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History of Illinois Conferences

updated 10-2-11

CLICK HERE - History of Illinois Conferences

A great source for past and current athletic conferences in Illinois.


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updated 2-4-16

CLICK HERE - Okaw, Corn Belt discuss possible merger

Corn Belt Conference

updated 5-27-15

CLICK HERE - Mahomet-Seymour exploring league options

Girls Catholic Athletic Conference

updated 5-20-15

CLICK HERE - Girls Catholic Athletic Conference determines where to put its 22 schools in three divisions

Northeastern Athletic Conference

updated 4-29-15

CLICK HERE - South Beloit and Aurora Christian to Join NAC

Vernon Hills

updated 3-26-15

CLICK HERE - Vernon Hills requests consideration for Central Suburban League membership

North Suburban Eight

updated 3-4-15

CLICK HERE - Waukegan to join North Suburban Eight conference in 2016

Three Rivers Athletics Conference

updated 2-12-15

CLICK HERE - Three Rivers Goes To Big School/Small School Division; Rockridge & Sherrard Will Not Meet In Football In 2015

Southwest Prairie Conference

updated 12-15-14

CLICK HERE - Joliet Central, West to join SPC in 2016... Will leave South West Suburban Conference for Southwest Prairie Conference


updated 12-15-14

CLICK HERE - High school football: Playoff changes needed, uncertain if current proposal is right fit

Upstate 8

updated 10-22-14

CLICK HERE - Upstate Eight sets 2015 football schedule with three fewer teams


updated 10-5-14

CLICK HERE - IHSA resisting push for transparency

Fox Valley Conference-Kishwaukee River Conference

updated 9-27-14

CLICK HERE - Numbers game: Athletic conference realignment could continue into future

CLICK HERE - Infographic: Athletic conference enrollment in McHenry County

Okaw Valley Conference

updated 9-18-14

CLICK HERE - Okaw Valley Conference misses out on PBL

New Suburbs Super Conference

updated 9-18-14

CLICK HERE - Three Conferences Consider Major Merger

North Suburban Conference

updated 8-15-14

CLICK HERE - Grant High votes to join new athletic conference despite coaches' opposition

updated 8-12-14

CLICK HERE - ‘Little guys’ blow up the North Suburban Conference

CLICK HERE - Area Atheltic Conference Changes Not Over Yet

Okaw Valley Conference

updated 7-15-14

CLICK HERE - Okaw Valley Conference invites PBL


updated 6-25-14

CLICK HERE - Separation of state? IHSA proposal pending on that

CLICK HERE - Proposal would divide public and private schools

CLICK HERE - Does this have legs this time?


updated 7-15-14

CLICK HERE - Maroa-Forsyth jumping from Okaw to Sangamo


updated 6-25-14

CLICK HERE - Johnsburg accepts invitation to Kishwaukee River Conference

updated 6-20-14

CLICK HERE - Johnsburg to vote on Kishwaukee River Conference on Tuesday

updated 6-10-14

CLICK HERE - Johnsburg board discusses Kishwaukee River Conference

Tweets from @nwh_JoePrepZone on Johnsburg BOE meeting:
Johnsburg Dist. 12 board heard presentation from prin. Kevin Shelton and AD Tom Ross on BNC and KRC.

No action taken by Johnsburg board. More discussions to come. Could vote in July to let BNC know by Aug. 1 it's leaving.

CLICK HERE - Johnsburg to discuss Kishwaukee River Conference Tuesday


updated 6-19-14

CLICK HERE - Richmond-Burton commits to join KRC in '16

CLICK HERE - Board Agenda - (7. 4.) New Athletic Conference Membership Invitation

Below from AD Report for Wednesday, June 18 BOE Meeting

In 2014 the BNC will become a sixteen team league. As has been documented, this may be short lived with schools planning another conference. We are excited with the new look of the BNC and look forward to these next two years. We feel they will be excellent for our school and community in an excellent conference. As for the pending changes, there are many factors that c ome with these changes, and administratively, we are searching for answers to many of them. Like many things educationally, this is an issue that is not simple and must be well planned in order for our school and the league to have success. The planning, coordination and efforts made by members of the BNC are what have made the league the premier small school league in Illinois. We are currently planning and looking for what is in the best interests of participants at RBCHS.

CLICK HERE - Report to Board By AD Pat Elder

Girls Catholic Athletic Conference

updated 6-13-14

CLICK HERE - Bishop McNamara girls to switch conferences

updated 6-12-14

CLICK HERE - Fenwick’s girls sports teams jump from the ESCC to the GCAC

Kishwaukee River Conference

updated 5-28-14

Genoa-Kingston Says "No" To KRC

email to The Senior Reports

May 28th, 2014

To:Northwest Herald, Daily Chronicle, Rockford Register Star, 
The Senior Reports

Re:Genoa-Kingston High School Athletic Conference 

From:Brett McPherson, Principal
Genoa-Kingston High School received an official invitation to join the Kishwaukee River Conference this week. After careful considerations dating back to this past fall, Genoa-Kingston High School will stay in the Big Northern Conference. Our top priorities are the GK students and the GK community, and we feel the BNC is the best fit for them. We respect the decision of the 3 schools leaving the BNC and look forward to a continued positive relationship with those schools.

Brett McPherson

updated 5-27-14

CLICK HERE - Kishwaukee River Conference Release on Withdrawal from Conferences

Sent to us by member schools

updated 5-20-14

CLICK HERE - Harvard board will now vote on conference move

updated 5-1-14

CLICK HERE - Big Northern in flux with 3 East schools leaving

Story is on a subscriber web site

updated 4-25-14

CLICK HERE - D301 eyes new athletic conference

updated 4-23-14

CLICK HERE - Harvard board left KRC discussion off minutes

updated 4-18-14

CLICK HERE - Why we fight to bring you open records

updated 4-17-14

CLICK HERE - Harvard plans to leave BNC for Kishwaukee River Conference

updated 4-14-14

CLICK HERE - Marengo to join Woodstocks, BC in Kishwaukee River Conference

Marengo BOE Unanimously Votes to Leave Big Northern Conference

Tweets from Jeff Arnold - @NWH_JeffArnold

Marengo superintendent has written authorization from Burlington Central and Woodstock and Woodstock North. Harvard not yet committed

Hoping to get five schools, willing to start with five schools. Will look for Johnsburg, Richmond-Burton or Genoa-Kingston to come along

Harvard expected to discuss the measure on Wednesday night according to Marengo superintendent

Bertrand: I'm very confident we can get at least one other school to join us

Board unanimously votes for Marengo to leave Big Northern Conference to become charter member of Kishwaukee River Conference

Only way resolution will not go forward is if four schools don't agree to join KRC. If that happens, Marengo sticks with BNC

CLICK HERE - Marengo keeping athletic resolution secret

updated 4-13-14

CLICK HERE - Where the Kishwaukee River Conference stands

updated 4-12-14

CLICK HERE - Marengo's conference future to be discussed Monday


updated 5-14-14

CLICK HERE - Sangamo Conference invites Maroa-Forsyth to join in 2016-17 school year

updated 5-13-14

CLICK HERE - Sangamo invites Maroa-Forsyth


updated 4-26-14

CLICK HERE - Boys lacrosse delays girls' move to IHSA state series

CLICK HERE - To Listen Corey Tafoya Interview for Iphone users


updated 4-21-14

CLICK HERE - WIVC extends offer to Beardstown football


updated 4-12-14

CLICK HERE - TAKE 2: Is the IHSA always honest with the public?

CLICK HERE - One-on-one with IHSA's Marty Hickman

updated 4-4-14

CLICK HERE - WRMJ Interview: IHSA’s Hickman ‘Astonished’ At Plan Calling For State Takeover Of IHSA

CLICK HERE - IHSA's Matt Troha's Thoughts on Proposed House Resolution 895

CLICK HERE - IHSA, lawmaker butt heads on HR 895

updated 4-2-14

CLICK HERE - Hearings to target Illinois prep sports oversight

CLICK HERE - Lawmaker seeking transparency from IHSA

updated 3-21-14

CLICK HERE - IHSA leaves us in the dark

updated 3-17-14

IHSA Statement On Proposed House Resolution 895

IHSA Executive Director Marty Hickman:

“We have no idea what concerns the Representative might have, because she has not contacted the Association regarding this resolution. However, we do know that over the course of the last decade the Association has expanded its sport and activity programs, giving over 300,000 high school students a year an opportunity to represent their schools in interscholastic competition. The Association has also worked with schools and other organizations -- including the Illinois General Assembly -- to make interscholastic programs safer, eliminated membership dues and participation fees, balanced its budget, funded its pension, shared millions of dollars of revenue with its members, and created great partnerships with communities such as Peoria and East Peoria, generating millions of tourism dollars all around Illinois.

We fail to see how such conduct warrants any type of intervention or investigation.”

Bill Title: Urges the House Committee on Elementary and Secondary Education to hold subject matter hearings on the administration and funding of high school sports, the safety of high school athletes, the systems and protocols of the Illinois High School Association (IHSA), the costs and income associated with the administration of high school sports, and the feasibility of statutorily transferring the duties and functions of the IHSA to the State Board of Education.

CLICK HERE - House Resolution 895

updated 3-20-14

CLICK HERE - IHSA takes passive approach on enforcement front

updated 3-16-14

CLICK HERE - School leaders disagree on success factor

CLICK HERE - Original success factor idea evolved substantially

updated 2-23-14

PODCAST - CLICK HERE - IHSA's Matt Troha talks about the new Success Advancement Component, approved by the IHSA Board

CLICK HERE - IHSA classification rule will move few but have widespread impact

CLICK HERE - Wessler: Big flaws in formula for success

updated 2-19-14

CLICK HERE - IHSA Board Approves Multiplier Waiver Changes, Adds Success Advancement Component

Suburban Christian Conference

updated 4-4-14

CLICK HERE - Holdover Suburban Christian Conference schools still in discussions

Public vs Private

updated 3-30-14

Sun-Times Media Series

CLICK HERE - IHSA committee member Jim Prunty stands by multiplier decision

CLICK HERE - Paying The Price For Glory

updated 3-29-14

CLICK HERE - Transfers, legal recruiting shake up system

CLICK HERE - Ex-NFL player Don Beebe faced IHSA scrutiny

updated 3-24-14

CLICK HERE - Junior Kain Harris leaves Morgan Park, transfers to St. Rita

updated 3-17-13

CLICK HERE - In Illinois it’s Public and Private vs Chicago

article by The Senior Report's Dave Schmidt

updated 5-4-13

CLICK HERE - Public Vs Private Takes A New TWIST In Illinois

article by The Senior Report's Dave Schmidt

Illiana Christian

updated 3-28-14

CLICK HERE - A Change of Scenery and Seasons for Illiana Christian

CLICK HERE - Illiana Christian voters OK relocation to Indiana

Edwards County

updated 3-27-14

CLICK HERE - Black Diamond to add Edwards County to conference


updated 3-17-14

CLICK HERE - High school basketball has been hijacked

Glenbard North

updated 3-11-14

CLICK HERE - Glenbard North won’t hop to UEC

CLICK HERE - Glenbard North will stay in DVC — for now

Chicago City League

updated 2-24-14

CLICK HERE - Chicago City League champs Curie being investigated for ineligible players

Big Northern Conference

updated 2-19-14

CLICK HERE - BNC won't admit Woodstock, Woodstock North

updated 2-18-14

Big Northern Conference Says "NO" To Expansion

following release sent to SR

Big Northern ConferenceThe Big Northern Conference has received letters of inquiry from Woodstock High School and Woodstock North High School to join the Big Northern Conference. The Board of Control (BOC) of the Big Northern Conference met to discuss the options of further expansion because of the interest of schools looking to join the conference. The Big Northern Conference has decided to not explore further expansion and has informed these schools of this decision.

