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Updated: September 24, 2013 6:04AM



THE TOURNAMENT

In the first two years of the state tournament series, 1973 and 1974, 12 teams, representing four districts, were selected in three classes for postseason play. Their selection was based on a points system predicated on their regular-season results. The same point system was in place through the 1982 tournament.

In 1975, the term “sectional” was first used and from that year on, sectional champions were recognized. There was one sectional game with the winners advancing to play for one of the three state championships. In 1973 and 1974, the sectional game was referred to as a semifinal game.

The 1976 tournament was expanded to 24 teams with eight teams in the three classes and, for the first time, regional games were used. The three-round tournament consisted of a sectional, regional and state championship game. This same tournament format was used until 1981 when the tournament expanded to 16 teams in each class and semistates were first used as the third-round game just prior to the state title game.

The next format change came in 1983, when the tournament expanded to four classes and, for the first of two years, the state used a “cluster” system to its select playoff teams. All schools were grouped into “clusters” of four to six teams prior to the regular season and the team with the greatest number of victories over opponents from within its cluster would earn a playoff spot. The same four-round tournament that began in 1981 continued through 1984.

In 1985, the state tournament expanded to five classes and the format was altered to allow all member schools to participate regardless of regular-season record. A six-week tournament was installed with the first three rounds known as sectionals, followed by the regional, semistate and state championship game.

In 2013, a sixth class was added to the state tournament with the previous Class 5A being split in half. Essentially, the largest 32 schools would compete in the new 6A and the next largest group would compete in the new 5A. The formats of classes 4A, 3A, 2A and 1A remained unchanged.

