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  1. Decatur Central, Plainfield and Whiteland are about as close as you can get. You can throw in Franklin as well, but that is starting to stretching it
  2. If it hasn't been made clear already, Northridge without a doubt is the school that will continue to push Warsaw athletically across all sports. For at least a decade or more now, the Raiders and Tigers have been the two schools battling it out for the All-Conference trophy, and there is no reason to think it won't continue to be those two schools moving forward. Two pieces of amazing news for the Northridge and Middlebury community! Outstanding!
  3. Looking at the new lineups for Class 6A, here are my thoughts on who are the "favorites" this season. Feel free to add your own inputs and opinions! Sectional 1 - Lafayette Jeff has to be ecstatic to no longer see Merrillville in their sectional. The Bronchos have had their past 3 seasons ended by the Pirates, and with Merrillville dropping to 5A, Jeff immediately becomes the favorite in the sectional. However, Crown Point has high expectations in Coach Buzea's second year at the helm and are right behind Jeff. Sectional 2 - This is truly a crapshoot this year in my opinion. Carroll was tremendous last season, but losing a 3-year starting QB who was a STUD. Warsaw's loses quite a bit of production from all-purpose player Julius Jones, but bringing back a returning QB in the Bart Ball offense is extremely beneficial. The Kingsmen have been a .500 program the last 3 seasons (with no disrespect to their strong out of conference schedule), but their helmets still say Penn. And Elkhart followed up their sophomore year after consolidation going .500 and seeing Coach Shattuck leave the program. Coach Saint-Louis did a heck of a job turning around Peru the last 4 seasons, but who knows what to expect from the Lions this year. I will stick with Carroll as the favorite... but truly this sectional could be a toss-up between all 4 of these programs at this point. We'll know more come late September/early October obviously. Sectional 3 - Hamilton Southeastern has been getting a lot of chatter on the boards this offseason, and deservedly so after their season last year and what they have coming back. The Royals are definitely the favorite at this point, but it will be interesting to see what we get from Fishers and Homestead. The Tigers saw some improvement in year 2 under Coach Funk, can that be continued? And the Spartans were down record wise last year (6-4), but their regular season losses were by 3 points to FW Luers, 3 points to FW Snider, and 7 points to FW Carroll. Those 3 teams shared the SAC title last season, and had a few plays/calls went Homestead's way, they easily could have won the SAC for a 3rd consecutive year. Sectional 4 - It's truly a disappointment that these 4 teams ended up together. It makes plenty of sense geographically, I know. At this point, I'm going with Carmel as the favorite for this reason only: In the 9 seasons since the creation of class 6A, Carmel has been included in 6A north in 7 of those seasons. In those 7 seasons, Carmel was the 6A North representative 5 times. While Westfield has been down there back to back years, neither time did they have to go through the mighty Greyhounds to do so (taking absolutely NOTHING away from the Shamrocks). It is without a doubt a 1-2 race between these two. But Zionsville (back to back 5A North champs) could have something to say when it's all said and done. Sectional 5 - For now, I have to go with Ben Davis as the favorites, but Brownsburg is right there as well. The Bulldogs FINALLY got a sectional championship last season after many years of postseason heartbreak, and while their overall record over the last few years has been better than the Giants, Ben Davis has failed to win a sectional only 1 time in the last 6 seasons. That continuous postseason success vs. postseason heartbreak (until last year) has me leaning toward Ben Davis. Avon seems to have fallen back from both of these programs quite a bit, where at one time I would have easily seen this as a 3-horse race. Sectional 6 - The newcomers to 6A are the favorites here for obvious reasons. Cathedral is head and shoulders above each program in the sectional. Plenty has been said for the Irish for this upcoming year. Lawrence North and North Central both have the talent to push them, but I do not see it happening this year. Sectional 7 - Much like sectional 6, Warren Central is leaps and bounds better than each of the teams in this sectional. However, the Warriors have not exactly been themselves the last two seasons. Gains must be made in Coach Kirschner's second season, otherwise they could open the door for one of these other teams. My money would be on Tech as the best option, but I just still think a mediocre Warren Central team can sleep walk through this sectional. Sectional 8 - Center Grove. There's literally nothing more to be said, but I will add that the Trojans have won a sectional title 11 straight seasons. They can sleepwalk to 13 straight over these next two seasons.