Glenbard North

updated 1-27-14

CLICK HERE - Glenbard North showing interest in Upstate Eight

Hoffman Estates

updated 1-16-14

Two Athletic Conferences Courting Hoffman Estates

It has been confirmed to us that Hoffman Estates has two firm offers to consider an athletic conference change: Upstate 8 and the Fox Valley Conference.

We had reported earlier that a Mid Suburban League member was considering a change in conferences. Hoffman Estates is currently a member of the MSL West, which includes: Schaumburg, Barrington, Conant, Fremd and Palatine.

The Upstate 8 is looking to replace three current members of the Valley Division: Neuqua Valley, Waubonsie Valley and Metea Valley. The three Valley members will be joining the DuPage Valley Conference. The Fox Valley Conference is looking to replace Johnsburg, but now are waiting for Woodstock and Woodstock North to decide if the new conference they are forming is a go.

MSL officials and members are aware of Hoffman Estates situation as it was discussed at a conference meeting recently. More changes will becoming from this situation as well

Big 12 Conference

updated 12-17-13

CLICK HERE - MS6 schools accept Big 12 invite; end ties with WB6

updated 12-16-13

Big 12 Conference Adds Four New Members

Tweets from - WCIA Sports Aaron Bennett @WCIA3Aaron
Expand Reply Retweet Favorite More Peoria Dist. 150 school board officially approves move to Big 12. Notre Dame, Richwoods, Peoria High & Manual will join the league.

Peoria schools will begin competition in Big 12 NEXT year in "championship sports" (wrestling, golf, track & field, cross-country)

CLICK HERE - Peoria Notre Dame joins Big 12, more could follow

Big 12 Conference Could Be Expanding By Three

Tweets from - WCIA Sports Aaron Bennett @WCIA3Aaron
Peoria Central/Manual/Richwoods will vote at their board meeting tonight whether to join Big 12 (also at a yet to be determined date)

It's official: Peoria Notre Dame will join the Big 12 conference at a date yet to be determined.

updated 11-26-13

CLICK HERE - Big 12 Conference, Peoria schools talk possible merger

CLICK HERE - Big 12 in "early talks" with Peoria 4

CLICK HERE - Big 12 explores expansion with Peoria schools

update 11-25-13

Big 12 Conference Talking To Peoria Schools

Tweet from Chad Dare @chaddare, sports editor of the Danville Commercial-News

Big 12 Conference in discussion with Peoria schools about possible expansion. Talks are in preliminary stages.

Public vs Private

update 11-24-13

CLICK HERE - Public vs Private - VIEWS: Sycamore's dream season shouldn't have to end this way

Kishwaukee River Conference

updated 12-16-13

Kishwaukee River Conference Progress Report

Below is a reply to SR on the progress of the Kishwaukee River Conference

Nothing as of yet. There are some key meetings in early January that will let us know the direction this will go.

Corey Tafoya
Woodstock High School
updated 11-20-13

CLICK HERE - New eight-team conference to be called Kishwaukee River Conference

New Conference Named Kishwaukee River Conference

per Tweets from Jeff Arnold @NWH_JeffArnold

Per Marengo AD report to board, Kishwaukee River Conference to include Marengo, Woodstock, WN, Richmond-Burton, G-K, Johnsburg, Harvard, B-C

Per report, Marengo has been "frustrated" by BNC expansion, forcing teams to travel well over an hour to Rock Falls and Mendota

CLICK HERE - Schools consider forming new conference for different reasons

updated 11-19-13

CLICK HERE - New athletic conference begins to take shape

Big Northern Conference

updated 12-15-13

Big Northern Conference Membership Update

Six Big Northern Conference East member school boards (Genona-Kingston, Richmond Burton, Marengo, Harvard, Johnsburg and Burlington Central) have discussed the option of leaving to form a new conference - Kishwaukee River Conference. The new conference would also include two members from the Fox Valley Conference - Woodstock and Woodstock North.

As of this date no formal action has been taken by any school board to join the new conference.

We also contacted BNC President Ricardo Viera and he forwarded us this email - I will share with you as the Big Northern president that the conference has not received any letter from a school letter that requests a withdrawal from the Big Northern. According to our conference by-laws schools are to give the Big northern conference a 2 year notice if they would like to leave the conference. If schools are interested in leaving the conference then they need to submit a letter of withdrawal and that will be presented to the Board of Control for the Big Northern conference.

Below on this page you will see several stories related to this issue.

updated 11-19-13

Comment On New Conference

Below is a reply to a SR request on possible BNC members leaving for a new athletic conference being discussed by the Woodstock schools.

In response to your question:

As the Big Northern President I have not received a letter of withdrawl from any Big Northern School. This would be the protocol according to our the Big Northern By-laws (Article III - Section 3) if a school was to withdraw and make a formal notice to withdraw from the conference.

Ricardo Viera
Rockford Christian
Athletic Director

IHSA Schools Propose 3 Football Play-off By-Law Amendments

updated 12-15-13

IHSA Board has decided not to place these issues on the upcoming ballot and vote of members

updated 11-1-13

CLICK HERE - VIDEO - Rockford AD Talks About Possible Change In Football Play-offs


update 11-27-13

CLICK HERE - Athletic director briefs D-424 board on proposed new conference

Upstate 8 Conference

update 11-23-13

Hoffman Estates Has Interest in the UEC

Sources have confirmed to us that Hoffman Estates of the Mid Suburban League could be a candidate for membership in the Upstate Eight. This comes after the school board meeting this past week in the Indian Prairie School District that their three schools (Metea Valley, Neugua Valley and Waubonsie Valley) will pursue membership in the DuPage Valley Conference and leave the UEC.

Also this past week it was learned that the MSL is looking to expand or add at least two members in the near future. No word if this is because of Hoffman Estates' interest to leave the conference for the UEC.

In October SR reported that a MSL school was being targeted by another conference, Hoffman Estates most likely was that school.

CLICK HERE - Upstate 8 Site

DuPage Valley Conference

update 11-22-13

CLICK HERE - Conference craziness works back into football season

update 11-21-13

CLICK HERE - Indian Prairie Schools Conference Affiliation

CLICK HERE - Conference Affiliation Video

CLICK HERE - Move to DVC makes sense for Valley schools

update 11-19-13

CLICK HERE - District 204 likely switching to DuPage Valley Conference in 2015

updated 11-19-13

District 204 BOE Talks About Conference Change

District 204 schools include - Metea Valley, Neugua Valley and Waubonsie Valley. All three are presently members of the Upstate Eight Valley Division

@kevin_schmit reports -

Big news from D204 meeting. All 3 seeking board support to join DVC in 2015. Football concerns w/ Metea but Principal Schmid seems in favor reports -

Mid Suburban League

updated 11-21-13

Mid Suburban League Looking To Expand

Mid Suburban League Board of Control will soon release a correspondence petitioning schools for expansion of the league. The league will be looking to add 2 schools to the league - all levels, all sports - for the 2015-16 school year.



updated 11-21-13

CLICK HERE - Richmond-Burton uncertain on Kishwaukee River Conference

updated 11-18-13

BOE To Discuss new Conference

@NWH_JeffArnold reports -

Richmond-Burton school board to discuss new athletic conference Wednesday. Attached to agenda is report showing declining enrollment.

CLICK HERE - Richmond-Burton board to discuss new athletic conference

updated 11-13-13


Big Northern East member Richmond-Burton discussed on Tuesday night during an Athletic Committee meeting a proposal to review a new athletic conference proposal.

CLICK HERE - Richmond-Burton "not interested"

Burlington Central

updated 11-19-13

CLICK HERE - Burlington Central preparing to leave Big Northern

Marian Central

updated 11-14-13

CLICK HERE - Marian Central's move upsets CCL officials

updated 11-13-13

CLICK HERE - Marian Central to move to East Suburban Catholic

updated 11-12-13

CLICK HERE - Marian Central to join East Suburban Catholic Conference in all sports


updated 11-13-13

CLICK HERE - Johnsburg not in discussions to join new league "at this time.

Fox Valley Conference

uppdated 11-13-13

Two Statements From Woodstock on FVC and New Conference

Last night the Board heard the background and rationale for our two high schools seeking the Board’s approval to withdraw from the Fox Valley Conference in order to create a new one. Based on the information presented, this seems to be a well-thought out proposal. If one looks realistically at this situation from purely a high school point of view, I think this makes perfect sense. Students would be competing against teams of similar ability and would be playing against teams that would more than likely be in their same class if they make state playoffs in any sport. I like the idea that the average enrollment of the other proposed teams will be around 775 and also that the travel distance for any competition will remain fairly close. There are a lot of rivalries in McHenry County and I believe that many of these will continue. Lastly, I like the idea that in addition to sports, the athletic directors and principals also looked at and discussed other areas of extra-curricular activities such as math, Scholastic Bowl, and The Arts. Any extra-curricular activity that draws in students will have a direct affect on their academic success. The proposal to withdraw from the Fox Valley Conference will be discussed and voted on at the next Board meeting – December 10th. Paul J. Meyer Board President email reply to SR

Last night, the high school principals presented some of the rationale as to why leaving the Fox Valley Conference is the right thing at this time for the students in District #200. The primary issue for both Woodstock and Woodstock North is the size of the schools that they are matched up with, even though they play on the smaller (Fox) side of the conference. With Johnsburg leaving for the Big Northern Conference next year, the two schools from Woodstock will be 300 students smaller than the next smallest school on the Fox side. The rest of the Fox schools are around 1600 students, or nearly 650 students larger, not to mention the cross-over games played against the larger schools. So, this is an issue of fit and not dissatisfaction with regard to the Fox Valley Conference. As a founding member of the Fox Valley Conference, we have much pride and respect for the conference, but we must look elsewhere for the good of our students so that we can play like schools. We will maintain all current levels of play and will continue with all the same sports we currently have in D200. This proposal will be voted on by the Board at the December 10th Board meeting.

Corey Tafoya
Woodstock High School
updated 11-13-13

CLICK HERE - Woodstock, Woodstock North likely headed to new conference

updated 11-12-13

Woodstock Schools Looking To Form New Conference

Tweets come from Woodstock BOE meeting and presentation from Administration

Jeff Arnold @NWH_JeffArnold

Woodstock, Woodstock North plans to leave Fox Valley Conference but it won't happen until 2015-2016 school year

Officials said it's not due to dissatisfaction with FVC but instead to get into conference with schools that are closer in size

Woodstock and Woodstock North seeking to create new league but officials decline to say how many others schools will combine for new league

Woodstock principal Corey Tafoya says travel distances won't change for Woodstock, North and Johnsburg's decision to leave FVC led to move

updated 11-11-13

UPDATE On Tuesday BOE Meeting

an email reply to SR on Tuesday night's meeting

"The high school administrators will be giving a presentation on a potential proposal for a change in athletic conferences. This is an informational item only with no action being taken at this time."

