketball, softball and volleyball, Garrett and Woodlan both move up from 2A to 3A. Columbia City, Wayne, and New Haven from 3A to 4A.
The raw numbers reveal Bellmont to be the smallest school in the Northeast Hoosier Conference with 801 students. Bellmont, the only NHC school classified 3A for football, was one of the biggest 3A schools, but now is down 11 slots on the list.
Homestead is the largest NHC school with 2,219 students while Carroll is close behind at 1,925. Both are in 5A. DeKalb is No. 3 at 1,275 and East Noble has 1,265 students.