By Rosemarie Kelly
Four of the six football squads TSC covers will compete in a higher football class next season, thanks to the new Indiana high School Athletic Association two-year success rule that kicks into effect for the 2013-2014 season. Cathedral, Bishop Chatard, Guerin Catholic and Scecina Memorial all will move up a class when the new football season begins in August.
Many observers believe the rule was instituted in large part to negate the success that parochial schools have seen in winning multiple state championships over the last two decades.
On a sport-by-sport basis, schools earn one point for a sectional championship, two points for a regional championship, three points for a semi-state championship and four points for a state championship. When a specific team earns six points in a two-year period, it will move to the next highest enrollment class for the ensuing two seasons.
Once realigned, that school team must continue to earn between four and six points every two years to stay in that enrollment class. If it continues to score seven or more points, it will move up to the next class. If it scores less than four points, it will move back to it previous enrollment class.
Additionally, a new Class 6A was created, comprised of the state's 32 largest schools by enrollment.
Bishop Chatard, Roncalli in same Class 4A sectional
It's deja vu all over again for the Rebels and the Trojans. Long-time crosstown rivals Roncalli and Bishop Chatard find themselves paired once again in the same football sectional as Bishop Chatard moved up a class next season thanks to the new success rule instituted by the Indiana High School Athletic Association.
Roncalli and Bishop Chatard are now in Class 4A Sectional 22. For years, the two teams squared off in the Class 3A sectional football, basketball and baseball action. Roncalli moved up two years ago to Class 4A due to an enrollment count, becoming the smallest school in Class 4A. Bishop Chatard moves up to Class 4A for the 2013-2014 schedule due to the two-year tournament success factor rule the IHSAA passed to take effect starting in 2013-14. The rule calls for teams to shift up in class rankings based on a postseason performance. based success year thanks to the
Other teams joining Bishop Chatard and Roncalli in Sectional 22 in football are Danville, Lebanon, Mooresville, Northview, Northwest and Plainfield.
Cathedral moves to Class 5A
Cathedral moves up to Class 5A thanks to its recent gridiron success. Cathedral, which had been grouped with Roncalli in the same Class 4A sectional, will compete in Sectional 13 against Anderson, Decatur Central, Richmond and Zionsville.
Guerin moves to Class 3A
Guerin Catholic, which had been in the same Class 2A sectional with another football powerhouse Heritage Christian, has moved to Class 3A Sectional 30. It will face the likes of Batesville, Greensburg, Hamilton Heights, Indian Creek, Lawrenceburg, Marshall and Rushville.
Scecina joins Heritage Christian in 2A
Scecina Memorial moves up to Class 2A sectional action, thanks to its recent success in winning sectional and regional titles the last two years. The Crusaders are now grouped in Sectional 38 consisting of Heritage Christian, Broad Ripple, Centerville, Knightstown, Shenandoah, Union County and Winchester.