INDIANAPOLIS—The Indiana High School Athletic Association announced sites for sectional tournaments in five sports for the next two years on Tuesday.
All three Adams County schools will see some changes from past years in tournament foes and all three will host at least one sectional event.
Bellmont lost its soccer sectionals but will keep its baseball tourney. In baseball, basketball, softball, and volleyball, the Braves and Squaws are paired with four new schools including Eastbrook, Heritage, Mississinewa, and Whitko. Only Norwell remains in the BHS sectional pairings (Maconaquah, Peru, and Wayne formerly were with Bellmont and Norwell).
The football sectional includes some new faces as well for the Braves with Mississinewa, Western, Peru, and Yorktown joining the fray along with Blackford, Eastbrook, and Maconaquah. Sectional sites are determined by the tourney draw which will be later this fall.
In soccer, the Squaws will travel to New Haven instead of hosting and that site will also include South Side, Wayne, and Norwell. The boys tournament will be at Norwell with the same five schools involved.
Norwell was selected by the IHSAA to host three sectional sites including volleyball, boys basketball, and softball. The girls basketball sectional will be at Mississinewa and Bellmont will retain the baseball action.
Travel will continue to be the name of the game in class 1A action for Adams Central and South Adams, especially in football and despite the fact the schools are only six miles apart, the IHSAA put the two schools in separate sectionals.
South Adams received no favors being put in the same sectional with long-time state power Sheridan which has won several class 1A titles. Other teams there include Lapel, Monroe Central, Southern Wells, Tri-Central, Union City, and Wes-Del.
Adams Central will go west and north instead of west and south like South Adams as they have Central Noble, Fremont, LaVille, North Miami, Northfield, Southwood, and Triton in football.
South Adams will host three sectionals over the next two years while Adams Central gets one. The Starfires will entertain teams for boys soccer, volleyball, and boys basketball while the Flying Jets were assigned the girls basketball site.
Bishop Luers, Blackhawk Christian, and Heritage coming to Berne for the boys soccer site, while the girls soccer tourney is a six-team affair at Blackhawk Christian with the hosts, Bishop Luers, Canterbury, Concordia, Heritage, and South Adams.
Adams Central does not offer soccer.
In softball, baseball, girls and boys basketball, and volleyball, the sectionals will consists of Adams Central, Bluffton, Bishop Luers, Churubusco, Eastside, and South Adams. Bishop Luers will again host the baseball tourney at Indiana Tech while Eastside was awarded the softball tourney to be played on one of northeastern Indiana's nicer facilities.