The IHSAA has announced new classifications for its 409 member schools in five sports for the next two academic years.
For the first time, soccer will be spilt into two classes. As expected the cutoff comes at around the 750 mark — 755 and up to be exact — at the 146th school, Yorktown.
There are now 291 boys’ teams and 252 girls’ programs in Indiana, with more expected to join the fold over the next few years.
Jeffersonville, New Albany and Floyd Central will play in Class 2A, while Charlestown, Silver Creek, Providence, Henryville, Christian Academy of Indiana and Rock Creek Community Academy will compete in Class A.
The sectional, regional and semistate groupings will be announced in the spring. There will be 32 sectionals in boys’ and girls’ Class 2A, and 32 in the boys’ Class A, comprising four to five teams in each sectional. There will be 16 sectionals for Class A girls, with around six or seven teams in each one.
Of the 17 IHSAA state soccer tournaments to date, there have been 10 different boys’ winners and six different girls’ victors. Only 12 schools in the whole of Indiana have actually won these titles — seven public and five private. Just one, three-time winner Fort Wayne Canterbury (enrollment 310), finds itself in Class A.
The general consensus seems to be that Providence, enrollment of 460, will benefit most locally. Runs past regional into semistate and even state are a distinct possibility for both boys’ and girls’ programs in future years, especially for the girls.
Of the 32 sectional girls’ winners in last season’s IHSAA tournament, for example, only three — Providence, Evansville Mater Dei and state semifinalist Guerin Catholic — will contest in the new Class A.
Of the boys to reach the last 32 in 2010, six will play in Class A. From the south half of the state, there were two — regional finalists Trinity Lutheran (which lost on penalty kicks to Jeffersonville) and Evansville Mater Dei.
Providence and Christian Academy of Indiana will be among the area’s contenders for the Class A sectional crown this fall, while Charlestown has also been showing improvement