IHSAA News Release

September 24, 2009


All seven of last year’s regional championship teams return for a repeat shot as players head to the regional round of the 37th Annual IHSAA Girls Golf State Tournament this Saturday. At each of the seven sites, the top three teams along with the top three individuals (including ties for third place) not with an advancing team will earn a spot in next week’s state finals at The Legends of Indiana in Franklin.

Carmel is one of those seven teams and leads the way after firing an unbelievable 294 last Saturday in taking the Ben Davis Sectional at South Grove Golf Course. The fifth-ranked Greyhounds shot the third-lowest score ever recorded in tournament history and just the fourth sub-300 performance in the state tournament. Only Western (291) in 2002 and Penn (293) in 2005 have put up better scores, both in sectional play.

The Greyhounds head to the Franklin Central Regional played at Smock Golf Course in Indianapolis where they will meet up with top-ranked Roncalli which claimed its fourth straight sectional crown following a 306 at Southern Dunes last Friday.

Second-ranked and 2007 state champion Martinsville (326) won its seventh straight sectional at Twin Bridges in runaway fashion and will compete at Foxcliff Saturday where the Artesians will be gunning for their sixth straight regional championship.

Defending state champion Hamilton Southeastern won its third sectional crown in four seasons with its 319 at Grandview in Anderson. The Royals will compete at Westwood in New Castle on Saturday.

Twin Lakes (362) continued its sectional dominance winning its 12th consecutive crown at Sandy Pines in DeMotte and added to the state’s longest active string in the sport. The Indians will go after their second regional title in three years Saturday at Beechwood in LaPorte.

Evansville North, which claimed its first sectional title since 1995 with a 312, ended Evansville Memorial’s (330) nine-year run at Fendrich. The Huskies will look to repeat as regional winner when they host the Saturday’s competition at Eagle Valley.

Beech Grove was the lone school to land its first girls golf sectional championship among the 28 winners. The Hornets shot a 367 to better the field at Old Oakland and feed into the regional at Smock.

Results from each site will be posted to the IHSAA website as they become available from the hosts. Also, barring any weather delays, pairings and tee-times for the state finals are scheduled to be available Sunday.

State Finals Media Credentials
Looking ahead to next week’s state finals, news media members may apply for credentials beginning this weekend. Please e-mail your request (with name of individual applying) no later than 4 pm ET on Wednesday, Sept. 30, to IHSAA Sports Information Director Jason Wille at jwille@ihsaa.org. E-mail requests MUST originate from a recognized business account; e-mails from personal accounts (ie: yahoo.com, aol.com, etc.) will not be accepted. Approved requests will be left for pickup at the team check-in table at the golf course.

Girls Golf Regionals
Date: Saturday, Sept. 26.
Admission: Free.
Advancement to State Finals: Top three teams; top three low individuals, including all ties for third place, excluding those individuals who advance with a team.

1.    East Noble | Sat, 9:30 am ET | Noble Hawk

Feeder Sectionals: Angola, East Noble, Norwell, Warsaw Community.
2.    Evansville North | Sat, 11 am CT | Eagle Valley
Feeder Sectionals: Evansville North, Floyd Central, Jasper, North Knox.
3.    Franklin Central | Sat, 7:30 am ET | Smock
Feeder Sectionals: Ben Davis, Greensburg, Mt. Vernon (Fortville), Southport
4.    Lafayette Jefferson | Sat, 9 am ET | Lafayette Municipal
Feeder Sectionals: Crawfordsville, Lafayette Jefferson, Lawrence Central, Logansport.
5.    LaPorte | Sat, 9:30 am CT | Beechwood
Feeder Sectionals: Hammond Bishop Noll, Kankakee Valley, Penn, Valparaiso.
6.    Martinsville | Sat, 10 am ET | Foxcliff
Feeder Sectionals: Bedford North Lawrence, Bloomington North, Danville, Northview.
7.    New Castle | Sat, 10 am ET | Westwood
Feeder Sectionals: Anderson Highland, Huntington North, Muncie Southside, Richmond.


Defending Regional Champions Still Alive (7 of 7)
Carmel, DeKalb, Evansville North, Hamilton Southeastern, Martinsville, Penn, Western.

Most Consecutive Regional Championships
7 by Martinsville (1995-2001).

Active Regional Championship Streaks (Three or more years)
5: Martinsville.

Top 10 All-Time Regional Championships
18: Martinsville.
11: Noblesville.
10: Lafayette Jefferson.
8: Carmel.
7: Penn.
6: Evansville Memorial, Franklin Community, Michigan City Rogers, Western.
5: Columbus North.

Teams Looking for First Regional Championship
Angola, Avon, Beech Grove, Bloomington South, Brownstown Central, Castle, Center Grove, Centerville, Chesterton, Corydon Central, Crawfordsville, Crown Point, Delta, Elkhart Memorial, Evansville Reitz, Fishers, Floyd Central, Fort Wayne Canterbury, Franklin Central, Gibson Southern, Hagerstown, Harrison (West Lafayette), Henryville, Heritage Christian, Indianapolis Bishop Chatard, Indianapolis Cathedral, Jac-Cen-Del, Lafayette Central Catholic, Lake Central, Lebanon, Lowell, Muncie Central, New Haven, North Knox, NorthWood, Perry Meridian, Plainfield, Portage, Rochester, South Bend St. Joseph’s, South Ripley, Southport, Southridge, Southwood, Terre Haute South, Terre Haute North, Warsaw, Washington, Western Boone, Yorktown, Zionsville.

First-Time Sectional Champions
Beech Grove.


The pairings for the 16th annual boys and girls soccer state tournaments will be drawn Monday, Sept. 28, beginning at 8 am ET / 7 am CT. Both tournaments will be drawn at the IHSAA Office in Indianapolis and streamed at www.ihsaasports.org. Complete pairings for each tournament will be posted to www.ihsaa.org following the webcast.


As in previous years, the 64 host schools will conduct their own drawings on Monday, Sept. 28, to determine playing schedules for next week’s sectional action in the 43rd boys tennis state tournament. The schedules for each site will be posted to the IHSAA website as they are received.

The IHSAA will draw the pairings for the regional, semi-state and state finals on Tuesday, Sept. 29, beginning at 8 am ET / 7 am CT and announce them upon its conclusion.


The Indiana High School Athletic Association will conduct meetings in each of the three legislative districts over the course of the next three weeks. Member school administrators should plan to attend one of these meetings designed to provide information on recent changes in IHSAA rules and procedures as well as future changes under consideration. The meetings also provide elected Board representatives and the Commissioner the opportunity to listen to your concerns and opinions.

Meeting Schedule



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Have an interesting note? A conference or school record, coaching milestone or something else of interest? Please e-mail IHSAA Sports Information Director Jason Wille at jwille@ihsaa.org for consideration.

Carmel’s girls golf team fired a 294 in the Ben Davis Sectional last Friday at South Grove Golf Course in Indianapolis marking the third-lowest score in tournament history. Only Western (291) in 2002 and Penn (293) in 2005 have put up better scores. Both occurred in sectional play as well.

Kevin Leising was recently appointed head coach for the Bluffton boys basketball team following nine seasons as associate coach. Leising has 17 years of head coaching experience. He joined previous coach Wayne Barker's Bluffton staff in 2000. He spent 12 years as Bellmont head coach from 1986-1998. Before Bellmont, he coached three years at Hebron (1983-1986). In 1998, Leising left Bellmont to coach at Covington for two seasons. Barker recently resigned to become superintendent of the Bluffton-Harrison Metropolitan School District.


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