Teams shift in new sectional alignmentsApril 30, 2013
From Herald Staff Reports
The IHSAA released new sectional alignments Monday for each of its class sports, and neighboring rivals Jasper, Southridge and Heritage Hills will again be grouped together in the same sectional for five sports.
Southridge, which will move up from Class 2A to 3A starting this fall for the IHSAA’s next two-year realignment, will again join Sectional 31 in volleyball, boys and girls basketball, baseball and softball. Sectional 31 will become a seven-team sectional as Jasper and Heritage Hills will remain in the field along with Mitchell, Pike Central, Vincennes Lincoln and Washington.
Southridge’s move from Class 3A will trim the local Class 2A sectional from seven teams to six. Forest Park will remain in the 2A Sectional 48 field along with Evansville Mater Dei, North Posey, Perry Central, South Spencer and Tell City. The exception will be in girls basketball, where two-time defending state champion Mater Dei will move up to 3A under the IHSAA’s new success factor.
In Class 1A, Northeast Dubois will remain in its current Sectional 64 grouping with Cannelton, Evansville Day, Tecumseh and Wood Memorial.
In the football realignment, the biggest change for a local school involves Heritage Hills, which has traveled to its east and north the past several years to face unfamiliar opponents. The Patriots will now remain closer to home against familiar faces. They are now grouped in Sectional 32 along with Evansville Bosse, Evansville Memorial, Gibson Southern, Mount Vernon, Pike Central, Princeton and Vincennes Lincoln.
In Class 4A football, Jasper remains in Sectional 24, which includes Boonville, Evansville Central, Evansville Reitz, Evansville Harrison and Seymour. Owen Valley and Silver Creek will be newcomers to the Sectional 24 field.
Southridge and Forest Park will remain in Sectional 40 in 2A football, along with Mater Dei, North Posey, South Spencer, Sullivan and Tell City. Eastern Greene will be an addition to Sectional 40, which was composed of seven teams in the last alignment.
Reclassifications were also released for boys and girls soccer, and area teams are in for some changes in the new sectional setups.
Jasper, which has trekked east to play in a sectional with Louisville-area teams, will now stay closer to home as stiff competition awaits. The Wildcat boys and girls will both play in a sectional field with local powers Castle and Washington, while Evansville North and Boonville will complete the five-team field. Soccer is a two-class sport, with Jasper competing in the larger Class 2A.
In Class 1A soccer, sectional fields are different for boys and girls. For the girls, Forest Park, Northeast Dubois and Heritage Hills will remain together in the same sectional, and joining them will be North Harrison, Salem, South Spencer and Christian Academy of Indiana.
In boys soccer sectionals, Forest Park and Heritage Hills will now join the same sectional, with South Spencer and Tell City completing the four-team field. Northeast Dubois will play in a five-team sectional with Pike Central, Shoals, Washington Catholic and Wood Memorial.
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