Multiple Teams · Boys basketball, swim teams to host sectional

The New Palestine boys basketball and swimming teams will host the sectional under the 2015-16 winter sports sectional assignments announced by the IHSAA earlier this month.

The girls basketball team will travel to Center Grove, the gymnastics team to Connersville and the wrestling team to Warren Central to contest the sectional.

Boys basketball will host a seven-team Class 3A sectional with the first round March 1-2, and the the semifinal and final rounds March 4-5. The Dragons will host Attucks, Brebeuf, Chatard, Herron, Manual and Marshall in the sectional field. The winner will advance to the Greencastle regional on March 12.

Boys and girls swimming will host their sectional. The girls sectional will be Feb. 4 and Feb. 6, while the boys sectional will be Feb. 18 and Feb. 20. The field will include Centerville, Connersville, Eastern Hancock, Greenfield-Central, Hagerstown, Mt. Vernon, New Castle, Richmond and Rushville. The individual sectional champion from each event will advance to the IHSAA State Finals the following week. The top four divers will advance to the diving regional the following Tuesday at Plainfield (girls) and Brownsburg (boys).

Wrestling will travel to Warren Central for the sectional for a sectional on Jan. 30. In addition to the Dragons and the hosts, the sectional will include Beech Grove, Franklin Central, Greenfield-Central, Marshall, Roncalli, Shelbyville and Triton Central. The top four individuals will advance to the Perry Meridian regional on Feb. 6.

Girls basketball will travel to Center Grove for a seven-team Class 4A sectional. In addition to the Dragons and host Trojans, the sectional will also include Franklin, Franklin Central, Greenwood, Martinsville and Whiteland. The sectional will be contested Feb. 2-3, with the semifinals and finals Feb. 5-6. The winner will advance to the Columbus North regional on Feb. 13.

Gymnastics will travel to Connersville for the sectional Feb. 27. They will join the hosts, Cambridge City Lincoln, Centerville, Morristown, Muncie Central, New Castle, Richmond, Rushville, Seton Catholic and Shelbyville. The top three teams and top six individuals in each event will advance to the Columbus East regional on March 5.

Boys and girls basketball compete in separate classes due to the IHSAA Tournament Success Factor. NPHS is classified as the smallest 4A school in basketball by enrollment, but the success of Guerin Catholic in previous two years’ boys tournament moved the Golden Eagles into Class 4A for boys basketball, “bumping” the Dragons back into 3A. There was no 3A girls basketball team moving up to 4A due to the success factor, thereby leaving the Dragons in 4A. Girls basketball is the lone classified sport in which NPHS will compete in the state’s largest class from 2015-17.