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The Journal Gazette

Wednesday, March 16, 2016 2:40 am

Leo softball moved to Class 4A by IHSAA

Staff, news services

Coming off back-to-back Class 3A state softball appearances, Leo will be moving up to 4A and be put in Sectional 5 in 2016.

The Lions, the 2014 3A champions and 2015 state runners-up, will be in the same sectional as Carroll, DeKalb, East Noble, Northrop and Snider.

Their opponent in both state title games, Gibson Southern, is also moving up to 4A. The Lions won 2-0 two years ago and fell 5-3 last month.

Other area programs affected by the recent IHSAA reclassification are Adams Central softball (dropping from 3A to 2A) and Fremont baseball (dropping from 2A to 1A).

Joining the Jets in the No. 36 softball sectional are Bluffton, Churubusco, Canterbury, South Adams and Woodlan. With the Eagles in the No. 52 baseball sectional will be Bethany Christian, Elkhart Christian, Blackhawk Christian, Hamilton, Lakewood Park and Triton.


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COLLEGES


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FOOTBALL


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