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  1. Part of the equation is that some schools simply will not schedule Cathedral - which is not uncommon for top programs (Some schools don't schedule games against P/P schools at all. Others will not schedule games where they believe they'll not be competitive). It's not easy to find opponents, even for public schools with a reputation for being powerhouses, but especially a powerhouse P/P like Cathedral. Add in the fact that most of the teams that *would* schedule them have conference schedules and thus 6 or 7 weeks of games are already locked in, and it becomes difficult. I'm not sure Cathedral's globetrotting schedule has as much to do with its willingness to test itself as simply the ability to find games (and often, against opponents that are in a similar situation). Cathedral's schedule is further hampered by the fact that it has no home field, thus has to schedule its home games around someone else's schedule. Cathedral's schedule, as Rudy pointed out above, used to largely be made up of other P/Ps in the city and IPS schools. But now that most of the P/Ps the Irish used to play are in the Circle City conference and IPS has struggled as much of its population has moved to the townships and now to the first-ring suburbs outside of Marion County (and as those schools have grown, they have traditional opponents they often play and/or are locked into conference schedules), it's harder to find local games.
  2. Here's the map so you can try to project the sectional fields: https://drive.google.com/open?id=153gxokpw917Ny2QyJyMozaPMxkCQOyQb&usp=sharing Here's my very unscientific stab at it: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1vXlagxgmD3_KwFJUNHTUeDtSd9ylMmsa&usp=sharing
  3. That would make a lot of sense for a lot of reasons. It also makes the south come together pretty easily. 5: HSE/Fishers/LN/LC 6: Pike/BD/Avon/Brownsburg 7: WC/Tech/Southport/Perry Meridian 8: Franklin Central/CG/Columbus North/East
  4. I'm not sure how much 8-man football would *expand* the game, but it might provide an option for some smaller schools. What it might do is, with participation numbers sliding a bit - and enrollment numbers declining at a lot of smaller rural schools - save existing football programs.
  5. No. I'd love to see co-op programs established but that's not on the IHSAA's radar right now.
  6. Per this story from Kyle Neddenriep, not only is the IFCA changing the Mr. Football voting process, but it is also "studying" 8-man football. I'd *love* to see 8-man football (or even 6-man) to provide more opportunities for players at smaller schools which might not have the enrollment to field 11-man teams. Several states do so for smaller schools.
  7. MV will be 5A before long. McCordsville is one of the fastest-growing communities in the state, as both Lawrence Township & Fishers are spilling across the county line. Great facilities, decent community support. But New Palestine to the south is also growing, has a recent championship pedigree, and has been rapidly upgrading facilities.
  8. Westfield has great facilities, great community, lots of recent success, good location and will grow. Their biggest issue is they'll always be in a sectional with Carmel and two of Noblesville/HSE/Fishers/Zionsville, all of whom have similar facilities, resources and student populations.
  9. A stab at 1A 41: Gary Roosevelt, Lake Station, South Central, North Judson, Culver, West Central, Winamac, Triton 42: North White, Tri-County, Frontier, Carroll (F), Caston, South Newton, Lafayette Catholic, Clinton Central 43: Fremont, Churubusco, Adams Central, South Adams, Southern Wells, Southwood, Northfield, North Miami 44: Indiana Deaf, Park Tudor, Traders Point, Sheridan, Madison-Grant, Tri-Central, Taylor, Clinton Prairie 45: Wes-Del, Knightstown, Tri, Cambridge City Lincoln, Hagerstown, Anderson Prep, Monroe Central, Union City 46: Edinburgh, North Decatur, South Decatur, Milan, Oldenburg Academy, Lutheran, Tindley, Covenant Christian 47: Cloverdale, South Putnam, Riverton Parke, Parke Heritage, North Vermillion, Fountain Central, Covington, Attica 48: Tecumseh, Perry Central, North Central (F), Springs Valley, West Washington, North Daviess, Eastern Greene, Rock Creek Nope, same school. I screwed up. I missed somebody somewhere.
  10. My stab at 2A. Again, things are a bit tricky in the south. 33: Whiting, Hammond Noll, Gary Bowman, Andrean, Wheeler, Boone Grove, North Newton, Rensselaer 34: LaVille, Bremen, Fairfield, Central Noble, Prairie Heights, Eastside, Woodlan, FW Luers, 35: Rochester, Pioneer, Delphi, Cass, Wabash, Manchester, Whitko, Bluffton 36: Eastbrook, Blackford, Eastern (H), Tipton, Frankton, Lapel, Winchester, Elwood 37: Northeastern, Union County, Centerville, Eastern Hancock, Triton Central, Heritage Christian, Scecina, Shenandoah, I. Howe 38: Seeger, South Vermillion, Southmont, Western Boone, North Putnam, Cascade, Monrovia, Speedway, 39: Mitchell, Paoli, Eastern, Clarksville, Providence, Switzerland County, Pekin Eastern, Triton Central 40: North Posey, Ev. Mater Dei, South Spencer, Tell City, Linton, North Knox, Forest Park, Crawford County Not sure what happened there but that's corrected now. If you zoom in, the ones on top of each other are separated. Each school's site is marked with a pin and some are pretty close together.
