The Indiana High School Athletic Association has approved the new formats for the new Class 6-A and revamped Class 5-A football state tournaments.
The top two classes will feature eight four-team sectionals, with a bye week included while the lower four classes conduct the semistate round.
The Executive Committee approved adding a sixth class to the football state tournament in June. The new Class 6-A will include the 32 largest schools, with the next 32 making up Class 5-A. The smaller number of schools in both classes requires a five-week tournament series instead of the six for the lower classes.
Certified enrollment figures to be used for classifying schools for the 2013-14 and 2014-15 school years will be released later this winter. Sectional assignments will be announced in the spring.
* Mo Moriarity’s coaching career has come full circle.
Moriarity, who coached at Salem for two seasons, was named the new coach at Bloomington South. Moriarity coached the Panthers from 1987-2001 and won Class 5-A state championships in 1993 and 1998.
Moriarity, who stepped down as Salem coach last month after going 6-16, also won a 5-A state title at Carmel in 2007. He served as an assistant coach at Indiana University.
He ranks sixth on the active list with 247 career wins.
Jeffersonville will host the 36th annual Jeff Classic today and Saturday.
In addition to local teams New Albany, Charlestown, New Washington and the host Red Devils, the tournament will include Bloomington South, Jennings County, Muncie South, Louisville St. Xavier, Paoli, Madison, Southwestern, South Dearborn, Franklin County and Gibson Southern.
Top seeds include Jeff’s Jasi Coureur (113), New Albany’s Austin Jamison (126) and New Washington’s Brady Meenach (138).
Action will start at 6 p.m. today and 8:30 a.m. Saturday.
* Jeffersonville coach Danny Struck recorded his 300th career win last week. He was also selected by USA Wrestling to be the Greco Roman Coach for the Cadet World Championships in Serbia next August.
* Charlestown won the Mid-Southern Conference Duals for the ninth consecutive year.
Bloomington South defeated Indianapolis Arlington 107-2 on Tuesday night. According to John Harrell, who runs the websites that track team schedules and scores for boys and girls basketball, the only other 100-point girls’ victory this century was Indianapolis Chatard’s 109-8 win over Indianapolis Washington in 2006. In 1983, Austin beat Lanesville 107-7.
Games to watch
Boys: Today, Floyd Central (1-2, 0-1) will go on the road to test Hoosier Hills Conference leader Columbus East (3-0, 2-0). Class 2-A No. 8 Providence (4-0) will travel to Charlestown (3-1). Class A No. 6 Borden (5-0) will compete in the Washington County Tournament. On Saturday, Providence will visit Floyd Central.
Providence is ranked third in the state in scoring defense, allowing only 32.8 points per game.
Girls: On Saturday afternoon, Class 4-A No.4 Bedford North Lawrence (6-0, 2-0) will visit Class 3-A No.6 Madison (8-0, 3-0) in a battle for the HHC lead. Brownstown (4-3, 3-1) will journey to Silver Creek (5-2, 3-1) in a key Mid-Southern Conference clash as both are chasing league leader Scottsburg (6-1, 4-0).