Though the official end of the IHSA school year occurred last weekend with the championship games in Class 3A and 4A for baseball and softball, some schools found themselves as “winners” and others as “losers” on Tuesday when the state association released the enrollment cutoffs for all sports (except football) for the 2013-14 school year. Enrollment breakdowns for football always are determined after the 256 qualifiers have been chosen, and they are divided into 32-team brackets based on the number of students.
St. Thomas More’s boys’ basketball team was no longer subjected to an IHSA-imposed multiplier in this sport. That decision is based on the lack of postseason success at the school during the past six years. Thus, when regionals start next year, the Sabers will go against Class 1A competition because the school’s enrollment (283 students) is just under the cutoff (289) to be in the smallest class. No change was made in girls’ basketball. The Class 2A state runner-up girls’ team remains in that division, based on a multiplier that makes its enrollment 466.95.
Missing the cut
Urbana University High was not subjected to a multiplier in volleyball, but the Illineks still were moved from Class 1A to Class 2A for next year’s postseason series. The school’s enrollment of 252 students puts it just over the limit (248) to remain in Class 1A. Uni High will be tied for the third-smallest entry in 2A for volleyball. Also moving up is Rantoul in cross-country. Its run as a Class 1A school ends because its enrollment (753) is 10 students above the cutoff.
Moving forward, again
Two years ago, Clinton competed in Class 2A for the track and field postseason. Last month, the Maroons were in Class 1A for the state finals. In 2014, the school is back in 2A. The school showed one of the largest enrollment increases among area schools, going from 504 to 570, which put it above the cutoff (523) to remain in 1A. Two other Clinton sports also were affected. The school was assigned to Class 3A in volleyball and to Class 2A for boys’ golf.
Keeping status quo
If Monticello had hoped to keep its stint in Class 3A for volleyball and Class 2A for track and field to a one-year run, then those hopes were dashed. The school’s enrollment increased slightly (from 559 to 564), meaning the school will remain in the same class for the upcoming school year in every sport.
How it’s figured
The IHSA assigns a certain percentage of schools in each sport to the various classes. Because few sports have the exact same number of participating schools, the cutoff varies from sport to sport. For example, to remain in Class 1A in basketball (boys or girls), the cutoff is 289 students, but to remain in 1A for volleyball, the break is 248 students, while in boys’ soccer, the cut is made at 667 students. Girls’ golf has the largest enrollment for Class 1A (954 students). Volleyball is the smallest.