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  1. Cascade to Join ICC 2019-2020

    Not necessarily. They can function as an independent and play homeschool teams and other smaller schools - like Edinburgh has done - to be able to field a team. As long as the numbers are decent, they'll have a team.
  2. Cascade to Join ICC 2019-2020

    Monrovia left the WCC (which is the bulk of the current WIC) for the ICC. I don't see them going back as long as they're competitive in the ICC. The PAAC is a non-football league, and is largely full of very small private & charter schools that don't emphasize athletics. PT was a good fit in the ICC when its basketball program was full of All-Americans and Mr. Basketball candidates (Yogi Ferrell, Trevon Bleuitt), but it seems to have regressed back to what it had been before. (Fun fact: Alan Henderson & Eric Montross were middle school teammates at Park Tudor. Henderson went to Brebeuf, Montross to Lawrence North). Crawfordsville would make sense geographically, but it fits so much better in the Sagamore, both enrollment-wise and geographically, It would be a bit of an outlier in the WIC geographically. Lebanon, Frankfort, Tri-West, Danville, WeBo & the other two schools in Montgomery County are a lot closer drives than Sullivan and Northview.
  3. Columbus East vs Whiteland

    Whiteland is usually really well-coached and for the last several years has run in two-year cycles. In the first year, they struggle as a group of players new to varsity action works its way in. In Year 2, they tend to be really good as those players become seniors. The "fly" offense is very unique and, while simple, is hard to defend, especially when they execute the reads well. Yet, I was more than a bit surprised to see that score. East looks really good again this year, and I anticipate they'll be in the mix in November again.
  4. Week 1 finals. HHC goes 6-2 in the opening week Delta 35, Muncie Central 6 Mt. Vernon 43, Hamilton Heights 14 New Castle 42, Franklin County 12 New Palestine 77, Kokomo 0 Pendleton Heights 31, Mississinewa 30 Yorktown 31, Anderson 9 Evansville Central 42, Greenfield-Central 0 Greensburg 49, Shelbyville 7
  5. Game Broadcasts

