By Kurt Ritzman
Assistant Sports Editor
Danny Vogel and Charles Jargo got a pleasant surprise Tuesday afternoon.
Davenport Assumption, the three-time defending Class 3A girls basketball state champions, will move to Class 4A next season.
Assumption is tied for the 87th largest school in the new BEDS enrollment figures, which gives it and Adel ADM the last two spots in Class 3A.
“That’s a beautiful thing,” Camanche girls basketball coach Vogel said.
“I’m happy they’re going to Class 4A,” Northeast girls basketball coach Jargo said. “For us and Camanche, it’s a real benefit to not have to go through them. It’s a good thing.”
Assumption won six games in the Class 3A postseason by an average of 34 points a game, including a 22-point win in the state title game.
“They are the giant,” Vogel said. “They weren’t even really tested.”
Vogel and the Indians (16-6) ran up against Assumption in the first round of the postseason this season, losing by 33. Northeast (16-7) lost by five to Mount Vernon in the first round. Assumption then beat Mount Vernon by 34 in the second round.
Without Assumption in the way, Camanche and Northeast have better chances for a deep postseason run.
“Now we’ve got a shooting chance; (Assumption) is too good for the teams around here,” Vogel said.
“Things aren’t stacked against us now,” Jargo said. “It’s easier to tell the girls it’s open and any team can win it. You know you can compete with any team. All you want is a fair shot.”
Jargo said the benefit might be felt even sooner than the start of the postseason.
“It makes the summer easier,” he said. “From the first day of summer practice, you can tell them, ‘This is something you can achieve if you put the time and effort in and work hard.’”