Superintendent Ellyn Wrzeski - Woodstock Community School District 200
updated 11-10-13

CLICK HERE - Take 2: Conference chatter

updated 11-8-13

CLICK HERE - Woodstock schools may look to leave FVC, Create new Conference

Western Big 6 Conference and the Mid-State 6 Conference

updated 11-7-13

CLICK HERE - Western Big 6 Conference and the Mid-State 6 Conference Merger Called Off

Mid Suburban League

updated 10-11-13

Mid Suburban League Expansion/Realignment

We are currently aware of multiple athletic conferences looking to expand membership actively. During this time we were informed that the MSL had talked possible expansion with a couple of larger schools being added or realignment of the current division set-ups. SR also knows that a school from the MSL might be a school targeted by one of several conferences mentioned below as an expansion prospect.

Last year the suburbs saw many changes take place in conference membership make-up, including:

DuPage Valley Conference
Upstate 8 Conference
Northern Illinois Big 12
Fox Valley Conference
Suburban Chrisitan Conference
Metro Suburban Conference
Some of the above conferences are still looking to add members due to these changes. We are hoping to verify schools after we hear back from Conference and school officals.

CLICK HERE - Mid Suburban League web site

Big 12 Conference

updated 9-6-13

CLICK HERE - Intercity Football Doubleheader will not return

updated 3-17-13

CLICK HERE - Big 12 searches for conference subs

CLICK HERE - Big changes in the Big 12


updated 8-12-13

CLICK HERE - IHSA clamping down on transfers

updated 8-8-13

CLICK HERE - IHSA student-athlete transfer bylaw gets some teeth

updated 7-14-13

CLICK HERE - IHSA's new transfer rules drum up mixed emotions

updated 6-25-13

Sacred Heart-Griffin AD/head football coach Ken Leonard speaks out against the proposed "Success Factor" rule that the IHSA is considering.

updated 6-13-13

CLICK HERE - IHSA to look at 'success factor' formula


updated 6-20-13

CLICK HERE - Ottawa moves up to 4A, but for how long?


updated 6-14-13

CLICK HERE - Public League realigns basketball conferences

Suburban Christian Conference


Shaw Media's Joe Stevenson talks about the SCC changes

updated 6-13-13

CLICK HERE - Moves to Catholic League make sense in many ways

updated 6-10-13

CLICK HERE - SCC Five joins Chicago Catholic League

CLICK HERE - Catholic League adding 5 SCC holdovers

CLICK HERE - Five Suburban Christian schools join Catholic League

CLICK HERE - SCC, CCL announcement coming Tuesday

CLICK HERE - 5 SCC holdovers expected to join Catholic League

updated 6-7-13

CLICK HERE - SCC and Chicago Catholic League announcement forthcoming

updated 6-5-13

CLICK HERE - Options abound for Suburban Christian Conference schools

CLICK HERE - Options crystallizing for SCC schools

updated 6-3-13

CLICK HERE - SCC schools discuss options with ESCC and CCL

Two Offers On the Table

TWEET from - Joe Stevenson @nwh_JoePrepZone
Marian AD Mike McGovern says six remaining SCC schools have invites from Chi. Cath. League and East Sub. Cath. to join.

updated 5-31-13

East Suburban Catholic Conference Talking with Suburban Christian Conference Members

In an email reply to SR about SCC schools and possible expansion.

The ESCC Expansion Committee did have a conversation with the Athletic Directors from the remaining 5 schools from the SCC. We have invited those schools to apply to the ESCC. Once we get applications, we will make a recommendation to the ESCC Board of Control.

There really isn’t much more to say other than we are now waiting to see how those schools will be moving forward.

Thank you

Jeff Budz
Joliet Catholic
updated 5-18-13

CLICK HERE - Suburban Christian Conference weighs options for 2014-15

CLICK HERE - Aftermath of SCC shakeup

updated 5-4-13

CLICK HERE - Public Vs Private Takes A New TWIST In Illinois

article by The Senior Report's Dave Schmidt

CLICK HERE - Football powers left behind in Suburban Christian breakup

updated 5-3-13

CLICK HERE - 7 schools leaving Suburban Christian Conference for Metro Suburban

updated 5-2-13

CLICK HERE - St. Edward’s exit from the SCC another sign of the times

CLICK HERE - SCC will lose seven members by 2014-15

Chicago Suburbs

updated 5-17-13

CLICK HERE - If we knew what we know, would we know something else?

Mid-West 10 Conference

updated 5-7-13

IHSA Sides With Eureka On Manual Situation

From the IHSA - Matt Troha
The IHSA’s stance on any contract related matter is that contracts are binding and contract issues need to be resolved mutually by the school’s involved.

From Twitter of Daniel Makarewicz @danmak57
Per #MS6 president Charlie Roy, the #IHSA sides with Eureka in the MidWest 10 situation regarding Manual. Next step is an appeal

updated 5-6-13

CLICK HERE - Maroa pulled into Mid-West 10 drama

updated 4-24-13

CLICK HERE - New Mid-West 10 conference hits snag

CLICK HERE - Scheduling conflict may put Mid-West 10 kickoff on hold

Metro Suburban Conference

updated 5-1-13

CLICK HERE - Metro Suburban accepts seven schools from Suburban Christian

These are the seven schools joining the MSC - Aurora Central Catholic, Chicago Christian, Guerin Prep, Immaculate Conception Catholic Prep, St. Edwards, Walther Lutheran, and Wheaton Academy.

Brooks College Prep

updated 4-28-13

CLICK HERE - Brooks coach puts Payton on his do-not-play list


updated 4-25-13

CLICK HERE - Pecatonica won’t field varsity football team this year


updated 4-1-13

CLICK HERE - Maroa renews co-ops with Warrensburg, Argenta

Conference Shuffling

updated 3-28-13

CLICK HERE - Conference realignment primer

updated 2-17-13

CLICK HERE - Ideas out there to stop conference shuffling


CLICK HERE - Nokomis reconsiders planned Sangamo move

Nokomis: Change of Heart?

Tweets by @DaveKaneSJR
Nokomis Principal/AD Tim Page said that his school is reconsidering joining Sangamo Conf. in 2013-14 and could stay in PSC.

Page said Nokomis school board will take action on the conference (Sangamo or Prairie State) situation later this month.

Northern Illinois Big 12

updated 3-25-13

CLICK HERE - New NI Big 12 format could strain Kaneland

updated 3-22-13

CLICK HERE - NIB12 changes mean division shifting

updated 3-19-13

updated 2-15-13

Central State Eight Conference

updated 3-28-13

CLICK HERE - Central State Eight votes in Decatur schools

CLICK HERE - Timing, location right in move to CS8

updated 3-13-13

CLICK HERE - Two Decatur schools to join Central State Eight in 2014

CLICK HERE -MacArthur, Eisenhower accepted by CS8


Tweets from Aaron Bennett @AaronB_WCIA
The CS8 has approved the addition of MacArthur & Eisenhower for the '14-15 season. The Big 12 will drop down to 7 teams.

Centennial AD Brian Easter: "We wish the Decatur schools well. [We'll] continue to explore options for possible additions to Big 12."

Tweets from fredkroner @fredkroner
Big 12 teams in football will face open dates Weeks 1 and 2, as well as one more between weeks 3-9. "A nightmare," Danville's B.J. Luke said

Tweets from Matt Daniels @mdaniels_NG
Urbana athletic director Greg Hall on Big 12 Conference decreasing to seven teams: "I'm not happy about it."

updated 2-27-13

CLICK HERE - VIDEO -- Eisenhower, MacArthur to ask for entry into CS8

updated 2-26-13

Aaron Bennett @AaronB_WCIA
Hearing MacArthur & Eisenhower have decided to petition the CS8 for entry. Could be leaving the Big 12 soon.
Matt Loveless @MattLoveless
Decatur pub. schools (MacArthur/Eisenhowe) approve petition to CS8. Spokesperson tells me that will be in writing to the league by tomorrow.

updated 2-13-13

CLICK HERE - Proposal: Decatur schools leave for Central State Eight

updated 2-4-13

CLICK HERE - Two Decatur schools have met informally with CS8

DuPage Valley Conference

updated 3-11-13

Future Membership of the DVC

Email from DVC President David Claypool to SR
The committee identified many schools within a reasonable geographic distance from the remaining DVC schools. In terms of the number we would be open to add, we are open to options that would extend beyond replacing the two departing schools; however, our most immediate challenge is to find at least two schools to add by the time Glenbard East and West Aurora leave.

I will send out letters to the identified schools in the very near future, soliciting interest in possibly joining the DVC. Our action beyond that, at this time, hinges on the response we receive.

DuPage Valley Conference Allows Schools To Leave For Upstate Eight After 13-14

Statement from DVC President David Claypool
Last Friday, March 8, the DuPage Valley Conference Board of Control voted unanimously to allow Glenbard East and West Aurora to leave the conference after the 2013-2014 school year. This decision allows the two departing schools to accept the offer extended by the Upstate Eight Conference. DVC Board of Control President and Wheaton Warrenville South Principal, Dave Claypool, said, “This decisions is the result of the collective understanding among the Board of Control that the move to the Upstate Eight is in the best interest of both Glenbard East and West Aurora. We now set our sights to seeking replacements for them with hopes that the DVC will continue as one of the premier conferences in the state.”

CLICK HERE - DVC frees Glenbard East, West Aurora to leave early

CLICK HERE - DuPage Valley allows school exits

updated 1-23-13

CLICK HERE - Glenbard East, West Aurora might have to delay leaving DVC

updated 1-21-13

DuPage Valley Conference Update On Membership

email question from THE SENIOR REPORTS - Would you be able to give us a statement on the DVC expansion plans, if any.

email reply from David Claypool Wheaton Warrenville South Principal

The DVC has created a committee that includes principals, athletic directors and activities directors from the conference. That committee is scheduled to meet later this week to draft a process that will guide us when replacing schools when they depart.

updated 1-10-13

CLICK HERE - If Glenbard East, West Aurora depart, DVC will finally see change

updated 9-21-12

CLICK HERE - West Chicago’s move leaves many questions

updated 9-13-12

CLICK HERE - Lake Park makes sense to take West Chicago's place in DVC

CLICK HERE - DuPage Valley dealing with West Chicago departure

Fox Valley Conference

updated 3-8-13

CLICK HERE - FVC should reconsider Marian stance

updated 2-3-13

CLICK HERE - Expansion in doubt, FVC explores backup plans

Fox Valley Conference Transition & Membership

The Fox Valley Conference will be looking to add 1 or 3 public schools for the 2014-15 school year in all sports and levels of play. An open invitation is extended to any interested high school.

The Fox Valley Conference will accept school’s applications by November 1, 2012, for consideration and review.

The Fox Valley Conference will also consider conference affiliations and arrangements with other “odd-numbered conferences” in football to see if arrangements can be made to have both conferences work together so that no schools in either conference will have open dates in football. This arrangement would only pertain to football.

