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PLYMOUTH â€” The IHSAA announced its new classifications Tuesday, and Plymouth will be making the jump up to Class 4A.
The Pilgrims will bump up from Class 3A in boys and girls basketball, softball, baseball and volleyball, but the change will not affect Plymouthâ€™s classification in the two-class soccer tournament, nor in football, where the Rockies will remain in the 4A field under a new six-class state tournament.
No other schools in the Pilot News Group coverage area â€” Argos, Bremen, Culver Community, Culver Academies, LaVille, John Glenn, Oregon-Davis, Triton, North Judson, Knox or NorthWood â€” saw a change under the new classifications.
New classifications were announced based on high school enrollment numbers last fall. They will not take affect until next year, but once effective, will last through the 2014-15 sports seasons.
With a fall enrollment of 1,112 students, Plymouth becomes the fourth smallest school in the state in the 4A field in volleyball, boys and girls basketball, baseball and softball ahead of New Castle and behind Jay County.
Points will continue to be accumulated toward the IHSAAâ€™s newly-implemented Tournament Success Factor, under which schools may move up but not down a class in a given sport. Sectional groupings for each sport will be announced this spring following approval of the IHSAA Executive Committee.