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slice60

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  1. Quality schools with top-notch programs who have trophy cases full of State Championship trophies (in any sport) tend to attract great athletes in that sport. That's just human nature.
  2. Outside of 6A, any team that earns 6 points in the 2-year cycle (2019-2020 football seasons) gets bumped up to the next highest class. So if New Pal wins Regional next season, they move up to 6A. Similarly, if LCC / WeBo / Chatard / Ev Memorial win a Regional or better next season, they move up 1 class. So there is a chance that 2 programs (New Pal & EvMem) will move to a class 2 levels above their enrollment. Actually, FW Dwenger (as Regional champion this season) would do the same if they win 5A next year.
  3. No. Might as well just have a MIC Tournament & a separate 6A non-MIC tournament.
  4. Or maybe he is referring to Carmel's 2nd string (enormous enrollment slam!)
  5. After that fantastic comeback to beat the Brickies, I have to go with East Noble over Ev Mem 30-27.
  6. CG 19 Carmel 17 Because CG was 4-5 & the people who want to get rid of the all-in tournament are fools.
  7. Going with heart (DAC loyalty) over head (New Pal dominance) & hoping that the Valpo size wears down the NP skill & speed. Valpo 22 New Pal 21
  8. Must admit I am surprised by the outcome of this poll. So you guys wouldn't mind if all 4 NFL Playoff games or all New Years Day Bowl games are played at the same time? All 12 of tonight's games kickoff between 7-8pm EST tonight. And all will be available on ihsaatv.org
  9. The IHSAA sets the Semi State schedule in several other sports (basketball, baseball). Should they be involved in setting the dates/time for the Football Semi State games with 6 games on Friday night & 6 games on Saturday afternoon/night? Half of the Semi State winners don't play until next Saturday so they wouldn't have a short week of practice.
  10. I posted this on another thread but it's applicable here. After cruising through a weak Sectional field, Valpo (essentially a 6A program) enjoys a significant enrollment gap versus the rest of their tournament foes. *** Don't forget-- Valpo has always been in 6A & would have remained in 6A if the IHSAA didn't make the change to 2 Success Factor points (which kept Snider up in 6A). Interesting sidenote: Valpo is the largest school in 5A football (2054 students) & just destroyed Mishawaka 49-0 (1477--just moved up from 4A with an enrollment increase). In the Semi State, they take on FW Dwenger (1015-- bottom half of 4A enrollment but bumped up this season due to Success Factor). If Valpo makes it to LOS, the likely opponent will be New Pal (1175-- middle of 4A enrollment). *** I saw Valpo in person in week 3 at LaPorte. The Slicers hung with them early (0-0 after 1Q) but it all fell apart late in the half. Final was 35-0. Also saw some of Valpo's miracle comeback over Merrillville. Valpo had more success passing that expected so I hope they open up the offense & air it out a bit more vs Dwenger. Unlike the last 3 weeks, it won't be easy for the Vikings to put 40+ points on the board utilizing a simple run game. Prediction: Valpo 28 Dwenger 13
  11. Interesting footnote: after traveling to Sheridan for the Sectional opener, Lutheran will host their 4th straight tournament game on Friday. Everything is falling in place for the Saints 1st trip to LOS after falling just 1 game short in 14, 16, 17, 18.
  12. I would say it's a toss-up whether New Pal earns 6 points in 2019 & 2020 to move up to 6A after the 2020 season. Even though they beat Cathedral & are favored to win the state title, Dwenger or Valpo will give them a battle. Don't forget-- Valpo has always been in 6A & would have remained in 6A if the IHSAA didn't make the change to 2 SF points. Interesting sidenote: Valpo is the largest school in 5A football (2054 students) & just destroyed Mishawaka 49-0 (1477--just moved up from 4A with enrollment increase). In the Semi State, they take on FW Dwenger (1015-- bottom half of 4A enrollment but bumped up this year due to Success Factor). If Valpo makes it to LOS, the likely opponent will be New Pal (1175-- middle of 4A enrollment). Even if New Pal takes home the state title (4 points) this year, they would need to win Regional (2 points) next season which goes thru Cathedral again.
