Columbus East’s and Columbus North’s path to sectional championships in volleyball and boys and girls basketball won’t go through the Bloomington schools for at least the next two years.
The IHSAA announced sectional realignments on Tuesday, and the Bull Dogs and Olympians will remain in Class 4A Sectional 14 with East Central, along with newcomers Shelbyville, Franklin and Whiteland.
North football remains in a 6A sectional with Center Grove and Franklin Central, with Jeffersonville added. Columbus East is in a 5A sectional with Bloomington North, Bloomington South and Seymour.
The North and East boys and girls soccer teams were placed in seven-team 3A sectional groups with Franklin Central, Franklin, Greenwood, Roncalli and Whiteland. Baseball and softball alignments will be announced following their seasons.
Meanwhile, Hauser is making the jump from Class A to 2A. The Jet boys and girls basketball teams were placed in a five-team sectional with Milan, North Decatur, South Ripley and Switzerland County. The volleyball sectional is essentially the same as the new basketball alignment, with the addition of Southwestern (Hanover).
Hauser’s boys soccer team is in a Class A sectional with Central Christian Academy, Indianapolis Lutheran, Indiana Math & Science Academy, Irvington Preparatory Academy, Southwestern (Shelby), Victory College Prep and Waldron.
Also earlier this week, the IHSAA added boys volleyball and girls wrestling as Emerging Sports.
Greiwe scores 6 in Huskers win
Koryn Greiwe hit two 3-pointers Sunday to help the Hickory Huskers to a 90-85 win against the Terhune Tigers in the 17th Annual Hoosier Gym Classic.
Greiwe, a senior at Columbus East, finished with six points and five assists for the Huskers. She is headed to play collegiately at Indiana Wesleyan.
Jets pick up wins by forfeit
Hauser has moved a little closer to repeating as Mid-Hoosier Conference softball champions. The Jets picked up a pair of conference wins when Waldron decided to forfeit games which were scheduled for April 21 and 22.
Hauser, which is ranked No. 4 in Class A this week, is now 6-0 in the MHC with games left against South Decatur May 12-13 and Morristown May 16-17.
Wildey retires as Cougars coach
Kendall Wildey, who came out of retirement to lead South Decatur boys basketball to statewide prominence, has retired as the Cougars coach.
Wildey led South Decatur to a 63-56 record in six years. That included a 24-2 season and a sectional championship in 2020.
Previously, Wildey had coached at Jennings County and led the Panthers to four consecutive sectional titles from 1995-98 and a regional championship in 1998.
Tungate to sign with Trine
Columbus East senior Alijah Tungate will participate in a signing ceremony at 3:30 p.m. today in the school’s Commons.
Tungate is headed to play football at Trine University.
Ted Schultz is sports editor for The Republic. He can be reached at [email protected] or 812-379-5628.