The IHSAA's Board of Directors were busy on Monday. The new sectional alignments for all sports were released for the next two school seasons, and the IHSAA approved home-school students to participate in athletics in the school district where they live.
Commissioner Bobby Cox talked about the historic home school move in a press release.
“Today, the IHSAA Board of Directors expanded the opportunity for additional high school-aged students in our state to experience the values of education-based athletics,” said Commissioner Bobby Cox. “New rule 12-5 now allows a non-public, non-accredited student the prospect of presenting themselves as a candidate for an interscholastic team under specific conditions. I am very pleased that the Board of Directors has embraced this concept as our Association continues its pursuit of becoming more inclusive while maintaining appropriate academic standards.”
In the new six-class football tournament, Class 5A Sectional 9 is one of two sectionals in this class who will have five teams. Munster coach Leroy Marsh this "rat tail" format will have three teams to get a bye, while two teams play in the first round of sectionals.
The schools in Sectional 9 are LaPorte, Michigan City, Mishawaka, Munster and South Bend Adams.
"None of us have any complaints," Marsh said. "It's much better than what we've been doing the last four years, playing against schools with much bigger enrollments."
In boys basketball there were some other big moves. Defending Class 2A state champion Bowman Academy were placed in the 3A Hammond Sectional. Wheeler, which was moved up because of an enrollment jump was moved to Sectional 18, the one Andrean has dominated for several years.
Wheeler won the 2A state title in 2010.