Three Tippecanoe County football teams will compete at the Class 5A level starting next school year.
Lafayette Jeff is among three schools in the state dropping from 6A to 5A, the Indiana High School Athletic Association announced Tuesday afternoon. McCutcheon and Harrison compete in Class 5A and the Bronchos likely join their sectional.
New sectional alignments will be released at a later date.
The Bronchos are not the only area football team on the move.
Rensselaer, due to the tradition factor of having achieved six postseason points over the previous two years, will bump up to Class 3A, as will Benton Central due to enrollment.
Central Catholic football will drop from 2A to Class A, where the Knights won four straight titles before bumping up to Class 2A due to the success factor prior to the 2013 season.
The tradition factor will bump Central Catholic’s girls basketball team to 2A next season after the Knights won a Class A state title this year, the same with 2013 Class A girls soccer state champion West Lafayette, which bumps up to 2A after winning a regional title in the fall.
Carroll will bump up from Class A to 2A in volleyball, baseball, softball and boys and girls basketball. Clinton Central drops from 2A to Class A in the same sports. Rensselaer moves from 2A to 3A in those sports.
Rossville and Covington boys and girls basketball teams will leap from Class A to 2A. Rossville’s boys have won back-to-back sectional titles.
Marion, which competes in the same Class 4A sectional as Lafayette Jeff, McCutcheon and Harrison, will drop to 3A.
Central Catholic 0
Braxton Hunt went 3-for-3 and Brodee Lipinski drove in two runs to lead the host Panthers.
Jackson Anthrop and Anthony Berumen each had two hits for Class 2A No. 4 Central Catholic (1-1). Nate Wiercioch allowed five hits and three runs, all of which came in the third inning to give Western the lead.
Lafayette Jeff 0
For the second straight night, the visiting Bronchos (0-2) were held to one hit, a double by Brandon Gawlik, this time by Class 3A No. 3 Lebanon.
N. Montgomery 10
Benton Central 8 (10)
The Chargers scored two in the top of the 10th to win a wild one in Oxford.
Sam Smith was 3-for-5, doubling twice and driving in three runs. Marcus Patterson and Blake Morin each had two hits for the Bison (0-1).
Joey Martin’s three-run homer in the seventh inning rallied visiting Cloverdale.
The homer spoiled an otherwise strong performance by Boone Welliever, who struck out 11 for the Mounties.
Aaron Cox had two hits for Southmont.
Faith Christian 0 (5
Rachel Welliever tossed a five-inning no-hitter and also helped herself with a 3-for-3 day at the plate, driving in three runs.
Sydney Casteel went 2-for-3 with three RBIs.
N. Montgomery 6
The 3-4 hitters in Attica’s lineup did a lot of damage against the visiting Chargers.
Alexis Burris went 3-for-3 with three RBIs and four runs scored. Carly Stoll hit a three-run homer and went 2-for-3. Stoll also earned the victory on the mound, striking out four and allowed two earned runs.
Ashley Brindle added three runs scored and leadoff hitter Karrah Pattengale parlayed three walks into a pair of runs for Attica.
Ashlynn Vorhees drove in two runs for North Montgomery. Kortni Coons, Zoey McCormick and Katharyn Sabens each had two hits.