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We shall see what happens now

Posted Thursday, February 14, 2013, at 4:30 PM

Let's have a show of hands -- how many of you out there really think the new "Success Factor System" recently implemented by the IHSAA will make a difference in the long run to keep the parochial, private and charter schools a class higher than they are now?

Really, me neither.

Now that the first cycle of the new system has ended for the winter sports -- football and volleyball -- the IHSAA has released the points totals and which schools will be moving up next season.

Before I get into the specifics let me remind you of how it's supposed to work. After a team accumulates six points based on their postseason success during a two-year span, they can be moved up to the next class.

They are assigned one point for winning the sectional, two points for the regional, three points for the semistate and four points for being state champs.

Only the highest point total a team earns in any season will be counted. If they win the regional they only get credited with the two points not three.

So if you win the state title two years in a row or win the state and then take the semistate you're bound to move up to the next class.

One other point, if a team accumulates six more points in the next two year cycle they will then move up to the next level.

And now here's the part that's about as clear as a pane of broken glass in a mudhole, if they don't score any points in the next two years they will move back down? (Insert puzzled look on writer's face here).

With that in mind -- or in question depending on how you look at it -- here are the results of the initial changes.

Let's start with football since most fans in the area would find rather informative.

According to the IHSAA when next football season starts five schools will have been affected.

Beginning in the 2013-14 and 2014-15 school years Lafayette Central Catholic and Indianapolis Scecina Memorial High Schools will be sent packing to Class 2A.

LCC has accumulated eight total points over the two-year cycle. Meaning they've won the last two Class A state championships so they're going to be elevated to deal with the next level.

Scecina accumulated six points -- thanks to their win over Linton-Stockton in the semistate -- and now they too will join the ranks of Class 2A.

Just in case you were wondering, the Miners just dodged the preverbal bullet when they got only four points over the two-year cycle (four points) as did newly added to the Miner schedule Sheridan.

As for the other teams moving up in class there's Ft. Wayne Bishop Luers going from 2A to 3A, Bishop Chatard from 3A to 4A and Indianapolis Cathedral going from 4A to 5A.

Are you seeing a theme here or is it just me? More about this in a little while.

In volleyball, the movement was a little less than in football as only three schools were affected.

Wapahani, the team that defeated Eastern Greene two years ago at the state finals is now history. They will be moving to 3A next year while Chatard and Yorktown will make the jump from 3A to 4A next year as well.

For local interest sake, the Lady Thunderbirds came very close to moving up -- they were credited with five points, just missing the required six that would have sent them to 3A next year as they went to the state finals in 2011 but lost in the semistate title game in 2012.

Incidentally or not, they were even with Providence and Cardinal Ritter in the point totals, thus neither of those parochial schools will be affected at least for another two seasons.

But now that Wapahani is on the way up, who knows.

Now comes the questioning portion of our presentation.

First question -- what has the IHSAA accomplished with this first round of reclassifications?

First answer -- They managed to get the two teams that have caused the most controversy out of Class A football for now.

Second question -- how long will it be now before they decide to tweak the system. Or as most of you have wondered both openly and in secret, how long until they find a way to keep them in the classes they've been delegated to now?

Second answer -- if you figure this one out please let me know. I'm still trying to figure out why the IHSAA didn't take a harder stance.

If you've read any of my columns in the past when it comes to this subject, you know that I for one would like to see the IHSAA take the position that if you are a private, parochial or charter school your enrollment will be multiplied by 1.5 for classification purposes.

The result would be the same, only less diluted and more direct, than what we have now.

Well, as I sit back and wait for the emails to come rolling in I will say this, we'll see what happens now.

Rick Curl is a sports writer for the Greene County Daily World. He can be reached by telephone at (812) 847-4487. He can also be reached by email at rcurl@gcdailyworld.com.

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