  13. While I agree that the current system is not perfect, I think that the current Success Factor system has been positive overall-- for all sports. Speaking of football only-- In general, programs that are bumped up are still competitive playing up with several (Cath, New Pal, Dwenger, Col East) continuing to advance far in the tournament. For those who propose a 4-year cycle, I offer this counter-argument. Let's say your school has a "golden" class or two which brings home a couple of state titles earning enough points in the 4-year cycle to be bumped up to a higher class. That means the incoming Freshmen would have to compete in that higher class for all 4 years of their HS career. The IHSAA recognized that something (Success Factor, Multiplier, separate P/P tournament) had to be done & they selected the best option, in my opinion. Just looking at 4A football is a great example-- from 1996-present, just 3 schools have taken home 14 state championships & 5 runner-ups in those 23 years. That means Cathedral, Roncalli & Dwenger (under 5% of the 64 -team field) made up 19 of the 46 (41%) state finalists & 14 of the 23 champions (61%) during those years. The Success Factor provides some competitive balance & should not be viewed as a punishment to those programs. Look at what Cathedral has done-- after dominating 4A with 5 state titles in 7 years, they went up to 5A & won back-to-back state titles. After going up to 6A, they still won back-to-back Sectionals (then dropped down to 5A before the change from 3 points to 2 points). Back to 5A, they won Regional in 2017 & Sectional in 2019. Dwenger just got bumped up into 5A this year & they are playing in the Semi State on Friday. In my mind, those top-notch football programs are currently playing at the right level of competition. Besides those folks who support those schools with overflowing trophy cases, do we really want to see the exact same teams at LOS every year? Without the Success Factor system, this year's 4A title game would likely be Dwenger vs Cathedral. Personally, I'm happy to see that Hobart, East Noble & Mt Vernon are all just 1 win away from LOS. And programs like Dwenger & Cathedral still have a legitimate shot at taking home the 5A state trophy-- Dwenger is playing in the Semi State & Cathedral had a 2nd half lead in last week's Regional.
  14. New Pal might win back-to-back 5A state titles playing up a class. Cathedral won back-to-back 5A state titles in 2013 & 2014 playing up a class.
  15. That's how it was from 1985-2012. The IHSAA split up the largest class into 5A + 6A because the top half in enrollment was DOMINATING 5A when it was a 64-team tournament.
  16. https://www.indystar.com/story/sports/high-school/2019/11/18/indiana-high-school-basketball-ihsaa-calls-southport-violation-egregious-and-obvious/4229644002/ Many quotes from Commissioner Cox in this articles. He acknowledges that it really stinks for the Seniors to miss out on the tournament because of what Brand & others did. With Lemba declared ineligible for 2019-20, I assume he will still be allowed to play for Southport for the next 3 years.
  17. Are these Semistate dates/times officially set as Harrell's site shows? With some long Semi State road trips, I expected a few Saturday games. FRIDAY, NOV. 22 ALL TIMES EASTERN CLASS 6A Merrillville at Carmel 7:30 pm Ben Davis at Center Grove 7:00 pm CLASS 5A Fort Wayne Dwenger at Valparaiso 7:30 pm Bloomington South at New Palestine 7:00 pm CLASS 4A Hobart at East Noble 7:30 pm Mount Vernon (Fortville) at Evansville Memorial 8:00 pm CLASS 3A Indianapolis Chatard at Mishawaka Marian 7:00 pm Heritage Hills at Danville 7:30 pm CLASS 2A Andrean at Eastbrook 7:30 pm Western Boone at Triton Central 7:00 pm CLASS 1A Adams Central at Lafayette Central Catholic 7:00 pm West Washington at Indianapolis Lutheran 7:00 pm
  18. Yet another reason to dislike Cathedral. Too bad that Dad is unable to teach his children to lose with class because he has no class. Frankly, #32 wasn't even on the field when that game was decided. Because the game was decided by the Dragons defense who kept the Irish out of the endzone twice inside the 5 (1 made FG, 1 missed FG) & had 3 takeaways in the 2nd half. New Pal's defense is underrated. They all run & hit like crazy & make big plays.
  19. There's got to be copious amounts of alcohol being consumed by the folks with the huge bonfire on the adjacent property.
  20. Very good points by Coach K & JQWL. When you learn about football programs with numbers so low they cannot field a team, I tend to think of the smallest of the small schools. This isn't the case for Crawford Co & you both pointed out several reasons why it's happening at CC & elsewhere too.
  21. Surprising that CC is a 2A program (34th biggest enrollment in 2A, so not even near the bottom) but unable to get more kids to play. But as they say, success breeds success. Only 16 wins in 13 seasons certainly doesn't attract kids to join the program.
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