Source: IHSAA

Year Champion Rec. Class

1973 SB Wash. 12-0 3A
Greenfield-Cent. 12-0 2A
Mish. Marian 10-2 1A

1974 Indpls Wash. 12-0 3A
Blackford 12-0 2A
Garrett 11-0 1A

1975 Valparaiso 12-0 3A
Mish. Marian 11-0 2A
Lawrenceburg 11-1 1A

1976 Merrillville 11-1 3A
Mish. Marian 12-0 2A
Lafayette C.C. 11-2 1A

1977 Portage 12-1 3A
Plymouth 13-0 2A
Indpls Ritter 11-1 1A

1978 Carmel 13-0 3A
Goshen 12-1 2A
Lawrenceburg 13-0 1A

1979 Columbus East 13-0 3A
Blackford 13-0 2A
Tipp. Valley 13-0 1A

1980 Carmel 13-0 3A
Franklin Cent. 13-0 2A
Sheridan 13-0 1A

1981 Carmel 14-0 3A
Franklin Central 12-1 2A
Hamilton SE 14-0 1A

1982 Castle 14-0 3A
Franklin Central 12-2 2A
Oak Hill 13-1 1A

1983 Penn 14-0 4A
FW Dwenger 14-0 3A
Indpls Chatard 14-0 2A
Fountain Cent. 13-1 1A

1984 Warren Central 14-0 4A
Brownsburg 14-0 3A
Indpls Chatard 13-1 2A
Sheridan 14-0 1A

1985 Warren Central 14-0 5A
Brownsburg 14-0 4A
Indpls Roncalli 13-1 3A
FW Luers 11-3 2A
E. Hancock 13-1 1A

1986 Carmel 14-0 5A
DeKalb 13-1 4A
Indpls Cathedral 12-2 3A
Whitko 14-0 2A
South Putnam 11-3 1A

1987 Ben Davis 12-2 5A
Hobart 14-0 4A
Zionsville 14-0 3A
Rochester 12-2 2A
Sheridan 12-2 1A

1988 Ben Davis 14-0 5A
Goshen 14-0 4A
Indpls Roncalli 12-2 3A
Western Boone 13-1 2A
Sheridan 14-0 1A

1989 Carmel 13-1 5A
Hobart 13-1 4A
Bishop Noll 13-1 3A
FW Luers 12-2 2A
Bremen 11-3 1A

1990 Ben Davis 13-1 5A
Franklin Central 14-0 4A
FW Dwenger 14-0 3A
Indpls Scecina 9-5 2A
South Decatur 13-0 1A

1991 Ben Davis 14-0 5A
Hobart 13-1 4A
FW Dwenger 13-1 3A
Indpls Scecina 11-3 2A
Jimtown 12-1 1A

1992 FW Snider 14-0 5A
Harrison 13-1 4A
Indpls Cathedral 12-2 3A
FW Luers 13-1 2A
Sheridan 10-4 1A

1993 Bloomington S. 14-0 5A
Hobart 13-1 4A
Indpls Roncalli 14-0 3A
West Lafayette 14-0 2A
North Miami 14-0 1A

1994 Castle 12-2 5A
East Central 14-0 4A
Indpls Roncalli 12-2 3A
Bremen 12-2 2A
North White 14-0 1A

1995 Penn 14-0 5A
FW Wayne 12-2 4A
SB St. Joseph’s 14-0 3A
N. Montgomery 13-1 2A
Carroll (Flora) 13-1 1A

1996 Penn 13-1 5A
Indpls Cathedral 14-0 4A
Zionsville 14-0 3A
N. Montgomery 13-1 2A
Tri-West 14-0 1A

1997 Penn 14-1 5A
Griffith 14-1 4A
Indpls Chatard 14-1 3A
Jimtown 15-0 2A
Pioneer 15-0 1A

1998 Bloomington S. 14-0 5A
Indpls Cathedral 13-2 4A
Indpls Chatard 13-2 3A
Jimtown 15-0 2A
Sheridan 14-1 1A

1999 Ben Davis 15-0 5A
Indpls Cathedral 13-2 4A
Indpls Roncalli 15-0 3A
FW Luers 13-2 2A
Lafayette C.C. 14-0 1A

2000 Penn 14-1 5A
East Noble 14-1 4A
Heritage Hills 15-0 3A
Ev. Mater Dei 15-0 2A
Adams Central 12-3 1A

2001 Ben Davis 15-0 5A
Jasper 13-1 4A
Indpls Chatard 11-4 3A
FW Luers 14-0 2A
Southern Wells 14-1 1A

2002 Ben Davis 12-3 5A
Indpls Roncalli 10-4 4A
Indpls Chatard 15-0 3A
FW Luers 12-3 2A
Southwood 13-1 1A

2003 Warren Central 13-2 5A
Indpls Roncalli 12-3 4A
Indpls Chatard 14-1 3A
Tri-West 14-1 2A
Indpls Ritter 12-2 1A

2004 Warren Central 14-1 5A
Indpls Roncalli 13-2 4A
Andrean 13-2 3A
Tri-West Hend. 15-0 2A
Seeger 15-0 1A

2005 Warren Central 14-1 5A
Lowell 11-4 4A
NorthWood 9-6 3A
Jimtown 14-1 2A
Sheridan 13-2 1A

2006 Warren Central 15-0 5A
Indpls Cathedral 13-2 4A
Indpls Chatard 14-1 3A
FW Harding 12-3 2A
Sheridan 15-0 1A

2007 Carmel 13-2 5A
