IHSAA News Release

March 30, 2011

The IHSAA Executive Committee has approved the recommendations of the realignment committees responsible for placing member schools into sectional groups in six team sports for the 2011-12 and 2012-13 school years.

Three committees consisting of principals and athletic administrators representing each IHSAA district and class were constructed to realign the sports. The baseball, basketball, softball and volleyball committee along with the soccer committee consisted of 12 individuals while the football committee totaled 15 members.

These committees met during the week of March 14, 2011 and submitted their realignment plans to the Executive Committee for approval on March 25, 2011.

“All three realignment committees were extremely well-prepared and provided valuable input throughout each meeting,” commented Commissioner Bobby Cox. “The conscientious attitudes of the committee members were clearly evident in their deliberations. The locations of schools and their proximity to other schools were given the greatest consideration when forming sectional groupings.  Secondly, a deliberate effort was made to eliminate five and seven team sectionals where possible.  I feel that each group developed an alignment which will serve the membership appropriately and create excitement and interest among our patrons.  The IHSAA staff will now begin the process of identifying member schools that are willing to host these important tournament series events.”

Proposals and tournament formats will be submitted to the IHSAA Executive Committee for approval in June of 2011 for fall sports, October of 2011 for winter sports and February of 2012 for spring sports.

Also, in recent days, a second member school has indicated it will leave the membership at the end of this school year. White’s Jr./Sr. High School in Wabash, has notified Commissioner Bobby Cox of its intention to withdraw from membership following the 2010-11 school year.

With this development, a revised version of the four-class alignment by enrollment has been posted to the IHSAA website and affects the classification of one school. Northeast Dubois, located in Dubois and the smallest 2A school, now becomes a Class A school where it had previously resided. White’s did not play football or soccer so the respective five class and two class alignments for those sports remain unchanged.

The IHSAA had issued a revised four-class alignment in a Feb. 22 release following notification that Holy Cross School in Terre Haute would also withdraw from the Association at the end of the school year.

Finally, Guerin Catholic has opted to play up one class in girls soccer, the only school to do so in any sport. The Noblesville school, originally listed as a Class A school in the new two-class format, will now compete in Class 2A, Sectional 17. The school’s boys soccer team will compete in Class A. IHSAA By-Law, C-2-3c allows any school to play up one or more classes in any sport for the two-year classification period by notifying the Association Office.

Football Sectional Assignments (Five Classes) | Enrollment

Baseball, Basketball, Softball, Volleyball Sectional Assignments (Four Classes) | Enrollment

Boys Soccer Sectional Assignments | Enrollment

Girls Soccer Sectional Assignments | Enrollment

The members of each realignment committee are listed below:

Football Realignment Committee
Chairpersons: Commissioner Bobby Cox & Assistant Commissioner Robert Faulkens
Class A District I Bob Brock, Principal, Pioneer HS
  District II Charlie Bryket, Athletic Director, Tri HS
  District III Jed Jerrels, Principal, North Daviess HS
Class AA District I Nancy Alspaugh, Principal, Manchester HS
  District II Patrick McLaughlin, Principal, Eastbrook HS
  District III Mark DeHart, Athletic Director, Brownstown Central HS
Class AAA District I Neal Brown, Principal, Leo HS
  District II Steve Cox, Principal, Beech Grove HS
  District III Nick Sears, Athletic Director, Indian Creek HS
Class AAAA District I David Preheim, Athletic Director, Concord HS
  District II Phil Ford, Principal, Jay County High School
  District III Beth Hagan, Athletic Director, Evansville Reitz HS
Class AAAAA District I Janis Qualizza, Athletic Director, Merrillville HS
  District II Sandra Walter, Athletic Director, Lawrence Central HS
  District III Don Unruh, Athletic Director, New Albany HS
Baseball, Basketball, Softball and Volleyball Realignment Committee
Chairperson: Assistant Commissioner Phil Gardner
Class A District I Don Street, Principal, West Central HS
  District II Ken Howell, Principal, Blue River Valley HS
  District III Noel Bostic, Athletic Director, Rising Sun HS
Class AA District I Tom Finicle, Athletic Director, Southwood HS
  District II Jimmie Howell, Athletic Director, Lapel HS
  District III Tim Grove, Principal, North Knox HS
Class AAA District I John Marks, Principal, F.W. Concordia Lutheran HS
  District II Jeff Irwin, Athletic Director, Western Boone HS
  District III Mike Eineman, Principal, Southridge HS
Class AAAA District I Kirby Whitacre, City Athletic Director, South Bend Com. Schools
  District II Brad Holsinger, Athletic Director, Avon HS
  District III Pam Noble, Athletic Director, Connersville HS
Soccer Realignment Committee
Chairperson: Assistant Commissioner Theresia Wynns
Class A District I Ed Hreha, Athletic Director, Hammond Bishop Noll HS
  District I Debb Stevens, Athletic Director, Caston HS
  District II Jim Diagostino, Principal, Tri-West Hendricks HS
  District II Dave Driggs, Principal, Tri-Central HS
  District III Virgil Ferguson, Athletic Director, North Posey HS
  District III Dan Noel, Principal, Switzerland County HS
Class AA District I Larry Kissinger, Athletic Director, Goshen HS
  District I Joe Santa, Athletic Director, Warsaw HS
  District II Barb Brouwer, Principal, Southport HS
  District II Jason Urban, Principal, Fishers HS
  District III John Evers, Athletic Director, Castle HS
  District III Mike Whitten, Principal, Boonville HS


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