Major news from the IHSA this week.
The Bloomington-based organization announced what current enrollment figures mean for the 2010-11 school year, and the results create some huge changes for area schools.
Danville and Rantoul are two of the schools most affected. In sports where there are three classes, Rantoul has been shifted from Class 2A to Class 1A due to its declining enrollments. In sports where there are two sports, Rantoul will be a Class 1A school. And, in sports where there are four classes, Rantoul goes from Class 3A to Class 2A.
What it means is that in sports such as basketball, cross-country and wrestling, Rantoul will be in postseason groupings with schools such as Bismarck-Henning, Monticello, St. Joseph-Ogden, St. Thomas More and Unity.
Danville, meanwhile, has been advanced to a larger class. In track and field, the Vikings will go from Class 2A to Class 3A. In sports such as basketball, baseball and softball, Danville will be shifted from Class 3A to Class 4A.
There are few Class 4A schools in Central Illinois. Normal Community and Normal West are two of the few 4A schools, which increases the likelihood of Danville traveling greater distances for its tournament contests.
Also changing classes, from The News-Gazette area, are Georgetown-Ridge Farm, which drops from Class 2A to Class 1A, Sullivan, which moves from 1A to 2A and Westville, which also advances from 1A to 2A.
The IHSA announcement does not affect football. In that sport only, the teams are chosen for the postseason with the 32 smallest being assigned to 1A, the next 32 to 2A, the next 32 to 3A, etc.
Look for changes in regional assignments for Champaign-Urbana and Mahomet-Seymour schools in the postseason. Two of the schools they've traditionally competed with at tournament time (Danville and Rantoul) will be in a larger class, which will require redesigned regionals for the remaining area Class 3A schools.
And, we thought summer was a time for inactivity with the IHSA.