Sages volleyball drops down in class
NORMAL — Area schools experienced some of the ups and downs of sports this week.
Not all of the movement was equal.
Four area schools were moved up a class, while only one moved down this week when the Illinois High School Association released the official enrollments and specific-sport classifications for the 2014-15 school year. Enrollments are based on attendance figures reported by school districts last fall.
In volleyball, Monticello was reclassified from Class 3A into 2A by the slightest of margins. The cutoff to be in Class 2A was 517 students, the exact number Monticello had last year. However, that enrollment was five students above the cutoff for also moving down in track and field.
Moving up in class are the baseball and softball programs from Argenta-Oreana. This year’s third-place Class 1A team was assigned to Class 2A for the 2015 season. A-O’s enrollment (307) was 15 students greater than the cutoff needed to stay in Class 1A.
In boys’ basketball, St. Thomas More will join its girls’ program in Class 2A. A year ago, the Sabers were 1A for boys’ basketball but 2A for girls. The boys moved up after winning regional and sectional titles.
Other area schools affected were Danville and Prairie Central. Danville was switched from Class 2A into 3A for wrestling. Danville’s enrollment of 1,584 was 18 students greater than the cutoff to stay in 2A.
Prairie Central moved into Class 3A for baseball and softball. The cutoff to stay in 2A was 606 students. Prairie Central has an enrollment of 614. The Hawks are already 3A for basketball and volleyball.
Football is the only IHSA sport in which classes are not determined in advance. For football, once all 256 qualifiers are determined, the IHSA brackets them into eight 32-school classes.
On the move
Area schools that will change classes next school year for the state tournament series, based on revised enrollment figures released by the IHSA this week:
SCHOOL SPORT THEN NOW
Argenta-Oreana Baseball 1A 2A
Argenta-Oreana Softball 1A 2A
Danville Wrestling 2A 3A
Monticello Volleyball 3A 2A
Prairie Central Baseball 2A 3A
Prairie Central Softball 2A 3A
St. Thomas More Boys’ basketball 1A 2A