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April 30, 2013

Some area teams to play in new sectionals

IHSAA announced tournament pairings for next two school years

> SOUTHERN INDIANA — On Monday, the IHSAA announced the new sectional assignments for the 2013-14 and 2014-15 school years for football, boys’ and girls’ basketball, boys’ and girls’ soccer, baseball, softball and volleyball.

The sectionals getting the most attention across the state are in football, which will add Class 6A this coming season. The state’s highest class will have eight four-team sectionals, while Class 5A will have seven four-team sectionals and one five-team sectional.

The Clark-Floyd area is affected by the addition of 6A, as Jeffersonville and New Albany will play in the new class. The Red Devils and Bulldogs are paired in Class 6A Sectional 8 with Center Grove and Columbus North.

“We’re really excited about it,” New Albany coach Charlie Fields said of the new sectional format. “It’s a tremendous, tremendous challenge. But we think we’re getting our program in the right driection and we’re looking forward to the challenge.”

Floyd Central will compete in Class 5A Sectional 14 with Franklin, Whiteland and Hoosier Hills Conference rival Jennings County.

Class 5A and 6A teams will begin their sectionals at the same time as the the bottom four classes, but will have a bye week between the semistate and state finals. The bye was added between the semistate and state week to affect as few programs as possible and allow the two classes to play their state finals on Thanksgiving weekend with all of the classes.

Silver Creek has moved up one division to Class 4A and will play in the eight-team Sectional 24. The Dragons’ possible sectional foes include Seymour, perennial Southern Indiana power Jasper and three Evansville schools — Central, Harrison and Reitz. Evansville Reitz won Class 4A state championships in 2007 and 2009.

Charlestown remains in Class 3A, but the Pirates will have two new foes in Class 3A Sectional 31 in Brown County and Washington. Mid-Southern Conference foes Brownstown Central, Corydon Central, North Harrison and Salem stay in the same sectional with Charlestown.

Clarksville, Eastern and Providence will be playing in Class 2A Sectional 39, but they will play two new foes within the eight-team sectional in Indianapolis Manual and Milan.

There is only one change in the area sectionals involving boys’ basketball, girls’ basketball, baseball, softball and volleyball.

Madison has been moved to Class 3A Sectional 30, which includes Charlestown and Silver Creek. The Cubs’ addition makes this sectional an eight-team tournament instead of seven.

The area boys’ soccer sectionals have several changes. Charlestown, which moved up from Class A to 2A, will play in the five-team Class 2A Sectional 27 that features Columbus East, Columbus North, Scottsburg and Seymour.

Silver Creek has gone up to 2A from Class A as well and will play in Class 2A Sectional 30. The Dragons’ new sectional foes are Corydon Central, Floyd Central, Jeff and New Albany.

In girls’ soccer, Providence and Silver Creek each have moved up to Class 2A from Class A and will play in Class 2A Sectional 30. Their sectional foes are Corydon, Floyd Central, Jeff and New Albany. Charlestown has moved up one class to 2A and will play in Sectional 27 against the same foes that are in the Pirate boys’ new sectional.

The Christian Academy girls’ soccer team will play in Class A Sectional 46 with Forest Park, Heritage Hills, North Harrison, Northeast Dubois, Salem and South Spencer.

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