  4. Pioneer is in Class 2A for the upcoming cycle. They are slotted in sectional 34 with Benton Central, Delphi, Lafayette Central Catholic, Lewis Cass, Rochester, Seeger, and Winamac
  5. New NLC Sectional groupings: Class 6A - Sectional 2: Carroll (Fort Wayne), Elkhart, Penn, Warsaw Class 5A - Sectional 11: Concord, Goshen, Mishawaka, South Bend Adams Class 4A - Sectional 18: Logansport, Northridge, NorthWood, Plymouth, South Bend Riley, South Bend St. Joseph, South Bend Washington, Wawasee
  6. Warsaw has been lucky to have a number of good kickers over the last two decades. The only other one to make it as far as Andrew at this point was Jake Rogers who graduated in 2006. He went to Cincinnati, became the Bearcats all time scoring leader, and kicked deep into the NFL preseason for 3 straight seasons, getting cut at the final cut each year. I fully expect Andrew's brother Harrison (the current kicker at Missouri) to be drafted when he's done with his college playing days.
  7. Added this in another thread, but for the NLCers Andrew Mevis (K): Undrafted Free Agent: Jacksonville Jaguars via Iowa State and Fordham and Warsaw Community High School Mevis finished his only season in Ames (as a graduate transfer from Fordham) 20-of-23 on field goals, including 2-for-2 on kicks of 50+ yards, and was perfect on PATs. Mevis was arguably the best kicker in the entire draft, and will presumably have a shot at taking the starting job since the Jaguars released longtime kicker Josh Lambo midway through the 2021 season. His younger brother Harrison is the kicker at Missouri and will likely be a front-runner for the Groza award this season.
  8. Andrew Mevis (K): Undrafted Free Agent: Jacksonville Jaguars via Iowa State and Fordham and Warsaw Community High School Mevis finished his only season in Ames (as a graduate transfer from Fordham) 20-of-23 on field goals, including 2-for-2 on kicks of 50+ yards, and was perfect on PATs. Mevis was arguably the best kicker in the entire draft, and will presumably have a shot at taking the starting job since the Jaguars released longtime kicker Josh Lambo midway through the 2021 season.
  9. Gotcha! Thanks! Still - where/when did you see this was announced? I'm not saying it wasn't, I just missed it and haven't found anything official myself. Pumped for the Tigers and Panthers to square off though. No - they are still scheduled to play a home and home in 2024 and 2025.
  10. I must have missed the official announcement of Snider and Warsaw playing in 2024. When was that announced? And only a 1 year contract? Warsaw will be playing Snider (I am assuming at home?) in Week 1 then will be visiting Warren Central in Week 2.
  11. Jimtown definitely falls into the category of "If you asked this question in 2010" who would have been included. They have now gone 7 seasons without a sectional championship, 12 seasons without a regional championship, and haven't made it to semi-state in 16 years. They are like the "Indiana basketball" version of "Blue Blood"... the clock is slowly ticking away to keep their status.
  12. I think it was said earlier - but it would have been interesting to see this list 10 years ago, 20 years ago, and who would have been included then and who isn't now. Two "smaller" schools from Michiana that I personally have always viewed as "blue blood" programs that I don't think have been mentioned yet are Jimtown and NorthWood. The Jimmies have 22 Sectional, 12 Regional, 6 Semi-State and 4 State Championships. However, the last of each of those titles respectively are 2014, 2009, 2005 and 2005. Since the school has grown into a 3A enrollment, they have not seen the same level of postseason success that they did for the better part of 3 decades. The Panthers have 18 Sectional, 11 Regional, 6 Semi-State and 1 State Championships. As the case is with the Jimmies, since they moved into class 4A a little over a decade ago, they won a Sectional Championship in 2011 and were State Runner-Ups (14-1 record) in 2016. It has been tougher sledding for NorthWood since moving to 4A. I still consider both of these programs to be "blue blood" status. However, that is just my opinion.
  13. Makes sense! My father joined the staff at Warsaw in 1996... and I was in early elementary at that time. I do feel like I have a memory of multiple teams being on the field at one time. Had just completely forgotten about it!
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