Rating the schools

In 2005, we asked Fred Kroner to come up with a formula to fairly evaluate all of our area schools against one another, whether they competed in five sports or in 20.

Like he has done the past five years, he eliminated conference championships as a possible factor because not all area schools belong to conferences. That left him with six categories in which points were awarded.

The subsequent point total was divided by the number of sports a school offered, and that revealed an average by which schools were rated from first through 39th, plus ties.

Here's how Centennial unseated Unity for its first Area All-Sports title, which places equal weight on boys' and girls' sports. The Chargers had three teams that won at least 20 games. Each mark in that column resulted in three points, starting the school with nine points.

In six sports, Centennial won regional titles. Each of those was worth two points, adding an additional 12 points to the total. Sectional championships were won in four sports. At a value of four points each, that earned Centennial 16 more points.

The school had one super-sectional triumph, meaning six more points.

Finally, in each sport Centennial earned state medals, six points were tallied per sport. The Chargers had medalists in six sports, so their overall score was boosted by another 36 points.

No "extra credit" is given for a school with multiple state placers (for example, five track medalists) instead of one in a particular sport. Finally, the school had the Player of the Year in eight different sports, which added an additional 16 points.

When all columns are combined, Centennial collected 95 points from its 19 sports, which meant an average of 5.00, a narrow edge over runner-up Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley (4.83).

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20-WIN REG. SECT. SUPER-SECT. AREA STATE NO. OF TOTAL AVG. PER

SCHOOL (PRVS. YR. RANK) TEAMS TITLES TITLES TITLES POYs MEDALISTS SPORTS POINTS SPORT

Centennial (2) 3 6 4 1 8 6 19 95 5.00

Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley (11) 4 2 1 0 1 6 12 23 4.83

St. Thomas More (3) 6 5 2 0 1 4 17 62 3.65

Salt Fork (4) 3 4 1 1 1 2 13 41 3.15

Danville (35) 2 2 3 0 2 5 18 56 3.11

Arthur Okaw Christian (–) 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 6 3.00

Unity (1) 4 1 0 0 1 3 12 34 2.83

St. Joseph-Ogden (7) 2 3 1 0 1 2 12 30 2.50

Champaign Central (14) 2 3 2 0 0 4 19 44 2.32

Chrisman (10) 3 1 0 0 0 0 5 11 2.20

Mahomet-Seymour (5) 2 5 0 0 1 2 15 30 2.00

Argenta-Oreana (15) 1 2 0 0 0 2 10 19 1.90

Shiloh/East Central (19) 5 1 0 0 0 0 9 17 1.89

LeRoy (t-20) 2 2 0 0 0 1 10 16 1.60

Prairie Central (38) 2 1 0 0 0 2 13 20 1.54

Monticello (t-20) 1 2 1 0 0 2 15 23 1.53

Tuscola (31) 1 1 0 0 0 2 12 17 1.42

Ridgeview (6) 2 2 1 0 0 0 10 14 1.40

Georgetown-Ridge Farm (37) 0 0 0 0 0 2 10 12 1.20

Paxton-Buckley-Loda (8) 2 3 0 0 0 0 10 12 1.20

CPCI (t-17) 1 2 0 0 0 0 6 7 1.17

Urbana (28) 1 2 1 0 2 1 18 21 1.17

Watseka (12) 4 1 0 0 0 0 12 14 1.17

Iroquois West (–) 0 1 0 0 0 1 8 8 1.00

Schlarman (27) 3 3 0 0 0 0 18 17 0.94

Oakwood (26) 1 0 0 0 1 1 12 11 0.92

Bismarck-Henning (t-17) 2 2 0 0 0 0 12 10 0.83

Sullivan (30) 1 1 0 0 0 1 14 11 0.79

South Piatt (–) 0 0 0 0 0 1 9 6 0.67

Fisher (13) 0 2 0 0 0 0 10 4 0.40

Arthur-Lovington (25) 1 0 0 0 0 0 9 3 0.33

Judah Christian (39) 1 0 0 0 0 0 10 3 0.30

Tri-County (t-33) 0 1 0 0 0 0 6 2 0.30

Blue Ridge (t-20) 1 0 0 0 0 0 11 3 0.27

Villa Grove (29) 1 0 0 0 0 0 11 3 0.27

Arcola (–) 0 1 0 0 0 0 10 2 0.20

Urbana Uni High (9) 0 1 0 0 0 0 10 2 0.20

Note: The 20-win category also includes teams with at least 10 wins in football.

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