Prep sports notebook: Hauser, Jennings likely to drop a class after IHSAA releases enrollment figures

The Indiana High School Athletic Association released its enrollment figures for the next two years that will drastically change the sectional alignments in the next two-year cycle.

The biggest changes locally involve two schools — Hauser and Jennings County. Last summer, the IHSAA passed an amendment to revise its four-class structure to the top 20% of schools in 4A, 25% in 3A, 25% in 2A and 30% in 1A.

With 407 total schools, Jennings ranks 86th in enrollment, which would move them to 3A, unofficially, when factoring in the new enrollments. Hauser, meanwhile, would fall back to 1A, ranked at 313.

The new change would shuffle around sectional lineups, as well, for schools not affected by the change. Ranking 90th, Shelbyville will move down to 3A and won’t be in a 4A sectional with Columbus East and Columbus North. Along with Hauser, Milan (289) and North Decatur (290) would also move from 2A to 1A, which would create a bigger logjam in determining sectional assignments.

The IHSAA will announce the new sectional assignments at a later date.

South Decatur gets Exemplary Report

The South Decatur and Waldron boys basketball teams received an Exemplary Behavior Report from Brian Humphrey, who refereed their game on Friday at Waldron. Humphrey wrote in the report:

“If I may, I would like to honor both teams, South Decatur and Waldron. The student athletes and coaches were all gentlemen and great sports in a very hard fought and tough game. It was a pleasure to work the game. Decided in an overtime. No issues all game, one touching moment for me. A fan had a medical issue, we stopped play and talked to the home game management. We told both coaches that the EMT were going to attend to the fan and we would resume play when the fan was safely taken care of. As I stood on the court, watching overall, I noticed the South Decatur team in a huddle, they started to break and I heard the team in unison, say ‘Amen.’ These young men and coaches were in prayer for a fan from the other team, that they do not know. This act really touched me. Again, all players and coaches were really outstanding.”

Hauser senior to have signing ceremony

Hauser senior Kenze Bostic will participate in a signing ceremony in the school’s auditorium at 3:30 p.m. Friday.

Bostic will be continuing her volleyball career at IU Columbus.

Boys hoops games rescheduled

Columbus North’s boys basketball game scheduled for Saturday at Franklin has been moved to Monday because the Franklin girls are playing in the semistate on Saturday. The JV game will begin at 6 p.m., with the varsity to follow at around 7:30 p.m.

Also, the Bull Dogs’ boys basketball game at Terre Haute South that was scheduled for Dec. 20 has been postponed to Feb. 24, and the game at Southport that was scheduled for Jan. 26 has been postponed to Tuesday.

Hauser’s boys basketball home game against Waldron that was scheduled for Jan. 19 has been postponed to Feb. 20.

Also, Edinburgh’s boys basketball home game against Southwestern (Shelby) that was scheduled for Jan. 19 has been postponed to Feb. 19.

All JV games are scheduled for 6 p.m., with varsity to follow at around 7:30 p.m.

Boys sectional pairings set for Sunday

The boys basketball sectional is only a few weeks away. Teams will know the path to the sectional crowns when the pairings show takes place at 5 p.m. Sunday.

The pairings show will be available via livestream at

East Central will host a Class 4A sectional that includes Columbus North and Columbus East. South Ripley will host a Class 2A sectional that includes Hauser.

The sectional games will be held Feb. 27 through Mar. 2.