The IHSAA released its tournament sites for the upcoming fall sports season recently, and a pair of county schools are stepping into hosting roles.
Lincoln volleyball and South Knox boys soccer are the new hosts in their respective sectionals, and several other area teams will start their postseasons in different locations as well.
For the volleyball Alices, it's their first time hosting the sectional since 2014. The last two seasons were at Sullivan and Pike Central, and Jasper hosted the two seasons before that. Lincoln is the defending sectional champ as well, and the five-team field remains the same. In 2A volleyball, defending champ North Knox and South Knox head to Forest Park for the sectional, welcoming Barr-Reeve, Southridge and the host Rangers as sectional newcomers. Rivet's Class A sectional shifts from Loogootee to North Daviess, with Bloomington Lighthouse joining the field to replace Barr-Reeve.
In boys soccer, the Class A field heads slightly south from long-time host North Knox to South Knox, which recently added lights to its field. The Warriors and Patriots are also in that sectional, and Bloomfield replaces Shoals. Lincoln's 2A boys soccer sectional has the same six teams, but it relocates to Washington.
Lincoln's girls 2A soccer sectional moves from Princeton to Jasper, and drops to a five-team field as Gibson Southern was moved to a different sectional. The Class A girls soccer sectional shifts from Forest Park to Sullivan. Rivet, South Knox and North Knox make the move along with Washington Catholic, and join Bloomfield and the Golden Arrows.
Boys tennis, girls golf and boys and girls cross country remain in Knox County. Lincoln hosts the tennis, the golf is played at the Country Club of Old Vincennes, and South Knox is the cross country site.
As always, football host sites are determined by the tournament draw, but new road trips could be in store for Lincoln. The Alices, along with Princeton, Pike Central and Washington, move to sectional 30 in 3A, which also includes Brown County, Edgewood, Owen Valley and Sullivan. The only change for North Knox is that Southridge has moved up to 3A, and Crawford County takes its place in 2A sectional 40.
Former Alices on staff at Wabash
Former Lincoln baseball standout Bailey Montgomery wrapped his college career in the spring, and he's recently joined the coaching staff at Wabash Valley (Ill.).
Montgomery joins Nick Heinz as former Alices coaching for the Warriors. Heinz was on the staff last season, when Wabash Valley spent the majority of 2019 as the top-ranked team in in NJCAA Division I.
Montgomery played two years at Wabash Valley before finishing up his college baseball career at Western Illinois. He got off to a hot start his senior year, batting .360 through the first six weeks of the season. He cooled off in April, but still managed to finish with a .308 average, including six doubles, one homer, 22 runs and 20 RBIs in 35 starts.
Heinz graduated from Lincoln in 2010 and pitched at Wabash Valley before concluding his baseball career at Southern Indiana. He previously had a coaching stop at Brescia (Ky.).
The Warriors are coming off 55-4 season, which included a 48-game winning streak that spanned nearly three months from Feb. 16 through May 13. The team came up one win shy of a World Series appearance, led by first baseman Cael Baker, who earned the JUCO Triple Crown for Division I with a .506 average, 25 home runs and 101 RBIs. Baker is headed to Ole Miss, while second baseman Brian Fuentes is going to Indiana State, but neither was among the six Warriors who were selected in the Major League Baseball draft in June, which included Milwaukee's second-round selection, left-handed pitcher Antoine Kelly.
Warriors' scrimmage changes location
Due to ongoing construction at the North Knox football field, the Warriors' scrimmage Aug. 16 has been moved to Owen Valley, North Knox Athletic Director Kent Doades announced Wednesday.
The relocation allows the school plenty of time to conclude the remodel, which includes new concrete, new ticket booths and wider aisles in the stands. The Warriors' regular-season home opener is nearly a month away, Sept. 6 against Tecumseh.
The scrimmage at Owen Valley is at 7 p.m.
Lincoln harriers to have car wash
Lincoln's boys and girls cross country teams are having a car wash from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Memering Motorplex, 1949 Hart St.
Tickets are $5 and can by purchased from any team member or on Saturday.