  11. My stab at 4A 17: East Chicago, Hammond Gavit, Hammond Morton, Gary West, Highland, Griffith, Hobart, Lowell 18: Kankakee Valley, New Prairie, Culver Academy, Plymouth, SB Riley, SB St. Joseph, SB Clay, NorthWood 19: Northridge, Wawasee, East Noble, Angola, DeKalb, Columbia City, Leo, New Haven 20: FW South, FW Wayne, Huntington North, Logansport, Western, Marion, Mississinewa, Delta 21: Northview, Martinsville, Mooresville, Cathedral, Roncalli, Crispus Attucks, Shortridge, Beech Grove 22: New Castle, Greenfield-Central, Mt. Vernon, Pendleton Heights, Muncie Central, Frankfort, Lebanon 23: Madison, Jennings County, East Central, South Dearborn, Shelbyville, Connersville, Richmond, Greenwood 24: Ev. Reitz, Ev. Memorial, Ev. Harrison, Ev. Central, Boonville, Jasper, Silver Creek 3A has a LOT of gray area, especially in the north. Lots of clumps of 5-6 schools together. The realignment committee has its work cut out for it. 25: Hammond Clark, Hammond, Calumet, River Forest, Hanover Central, Knox, Glenn, SB Washington 26: Mishawka Marian, Jimtown, Tippecanoe Valley, West Noble, Lakeland, Garrett, FW Concordia, Heritage 27: Bellmont, Norwell, Peru, Northwestern, Maconaquah, Oak Hill, Yorktown, Hamilton Heights 28: Benton Central, West Lafayette, North Montgomery, Crawfordsville, Guerin Catholic, Brebeuf, Twin Lakes 29: Sullivan, Edgewood, Owen Valley, West Vigo, Greencastle, Danville, Tri-West, I.Ritter 30: Lawrenceburg, Batesville, Franklin County, Greensburg, Rushville, I.Manual, I.Washington, I.Chatard 31: Corydon, North Harrison, Salem, Scottsburg, Charlestown, Brownstown Central, Brown County, Southridge 32: Mt. Vernon (P), Ev. Bosse, Heritage Hills, Gibson Southern, Princeton, PIke Central, Vincennes, Washington
  12. The IHSAA, historically, has not reclassified schools when they consolidate mid-cycle. Muncie Central competed in 3A basketball and 4A football with an enrollment north of 1600. But I see the IHSAA *has* reclassified schools for 2020. That's a change (and one I lobbied for a few years ago). My guess is, Elkhart will move to Sectional 2 & Valpo will move to Sectional 9, with SB Adams sliding over to Sectional 10.
  13. Here's how I see the top two classes 1: Lake Central, Crown Point, Merrillville, Lafayette Jeff 2: Chesterton, Valpo, Portage, Penn 3: Warsaw, Homestead, Carroll, Noblesville 4: Westfield, Carmel, Fishers, Hamilton SE 5: Zionsville, North Central, Lawrence Central, Lawrence North 6: Avon, Brownsburg, Pike, Ben Davis 7: Southport, Perry Meridian, Tech, Warren Central 8: Franklin Central, Center Grove, Columbus North, Columbus East Big questions are where to send Jeff, which Hamilton County school to send north and what do do with 4-5-6 9: LaPorte, Michigan City, Munster, SB Adams 10: Concord, Goshen, Mishawaka, Elkhart Central, Elkhart Memorial 11: FW Dwenger, FW North, FW Northrop, FW Snider 12: Anderson, Kokomo, Harrison, McCutcheon 13: New Palestine, Decatur Central, Franklin, Whiteland 14: Bedford NL, Bloomington N., Bloomington S., Plainfield 15: Floyd Central, Jeffersonville, New Albany, Seymour 16: Castle, Ev. North, TH North, TH South The north bracket might be the easiest the IHSAA has ever drawn. Only major question in the south is whether to divide the regionals east/west (in which case, flip 14/15) or north/south, and which of Decatur Central, Franklin and Plainfield goes in with BNL and the Bloomington schools. Sectionals 11 & 13 will be incredible. With I-69 done, it's possible the Bloomington schools and/or BNL could be paired with the Evansville schools, but the unwillingness to split either the Bloomington or Terre Haute schools will likely leave the map like this.
  14. From this WSBT story (and everything I've heard), the plan is to merge into one high school in 2020. https://wsbt.com/news/local/work-underway-to-improve-elkharts-memorial-and-central-high-schools
  15. There are 33 teams in 5A because of the pending Elkhart consolidation. That was baked into the classifications because we all know it's coming (and it will be the one 5-team sectional in 5A). I believe 4A only has 63 teams.
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