As the Indiana High School football opens up official practice tomorrow and the season gets going August 19 seven Fort Wayne area teams will jump a class in the post-season playoffs.
South Side, Wayne move up to Class 5A, Norwell and Leo join Class 4A, Garrett and Whitko will now play in Class 3A. Churubusco will now play in Class 2A
Meanwhile, Central Noble drops to Class 1A.
The Indiana High School Athletic Association realigns every four years to adjust to enrollment trends for each high school.
In Class 5A, South Side (1596 students) and Wayne (1582) now will play in Sectional 3. Sectional 3 is largely a Fort Wayne affair with North Side, Northrop, Snider, South Side, Wayne, Homestead, Huntington North and Kokomo.
Wayne climbed from the 115th largest school in the state, jumped 52 spots – Much of that bolstered by the closing of Elmhurst in 2009. South Side is the 60th ranked school, up one spot from 61 in 2006-07
Four schools state-wide dropped from Class 5A – East Chicago Central, Mishawaka, Columbus East and Richmond.
Leo (980) and Norwell (855) climb to Class 4A. The Lions fresh off a semi-state appearance last season, are now 111th in the state. That’s a skip of 38 spots. Norwell had no change in its actual ranking, 125th, found a themselves in the new class thanks to downward movement of schools ahead of them.
Sectional 12 will include Columbia City, Bishop Dwenger, Jay County, Leo, Logansport, Marion, New Haven and Norwell. Columbia City, Bishop Dwenger and Leo were state ranked. Perennial power Dwenger advanced to the state final.
Garrett (598) is now the 185th largest school in the state, up from 206. Whitko climbed 11 spots to 167, enough to find its self in Class 3A.
Sectional 18 consists of Concordia, Garrett, Heritage, Jimtown, Lakeland, Tippecanoe Valley, West Noble and Whitko.
Watch Woodlan, the Warriors, are the largest 2A school and just one student behind the smallest school in Class 3A. With the closing of Harding in 2010 and a number of students shifted to other schools in the East Allen County district, Woodlan will probably be 3A the next time the state reclassifies.
In Class 2A, Churubusco jumps six spots to 235, from 249 and will now play in Sectional 27. Sectional 27 features Bluffton, Churubusco, Eastside, Elwood, Bishop Luers, Madison-Grant, Oak Hill and Woodlan.
Central Noble dropped into Class 1A, but like Woodlan in 2A, is the largest in the classification and just three students smaller than the smallest 2A school. Central Noble. The Cougars will play in Sectional 35. Sectional 35 includes Adams Central, Central Noble, Fremont, Laville, North Miami, Northfield, Southwood and Triton.
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