The Rating Game

The rating game

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 four 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.

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

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

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

Finally, in each sport where Unity earned state medals, six points were tallied per sport. The Rockets had medalists in three sports, so their overall score was boosted by another 18 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.

When all columns are combined, Unity collected 51 points from its 12 sports, which meant an average of 4.25, a narrow edge over runner-up Centennial (4.11).

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SCHOOL 20-WIN REGIONAL SECTIONAL SUPER-SECT. AREA STATE NO. TOTAL AVG.

(PRVS. YR. RANK) TEAMS TITLES TITLES TITLES POYS MEDALISTS OF SPORTS POINTS PER SPORT

Unity (8) 3 3 3 1 0 3 12 51 4.25

Centennial (3) 2 4 4 1 3 6 19 78 4.11

St. Thomas More (6-T) 3 5 1 0 2 4 15 51 3.40

Salt Fork (16-T) 4 3 1 0 1 3 13 42 3.23

Mahomet-Seymour (10-T) 0 5 1 0 4 4 15 46 3.07

Ridgeview (24) 2 2 2 1 0 1 10 30 3.00

St. Joseph-Ogden (2) 2 2 1 0 0 3 11 32 2.91

Paxton-Buckley-Loda (14) 3 1 0 0 1 2 10 25 2.50

Urbana Uni High (6-T) 1 1 1 0 1 2 10 23 2.30

Chrisman (30-T) 3 0 0 0 0 0 4 9 2.25

Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley (26-T) 1 2 0 0 0 3 11 23 2.09

Watseka (36) 2 1 1 1 0 1 12 24 2.00

Fisher (10-T) 1 0 1 0 0 2 10 19 1.90

Champaign Central (5) 0 1 2 0 3 3 19 34 1.79

Argenta-Oreana (37-T) 0 0 0 0 0 3 11 18 1.64

Hoopeston Area (16-T) 1 1 0 0 1 2 12 19 1.58

Bismarck-Henning (13) 2 2 0 0 1 1 12 18 1.50

CPCI (NR) 1 1 1 0 0 0 6 9 1.50

Shiloh/East Central (22) 2 1 1 0 0 0 9 12 1.33

Blue Ridge (30-T) 2 2 1 0 0 0 11 14 1.27

LeRoy (30-T) 0 1 0 0 0 2 11 14 1.27

Monticello (4) 1 3 1 0 0 1 15 19 1.27

Milford (23) 0 1 0 0 0 1 7 8 1.14

Cerro Gordo (9) 1 0 0 0 0 1 8 9 1.13

Arthur-Lovington (26-T) 1 1 0 0 0 1 10 11 1.10

Oakwood (21) 1 2 0 0 0 1 12 13 1.08

Schlarman (30-T) 2 3 0 0 0 1 17 18 1.06

Urbana (25) 0 3 0 0 2 1 18 16 0.89

Villa Grove (30-T) 1 0 0 0 0 1 11 9 0.82

Rantoul (30-T) 1 1 0 0 0 0 12 5 0.42

Prairie Central (15) 1 0 0 0 0 0 13 3 0.23

Judah Christian (NR) 0 1 0 0 0 0 10 2 0.20

Sullivan (26-T) 1 0 0 0 0 1 13 9 0.69

Tuscola (1) 0 4 0 0 0 0 12 8 0.67

Westville (16-T) 0 0 0 0 0 1 10 6 0.60

Clinton (NR) 0 0 0 0 0 1 12 6 0.50

Tri-County (16-T) 1 0 0 0 0 0 6 3 0.50

Danville (37-T) 0 1 0 0 0 1 18 8 0.44

Georgetown-Ridge Farm (16-T) 1 0 0 0 0 0 10 3 0.30

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