Evansville Reitz 15-0 4A
Indpls Chatard 12-3 3A
FW Luers 11-4 2A
Sheridan 15-0 1A

2008 Center Grove 14-1 5A
Indpls Cathedral 12-2 4A
Bellmont 14-1 3A
Heritage Christ. 14-1 2A
Indpls Ritter 15-0 1A

2009 Warren Central 13-2 5A
Evansville Reitz 15-0 4A
West Lafayette 15-0 3A
FW Luers 10-5 2A
Lafayette C.C. 15-0 1A

2010 Fishers 14-1 5A
Indpls Cathedral 12-3 4A
Indpls Chatard 11-4 3A
FW Luers 14-1 2A
Lafayette C.C. 15-0 1A

2011 Carmel 14-1 5A
Indpls Cathedral 12-3 4A
Indpls Chatard 13-2 3A
FW Luers 13-1 2A
Lafayette C.C. 14-1 1A

2012 Lawrence Cent. 15-0 5A
Indpls Cathedral 10-5 4A
Indpls Chatard 13-2 3A
FW Luers 11-4 2A
Lafayette C.C. 15-0 1A

MYTHICAL STATE CHAMPS

Before the IHSAA state tournament began in 1973, different methods were used to determine the state’s best team or teams. In the early years, school would claim to be state champs and get the backing of a newspaper. Between 1927 and 1953, sportswriters and news organizations named champions. Between 1953 and 1972, media and coaches polls were used. Below is a list of the declared champs:

Year School Record

1895 Terre Haute N/A

1906 Indpls Shortridge N/A

1910 Brazil N/A
Brownstown N/A
Logansport 5-1
Worthington N/A

1913 Evansville 6-0-1

1915 Gary 6-0

1916 Gary 6-1-1

1917 Sheridan 6-0

1918 Kentland 7-0

1919 Bicknell N/A Evansville Central 7-2 New Albany 6-2-1

1920 Mishawaka 7-0-2 Wabash 8-0

1921 Evansville Central 8-1 Gary Emerson 7-0 Kirklin 6-0

1922 Gary Emerson 9-0

1923 Gary Emerson 9-0-1

1924 Elkhart 9-0

1925 Mishawaka 8-0

1926 Gary Emerson 8-0-1
Jasonville 8-0
Mishawaka 8-0

1927 Gary Froebel 9-0

1928 Clinton 10-0

1929 Gary Mann 9-1

1930 Gary Emerson 8-1-1

1931 Indpls Cathedral 9-0 South Bend Central 11-0

1932 Clinton 9-1

1933 Clinton 9-0-1 Evansville Reitz 9-0

1934 Muncie 9-0 Terre Haute Garfield N/A

1935 Evansville Memorial 8-0-1 Terre Haute Garfield N/A

1936 Gary Mann 9-1

1937 Hammond 10-0

1938 Evansville Memorial 8-1

1939 South Bend Wash. 9-0-1

1940 Evansville Reitz 8-0-1 Fort Wayne North 8-0

1941 Lew Wallace 9-0

1942 EC Washington 9-0

1943 South Bend Wash. 10-0

1944 Muncie Central 9-0 South Bend Wash. 9-0-1

1945 EC Roosevelt 10-0

1946 EC Roosevelt 10-0

1947 EC Roosevelt 10-0

1948 Evansville Reitz 10-0

1949 EC Roosevelt 10-0

1950 EC Washington 7-1
FW Central Catholic 10-0 Gary Roosevelt 8-0-1 Lafayette Jefferson 9-0 Mishawaka 8-1

1951 EC Roosevelt 7-1 Bishop Noll 9-0-1 Linton-Stockton 10-0 Richmond 9-0 South Bend Central 9-1

1952 Richmond 10-0

1953 Evansville Reitz 10-0 South Bend Wash. 10-0

1954 Whiting 8-1

1955 EC Roosevelt 9-0

1956 Evansville Reitz 9-0-1 Richmond 9-0

1957 EC Roosevelt 8-0-1 Evansville Reitz 10-0

1958 South Bend Central 10-0

1959 South Bend Central 10-0

1960 Evansville Reitz 9-0 Hammond 10-0

1961 Evansville Reitz 9-0

1962 Hammond 10-0

1963 Elkhart 10-0

1964 Kokomo 10-0 SB St. Joseph’s 9-0-1

1965 Morton 10-0

1966 Indpls Washington 10-0

1967 Richmond 10-0

1968 Bloomington 10-0 Elkhart 10-0

1969 South Bend Wash. 10-0

1970 Elkhart 10-0

1971 Evansville Reitz 10-0

1972 Bloomington South 10-0

Source: almanacsports.com



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