This past Monday, sectionals in a handful of sports were changed by the IHSAA.
There will be a ton of changes starting this fall for Jackson County schools’ athletics.
To start, look at the gridiron.
The Seymour football team swapped with Edgewood to play in Sectional 23 for Class 4A. A familiar team in Silver Creek also moved to 23 with the Owls.
Now, the Owls are in a pool with East Central, Franklin County, Jennings County, Madison, Shelbyville, Silver Creek and South Dearborn.
The Class 3A football sectional 31 also was altered, as Heritage Hills and South Central will join Brownstown Central, Charlestown, Corydon Central, North Harrison and Salem.
For Trinity Lutheran’s football team, Eastern Greene, Oldenburg Academy and Springs Valley joined Class A Sectional 47.
The Cougars will continue to see Edinburgh, North Decatur, South Decatur and West Washington.
And on to the volleyball courts.
Brownstown Central’s Class 3A volleyball team will welcome Providence, who has moved up a class thanks to their successes at the state level the past two years, to Sectional 30.
Sectional 30 still will feature a slew of Mid-Southern Conference teams, with the Braves, Charlestown, Corydon Central, Salem, Scottsburg and Silver Creek all still in the mix.
Borden joins Class A Sectional 61 in place of Springs Valley in volleyball. Borden will now compete with Crothersville, Medora, Orleans, Trinity Luteran and West Washington.
How about some soccer?
In Class A boys soccer, Trinity Lutheran will move from Sectional 56 to 59.
Now, the Cougars will face Hauser, Jac-Cen-Del, Oldenburg Academy and Waldron in the postseason.
Seymour’s Class 2A boys and girls soccer teams now have Madison in Sectional 27, as Charlestown will depart for Sectional 28.
While the fall got a bulk of the changes, the winter and spring also will see differences in the postseason.
In Class A, for boys and girls basketball, Springs Valley will no longer compete against Crothersville, Medora, Trinity Lutheran, West Washington and Orleans.
Now, the Tigers, Hornets and Cougars will face Borden in Sectional 61, just like volleyball.
In the spring, Class A Sectional 61 will dwindle to four teams. Springs Valley is gone, and Trinity Lutheran, West Washington, Orleans and Crothersville remain.
While these changes will take some getting used to, I believe that many of them will favor Jackson County schools.
Travel expenses should marginally get cut down, and competition will stay as stiff as ever.
Bring on the changes.
Jordan Morey is sports editor for The Tribune. You can contact him at 812-523-7069 or firstname.lastname@example.org.