Heavy hitting seniors return to several Southside teams for the 2019 season with two teams ranked among the state’s top teams in the coaches’ pre-season poll. Center Grove, under new coach Alyssa Coleman who guided Speedway to the IHSAA 2A title last year, has a lofty No. 3 ranking among 4A teams, behind defending 4A champ Decatur Central and Lake Central.
In class 1A, Lutheran is ranked No. 11 with the Saints seeking a 14th straight sectional championship. Unranked 3A Roncalli goes for its 11th straight 20-win season in the face of rugged county and sectional competition.
Elsewhere on the Southside, Greenwood Christian Academy could surprise with a young team while Franklin Central, Perry Meridian, Southport, Beech Grove and Greenwood see improvement. The outlook (with 2018 won-lost record & individual stats):
Young Hornets ready for season
Center Grove with a new coach for the first time almost three decades
Five seniors lead Franklin Central
Effort, energy and attitude at Greenwood
GCA program continues to grow
Lutheran favored to claim another sectional
Falcons welcome conference change
High expectations remain at Roncalli
Southport has speed on the bases