Cooper Biven

New Albany shortstop Cooper Biven fields a ground ball during the Bulldogs' 11-4 win at Floyd Central on April 11, 2018.

Following a recent change in its Tournament Success Factor point system, the IHSAA approved an updated version of football state tournament assignments for Class 6A and 5A in 2019 and 2020 Friday.

The new modification lowers the number of points (from three to two) needed by a school already playing up a class to continue playing in that class for another two years. So, for example, schools that win a regional championship in a single season, or a sectional title in back-to-back seasons would remain in that higher class. The rule previously required three points (two sectional titles and a regional crown) to continue in that class.

While the change won’t directly impact the new 5A Sectional 16, which will be comprised of Bedford North Lawrence, Floyd Central, Jeffersonville and New Albany for the next two years, it will affect the southern portion of 5A. That’s because traditional power Cathedral, which was dropped down to 4A when new sectional assignments were released in late April, will remain in 5A Sectional 13 after all.

Below is a complete look at the Class 5A alignment for the next two seasons.

CLASS 5A (2019)

   Sectional 9: LaPorte, Michigan City, Munster, Valparaiso.

   Sectional 10: Concord, Elkhart Central, Elkhart Memorial, Mishawaka, South Bend Adams.

   Sectional 11: Fort Wayne Bishop Dwenger, FW North, FW Northrop, Goshen.

   Sectional 12: Anderson, Kokomo, McCutcheon, West Lafayette Harrison.

   Sectional 13: Cathedral, Decatur Central, Plainfield, Terre Haute North, TH South.

   Sectional 14: Franklin, New Palestine, Seymour, Whiteland.

   Sectional 15: Bloomington North, Bloomington South, Castle, Evansville North.

   Sectional 16: Bedford North Lawrence, Floyd Central, Jeffersonville, New Albany.

CLASS 5A (2020)

   Sectional 9: LaPorte, Michigan City, Munster, Valparaiso.

   Sectional 10: Concord, Goshen, Mishawaka, South Bend Adams.

   Sectional 11: Anderson, FW Bishop Dwenger, FW North, FW Northrop.

   Sectional 12: Kokomo, McCutcheon, West Lafayette Harrison, Zionsville.

   Sectional 13: Cathedral, Decatur Central, Plainfield, Terre Haute North, TH South.

   Sectional 14: Franklin, New Palestine, Seymour, Whiteland.

   Sectional 15: Bloomington North, Bloomington South, Castle, Evansville North.

   Sectional 16: Bedford North Lawrence, Floyd Central, Jeffersonville, New Albany.

BIVEN COMMITS TO KENTUCKY WESLEYAN

New Albany rising senior Cooper Biven has committed to play baseball at Kentucky Wesleyan College. The second baseman hit .440 with nine doubles and 20 RBIs while scoring 49 runs last season for the Bulldogs.

“Beyond blessed to say that I have committed to further my Academic & Athletic career at Kentucky Wesleyan College,” Biven tweeted on June 18. “Big thanks to all of my Family, Friends, and Coaches who have helped me throughout the years ... I can’t wait to be a Panther.”

SMITH RESIGNS

Long-time Providence girls’ soccer coach Dave Smith resigned his post earlier this month. In an email to the News and Tribune, he provided an explanation for his resignation.

“I was informed my duties as a director of admissions will be reassigned,” Smith wrote June 3. “As a result, it is impractical to continue coaching. Therefore I am respectfully resigning the position of head coach.

“In good faith our staff leaves in place a program with 19 consecutive winning seasons, a state championship caliber roster for the upcoming season and a solid group of Future Blue Futbol Crew players with unlimited potential. Sincere thanks to the athletes, parents and assistant coaches who have given their support since 1999. It was always our intention to represent the school with dignity, sportsmanship and competitive excellence. I wish only the best for Providence and for my beloved girls’ soccer program.”

IN OTHER COACHING NEWS ...

Tuesday Guernsey is the new girls’ basketball coach at Henryville. She replaces Josh Conrad, who went 119-93 in nine seasons — including a 19-5 campaign in 2015-16 — with the Hornets.

Carson Casey has been named the new Christian Academy girls’ basketball coach. She replaces Chris Jefferson, who guided the Warriors to a 2-18 record last season.

ACADEMIC ALL-STATE ACCOLADES

  • Floyd Central seniors Molly Sneed and Cassie Thomerson were named to the Indiana Coaches of Girls Sports Association Academic All-State Honorable Mention softball team.
  • Meanwhile, 10 local girls were chosen to the Indiana Association of Track and Cross Country Coaches Academic All-State teams while 13 local boys also garnered that honor. On the girls’ side, CAI senior Abigail Nash, Silver Creek senior Lexie Messer, Floyd Central junior Carley Conway and Providence juniors Claire Reyes, Ceci Rush and Brigid Welch earned first-team honors, while Floyd Central senior Lillian Pearce as well as three more Pioneers — senior Haylee Hall and juniors Kaylee Kaiser and Stephanie Koopman garnered honorable mention. On the boys’ side, Providence junior Alex Perkinson earned first-team recognition while CAI senior Aaron Crouse, five Highlanders — seniors Austin Gootee, Zach Little and Cam Sturgeon and juniors Ian Hyde and JD McKay; and six Pioneers — seniors Hayden Burke, Bryce Drury, Bradon Dykes, Sam Kruer, Nolan McCain and junior Gabe Tucker garnered honorable mention.

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