The Sideline – May 4

Dragons ranked 7th in state baseball poll

The Class 3A New Palestine Dragons were ranked seventh in the most recent Indiana High School Baseball Coaches Associations’ top ten weekly poll.

The Dragons maintained their position from last week’s rankings after finishing 3-1 with wins against rival Greenfield-Central and Connersville. Their lone loss last week was versus 4A No. 2 Cathedral.

IHSBCA weekly rankings

Class 3A

Monday’s poll

1. Jasper;13-2

2. Silver Creek;16-1

3. Crawfordsville;14-3

4. Bishop Chatard;14-5

5. Franklin County;12-2

6. Norwell;8-1

7. New Palestine;12-4

8. Brebeuf Jesuit;12-4

9. Guerin Catholic;11-5

10. Charlestown;8-10

Others receiving votes: Evansville Memorial, Fort Wayne Luers, Lawrenceburg, North Montgomery

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IHSAA Success Factor measure approved

Unanimous passage of a two‐part proposal to the Tournament Success Factor rule affecting schools playing in a higher classification highlighted a list of 21 proposals during Monday’s annual review of the IHSAA By‐Laws in Indianapolis.

The first adjustments to the Tournament Success Factor, first enacted in June 2012, were approved by a unanimous 19‐0 vote.

For schools already playing up in a higher classification that do not achieve the same level of success, those schools will now go down only one classification whereas the previous rule calls for schools to return to the classification set by their enrollment.

A second part of the rule is the point values needed to stay in a higher classification. Currently, schools need to accumulate four or five points (four points for a state championship, three for a semi‐state, two for a regional, or one for a sectional) over a two‐year cycle to maintain their current classification.

The Board adjusted that rule to now read three, four or five points to maintain their place in their current class.

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Staff Appreciation Night planned at Mt. Vernon

The Mt. Vernon softball program is hosting Staff Appreciation Night on May 11.

Staff members are invited to participate in pregame activities at 5 p.m. The varsity team plays Lawrence North at 5:30 p.m.

Bernie Campbell is scheduled to throw out the first pitch. After the game, honorees will have a chance to run the bases and have refreshments with the players.

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Track team selling Cougar Value Cards

The Greenfield-Central track and field team is selling the remainder of the Cougar Value Cards for $5 each as a fundraiser for the program.

These cards regularly sell for $10 and are good until Sept. 1. See any track team member or contact ConnieJo Harris to purchase a card while supplies last.

Purchasers are eligible to receive various discounts every time the card is used at any of the following locations: That Fun Place, The Mug, Arby’s, Papa Murphy’s, Ye Olde Head Shoppe Salon & Spa, McCleerey’s Sporting Goods, Orange Leaf, Two Sisters Cakery, Montana Mike’s, Chicago’s Pizza, Express Car Wash, Valvoline Express, Applebee’s, Worland Cleaners, Strike Force Lanes, Papa John’s, McDonald’s, Greenfield Chocolates, White Castle and Firehouse Subs.