January 23, 2013

Wrestling Sectionals Herald Start of Winter State Tournaments
The start of the winter state tournament season is marked this Saturday at 32 sectional sites in the 75th Annual IHSAA Wrestling State Tournament Series.

Three hundred and sixteen schools will be represented this weekend by 5,640 athletes with the top four contestants in each of the 14 weight classes advancing to one of 16 individual regionals on Saturday, Feb. 2.

While competing as individuals, participants also will be accumulating points for their school toward a sectional championship on Saturday. In a change from more recent years, the ensuing regional, semi-state and state championship teams will be determined through points scored by competitors at those respective levels of the tournament reverting to the system employed for decades prior to 1995-96. Sectional championship teams have always been determined through the accumulation of points by individuals.

Results from Saturday’s wrestling sectionals will be posted at IHSAA.org as they become available from the host sites.

75th Annual Wrestling State Tournament

Date: Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013.
Admission: $6. 
Advancement: The top four place winners in each weight class advance to the regional tournament.
State Tournament


Defending Sectional Team Champions
Bellmont, Bloomington South, Carroll (Fort Wayne), Connersville, Crown Point, Culver Academies, Danville, East Noble, Elkhart Memorial, Evansville Mater Dei, Fort Wayne Snider, Franklin Community, Hamilton Southeastern, Harrison (West Lafayette), Heritage Hills, Huntington North, Indianapolis Cathedral, Jasper, Jeffersonville, Jennings County, Kokomo, Lake Central, Logansport, Merrillville, New Castle, Noblesville, Penn, Perry Meridian, Portage, Southmont, Warren Central, Yorktown.

Active Sectional Championship Streaks (3 or more years)
36: Evansville Mater Dei.
22: Bellmont.
13: Perry Meridian.
10: Crown Point.
8: Merrillville.
7: New Castle, Yorktown.
4: Bloomington South, Jeffersonville, Portage.
3: Franklin Community, Hamilton Southeastern, Jasper, Logansport, Noblesville,

Most Consecutive Sectional Championships
36 by Evansville Mater Dei, 1977-2012.

Top 10 All-Time Sectional Championships
42: Evansville Mater Dei.
38: Bellmont, New Castle.
35: Bloomington South (Bloomington).
32: Logansport.
31: Indianapolis Cathedral.
31: Castle, Jasper, Lafayette Jefferson.
29: Hobart.




Girls Basketball Tournament Pairings Show This Sunday
First round sectional matchups in the 38th Annual IHSAA Girls Basketball State Tournament presented by Indiana Farm Bureau Insurance will be announced this Sunday (Jan. 27), on the IHSAA Champions Television Network beginning at 5 pm ET / 4 pm CT. Please note, due to programming conflicts, WHME in South Bend will air the show beginning at 7 pm ET.

The state tournament pairings show also may be seen via webstream at IHSAAtv.org.

Six affiliates of the IHSAA Champions Television Network will air the 90-minute show throughout the state originating from the Indianapolis studios of WTTV-4, the network’s flagship. Legendary announcer Jerry Baker along with Columbus North girls basketball coach and former Indianapolis Star sportswriter Pat McKee, will host the program. Jeremiah Johnson of Indianapolis’ Fox 59 will conduct coach and player interviews.

Four coaches will be part of the broadcast – Bill Taylor, Southwestern (Shelbyville); Julie Meeks, Sullivan; Eric Thornton, Norwell and; Kurt Godlevske, Bedford North Lawrence.

Update: Hall of Fame broadcaster Bob Lovell and Indiana All-Stars Game Director Charlie Hall will announce the pairings on the IHSAA Champions Radio Network beginning at 5 pm ET / 4 pm CT to state-wide affiliates. Please note that due to programming conflicts, 1070TheFan (WFNI) will air the show in the Indianapolis market at 7 pm ET.

At approximately 6:30 pm ET / 5:30 pm CT, complete brackets will be available on the IHSAA.org website.

The boys basketball tournament draw is scheduled for Sunday, February 17.




Three Indiana Natives Involved in Super Bowl XLVII
Three Indiana natives that played high school football in our state are members of Super Bowl participants, the Baltimore Ravens and the San Francisco 49ers.

Super Bowl XLVII is set for Sunday, Feb. 3 at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans.

Bernard Pollard (6-1, 224) is in his seventh NFL season and his second as a safety for the Ravens. Pollard was born in Fort Wayne where he attended South Side High School (1999-2003). He played collegiately at Purdue University and was selected by Kansas City in the second round (54th overall) of the 2006 NFL Draft.

