Earlier today, the IHSAA Executive Committee approved the sectional assignments in six team sports for the next two school years.
Following a minor adjustment made in boys soccer, the Executive Committee accepted the recommendations of the respective realignment committees which determined the sectional groups for the 2019‐20 and 2020‐21 school years.
In football, different assignments for Class 5A and 6A were issued for the 2019 and 2020 seasons affecting a handful of schools. In 2019, Elkhart Central and Elkhart Memorial will compete in 5A but consolidate to form a new and larger Elkhart High School which was assigned to compete in 6A in 2020. As a result, the smallest 6A team – Valparaiso – will drop to 5A for the 2020 season. Those two moves will create different groups of teams in Sectionals 2, 9 and 10 from one year to the next.
Three committees consisting of school administrators representing each IHSAA district and class were constructed to realign the sports. The football committee totaled 18 administrators, the basketball and volleyball committee was made up of 12 members and the soccer committee consisted of nine individuals.
The baseball and softball realignment committee will meet this summer after both state tournaments conclude in June with their sectional recommendations being presented to the Executive Committee for approval at its August meeting.
Classifications with enrollments for fall sports were announced on February 28. Classifications for girls and boys basketball were released on April 8. The members of each realignment committee are listed below:
Football Realignment Committee Chairpersons: Commissioner Bobby Cox & Assistant Commissioner Robert Faulkens
Class 1A District I Will Hostrawser, Athletic Director, LaVille High School District II Martin Brown, Athletic Director, North Vermillion High School District III Phillip Bowsman, Athletic Director, West Washington High School
Class 2A District I Ken Hickman, Athletic Director, Rensselaer Central High School District II Matt Martin, Athletic Director, Knightstown High School District III Jim Bush, Principal, South Spencer High School
Class 3A District I Jeff Ziegler, Director of Operations, Baugo Schools District II Adam Benner, Principal, Tri‐West Hendricks High School District III John Atkins, Athletic Director, Corydon Central High School
Class 4A District I John Scott, Athletic Director, Plymouth High School District II Ed Niehaus, Athletic Director, Frankfort High School District III Mike Whitten, Principal, Boonville High School
Class 5A District I Dave Preheim, Athletic Director, Concord High School District II Rick Streiff, Athletic Director, Indianapolis Cathedral High School District III Brandon Taylor, Athletic Director, Castle High School
Class 6A District I Herb Hofer, Athletic Director, Valparaiso High School District II Grant Nesbit, Director of Operations, MSD Lawrence Township Schools District III Todd Satterly, Athletic Director, Jeffersonville High School
Basketball and Volleyball Realignment Committee Chairpersons: Assistant Commissioner Paul Neidig, Assistant Commissioner Kerrie Schludecker and Assistant Commissioner Sandra Walter
Class 1A District I Dave Amor, Athletic Director, LaCrosse High School District II Steve Hoskins, Athletic Director, Blue River Valley High School District III Shane Reese, Athletic Director, Clay City High School
Class 2A District I Arthur Haggard, Athletic Director, Bowman Leadership Academy District II Greg Granger, Principal, Frankton High School District III Tim Grove, Superintendent, South Knox School Corporation
Class 3A District I Stacy Adams, Athletic Director, Griffith High School District II Dan Armstrong, Athletic Director, Northwestern High School District III Kevin Davis, Athletic Director, Boonville High School
Class 4A District I Cory Schulz, Athletic Director, Wawasee High School District II Jim Brown, Athletic Director, Fishers High School District III Brian Lewis, Athletic Director, Jasper High School
Soccer Realignment Committee Chairperson: Assistant Commissioner Sandra Walter
Class 1A District I Bill Ball, Athletic Director, Winamac High School District II Scott Stevens, Athletic Director, Cascade High School District III Scott Strieter, Principal, North Posey High School
Class 2A District I Randy Stelter, Athletic Director, Wheeler High School District II Steve Edwards, Principal, Frankfort High School District III Chad Gilbert, Athletic Director, Charlestown High School Class 3A District I Jeff Hart, Athletic Director, Penn High School District II Rae Woolpy, Principal, Richmond High School District III Kris Painter, Athletic Director, Terre Haute North Vigo High School
** IHSAA Executive Committee Chairman Brian Strong sits on all realignment committees ex-officio.
*** About the Indiana High School Athletic Association, Inc. (IHSAA) The IHSAA is a voluntary, not-for-profit organization that is self-supporting without the use of tax monies. Since its founding in 1903, the Association’s mission has been to provide wholesome, educational athletics for the secondary schools of Indiana. Its 410 member high schools – public, institutional, parochial and private – pay no annual membership fee or incur entry fees to play in the Association’s tournaments. A state tournament series is conducted annually in 22 sports, 10 for girls, 10 for boys and two co-ed (unified flag football and unified track and field). A 19-person board of directors, elected by member school principals, governs the organization.