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Football sectional clears up as North moves to Class 6A

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WHEN the IHSAA released enrollment figures a couple weeks ago, Columbus North was ranked as the state’s 29th- largest school.

So with 32 teams ticketed for the new Class 6A in football, it came as no surprise that the Bull Dogs were placed in the largest classification Tuesday.

“It doesn’t change our life any,” North football coach Tim Bless said. “We’ve been in the biggest class, and we’re still in the biggest class.”

North, Jeffersonville and New Albany are the only three Class 6A schools in southern Indiana and figure to be placed in the same four-team sectional.

“We are the third-most southern team, so you would think the three of us would be in a sectional together,” Bless said. “Who the fourth team is is open to interpretation.”

It could be one of three Conference Indiana rivals — Franklin Central, Perry Meridian or Southport. Or, it could be Center Grove, which has beaten the Bull Dogs in the sectional finals the past two years.

If Center Grove isn’t in the sectional, North won’t be playing four of the six teams that beat the Bull Dogs in 2012. Lawrence Central and Pike are gone from Conference Indiana, and Carmel is off the schedule to open the season and replaced by Plainfield.

“Those are things we’re definitely excited about,” Bless said. “Not opening against Carmel, a school of 4,800 students; Pike and Lawrence Central having left Conference Indiana — those were uphill battles. You can’t look too deeply at the sectional until they draw it out, but we’ve beat Center Grove before, and that’s what we have to get back to.”

Meanwhile two-time defending regional champion Columbus East remains in Class 4A, where it will be the classification’s third-largest school. All other area football teams remain in the classes in which they have been playing.

All area schools also are remaining in the same classes for boys and girls basketball, volleyball, baseball and softball. The only change comes in boys and girls soccer, where Brown County drops from 2A to Class A.

Area girls named All-HHC

Four area girls basketball players have been selected for this year’s All-Hoosier Hills Conference squad.

East junior Allyson Bunch made the first team, along with Jennings County senior Kirsten Biggs and Seymour seniors Sidney Carr and Brianna Gillaspy.

East senior Mikala Lomax was named high honorable mention. East freshman Audrey Wetzel, Jennings sophomore Baylee Krueger and Seymour senior Logan Personett made honorable mention.

Bradley named East MVP

Freshman Raegan Bradley was selected as East’s girls swimming MVP at the team banquet.

Senior Makenzie Hammer was named most improved. Junior Kendra Arnholt and senior Lauren Wirth were the captains.

North to kick off track season

The spring sports season in the area was scheduled to begin Tuesday with a North track meet at Jeffersonville, but the Red Devils canceled the meet because the field event areas were saturated with water and high winds were expected.

North athletics director Jeff Hester is optimistic the Bull Dogs can get in today’s scheduled home meet with Center Grove.

“It’s just all dependent on the weather,” Hester said. “We have to put in some new toeboards in our shot put area, but we’ll be ready.”

Icemen wrap up campaign

The Columbus Icemen concluded their season by going 1-2 in the Indiana High School Hockey Association State Tournament.

The Icemen opened the tourney with a 3-2 win against Carmel Gold. Columbus then fell to Culver 2-1 and South Bend St. Joseph 3-2.

Culver downed St. Joseph 5-2 in Sunday’s championship game.

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