(5-27-18) Earlier this week SSN sent an email to Yorkville Schools about their future athletic conference home.
The email reply came from Yorkville Schools Superintendent Tim Shimp:
Yorkville CUSD 115 has no comment at this time.
Two of the questions we asked:
- Does this have influence on your thoughts about the IHSA switching to District play in football?
- Would you accept help from the IHSA to find help with a conference home, if districts do not become a reality?
Yorkville and DeKalb look to be the only schools left from the NIB 12 not to find a new conference home at the present time. DeKalb who had hoped to join the NIC 10 was informed earlier this month that the conference would not consider expansion.
The Southwest Prairie Conference might be the answer for the Foxes new athletic conference home. The SWPC is supposedly going to be contacting Yorkville and West Aurora (Upstate 8 member) on their decision by mid-June if they will be welcomed to the conference. Two of the Oswego schools have been contacted about joining an area conference who has seen multiple changes take place the last two school years.
The SWPC is currently made up of the following members:
- Oswego East
- Joliet Central – joined in 2017-18 school year
- Joliet West – joined in 2017-18 school year
- Plainfield Central
- Plainfield East
- Plainfield North
- Plainfield South
Four of the 10 members belong to the Plainfield school district and with 40% of the votes has a big choice in what happens.
The other option for Yorkville, which no one looks forward to, is becoming an independent. Most independents can handle scheduling in the majority of sports, but football can be a nightmare looking for nine games. DeKalb seems to have accepted that they are headed to independent status after the 2018-19 season, the last for the NIB 12.
Most schools try and schedule at least two years ahead to fill in game dates, with this school year in the books it will make it hard for either school to secure that new conference home. Should the SWPC reject Yorkville, it will be a long summer for their administrators.
Conference changes in Illinois are nothing new and when schools start changing it seems to keep happening an alarming rate. Yorkville and DeKalb have seen the worst things that can happen to a school….and it’s not over yet.