Email - Corey Tafoya (Woodstock Principal) and FVC President -

updated 6-14-12

CLICK HERE - Marian out of picture for FVC expansion

Northern Illinois Big 12 and Interstate 8

updated 3-1-13

CLICK HERE - NIB12 and I-8 Conferences facing changes

Blue Ridge

updated 2-28-13

Heart of Illinois Conference Statement

At this point, teams that were scheduled to play Blue Ridge in 2013 are looking for opponents from outside the conference to fill the openings. There will be one opening each week that needs to be filled and mid-season games will be particularly difficult to fill. Teams that are unable to find an opponent will have to take a forfeit win. Our conference Athletic Committee will be meeting in the next week or so to discuss what future schedules might look like if Blue Ridge's program doesn't return for 2014. Our next scheduling cycle begins in 2014 and Blue Ridge is currently included in that cycle as if they will have varsity football. We are hoping this is just a one-year hiatus for Blue Ridge.

Sean Berry
Tremont High School
HOIC President
updated 2-27-13

CLICK HERE - Blue Ridge drops varsity football for 2013

CLICK HERE - Blue Ridge won't have varsity football this fall

EDITOR's NOTE - Blue Ridge is a member of the Heart of Illinois Conference

Northern Illinois Big 12

updated 2-21-13

CLICK HERE - Conference Conundrum

CLICK HERE - Rochelle to the NIB 12 West? Maybe, maybe not ...

updated 2-20-13

CLICK HERE - Rochelle To Move To NIB 12 West Division


updated 2-23-13 Interview with Belvidere School Suoerintendent Michael Houselog

updated 2-20-12

Belvidere school board members want two elementary schools closed – Rockford’s News Leader

updated 2-15-13

CLICK HERE - Belvidere School Board Wants School Closures Next Year

updated 2-15-13

CLICK HERE - Belvidere To Keep Two High Schools

Podcast of possible Belvidere high schools consolidation-

updated - 2-5-13

CLICK HERE - Are Belvidere sports teams better off with 1 high school or 2?

CLICK HERE - Belvidere parent: 'District is moving too fast'

CLICK HERE - Belvidere parents want brakes on School Board's budget decisions


updated 1-28-13

CLICK HERE - NIC Back to Nine?

updated 1-24-13

CLICK HERE - Includes Video - Deficit Reduction Suggestions at Belvidere School Board Meeting

CLICK HERE - Budget Reduction Suggestions (Power Point)

updated 1-7-13

CLICK HERE - Could NIC 10, Soon Be NIC 9 again?

excerpts from Rockford Register Star story

Three options call for the elimination of 52 jobs, including principals, assistant principals, guidance counselors, more than two dozen teachers, building support staff, a building supervisor and in-school suspension aides. The two high schools would be consolidated, and one middle school would be closed. Multiple elementary schools would be on the chopping block.

Under two other scenarios, at least 14 jobs would be cut, including one principal, an assistant principal, a guidance counselor, a building supervisor, and multiple building support workers and aides. Both high schools would remain open, although at least one elementary school would be closed. One middle school could be shut down, too.

Consolidating the high schools would produce the most significant savings. Any scenario in which a high school is shuttered would yield annual savings of as much as $5.8 million. Any option in which both high schools remained would save the district $3 million a year.

Suburban Christian Conference

updated 2-14-13

CLICK HERE - Conference go-round (1/2 way down the article)


updated 2-20-13

CLICK HERE - It's official: Streator heading to the I-8

updated 2-19-13

It's official: Streator has voted to accept the invitation

RT from @TT_jtpedelty
It's official: Streator has voted to accept the invitation to join the I-8 Conference in 2014-15.

updated 2-15-13

CLICK HERE - Interstate Eight officially invites Streator aboard

CLICK HERE - Streator to join I-8 in 2014-15

CLICK HERE - Streator, IVC find new conference homes

updated 2-14-13

It's Official!

email sent to SR

The communication below was sent to our staff regarding the I-8 Conference. Our Athletic Director also sent a notice to the NIB 12 Athletic Directors today. Thanks for your guidance in this process.

Communication sent to SHS Staff.
Ken Miller, President of the Interstate 8 Conference has officially invited us to be a member of their conference. We have accepted the invitation pending board approval at the Tuesday, Feb 19th board meeting.
Kevin Myers, Ph.D.
Streator Township High School District 40 
J.T. Pedelty (Times) @TT_jtpedelty
It's official: The Interstate Eight Conference has invited Streator to join in 2014-15. Board meeting at SHS next Tuesday.

J.T. Pedelty (Times) @TT_jtpedelty
Sources indicate Streator will receive an invitation to join the I-8 Conference bright and early Thursday morning.

updated 2-13-13

CLICK HERE - Wargo: I-8 hasn't offered an invite ... yet

Not Yet

Tweet by J.T. Pedelty (Times) @TT_jtpedelty
The Interstate Eight's meeting today concluded w/o an invitation being issued to Streator. The word "yet" was used.

The I-8's president told me Monday that the invitation may come Thursday instead of Wednesday.

updated 2-12-13

CLICK HERE - INTERSTATE EIGHT BOUND? Streator will make its pitch to I-8 Wednesday

updated 2-6-13

Streator Says No To Corn Belt, Yes To Interstate 8

Information provided by Dr. Kevin Myers Superintendent to THE SENIOR REPORTS

Communication sent to the AD's of the NIB12 sent on 2/5/13-

We wanted to keep you updated on our conference situation.

Our principal will be meeting with the principals of the I-8 conference on Wed. February 13. If after that meeting the I-8 decides to offer Streator an invitation to their conference Streator is going to accept it. The next step for us is to present at our school board meeting on February 19. At this time we are not sure if the board is going to approve it or table it until the March meeting.

Communication by phone with Corn Belt Official on 2/6/13-

We informed the Corn Belt that we were looking at other options. The official from the Corn Belt returned our call and stated that he appreciated our professionalism and good luck in our search.

updated 2-7-13

CLICK HERE - Myers: Streator may accept I-8 invite

updated 2-5-13

CLICK HERE - Streator has NIB 12 Conference in holding pattern

updated 1-26-13

CLICK HERE - I-8 meets with Streator as potential member

updated 1-22-13

CLICK HERE - Streator Conference Status

SR mentioned in this story

updated 1-18-13

Streator Has 2 Conference Meetings

From Streator Supt. Dr. Kevin Myers to THE SENIOR REPORTS-

SHS staff meet with officials from the Cornbelt and Interstate 8 Conferences this week. Each conference presented information about their conference and we provided them information about SHS. Both conferences are considering their options and will let us know their decision. They did not give us a timeline.

updated 1-6-13

CLICK HERE - Streator set to meet with Corn Belt Conference

updated 11-27-12

Streator To Meet With Corn Belt

email below provided by Streator

Message from Kevin Wargo, AD at SHS, to the athletic directors in the NIB 12 conference.

I wanted to keep you updated about our discussions with the Cornbelt Conference. My principal and myself are meeting with the Cornbelt Conference on January 15. Hopefully, I will know more information after that meeting.

updated 3-26-12

From Streator Supt. Dr. Kevin Myers-

Listed below is the statement I provided at the March 15, 2012 STHS BOE meeting related to exploring conference options. Thanks for the follow up.

We have been exploring the conference options available to STHS. As a district we reviewed the enrollments, mileage, and activities offered in the different conferences. As we reviewed the data, we looked at schools that are similar to STHS when considering forming a new conference. I have been in discussions with current NIB 12, Corn-Belt, and former NCIC Superintendents about conference options. The following actions were taken; we sent a letter of interest to the Corn-Belt Conference, explored options for forming a new conference, and discussed options with our current conference. The Corn-Belt conference has formed a committee to examine the options for expanding the conference. At this time, we are committed to staying in the NIB 12 for another year and will consider additional conference options as they become available.

updated 12-14-11

CLICK HERE - Streator High board discusses another conference move

updated 12-13-11

The Times' Derek Barichello at the Streator High School board meeting tonight: "STHS [Supt.] Kevin Myers said school needs to look at other conferences for sports"

Streator is presently a member of the Northern Illinois Big Twelve

Glenbard East

updated 2-12-13

CLICK HERE - Glenbard East to leave DVC

updated 2-12-13

CLICK HERE - Glenbard board approves conference switch

updated 2-11-13

Board Approves Move To Upstate 8

Tweet by @KaneCountyPreps
The Glenbard BOE voted 6-1 to allow Glenbard East High School to join the UEC. Vote could send W. Aurora and Glenbard E. to UEC in 2015-16.

Glenbard E principal Josh Chambers says there is chance GE and W. Aurora could join UEC before 2015-16 if DVC can find replacements quickly.


updated 2-11-13

CLICK HERE - IHSA Board Approves Fall Advisory Committee Recommendations

Football and Conferences

updated 2-8-13

CLICK HERE - Take football out of the conference equation

Proposal Sent To IHSA To Change Football Play-offs

CLICK HERE - Proposal To Change Football Play-offs

UPDATE (1-13-13) Issue did not pass in IHSA voting - The proposals will be up for discussion starting in November. Through a process that involves votes in a legislation commission and town meetings and all-school ballots, the proposals should be voted upon sometime in a few months.


updated 2-7-13

Lincoln Superintendent Comments On Corn Belt Conference

SR emailed Lincoln the following request - if possible would appreciate a statement on Corn Belt Conf situation...

reply from Lincoln Superintendent Bob Bagby

Due to the Corn Belt Conference declining to offer Lincoln Community High School an invitation, I do not have any comment.

updated 2-8-13

CLICK HERE - Corn Belt picks IVC over Lincoln

updated 2-4-13

CLICK HERE - League official: Lincoln interested in Corn Belt Conference

Northern Illinois Big 12

updated 2-7-13

CLICK HERE - Football merger with FVC among options explored by Northern Illinois Big 12 Conference


updated 2-7-13

Freeport Not Looking To Leave NIC 10

email sent to SR from Freeport AD Jeff Fitzpatrick

In response to the continued references to Freeport High School’s interest in other conferences athletic director, Jeff Fitzpatrick, made the following statement, “Freeport High School has no desire to leave the NIC-10 Conference. There are circumstances where conferences and schools may investigate other options that may alter their structure, but the NIC-10 has remained relatively stable throughout the years and will most likely continue to do so in the near future.”

Illinois Valley Central (IVC)

updated 2-14-13

CLICK HERE - Chillicothe IVC set to join eight-team Corn Belt

updated 2-7-13

IVC Invited To Join Corn Belt Conference

email sent to SR
The Corn Belt Conference has extended an invitation to IVC High School in Chillicothe to become a full member. They will begin their district process of formalizing this request as soon as possible. They will be the only addition to the Corn Belt for the 2014-2015 school year.

Lance Thurman, Ed.D.
Olympia High School
Corn Belt Conference President
updated 2-7-13

CLICK HERE - Corn Belt Conference votes to add IVC

updated 1-21-13

IVC Statement On Corn Belt Conference

SR sent an email to IVC officials We understand that IVC has talked with the Corn Belt about future membership, would it be possible to get a statement on this?

reply to SR

IVC High School met with representatives of the Corn Belt Conference on Tuesday, January 15, at Bloomington Central Catholic High School. We were informed by the conference president that the Corn Belt will be meeting on February 7 to further discuss expansion possibilities and opportunities. I will hopefully have more to share at a later date.

