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home : sports : sports   August 1, 2014

6/12/2013 9:27:00 AM
Area prep teams get new IHSA classifications

NT Staff

Several area prep teams will play in a different IHSA class next school year.

St. Bede boys basketball was the only team to benefit from this year’s enrollment cutoffs as the Bruins drop to Class 1A.

The Bruins, who are not subject to the enrollment multiplier in boys basketball since they haven’t won a regional in more than six years, will be among the largest teams in Class 1A with 284 students. The Class 1A cutoff is 289 students.

Several other teams will be bumped up.

Ottawa, with an enrollment of 1,425 students, will have four teams moved to the state’s highest class.

Pirate boys and girls basketball along with volleyball will now compete in Class 4A, while boys and girls track and field will compete in Class 3A.

Ottawa will be among the smallest schools in the state’s largest classes as Ottawa is just four students above the Class 4A cutoff for basketball and volleyball and just five students above the cutoff for track and field.

The Putnam County-Hall wrestling co-op has been moved up to Class 2A, while Mendota will now compete in Class 3A in baseball and softball.

At 622 students, Mendota is just 12 students above the cutoff for baseball and softball.

All other area teams will remain in the same class next school year.

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