Lakewood Park and Adams Central found out who the teams’ first opponent will be in the softball postseason as each will play in a higher class this year. The IHSAA announced Thursday its draw for sectionals, which run May 26-31.
The Class 2A No. 1 Panthers won the last two 1A state titles before being moved up because of the IHSAA’s success factor. Lakewood Park will play South Adams in the first round of the Eastside Sectional.
Adams Central was the 2A state runner-up the past two years, giving it the six points needed to move up to 3A under the success-factor system. The No. 14 Jets will play Mississinewa in the first round of the Norwell 3A Sectional.
In a 4A sectional at Homestead, No. 17 Huntington North got the bye, and No. 21 Homestead plays Jay County in an opener. In a 4A sectional at DeKalb, No. 8 Carroll plays North Side.
Class 3A No. 4 Leo got the bye game at Angola. In that sectional, No. 16 Bishop Dwenger plays New Haven.
In the 2A Eastside Sectional, the host and No. 6 Blazers will play Canterbury in the first round.
Around North Side
North Side junior quarterback Mike Lovett moved to California, Redskins coach Ryan Hall confirmed. Hall said he wasn’t sure why Lovett made the move, but it caught the coach by surprise. Lovett led the Redskins to the SAC title with 1,840 passing yards, 1,042 rushing yards and 35 touchdowns. North Side senior forward Myluv Sutton will sign to play basketball for IU-Kokomo. Sutton was honorable-mention All-SAC.
HUNTINGTON NORTH 5, LOGANSPORT 3: At Logansport, the Vikings won in 17 innings led by Blake Gray, who was 3 for 7 with two runs. Conner West, Derek Snyder and Mitch Hughes also had three hits apiece.
HOMESTEAD 164, EAST NOBLE 174: In Kendallville, Homestead was paced by a 1-over 36 by Chris Eigner. East Noble’s Michael Sharp had a 34 at Noble Hawk.