Kenton Bergman, Principal
IVC High School
updated 3-18-12

CLICK HERE - IVC votes to play football in West Central

updated 2-15-12

CLICK HERE - IVC assessing options for new athletic conference

NIC 10

updated 12-1-12

CLICK HERE - Should NIC-10 add or subtract schools?

Upstate 8

updated 1-29-13

CLICK HERE - Patience necessary for long, short term for Upstate Eight

updated 1-13-13

CLICK HERE - UEC restructuring could get interesting

updated 1-10-13

Glenbard East

TWEETED by - KaneCountyPreps @KaneCountyPreps
Glenbard E. principal Josh Chambers hopeful school will have answer on joining UEC by end of month. Board meeting is scheduled for Jan. 28.

updated 1-9-13

CLICK HERE - West Aurora moves closer to Upstate Eight Conference

updated 1-8-13

CLICK HERE - West Aurora gets OK to consider switch to Upstate Eight

email concerning above story from West Aurora -

Last night the District 129 School Board did not vote to join the Upstate 8 Conference. Rather, it voted to permit West Aurora High School to accept the invitation of membership for the Upstate 8 Conference, pending resolution of critical issues. Whether the high school accepts the invitation will depend on whether the Glenbard Township High School District 87 school board votes to permit Glenbard East High School to accept its invitation. There are other issues that may still need to be resolved as well. We would appreciate a correction.

Ross Truemper, Co-Principal
West Aurora High School
updated 12-6-12

CLICK HERE - Finances figure in West’s debate on joining Upstate Eight

updated 11-20-12

CLICK HERE - West Aurora to decide soon on return to UEC

updated 11-17-12

CLICK HERE - Best case for UEC: Everyone says yes, and everyone stays

updated 11-16-12

CLICK HERE - Upstate Eight Conference extends invites

updated 11-15-12

CLICK HERE - Upstate Eight invites three schools to join conference

CLICK HERE - Upstate Eight invites three

Upstate 8 Adds 3 New Members

Upstate Eight has invited West Chicago for 2013-14, and West Aurora and Glenbard East for 2014-15.

All three are presently members of the DuPage Valley Conference. The U8C was looking to replace Lake Park who was leaving to join the DVC. With the two extra additions the E8C will now have 16 members. With the loss of West Aurora and Glenbard East the DVC will have 6 members in the future.

Details will be posted as we receive them.

updated 11-14-12

CLICK HERE - West Aurora expecting word soon from Upstate Eight Conference

updated 11-12-12

New Member Search

from Batavia's Principal Dr. Lisa Hichens

The Upstate 8 will discuss and vote on the options during our Board of Control meeting on Wednesday, November 14th. There should be information available in the late afternoon.

updated 11-7-12

CLICK HERE - Move back to UEC would rejuvenate West Aurora football

updated 11-6-12

CLICK HERE - West Aurora shows interest in Upstate Eight

updated 11-3-12

CLICK HERE - Upstate Eight looking at all potential scenarios

updated 10-30-12

West Chicago Looking To Jump To Upstate 8

Several sources tell THE SENIOR REPORTS that West Chicago is looking to make another change in athletic conferences in less then two months. West Chicago just voted to leave the DuPage Valley Conference for the Metro Suburban Conference and was accepted. With Lake Park moving to the DuPage Valley Conference that left one spot open in the Upstate 8 Valley Division.

Sources tell us the Upstate 8 will possibly be notifying schools, by November 1st, if they have been accepted. Several other schools have applied to join the conference as well, details coming shortly.

One school mentioned as being interested was Hoffman Estates. Several Fox Valley Schools have also been suggested as looking at a move to the Upstate 8.

Should West Chicago leave the Metro Suburban, before ever playing a conference game, it would leave the MSC at only 5 football playing schools and short of the number needed for the conference champion to qualify for the playoffs.

We have emails into the Upstate 8 Conference officials and also to West Chicago. As of this time we have not heard back from them. We will update as we received information.

updated 10-11-12

CLICK HERE - Vacancy in the UEC

CLICK HERE - Upstate Eight Conference in market for new member

Northeastern Athletic Conference

updated 1-28-13

CLICK HERE - Faith Lutheran to join Northeastern Athletic Conference

Faith Lutheran

Tweeted by nwh_JoePrepZone
Faith Lutheran will join the Northeastern Athletic Conference next year. The Saints will play in most sports other than football.

Central Illinois Conference Changes

updated 1-27-13

CLICK HERE - There's a chunk of change going on

West Suburban Conference

updated 1-24-13

CLICK HERE - West Suburban’s stability stands in way of wholesale change

National Trail Conference

updated 1-24-13

CLICK HERE - Co-ops have potential to change National Trail Conference

Sangamo Conference

updated 1-23-13

Pittsfield To Play Football in Sangamoe

Dave Kane @DaveKaneSJR
Auburn principal Nate Essex says the Sangamo Conference (by a 9-0 vote) has OK'd Pittsfield as a football-only member starting in 2014.

updated 12-17-12

CLICK HERE - Sangamo Conference approaches Pittsfield about possibly joining league

CLICK HERE - Pawnee wants to rejoin Prairie State for football

Corn Belt Conference

UPDATED 1-15-13

Corn Belt Conference Meeting Update

email reply to THE SENIOR REPORTS

Sorry, no official/unofficial action at all today. We have scheduled to meet again on February 7th, 2013. One school has a conference constitution requirement of two full years notice. Unfortunately, that is holding up our process in setting a direction and moving forward at this time. We hope to have some direction/decision on that situation before our February meeting to allow us to move forward.

Lance Thurman, Ed.D.
Olympia High School
updated 11-5-12

CLICK HERE - Rantoul's 2014 departure forces Corn Belt Conference's hand

updated 5-9-12

CLICK HERE - Corn Belt Conference: No plans to expand

updated 3-6-12

CLICK HERE - Four express interest in joining Corn Belt

Possible Northern Illinois Conference Changes

updated 1-7-13

CLICK HERE - Dergo: Conference situation in need of 'serious conversation

updated 12-1-12

CLICK HERE - Conference Musical Chairs XIV: Nothing Lasts Forever

Little Okaw Valley Conference

updated 12-23-12

CLICK HERE - Pal-Hut co-op leaving LIC for LOVC

updated 10-18-12

CLICK HERE - Argenta gets Little Okaw approval

updated 10-17-12

according to Tweets from @hrpreps -

Argenta-Oreana was officially welcomed by the LOVC today. Its school board must now approve the move.

Also, there is speculation that the Little Illini's Cumberland and Palestine-Hutsonville are in talks to join the LOVC as well. No formal requests have been sent from those schools yet, however.

As far as Unity, Monticello, Maroa-Forsyth and the Okaw Valley. Those schools are still planning on finding three new members. Monticello AD Randy Moss said he feels "pretty good" about that plan. Those 3 have met with St. Joe-Ogden, St. Tom More, Rantoul

updated 10-11-12

CLICK HERE - Argenta looking for spot in Little Okaw

Chicago Suburbs Conference Changes

updated 12-15-12

Kevin Schmit of the Daily Herald talks conference changes...

updated 12-13-12

CLICK HERE - Maybe it’s time to think big about conference makeup

Northern Illinois Big 12

updated 12-15-12

CLICK HERE - Kaneland, NI Big 12 remain in holding pattern

updated 10-23-12

CLICK HERE - (Freeport and NIB 12) Conference merry-go-round continues to turn

updated 10-3-12


NOTE - story starts half way down the page

updated 9-13-12

Hampshire Declines Northern Illinois Big 12 Invitation

following is an email reply to THE SENIOR REPORTS -

We have declined the offer to attend the meeting related to changing conferences. We joined the Fox Valley Conference just last year and have no intention of leaving our new conference affiliation.

“We compete against many of the teams in that conference currently (Kaneland, Sycamore, DeKalb) and that we want to continue our relationship with them and others over time.”

Chuck Bumbales - Principal, Hampshire High School

Public vs Private Comes To Illinois

updated 12-8-12

Interview with Mooseheart Executive Director Scott Hart

updated 12-10-12

CLICK HERE - IHSA Board Ruling on Mooseheart Appeal

CLICK HERE - Mooseheart players to stay eligible; program placed on probation

updated 12-9-12

CLICK HERE - Scandal behind closed doors: IHSA vs. Mooseheart

updated 12-4-12

CLICK HERE - Legislative Commission Places 11 Amendment Proposals on Ballot

Proposal 9: Removes the automatic eligibility provision for first-time transfers from a private school to a home public school, or from a private school to another private school, and requires in the case of any transfer not accompanied by a change in residence to another high school attendance area that the transfer be necessitated by (a) a change in the family’s financial position or (b) extenuating circumstances documented by the sending school.

CLICK HERE - Judge: Mooseheart players from Sudan can suit up for now

CLICK HERE - Mooseheart - Did school for troubled kids go hunting for athletes in Sudan?

Hinckley athletic director and basketball coach Bill Sambrookes said he did not intend to undermine Mooseheart's season when he emailed the IHSA in March 2011. In that message, he expressed "that the playing fields are not level" between smaller public schools that draw from students in a community and private schools such as Mooseheart, Marmion, Aurora Christian, Aurora Central Catholic and Rosary, which can draw student-athletes internationally.

Sangamon Valley Conference

updated 11-28-12

CLICK HERE - PBL to reject Okaw Valley invitation; will stay in SVC

CLICK HERE - SVC looks to add additional school to conference

updated 11-27-12

CLICK HERE - Dwight accepts invitation to join Sangamon Valley Conference

updated 11-9-12

CLICK HERE - SVC imposes deadline for Dwight's decision

updated 11-6-12

CLICK HERE - SVC update: Five schools to join Dwight in Wednesday meeting, PBL may join Okaw if Dwight rejects offer

updated 11-3-12

CLICK HERE - SVC votes to invite Dwight High School to conference

updated 10-31-12

CLICK HERE - Sangamon Valley Conference voted to accept Dwight

updated 10-10-12

CLICK HERE - SVC rejects expansion applications from Dwight, Monticello and Tolono Unity

EDITOR'S NOTE - Check out a proposal to the IHSA that would change Illinois football play-offs in this story.

CLICK HERE - Unity, Monticello denied SVC invitation; what's it mean for Rantoul?

CLICK HERE - Monticello, Unity denied entry into SVC

updated 10-4-12

CLICK HERE - Sangamon Valley Conference Invite Five Schools To Join, Okaw Valley Invites Three To Consider

updated 10-2-12

THE SENIOR REPORTS emailed Paxton-Buckley-Loda AD John Overstreet to verify if Unity and Monticello have applied to join the SVC - here is his reply to us -

Yes both have sent application letters to the SVC. Yes on meeting on the 10th in Rantoul at 10 am.