    All New Palestine games are broadcast on New Pal Radio: https://tunein.com/radio/New-Pal-Radio-s229444/
  6. True - Montmorenci consolidated into Benton Central long before the Harrison/McCutcheon consolidations happened.
  7. We had some really, really good coaches 15 years ago - Doug Peacock, Grant Zgunda, Pat Parks, Doug Armstrong, John Broughton. Nearly all of those are now retired (Coach Armstrong retired from MV and then went back into coaching at Eastern Hancock), but we're in with a new cycle of outstanding coaches. What's happened, too, is the schools are bigger. Fifteen years ago, five of the eight schools in the HHC were in 3A and the 4As were at the lower end of the class enrollment-wise. Today, nearly all are 4A and a couple are at or near the 5A cutoff (G-C is 5A by enrollment, PH will be there soon, Mt. Vernon & New Pal will likely be there in a couple more enrollment cycles). In basketball, all eight schools were 3A at the onset of class hoops. Today, five of the eight are 4A by enrollment.
  8. When I was coaching girls basketball, we tried to push for combined conditioning/weight training for all athletes. The cross country/track coach was all for it. We had a couple of coaches - in sports very heavily intertwined with travel/club/year-round specialization - who wanted nothing to do with it (as training together rather than separately might promote playing multiple high school sports instead of year-round club).
  9. From talking to people there, oldtimers in the NC community were initially unhappy because of "tradition" - largely because of basketball - but most people are on board with the change. Actually, the most virulently opposed comment I heard was from a Connersville fan, who again, was mostly thinking from the perspective of basketball tradition. While it's not quite to the NCC's level in boys hoops across the board, the HHC is a stronger and deeper league in most sports (volleyball, softball, baseball, girls hoops, soccer, football) and the travel is significantly less. NC sits right in the middle of the HHC geographically and its longest roadtrip is to Shelbyville, which would be about 45 minutes to an hour. In the NCC, more than half the league is a 90-minute or more drive away (the three Lafayette-area schools, Kokomo, Logansport, Marion). Not only that, but NC's enrollment puts them squarely in the middle of the HHC - a couple of schools (PH, G-C, MV) are a few hundred students bigger, a couple (NP, Shelby - although like many suburban schools bordering Marion County including MV, NP will likely explode in population soon) are the same size and a couple (Delta, Yorktown) are a couple hundred students smaller. Their basketball program seems very happy in the HHC, especially because it can still schedule Richmond/Muncie Central/Anderson but not necessarily have to make two trips to Logansport/Tippecanoe County every year.
  10. In the terms of the "old" thinking, WL is a smaller school and not in the county seat, therefore not a "city" school as the definition might hold. Certainly larger than the dozen or so schools that eventually became Harrison & McCutcheon, but it was much, much smaller than Jeff.
  11. Tech is a perfect fit in the North Central Conference. While it's very geographically spread out, it's a very good competitive fit. The MIC is pretty well set as an eight-team league of suburban/township schools who are among the best in the state. I don't see Tech being competitive in many sports in the MIC (and, outside of the eight MIC schools and maybe Cathedral and a few HCC schools, there really aren't any programs in Central Indiana that would be competitive in many sports in the MIC).
  12. *Some schools* had boys soccer in the spring, but most who offered it did so in the fall. The major state tournament was held in the fall, which also aligns with most neighboring states and the NCAA seasons. When the IHSAA took the sport over in the 1990s, it made soccer a fall sport (but that was one big reason the IHSAA took so long to take soccer over - the dispute between whether to have it in the fall or the spring. The schools with strong football programs wanted soccer in the spring, the strong baseball/track people wanted it in the fall, the soccer travel culture/teams wanted it in the fall ... the IHSAA made a fall sport).
  13. New Castle folks I talked with were actually worried football might struggle a bit more when they moved because of the HHC's depth as a football conference. However, a new coach last year crafted an attack that used their athletes and emphasized their strengths made them a solid team, and really sold football as being important in New Castle instead of being secondary to hoops. They had some athletes - I saw them a couple of years ago and you could see some talent being there. Niah Williamson threw for 4,000+ yards last year and they had two 1,000-yard receivers. They went complete air-raid and were able to outscore a few teams. It's been really cool to see the community embrace the program. The Dragons look really good this year, but Kokomo is a very good and deep program with a strong recent tradition that is very well-coached. I'd expect a very competitive and fun game.
  14. Week 1 means nonconference matchups & some interesting ones. Two county rivalries, some traditional matchups and a couple of inter-regional matchups Kokomo at New Palestine. #8 visits #3 in Class 5A. Kokomo graduated its QB and top three rushers, but still has a lot of talent returning, making this a very intriguing matchup. The Dragons return 17 starters on offense and defense and have three 1,000-yard rushers from last season in the backfield in Zach Neligh, Charlie Spegal and Luke Canfield. WHMB-40 and NineStar Channel 9 will broadcast the game on a tape-delayed basis. Live coverage on New Pal Radio (link) or WIOU-1350 in Kokomo. Mt. Vernon at Hamilton Heights. Mike Kirschner's debut at Mt. Vernon is against his son's team, as Jon Kirschner is making his debut at HH. Tyson Harley is back at QB for a Marauders team that was rebuilding a bit last season but got better as the year went on and posted a huge victory over Shelbyville in the sectional. The Marauders will have their third head coach in three years. Two very good programs. The game will be broadcast live/delayed on Hamilton County TV. Pendleton Heights at Mississinewa. PH looks to be on the upswing, with Eli Pancol a dangerous deep threat at receiver who helped the Arabians post a 7-4 mark last season. QB Christian Conkling and the top two rushers also return for a senior-laden squad. Good Week 1 matchup between two potential sectional foes - Mississinewa won the sectional last season. WEEM - Pendleton Heights' student station - will broadcast. Delta at Muncie Central. An intra-county matchup and the first time they've met in years (if ever). Delta will be replacing its top rusher from last season but was very young and has a lot of key people in skill positions, good coaching and a great football culture. Muncie Central went 1-9 last season. WXFN will broadcast. Greensburg at Shelbyville. First game for coach Michael Clevenger. Will be interesting to see what the post-Damon Lux years look like for the Golden Bears. Landon Watson returning at QB is a big plus. Shelby went 7-3 last year. WSVX will broadcast. New Castle at Franklin County. Luke Bumbalough is back to lead a potent NC offense. He and Triston Chesher are both 1,000-yard receivers from a year ago, the first Trojan team to post a winning record since 1984. There's more buzz about New Castle football entering this season than in a long time, which is great for football in the HHC. WMDH will broadcast from New Castle. Yorktown at Anderson. Coach Mike Wilhelm's squad is always well-coached and often plays well against its non-conference foes Anderson and Muncie Central. Reid Neal returns for Yorktown at QB after a solid sophomore season. Evansville Central at Greenfield-Central. Really intriguing opener for the Cougars as they host Evansville Central. This game is a homecoming for the Bears' Troy Burgess, who coached four seasons at G-C from 2002-05 and led the Cougars to their only HHC title in 2002. Burgess is making his head coaching debut at Central. WSVX's secondary channel will be broadcasting, as will G-C's student station WRGF.
  15. The travel programs get their claws into the kids early and force their parents to make financial commitments. The line is "if you don't play travel, you won't see good competition and you won't be skilled enough to make your MIDDLE SCHOOL team." Thus, parents pay up because they want to make sure they get Little Johnny ahead because Little Jimmy (and "everyone else") is playing travel. One of my sons has bounced back and forth between soccer and football, the other has played exclusively soccer. I will not place an elementary-aged child on a travel team, so we play in the local recreational league. There are about 100 kids in the age 6-7 league ... by age 8-9, there's barely enough kids to field four teams - MAYBE 40-45 kids (about half boys, half girls), because that's the age where most kids either get siphoned into the travel program (and thus end up having to make a year-round commitment - the season starts in August with training, continues through October, then winter training weekly indoors, then a spring season, and maybe a few weeks off in the summer) or they quit because they "aren't good enough." Many of those kids end up going to football. Meanwhile, the football league has 50-80 boys at each level (1-2, 3-4, 5-6) and every kid plays - there are no "elite" travel teams (there is an all-star team at the end of the season, but there's no segregation of the "travel" kids from the "rec" kids like soccer), encourages kids to play other sports and doesn't try to monopolize them or dominate their calendar year. As a result, we have a strong youth baseball program ... and a high school with state championship banners in both baseball and football.