Prep Year in Review: Spartans fired up

Prep Year in Review: Spartans fired up

In 2005, we asked sports writer 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.

Not even his new gig as editor of the Mahomet Citizen could get him out of continuing this tradition. He stepped in as a pinch-hitter, and, like he has done the past 12 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 40th.

In 2013, Kroner tweaked the process in two areas. He still recognized 20-win teams, but he gave two bonus points for any 30-win teams. Also, schools with state medalists still receive six points, but if they've had a state champion, those schools receive three additional bonus points.

Here's how St. Joseph-Ogden continued in the top spot for the ninth time in the 13-year-old All-Sports competition, which places equal weight on boys' and girls' sports.

The Spartans had three 20-win teams and two 30-win teams, which started the school off with 13 points. In five sports, SJ-O won regional titles. Each of those were worth two points, adding an additional 10 points to the total. A sectional championship was captured in five sports. At a value of four points each, that earned SJ-O another 20 points. Three super-sectional titles added 18 more points.

Finally, in each sport where the Spartans earned state medals for individual or team finishes, six points were tallied per sport. The school had individual medalists or top-four team finishes in nine sports (including three state champions), so its overall total was boosted by 63 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, SJ-O had an Area Player of the Year or an Area Coach of the Year in seven different sports, which added an additional 14 points.

When all of the columns are tallied, St. Joseph-Ogden collected 138 points from its 16 sports, which meant an All-Sports average of 8.63 and a significant edge over runner-up Mahomet-Seymour, which came in at 3.84.

FRED KRONER

School (Prvs. Yr. Rank), *3/2* 20-Win/30-Win Teams, *2* Regional Titles, *4* Sectional Titles, *6* Super-Sect. Titles, *2* Area Coach/POYs, *6/3* State Medalists, No. of Sports, Total Points, Avg. Per Sport

1. St. Joseph-Ogden (1)    3/2    5    5    3    4/3    9/3    16    138    8.63

2. Mahomet-Seymour (10)    2/0    3    4    0    4/2    5/1    19    73    3.84

3. Monticello (13)    3/0    2    3    0    1/3    5/1    18    66    3.67

4. Champaign Central (8)    1/1    3    3    1    4/3    4/1    20    70    3.50

5. Ridgeview (23)    2/1    1    1    0    0/0    3/1    11    35    3.18

6. Urbana Uni High (5)    0/0    0    0    0    0/4    5/2    14    44    3.14

7. Watseka (14)    4/1    3    2    0    0/0    1/0    12    34    2.83

8. Arthur Okaw (T-31)    3/1    0    0    0    0/0    0/0    4    11    2.75

9. Arthur-Lovington/Atwood-Hammond (24)    3/0    2    0    0    0/0    3/1    13    34    2.62

10. LeRoy (2)    2/0    0    0    0    0/0    3/1    11    27    2.45

11. Tuscola (12)    4/1    1    1    0    0/  0    1/0    12    26    2.17

12. Unity (3)    2/0    1    1    0    0/0    3/0    15    30    2.00

13-T. Centennial (17)    0/0    1    1    0    2/3    3/1    19    37    1.95

13-T. Urbana (29)    0/0    1    0    0    1/0    4/3    19    37    1.95

15. Bismarck-Henning (20)    2/0    3    0    0    0/0    3/0    17    30    1.76

16. Danville (28)    2/0    1    0    0    0/2    3/0    19    30    1.58

17. Oakwood (11)    2/0    3    1    0    0/0    1/0    14    22    1.57

T-18. Hoopeston Area (34)    1/0    0    0    0    0/0    3/0    14    21    1.50

T-18. La Salette (T-25)    1/0    0    0    0    0/0    0/0    2    3    1.50

20. Fisher (9)    2/0    2    0    0    0/0    1/0    12    16    1.33

T-21. Cissna Park (6)    2/0    2    0    0    0/0    0/0    8    10    1.25

T-21. Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley (16)    1/0    0    0    0    0/0    2/0    12    15    1.25

23. Clinton (30)    1/0    0    0    0    0/0    3/0    17    21    1.24

24. Schlarman (21)    2/0    2    0    0    0/1    1/0    15    18    1.20

25. Tri-County (NR)    2/0    1    0    0    0/0    1/0    12    14    1.17

26. Blue Ridge (27)    1/0    1    0    0    0/0    1/0    10    11    1.10

27. Rantoul (35)    2/0    0    0    0    0/0    2/0    17    18    1.06

T-28. Paxton-Buckley-Loda (15)    3/0    2    0    0    0/0    0/0    13    13    1.00

T-28. St. Thomas More (22)    1/1    3    0    0    1/0    1/0    19    19    1.00

30. Prairie Central (19)    2/0    0    0    0    0/0    1/0    13    12 0.92

31. Argenta-Oreana (NR)    1/0    1    0    0    0/0    1/0    13    11    0.85

32-T. Arcola (7)    0/0    1    0    0    0/0    1/0    10    8    0.80

32-T. Milford (37)    0/0    1    0    0    0/0    1/0    10    8    0.80

34. Georgetown-Ridge Farm/Chrisman (T-25)    2/0    0    0    0    0/0    0/0    9    6    0.67

35. Chrisman (18)    1/0    0    0    0    0/0    0/0    5    3    0.60

36. Salt Fork (4)    0/0    0    0    0    0/0    1/0    12    6    0.50

37. Armstrong-Potomac (NR)    1/0    0    0    0    0/0    0/0    9    3    0.33

38. Westville (38)    1/0    0    0    0    0/0    0/0    11    3    0.27

39. Judah Christian (NR)    1/0    0    0    0    0/0    0/0    12    3    0.25

40. Iroquois West (33)    1/0    0    0    0    0/0    0/0    13    3    0.23

NOTES: The 20-win category also includes teams with at least 10 wins in football; Georgetown-Ridge Farm has a coop with Chrisman for some sports, but Chrisman fields its own teams in five sports.