There might be a vote. Not sure if it will happen at this meeting.

updated 10-2-12

CLICK HERE - VIDEO - Unity, Monticello apply to join Sangamon Valley Conference

Metro Suburban Conference

updated 11-2-12

CLICK HERE - Metro Suburban Conference to go forward without West Chicago

updated 11-1-12

CLICK HERE - Metro Suburban rescinds invitation to West Chicago

"New" Okaw Valley Conference

updated 11-9-12

CLICK HERE - New Okaw going with 6 -- for now

update 10-31-12

TWITTER = @AaronB_WCIA has confirmed the new Okaw Valley has invited PBL, St. Teresa, Clinton, and Olympia.

updated 10-30-12

CLICK HERE - Okaw keeps name, will look at growth

updated 10-29-12

from Matt Daniels of the Rantoul Press Twitter account

Rantoul, Maroa-Forsyth, Monticello, st Joseph-Ogden, st Thomas more and unity will compete in okaw valley conference starting in 2014-15

Six schools met today in champaign and agreed to keep okaw name intact.

Rantoul AD joe bendoraitis said letters will be sent out this week inviting four area schools to join revamped okaw

He declined to name who those four schools are, but said they have until dec 15 to accept invite

Northern Chicago Suburbs

updated 11-8-12

CLICK HERE - Local conference landscape in midst of upheaval

West Chicago

updated 11-8-12

CLICK HERE - Two Schools, Two Different States, Same Mess

updated 11-7-12

CLICK HERE - West Chicago Fumbles MSC Invitation

updated 9-17-12

CLICK HERE - West Chicago on the move

updated 9-10-12


West Chicago Board of Education votes 4 to 3 to leave the DuPage Valley Conference.

Statement from Metro Suburban Conference

Glenbard South AD John Treiber
I think this is a great decision for the betterment of the students, staff, and community of West Chicago by opting to leave the DVC. Glenbard South was faced with the very same decision almost 15 years ago to leave the DVC. We knew it was time for us to find a more competitive Conference for our student athletes because the DVC had out grown us. It was the best move for our students, staff, and community and the positive effects can be easily measured by school morale, participation numbers, Conference and State Tournament successes, and athletes advancing on to play collegiately. West Chicago can come to expect many if not all of these things as well and they will see the results quickly.

CLICK HERE - West Chicago School Board To Vote On Conference Change

From Board Agenda the Board of Education authorizes its Administration to apply for admission of the School District into the Metro Suburban Conference and, upon acceptance into the Metro Suburban Conference, withdraw the School District from the DuPage Valley Conference and authorize the School District’s Administration to take all actions reasonable and necessary to effectuate such withdrawal, including but not limited to the submission of a notice of withdrawal from the DuPage Valley Conference.

CLICK HERE - Conference Affiliation Information

Rantoul Township

updated 11-6-12

CLICK HERE - Scheduling a concern for Eagles winter sports coaches with switch into Okaw

updated 10-30-12

CLICK HERE - Making a move: RTHS jumps to Okaw Valley Conference

CLICK HERE - RTHS town hall meeting addresses conference realignment

updated 10-26-12

CLICK HERE - Breaking News: Rantoul will leave Corn Belt Conference

updated 10-25-12

CLICK HERE - Rantoul likely to leave Corn Belt

updated 10-23-12

CLICK HERE - New possibilities? Rantoul's days in Corn Belt Conference could be numbered

CLICK HERE - New league could work for Eagles ... or not

updated 10-18-12

CLICK HERE - Rantoul stays involved with conference realignment talks

updated 10-5-12

CLICK HERE - RTHS athletics: Eagles listen to possible new conference pitch

St. Joseph-Ogden

updated 10-27-12

CLICK HERE - St. Joseph-Ogden, St. Thomas More to leave SVC

updated 10-26-12

CLICK HERE - St. Joseph-Ogden High School is leaving the Sangamon Valley Conference


updated 10-25-12

Kaneland Position On Upstate 8 Membership

We emailed school officials at Kaneland about possible interest in the NIB 12 in the future.

Email request from us - We are checking a source that tells us Kaneland is looking at a conference move to the Upstate 8. Was hoping you can give us a statement on this issue.

Email reply - We have not been approached by the Upstate 8 conference and believe that our current conference is meeting our needs.

Chip Hickman - Kaneland HS Principal
This is not a true statement. We are NOT looking to leave the Northern Illinois Big XII.

Leigh Jaftke - Athletic Director


updated 10-25-12

Princeton Position On NIB 12 Membership

We emailed school officials at Princeton about possible interest in the NIB 12 in the future.

Email request from us - In a recent article in the LaSalle newspaper it mentioned the NIB 12 is considering Princeton as a possible member in the conference.

Would appreciate your comments and a statement...

Email reply - We are one hundred percent committed to the Three Rivers Conference and are very excited to become a member in all sports beginning in the fall of 2013. We have no interest in joining the NIB 12.

Andy Berlinski - Princeton HS Principal

Okaw Valley Conference

Lon Tay and Jeremy Werner talk about the Okaw Valley Conference split with WCIA-Channel 3's Aaron Bennett.

Thanks to the Tay and J Show -- The Tay and J Show airs weekdays 3-6 p.m. on 93.5, 95.3 ConnectFM and streams at

updated 10-27-12

CLICK HERE - Three ready to join abandoned Okaw Valley schools

updated 10-18-12

CLICK HERE - Okaw could still be salvaged

updated 9-30-12

CLICK HERE - An option for Maroa

updated 9-20-12

CLICK HERE - Okaw Valley shakeup sure to leave a mess

CLICK HERE - Maroa left wondering what’s next

updated 9-19-12

CLICK HERE - Nine agree to leave Okaw

updated 9-18-12

CLICK HERE - VIDEO - 9 schools intend to leave Okaw Valley

updated 9-7-12

CLICK HERE - Okaw expansion receives zero applications

updated 8-14-12

CLICK HERE - Okaw expansion could be turnoff for new schools

updated 8-4-12

CLICK HERE - Six Okaw Valley, two LOVC have informational meeting

updated 8-3-12

CLICK HERE - Okaw Valley sends 'letters of interest' to 50 area schools

updated 7-29-12

CLICK HERE - Tuscola backs Okaw expansion

updated 7-26-12

CLICK HERE - Okaw optimistic about expansion

updated 7-25-12

CLICK HERE - Okaw Valley votes to explore expansion

updated 7-24-12

CLICK HERE - A proposal to the Okaw

CLICK HERE - Possible Okaw Valley changes could affect other conferences

CLICK HERE - Okaw moves step closer to splitting

updated 7-19-12

CLICK HERE - New Okaw proposal: 16 team league

updated 7-14-12

CLICK HERE - Out of their hands: For coaches of ‘other’ sports, the fracture in the Okaw is a football thing

CLICK HERE - Possible scenarios for the Okaw Valley

updated 7-13-12

CLICK HERE - School boards OK with leaving Okaw Valley

CLICK HERE - Okaw Five extends invites to fill out conference

updated 6-30-12

CLICK HERE - Two important meetings set for Okaw Valley

updated 6-26-12

CLICK HERE - Okaw Valley Conference Episode IV: A New Hope

HS Lacrosse

updated 10-17-12

CLICK HERE - Policy change a big win for D-155 lacrosse clubs

updated 9-26-12

CLICK HERE - D-155 board won’t rush decision

CLICK HERE - Lacrosse clubs hope for help from D-155 board

New Conference

updated 10-16-12

CLICK HERE - Conference talks could heat up with Unity, Monticello not getting into SVC


updated 10-16-12

CLICK HERE - Pec's Season Over Too Soon

Western Big Six Conference and Mid-State Six Conference

updated 10-15-12

CLICK HERE - (from Pennsylvania) - Change constant in high school sports

updated 9-28-12

CLICK HERE - Western Big 6 football now the Mid-West 10

updated 9-26-12

CLICK HERE - Big Six and Peoria have a new name, schedule

updated 8-14-12

CLICK HERE - District 205 approves Western Big 6 expansion

updated 7-25-12

CLICK HERE - District 150 OKs Peoria schools joining WB6 for football

updated 7-24-12

CLICK HERE - Western Big 6, Mid-State 6 to merge for football only in 2013

updated 7-10-12

CLICK HERE - MS 6 seeks input on merger from District 150 school board

updated 6-22-12

updated 6-21-12

CLICK HERE - Big Six invites four Peoria schools for football in 2013

updated 6-20-12

CLICK HERE - Western Big 6 invites Peoria teams to play football

CLICK HERE - WB6 football to have new look in 2013

updated 5-6-12

CLICK HERE - WB6, MS6 still talking

updated 5-2-12

CLICK HERE - WB6 takes no action on MS6 merger proposal

updated 4-27-12

CLICK HERE - QHS football coach supports potential merger of WB6, MS6 for football

updated 4-23-12

CLICK HERE - WB6-MS6 talking merger

Central Illinois Conference

updated 10-11-12

CLICK HERE VIDEO - Argenta-Oreana voted out of new CIC

CLICK HERE - Argenta-Oreana Kicked Out of Conference They Helped Create

updated 10-10-12

Updates courtesy of WCIA's Aaron Bennett's Twitter account

Argenta-Oreana has been voted out of the newly formed Central Illinois Conference, A-O's principal tells me. They'll look to join LOVC now. AO principal Sean German tells me Bombers have had interest in LOVC all along, but 8 other CIC members wanted nothing to do with it.

updated 10-5-12

CLICK HERE - Former Okaw schools settle on name

updated 10-2-12

According to WCIA/WCIX Sports Director Aaron Bennett-

The 9 Okaw defectors have decided to stick with a new 9-team league for the first 2 years - called the Central Illinois Conference (CIC)

The CIC begins in 2014, pending IHSA approval - and they're committed to sticking with 9 teams for the first 2 years

******UPDATED - Unity and Monticello have applied to join the Sangamon Valley Conference. Principals meet on the 10th. Could vote them in at that time.

CLICK HERE - VIDEO - Okaw defectors to form "Central Illinois Conference"

Lake Park

updated 10-9-12

Lake Park High School Joins DuPage Valley Conference

Lake Park High School is pleased to announce that it has joined the eight-member DuPage Valley Conference (DVC). The Lake Park High School Board of Education voted to approve the DVC invitation last Monday. The move is scheduled for the beginning of the 2013-2014 school year. The opening in the DVC became available after the West Chicago High School Board of Education voted to move to the Metro Suburban Conference.

Lake Park was a member of the Upstate Eight Conference (UEC) for the past 33 years, joining that conference in 1979. Lake Park Athletic Director, Pete Schauer, stated, “We have nothing but the utmost respect for the administration, coaches, student-athletes, and communities of the Upstate Eight Conference and thank them for the outstanding partnership over the past 33 years.” He added, “The DVC member schools are located within DuPage County; the closer proximity will allow Lake Park to develop more spirited rivalries when every school in the conference competes against each other year in and year out in every sport. Glenbard North High School, for example, is less than five miles from Lake Park and many of our student athletes know each other from youth sports.”

The DVC member schools also offer programming that more closely parallels that offered by Lake Park High School.  Lake Park offers a comprehensive athletic program with 27 sports that compete at 91 levels. The other DVC member schools offer a similar number of lower-levels within their programs.  Additionally, the DVC offers a sport, boys gymnastics, as a conference sport, where currently, Lake Park is the only UEC school to offer a boys gymnastics program. 

updated 9-30-12

The Lake Park BOE will hold a special meeting on Monday, October 1st to discuss conference affiliation.

