By CARLA KNAPP
Pharos-Tribune sports editor
Each of the Loganland football teams will be seeing some changes at tournament time next season.
More than 50 high schools changed divisions for football when IHSAA Commissioner Blake Ress announced new enrollment figures and classifications for football-member schools on Friday. While none of the six Loganland teams changed classification, there was at least one change in each of the five sectionals they participate in.
The new five-class alignment, announced one day after the changes to the four-class system, will take affect for the 2007-08 season and will run through 2008-09.
Class 4A Sectional 11, the sectional Logansport participates in, saw the most change of any area sectional as three schools will be exiting the field. Fort Wayne North Side and Fort Wayne South Side will both jump up to 5A while Bellmont will drop down to 3A. The Berries’ crossed paths with both Bellmont and South en route to their sectional championship in 2004.
Though the sectional realignments will not be announced until spring, the Berries may again meet up with former sectional foe South Bend Clay.
Much like Fort Wayne Bishop Dwenger has now grown to be the thorn in Logan’s postseason, the Colonials ended the Berries’ postseason in both 2001 and 2002 before making the jump to 5A. But ranked 64th in the current enrollment standings, Clay is the top school in 4A by a difference of just nine students.
Guerin Catholic, which defeated Winamac in the first round of action in Class 2A Sectional 25, fell down to A. From Class 2A Sectional 27, the field Lewis Cass plays in, Churubusco moved down to A while Heritage went up to 3A. The Kings have met both teams in postseason play, but most recently lost to Heritage in this year’s semifinal round.
Football powerhouse Seeger, which fell into the paths of both Pioneer and Caston in Class A Sectional 35, will be making the jump back up to 2A. The Patriots had been responsible for defeating both Pioneer and Caston in years past. But the Panthers upended Seeger in each of the last two years, including this year’s 14-7 victory that earned them their first sectional title since Seeger entered the field in 2003.
Class A Sectional 36, where Carroll competes, also saw a change as Frankton will move up to 2A. The Eagles knocked Carroll out of the postseason this year with a 47-12 pounding in the semifinal.
Other teams of interest that are making moves are North Central Conference member Marion, which is dropping down to 4A from 5A, and Mid-Indiana Conference school Eastern, which is moving from 2A down to A.
By CARLA KNAPP