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– Two East Allen County Schools high schools are among those going down a class after the IHSAA announced new classifications Tuesday for the next two school years.

In all classed sports other than football, New Haven will fall from 4A to 3A, while Woodlan will go from 3A to 2A.

“We have seen a slight decrease in some of our enrollments,” said Chris Hissong, the district’s executive director of school management.

Some of it also has to do with East Allen schools returning a bit to numbers seen before the closing of Harding in 2011. Woodlan, for instance, received 108 students when Harding closed but is getting only about 20 from the Harding region each year. The four EACS high schools also are losing enrollment to East Allen University, which is in the former Harding site.

“We are going to stabilize and be right around the 500 mark, based on what our junior high enrollment is like and our projections,” said Woodlan athletic director Todd Thieme, whose enrollment will be around 100 fewer students than two years ago.

The figures, the total of boys and girls in grades 9-12, were submitted by the schools to the Indiana Department of Education last fall and are used by the IHSAA to determine the classes in baseball, boys and girls basketball, football, boys and girls soccer, softball and volleyball.

There are other northeast Indiana schools affected by the changes.

In football, South Side dropped to 4A, while Bishop Luers (success factor) went from 2A to 3A and Central Noble (enrollment increase) went from A to 2A.

Homestead, Northrop, Warsaw and Carroll will all be placed in the newly formed 6A class for football only.

In baseball, softball, basketball and volleyball, Columbia City dropped to 3A from 4A. Bishop Luers, on the other hand, went up to 3A from 2A because of enrollment figures, and Canterbury went from A to 2A. The Canterbury girls basketball program would have gone up anyway because of the success factor.

In soccer, the Canterbury boys increased to 2A from A because of the success factor, while the Canterbury girls will remain in A.

Success factor points will still be accumulated in boys basketball, baseball and softball and any necessary updated versions in those sports will be released in the days following the end of those respective state tournaments. Sectional groupings for each sport will be announced this spring following approval of the IHSAA Executive Committee.