Specualtion is Lake Park is looking to fill the spot in the DuPage Valley Conference when West Chicago withdrew to join the Metro Suburban.

Lake Park is presently a member of the Upstate 8 and is in the River Division.

updated 9-13-12

CLICK HERE - Lake Park BOE Special Meeting Agenda

updated 9-13-12

CLICK HERE - Lake Park makes sense to take West Chicago's place in DVC

Brownstown-St. Elmo Co-op

updated 10-1-12

CLICK HERE - Brownstown OKs co-op

Scholastic Hockey League

updated 10-1-12

CLICK HERE - New structure comes to high school hockey


updated 9-11-12

CLICK HERE - Freeport considers athletic co-op

Chicago Public Schools

updated 9-10-12

CLICK HERE - Public League won't play during teachers' strike

updated 9-8-12

CLICK HERE - City football teams don't plan to let potential strike leave them on sideline

updated 8-30-12

CLICK HERE - CPS pushes for games to go on in event of strike

Decatur Schools

updated 8-14-12

CLICK HERE - Changing culture, climate at Decatur public schools involves athletics

Northern Illinois Big 12 Conference

updated 8-1-12

NIB 12 still looking for Dixon replacement

Sports Editor
Rochelle News-Leader
ROCHELLE — Last year, Dixon approached the Northern Illinois Big 12 Conference about eventually leaving the conference. Dixon is the smallest school, but they generally finish in the middle of the pack in when comparing all varsity sports, however the school is seeking a fresh start in a new conference with new and more balanced competition.

"Football and boys basketball seem to dictate a lot of things when organizing an athletic program," explained Rochelle Township High School Athletic Director Kevin Crandall. "Dixon is the smallest school but to be quite honest, I think they are just just looking for a conference that is a little less competitive."

Crandall said that little progress had been made in looking for a replacement for Dixon, but in early August when all of the athletic directors in the NIB 12 meet, Crandall expects some leads to be presented.

"I see us putting together a list of schools that might be viable replacements for Dixon and then inviting them to our September meeting to hopefully get the ball rolling."

If a replacement for Dixon is found, the transition will not be made until the 2014-2014 academic school year, so both schools will have ample time to make their appropriate adjustments.

"I am confident that when is all said and done, the NIB 12 will remain a very solid and very competitive conference," Crandall said.

updated 7-20-12

CLICK HERE - After rocky honeymoon, NIB 12 trying to smooth things out

updated 6-12-12

CLICK HERE - Northern Illinois Big 12 takes part in the conference shuffle

updated 5-20-12

CLICK HERE - Dixon’s departure was unexpected by NIB-12

updated 5-19-12

CLICK HERE - Conference Musical Chairs XIII: Twelve, Eleven or Ten?


updated 7-12-12

CLICK HERE - Co-op rules still need tinkering

4 Conference Alliance

updated 7-19-12

CLICK HERE - Leaders from four leagues meet to stave off realignment


updated 7-21-12

CLICK HERE - Nokomis accepted into Sangamo Conference

updated 7-20-12

CLICK HERE - Sangamo approves Nokomis for 2014-15

updated 7-17-12

CLICK HERE - Nokomis could be new Sangamo member

Trinity Oaks Christian Academy

updated 7-5-12

CLICK HERE - New Christian HS In Barrington Area

CLICK HERE - Trinity Oaks Christian Academy Site

Little Okaw Valley Conference

updated 7-4-12

CLICK HERE - LOVC scrambles to fill football schedule

updated 6-22-12

CLICK HERE - LOVC accepts three schools to its ranks

updated 6-22-12

CLICK HERE - LOVC accepts three schools to its ranks

Apollo Conference

updated 6-30-12

CLICK HERE - Shuffling continues as Paris leaves Apollo for the Little Illini

updated 6-2-12

CLICK HERE - Taylorville headed for Apollo Conference

updated 3-6-12


CLICK HERE - Taylorville discusses leaving CS8 for Apollo

Prairie State Conference

updated 6-20-12

CLICK HERE - Metro-East Lutheran joins conference, starts wrestling program

IHSA Class Changes

updated 6-14-12


compiled by THE SENIOR REPORTS - links to comments from around Illinois

updated 6-14-12

CLICK HERE - 2012-13 Enrollments and Classifications Posted

updated 6-14-12

CLICK HERE - Classification Changes Impact 59 Area Teams

Big Northern Conference

updated 5-20-12

Burlington Central

in an email from THE SENIOR REPORTS

We have heard that Burlington Central might be considering a move to the Fox Valley Conference. Would appreciate a statement on this if you would please.

email reply from Burlington Central Athletic Director Steve Gertz

Central High School is committed to staying in the Big Northern Conference and is not exploring any other options.

updated 5-17-12

CLICK HERE - VIDEO - Big Northern Expanding

CLICK HERE - Dixon, Johnsburg invited to Big Northern Conference

CLICK HERE - Come on down: Johnsburg, Dixon invited to BNC

CLICK HERE - Dixon to join Big Northern in sports

CLICK HERE - Dixon accepted into Big Northern Conference, status in NIB12 in question

updated 4-13-12

CLICK HERE - Dixon would be a good fit for Big Northern Conference

updated 4-12-12

CLICK HERE - Dixon to make pitch to join Big Northern today in Genoa

updated 3-2-12

CLICK HERE - 8 teams enough for Big Northern Conference

updated 3-1-12

CLICK HERE - Big Northern would be stronger if it subtracted rather than added

updated 1-28-12

Pat Elder - Richmond Burton AD - Talks About Expansion Plans

updated 1-27-12

Below is a reply to our email from Dale Purvis, North Boone AD, on some reasons why the Big Northern Conference is considering possible expansion.

I will share with you that one of the reasons for expansion is simply easier schedules. With 7 per side (volleyball, basketball, baseball, and softball) someone has a bye while the other 6 are scheduled. Scheduling would be easier for everyone.

Realignment had to occur with the addition of Rockford Christian. We had great discussions about keeping traditional opponents together as much as possible while doing what is best for everyone involved.

One of the reason for divisions is cut down on travel as much as possible. If we ran as one division we would have Richmond possibly going to Rock Falls on a school night. That would not be in the best interest of kids or education.

updated 1-25-12

CLICK HERE - Conference Musical Chairs XII: It Just Won't End

updated 1-24-12

CLICK HERE - BNC Expanding again?

Conference Expansion

updated 5-4-12

CLICK HERE - TAKE 2: Options for conference realignment


updated 5-2-12

CLICK HERE - How do we get fans at state title games?

Central State Eight Conference

updated 3-7-12

CLICK HERE - Lincoln might be looking to leave CS8

Rockford Schools

updated 3-7-12

CLICK HERE - Strong sports teams are vital for a strong community

by Rockford Schools Director of Athletics Mat Parker

Western Big 6 and Mid-State 6

updated 2-7-12

CLICK HERE - WB6: Will it play in Peoria?

updated 2-2-12

CLICK HERE - WB6, Mid-State 6 merger talks could be rekindled

West Central Conference

updated 2-1-12

CLICK HERE - WCC votes to extend invitations to three schools, including QND, for football membership

updated 1-19-12

CLICK HERE - West Central Conference considering three schools to fill open football slots

West Central Conference

updated 2-2-12

CLICK HERE - WCC extends invitations to three schools

updated 1-19-12

CLICK HERE - West Central Conference considering three schools to fill open football slots

Three Rivers Conference

updated 1-26-12

CLICK HERE - Princeton accepts TRAC invitation

updated 1-22-12

CLICK HERE - TRAC additions a relief to all

updated 1-19-12

CLICK HERE - Hall, Princeton, St. Bede Among TRAC Talk

updated 1-14-12

CLICK HERE - The 3 Rivers will run through it

updated 1-13-12

CLICK HERE - SBA, Hall, PHS get TRAC invites

CLICK HERE - Tri-County likely to lose Hall — Spring Valley school may join St. Bede in Three Rivers

CLICK HERE - Conference votes to expand, invites six new schools to join

CLICK HERE - Orion, Rockridge, Sherrard to join Big Rivers

updated 1-12-12

CLICK HERE - Three Rivers adding six schools, including Orion, Rockridge and Sherrard

CLICK HERE - Six Schools Added to the Three Rivers Conference

CLICK HERE - Three Rivers should vote on expansion Thursday

updated 12-23-11

CLICK HERE - Kewanee prefers status quo in 3 Rivers

updated 12-21-11

CLICK HERE - Kewanee not in favor of conference expansion

updated 12-9-11

CLICK HERE - Three Rivers Conference expected to act on expansion next month

CLICK HERE - No vote taken for Hall, SBA, PHS at Three Rivers meeting

Chicago Public Schools

updared 1-7-12

Chicago Simeon Boys HS basketball Coach Robert Smith will talk about Chicago schools holding there own season ending tournament, instead of the IHSA...Simeon is currently ranked as the #1 school in the ESPN national poll

updated 12-23-11

CLICK HERE - Chicago Public League coaches eye exit from IHSA

CLICK HERE - Chicago Public Schools Want To Hold Own Tournament

Big Rivers Conferences

updated 11-15-11

CLICK HERE - GOODBYE BIG RIVERS, HELLO NORTHEAST ATHLETIC: Marquette receives OK to join new football conference

CLICK HERE - Hall gets its ride on the Big Rivers

updated 11-14-11

UPDATED - The Big Rivers Conference has also voted to allow Marquette to leave in football at today's meeting. Marquette will be playing football next season in the Northeastern Athletic Conference.

CLICK HERE - Hall football approved by Big Rivers Conference

updated 11-6-11

CLICK HERE - Big Rivers Football Conference delays meeting

updated 11-1-11

CLICK HERE - Marquette's move remains sticky -- Big Rivers yet to vote on MA's departure, next meeting set for Nov. 7

Big Rivers/Three Rivers Conferences

updated 10-24-11

CLICK HERE - Hall ready to accept an offer from BRC

updated 10-20-11

CLICK HERE - Expansion talk heats up in Three Rivers

updated 10-7-11

CLICK HERE - TRAC doesn't extend invitations yet, but St. Bede and Hall much-discussed

CLICK HERE - Three Rivers taking its time on expanding

updated 10-3-11

CLICK HERE - St. Bede, Hall to Three Rivers Conference?

updated 9-29-11

CLICK HERE - Rockridge, Sherrard and Orion Invited To Join Big Rivers/Three Rivers

CLICK HERE - CLICK TO LISTEN TO WRMJ interview with Rockridge High School Principal Katy Hasson discussing Big Rivers/Three Rivers.

CLICK HERE - Three Rivers Conference looking to add Orion, Rockridge and Sherrard

West Central Football Conference

updated 10-18-11

CLICK HERE - WCC sets deadline for Hall

Belvidere and Belvidere North

updated 9-23-11

CLICK HERE - Rethinking the Belvidere Split Five Years Later

Glenbard South

updated 9-21-11

CLICK HERE - Conference call reaches Glenbard South

Chicago Crane

updated 9-14-11

CLICK HERE - Crane football season is over

Harvest Christian

updated 9-2-11

CLICK HERE - Harvest Christian Academy enters a new era

Big Rivers Conference

updated 8-31-11

CLICK HERE - Football conference shuffling to continue

Marquette Academy

updated 8-27-11

CLICK HERE - Marquette Academy To Join Northeastern Athletic Conference

Marquette will replace it in the NAC for football only. Harvest Christian, which does not have football, will fill out the league in all other sports.

