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Crown Point's Tristan Petersholds off Penn's Zachary Hiss second quarter Friday night Penn High School Mishawaka. | Jeffrey D. Nicholls~Sun-Times

Crown Point's Tristan Peterson holds off Penn's Zachary Hiss in the second quarter Friday night at Penn High School in Mishawaka. | Jeffrey D. Nicholls~Sun-Times Media

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ENROLLMENT FIGURES for 2013/2014

FOOTBALL CLASS 6A

Numbers from left to right are enrollment by grade

Noumber in parenthesis is the entire school enrollment

1. Ben Davis — 1,218; 1,142; 1,111; 1,216 (4,687)

2. Carmel — 1,210; 1,136; 1,150; 1,189 (4,685)

3. Warren Central — 881; 906; 918; 884 (3,589)

4. North Central (Indianapolis) — 852; 870; 895; 785 (3,402)

5. Penn — 873; 816; 852; 860 (3,401)

6. LAKE CENTRAL — 842; 800; 814; 815 (3,271)

7. Pike — 781; 781; 709; 760 (3,031)

8. Hamilton Southeastern — 731; 775; 750; 753 (3,009)

9. Portage — 661; 660; 710; 609 (2,640)

10. Noblesville — 670; 683; 663; 621 (2,637)

11. CROWN POINT — 705 637 683 595 (2,620)

12. Avon High School — 700; 690; 668; 550 (2,608)

13. Franklin Central — 710; 638; 616; 622 (2,586)

14. Fishers — 769; 622; 581; 610 (2,582)

15. Lawrence Central — 597; 586; 623; 698 (2,504)

16. Arsenal Technical — 620; 570; 588; 620 (2,398)

17. Center Grove — 631; 600; 588; 568 (2,387)

18. Brownsburg — 578; 601; 556; 635 (2,370)

19. MERRILLVILLE — 553; 605; 560; 621 (2,339)

20. Lawrence North — 554; 544; 623; 588 (2,309)

21. Homestead — 580; 565; 544; 571 (2,260)

22. (Fort Wayne) Northrop — 576; 526; 555; 524 (2,181)

23. Perry Meridian — 543; 551; 571; 516 (2,181)

24. Valparaiso — 540; 565; 522 ;551 (2,178)

25. Warsaw — 531; 539; 534; 534 (2,138)

26. Southport — 536; 557; 536; 478 (2,107)

27. Jeffersonville — 550; 539; 491; 500 (2,080)

28. Carroll — 551; 524; 529; 447 (2,051)

29. Columbus North — 505; 564; 510; 455 (2,034)

30. Chesterton — 507; 515; 519;478 (2,019)

31. New Albany — 544; 510; 473; 478 (2,005)

32. (Lafayette) Jefferson — 518; 484; 466; 467 (1,935)

Updated: March 5, 2013 11:56AM



If enrollment numbers released by the Indiana High School Athletic Association last week are the ones they use to classify football schools without any other factors, then the 32 new Class 6A teams have been named.

The box to the right lists enrollment by grade and then (in parentheses) the total. For example, Crown Point is listed as having 705 freshmen, 637 sophomores, 683 juniors, 595 seniors and a total of 2,620 students.

First of all, I was a little suprised that CPHS’ enrollment has gotten that high. Crown Point is the 11th largest high school in the state, sitting about three miles from the sixth largest high school (3,271 kids) in Lake Central. The only similar situation is the proxomity of Hamilton Southeastern and Carmel in southern Hamilton County.

The other light bulb that goes off when you see Crown Point’s enrollment numbers is the descending progreession of the classes.

If CP has more freshmen than any other class and far more freshmen than seniors, it suggests the school is still growing.

The oddity is that many of us still think of CPHS as a small school. It most decidedly is not.

If anyone wondeerd, Class 6A had to come into being this fall. According to the enrollment numbers released by the IHSAA last week, there will be eight new football-playing schools in the next classification cycle: Indianapolis Marshall (694 students), Indianapolis George Washington (538), Indianapolis Manual (466), Indianapolis Shortridge Law & Public Policy (335), Trinity Lutheran (152), Tindley Accelerated (178) and Howe (71).

It is impossible to have more than 320 teams play in a six week, five class format. The math doesn’t work.

So we go to six classes, and with 34 teams in Class 5A, we have to have 30 get a bye in the first week, creating a second round of 32 teams. Apperently, the 6A playoffs will not have a bye week until the fifth week of the post-season, when all other classes are holding semistate championship games.

The official announcement of sectional locations and this new format won’t come until April, but for the life of me, I can’t understand why football coaches (who voted for the November byes) want to play 11, 12, 13 weeks in a row without a break. Coaches are often obsessed with rigid routine, but some sense has to be slapped into them here.

There are several benefits to having both the 5A and 6A teams take the first week of the playoffs off.

1. Health. National Football League teams get a bye week before starting the playoffs. People get healthy. A bye week after nine games gives players with injuries a chance to get right before the really big games.

2. With no games to play the first week, all those big school players, parents and their fans can attend smaller school games, increasing attendance. All the better for the IHSAA.

3. The media, which tends to ignore small schools when the big ones are playing, can focus on small schools the first week, again lifting interest (read: attendance) and helping the sport of high school football.

You don’t have to be a genius to figure that it’s better for 60 teams (of 324) to get a bye week at the start of the state tournament rather than four (of 12) get a bye week in November.

Maybe what seems like an obvious blunder wil be revisted in future seasons.



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