Second year wide receiver Tandon Doss (6-2, 205) was selected by the Ravens in the fourth round of the 2011 NFL Draft out of Indiana University (123rd overall).  Doss was born in Indianapolis and attended Ben Davis High School (2004-08).  While at Ben Davis, Doss earned first-team All-State honors during his senior year.

Playing in his rookie season is 49ers running back Jewel Hampton (5-9, 210). Hampton was born in Indianapolis and graduated from Warren Central High School (2004-08) where he was a part of three consecutive 5A state championship teams (2004, 2005, 2006). Hampton continued his football career at Iowa before transferring to Southern Illinois. He was promoted to the 49ers’ active roster on Nov. 27 after signing as an undrafted free agent last summer.

Of course neither is a native but Harbaugh brothers Jim, in his second season as 49ers head coach, and John, in his fifth season as head coach of the Ravens, will become the first siblings to coach head-to-head for the Super Bowl title.  Both had previous involvement with the Indianapolis Colts. Jim was the Colts quarterback from 1994-1997 and John performed as the special teams coordinator during Jim’s last season as a Colt in 1997.

Eight other individuals between both teams have ties to the state. These include playing or coaching at the collegiate or professional level.

Baltimore Ravens
Jim Caldwell
1st season as Ravens Quarterbacks Coach/Offensive Coordinator.
Colts: QB Coach (2002-2007), Associate Head Coach (2008), Head Coach (2009-2011).
Super Bowl Title: XLI.

Tandon Doss
#77, 2nd season as Ravens Wide Receiver.
Born: Indianapolis.
High School: Ben Davis.
College: Indiana University.

John Harbaugh
5th season as Ravens Head Coach.
Colts: Special Teams Coordinator, 1997.
Sister is married to Tom Crean (IU Men’s Basketball Coach).

Andy Moeller
2nd season as Ravens Offensive Line Coach, 5th overall season with the Ravens.
Indiana University: Graduate Assistant Coach under Head Coach Bill Mallory, 1987.

Bernard Pollard
#31, 7th overall season, 2nd season as Ravens Safety.
Born: Fort Wayne.
High School: South Side (Fort Wayne).
College: Purdue University.


San Francisco 49ers
Vic Fangio
2nd season as 49ers Defensive Coordinator.
Colts Defensive Coordinator, 1991-2001.

Darius Fleming
#58, Rookie season with 49ers, Linebacker.
College: Notre Dame.

Jewel Hampton
#33, Rookie season with 49ers, Running Back.
Born: Indianapolis.
High School: Warren Central.

Jim Harbaugh
(2nd season as 49ers Head Coach).
Quarterback for Colts 1994-1997.
Sister is married to Tom Crean (IU Men’s Basketball Coach).

Bob Morris
3rd year with 49ers as the Southern Regional Scout.
Indiana University: Secondary coach, 1984-1993.
Purdue University: Defensive Coordinator, 1994-1995.
Special Teams Coach, 1996.

Manny Rivera
9th year as 49ers Assistant Athletic Trainer.
Master of Science in Kinesiology from Indiana University, 2003.
Graduate Assistant Athletic Trainer for Indiana University’s Football Team, 2003.

Brad Seely
1st season as 49ers Special Teams Coordinator/Assistant Head Coach.
Began his NFL career in 1989 with Colts as special teams/tight end coach (5 years).

Ian Williams
(#93, 2nd season with 49ers, DT).
College: Notre Dame.

Thanks to IHSAA Sports Administration intern Kayley Howell, a Muncie Central HS graduate and currently pursuing a degree in Recreational Sports Management at Indiana University, for compiling the above information from each team’s official website.




News & Notes from Around the State
Athletic directors and coaches, because this “News & Notes” section has become less frequent in recent years, if you have an interesting note - perhaps a conference or school record, coaching milestone or something else - please feel free to e-mail IHSAA Sports Information Director Jason Wille at jwille@ihsaa.org and we’ll be happy to send it out on the IHSAA’s twitter account or just tweet it to us at @IHSAA1. Thank you!




About the Indiana High School Athletic Association, Inc. (IHSAA)
Founded in 1903, the purpose of the Indiana High School Athletic Association, Inc. (IHSAA) is to encourage, regulate and give direction to wholesome amateur interschool athletic competition between its 410 member schools. The Association provides state championship tournament series in 20 sports, 10 for girls and 10 for boys. Approximately 160,000 student athletes participate in IHSAA sports on an annual basis.