Rockford, Illinois

updated 7-29-11

CLICK HERE - Leaders With Sports Ties Seen As Rockford Schools Game Changers

Big Northern Conference

updated 7-29-11

CLICK HERE - Big changes are on the way in the Big Northern Conference.

Big 6

updated 7-6-11

CLICK HERE - Big Six football schedule a headache for coaches

Rockford Christian

updated 5-24-11

CLICK HERE - VIDEO - Rockford Christian Prepares To Switch Conferences

updated 5-19-11

CLICK HERE - VIDEO - Royals To Join Big Northern

CLICK HERE - Rockford Christian to join Big Northern Conference


updated 5-22-11

CLICK HERE - Somonauk board sacks football proposal; previous music cuts reinstated

updated 4-28-11

CLICK HERE - GAME ON? Group presents plan to finance high school football in Somonauk


updated 5-22-11

CLICK HERE - Mendota likely to join BNC for football

Kewanee-Wethersfield Co-op

updated 5-18-11

CLICK HERE - Kewanee School Board proposes sports co-ops with Wethersfield

NIC 10

updated 5-4-11

CLICK HERE - NIC-10 coaches consider new baseball schedule formats

Rockford City Schools

updated 5-4-11

CLICK HERE - VIDEO - School Sports Plan Heads to Board for Vote

updated 4-14-11

CLICK HERE - VIDEO - Rockford Schools Proposed Athletic Cuts

CLICK HERE - Some Rockford freshman sports on the chopping block

NIC 10 Reply

We asked Jay Lauscher, Hononegah Athleic Director for a statement on Rockford Schools


Everything is still up in the air as far as what will happen in district 205. If they drop freshman programs the other schools will adjust by scheduling other freshman competition whether that is scheduling an additional game with other NIC-10 schools or looking to add a non-conference school to the schedule. All of us are quite good at finding additional games each season depending upon the numbers that schools will have at certain levels. Our goal is always do what is right for the student athletes.

We will just ride it out until we get a definite direction that 205 will take for next year.


Polo/Forreston Co-op

updated 5-4-11

CLICK HERE - Polo is happy with its new sports co-op partner Forreston


updated 3-24-11

CLICK HERE - Nokomis’ conference search comes full circle

Rockford Schools

Dave Schmidt Talks with Aaron Wilson on Live@5 (2-9-11)...

Dave attended the meeting at Guilford HS on the proposed outsourcing of Rockford School athletics to the Rockford Park District. Aaron Wilson and Dave discuss the meeting and options of the plan on Live@5.

updated 3-10-11

CLICK HERE - District 205, Park District suspend sports partnership talks

CLICK HERE - Rockford schools, park district won’t partner for athletics

updated 1-27-11

CLICK HERE - IHSA says Park District high school sports plan will fly

updated 1-26-11

credit in this story given to The Senior Reports

CLICK HERE - Rockford budget cuts could get dicey for high school sports teams

updated 1-25-11

CLICK HERE - Sports Merge (includes video with Fred Van Vleet-Auburn)

updated 1-23-11

3rd part of podcast deals with Rockford Schools and Park District

updated 1-20-11

IHSA Statement

Marty Hickman, IHSA Executive Director

"Based on IHSA by-laws, it appears that an arrangement where a park district or other outside entity was facilitating a high school's activity/athletic programs would prevent those schools from participating against other IHSA member schools and from being eligible for the IHSA’s postseason State Series events. What we currently are aware of in regard to the situation in Rockford is very preliminary in nature and we will need to review a more detailed plan before we can make a ruling."

update 1-20-11

CLICK HERE - Potential RPS Merger with Park District Could Affect Surrounding Schools (includes video)

update 1-19-11

CLICK HERE - Rockford Schools NIC-10 a Key Factor in Park District Merge (includes video)

CLICK HERE - IHSA Reacts (includes video)

updated 1-17-11

CLICK HERE - Park District, Rockford schools talk sports takeover

CLICK HERE - 3 on Rockford School Board: Sports plan shared late

updated 1-16-11

CLICK HERE - Rockford School District sports to undergo major changes next year

CLICK HERE - Team Up! Release From Rockford Schools

CLICK HERE - Rockford schools, Park District talk sports takeover

CLICK HERE - District 205 plans possible sports collaboration with Park Dist.

CLICK HERE - Rockford School District, Park District confirm sports takeover talks

Illinois Valley Central

updated 2-26-11

CLICK HERE - A ghost of a chance for full M-S 6 participation

Illinois School Consolidation Plan

updated 2-18-11

CLICK HERE - Forced school district consolidations possible under Quinn plan

Westminster Christian

updated 2-17-11

CLICK HERE - Westminster Christian to add football

South Beloit

updated 1-11-11

CLICK HERE - S. Beloit High to add wrestling, money permitting


updated 1-3-11

CLICK HERE - Next year’s NUIC NW will be even more loaded

background stories below

CLICK HERE - NUIC football changes coming

CLICK HERE - Warren, River Ridge face common problem

Thornridge HS

updated 12-15-10

CLICK HERE - Thornridge still in limbo about how varsity programs will continue

updated 9-29-10

CLICK HERE - (Illinois) Loss of Thornridge puts SWSC in scramble mode

CLICK HERE - (Illinois) Reaction mixed to Thornridge closing

West Chicago

updated 12-15-10

below is the update for West Chicago who was considering leaving their conference and going independent.

CLICK HERE - District 94 School Board Minutes from 11-16-10

DuPage Valley Conference Update

Dr. Cheng stated that at the conclusion of the discussion at the last Board meeting regarding the exploration of going independent, he was asked to bring a recommendation to this meeting as to other options; e.g., joining other conferences, swapping or partnering with other schools, etc. While all are good suggestions, no recommendation will be made for any change. Given the suggestions from the Board, it will take some time to tease out and explore those options. He said that there will not be any recommendation to withdraw. As things unfold, we will bring those back to the Board under the Reports and Information section of the Agenda.

Reminiscent of the letters sent out to various districts by the Board, Mr. Nagel suggested that perhaps Board members need to be more aggressive and go out to various meetings throughout the community. Letters may not have gotten the same attention as someone going to a board meeting. Sometimes that has more impact than a letter. Former Board President, John Jensen, thought that if you got closer to the people involved they would be more empathetic.

Dr. Cheng noted that the responses to the letters from districts revealed that the decision would be more or less up to Administration. A lot of conversation takes place on a principal to principal and/or athletic director to athletic director level. The letters were distribution from Board president to Board president and asked for consideration at that level. Mr. Ponce added that Boards of multi high school districts do not get involved in conference affiliation discussion. We are unique in that we are a one high school district. Glenbard has four high schools and their board would not typically get involved in what conference the schools would be affiliated. It is a high school association, so it is left to the principal and the athletic director. Dr. Cheng advised that IHSA compares all the results from all schools every year.

Mr. Ponce stated that as personal contact is always stronger perhaps there might be some interaction this weekend at the IASA-IASB-IASBO Conference. Mr. Nagel stated he would be willing to participate.

Additional discussion included whether anyone else was interested (Mrs. Doremus); how to know which schools to go in front of (Mr. Kotche); would have to go in front of the Conference, if you could get on their agenda (Mr. Gunderson); that has been done (Mr. Saake); attendees to IHSA meetings (Mr. Campos) [Mr. Mullaney and Dr. Cheng went to Addison Trail last week); and whether IHSA meeting minutes available to the public (Mr. Campos) [Unsure].

Mrs. Doremus stated that she is quite comfortable with Dr. Cheng handling it and keeping the Board apprised. Dr. Cheng should let the Board know if and when there is a time for appropriate Board involvement. She feels approaching various boards would be inappropriate and uncomfortable for some.

Mr. Ponce added that while the Board can influence the Principal, it is the principal who has those discussions. Mrs. Doremus reminded the Board that a representative from Glenbard south had come to a Board meeting. There are people in the community who may have the ability to open doors and we can feed the information back to Dr. Cheng.

Mr. Nagel stated that somehow we need to get it back into the heads of athletes and coaches that if we are in the DVC we need to work within the DVC. We are in it and we are going to work within it or we will always have that carrot on a stick. In the meantime, we are here. We have to move ahead with what we are dealing. If we are constantly out looking, there is this feeling we are not entrenched in the DVC and do not need to do those things characteristic of success. He continued that we have to decide as a Board if we are going to do something definitive so that everyone knows where we are.

Dr. Cheng responded that, while he did not disagree with Mr. Nagel, any decisions about conference affiliation does not hang on the action of other schools. Should something occur requiring movement to another conference, he does not want us to miss an opportunity that could be beneficial for our kids. He believes that our coaches coach to win and our athletes play to win. I do believe our kids and coaches give 110% for each game in each season.

Mrs. Doremus stated that as long as she has been on the Board, and even before, we have been having this same conversation. She thinks the Board needs to agree to put it to rest. We have had issues arising, people coming to us asking us to look at other options, and demanding we move out of the DVC. We already know there is nothing out there now that fits our needs. If that changes, it would make sense to come back to the Board. We need to be instilling pride in what students are doing, and in what they are participating. We need to build up the mentality that they can be successful and get back to providing an excellent high school experience for our student population.

updated 11-20-10


CLICK HERE - (Illinois) Nokomis High School Considers Jump To Former Conference

updated 11-19-10

Rockford Keith

CLICK HERE - (Illinois) Keith Will Not Field Girls Basketball Team

updated 11-1-10

Illinois Valley Central

IVC is one of three schools from the NCIC who have yet not found a new conference home.

The following information came from IVC...

IVC will be in the Mid-State Six for Football for the next two years. They would like us to join in all sports after next year ( 2012-2013 )

West Chicago

updated 10-28-10

CLICK HERE - (Illinois) Dist. 94: Leaving conference better for athletes

updated 10-26-10

CLICK HERE - (Illinois) Forum may help shape W. Chicago HS's athletic future

updated 10-14-10

CLICK HERE - (Illinois) West Chicago considers leaving DVC to go it alone

Illinois Football Expansion Plan Submitted

updated 10-28-10

CLICK HERE - (Illinois) Expansion could be next step for football playoffs

added 8-3-10

Start of the Year REMINDER

Ask all conference members to declare their intentions on remaining a member of the conference at the start of each school year.

Each conference member should be encouraged to tell the conference commissioner or president when they are talking with another conference, this as a courtesy for everyone. It is not uncommon for schools to be in full-fledged talks before the conference is notified, it should be a priority to notify your conference before that happens. This will help to avoid issues for everyone.

CLICK HERE - Conference Barometer Survey

Click here and read the section "Fine Tuning Your Conference"

Dave Schmidt's article - Fine Tuning Your Conference is featured on the Athletic Managements web site.

Click here and read the section "No Secrets"

updated 4-1-11

CLICK HERE - Lifting Your League

the above article is posted at the Athleltic Management web site.

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updated 10-13-10

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