The Suburban Christian Conference will sports a much different look by the 2014-15 school year when seven of the league’s 12 members join the Metro Suburban Conference.
Marian Central, the lone local school in the SCC, will be one of the five remaining schools in the conference, joined by Marmion, Montini, Aurora Christian and St. Francis. Rosary competes in girls sports instead of Marmion.
The other seven SCC members – Aurora Central Catholic, Chicago Christian, Guerin, Immaculate Conception, St. Edward, Walther Lutheran and Wheaton Academy – were accepted to the Metro Suburban Wednesday.
Marian athletic director Mike McGovern was headed to SCC meetings Thursday morning in which the conference’s future plans were to be discussed.
“Our initial plan at our last meeting was to try to find a couple schools [by 2014-15],” McGovern said. “We’d want to have one or three or five. That will be part of the discussion.”
ADs want to add an odd number of schools for scheduling purposes.
“We have some time because next year’s schedule is all in place,” McGovern said.
The Suburban Catholic Conference added several schools to reach 12 members in the 2009-10 school year and split to two six-team divisions. McGovern feels lopsided football scores were a driving force in many of the smaller SCC schools wanting a change.
Montini has won four consecutive Class 5A state titles and Aurora Christian has won back-to-back Class 3A championships. St. Francis won Class 5A in 2008 and Marmion played for the Class 6A title in 2010.
Marian has been one of the state’s best teams as well finishing 11-1 each of the last two seasons, with both losses to Montini.
“Every conference goes through trying to make the playing field even,” McGovern said. “Many of the games were over by the second quarter.”
The SCC crossover games did count toward on the division records of the teams.
Current members of the Metro Suburban are Elmwood Park, Fenton, Glenbard South, Ridgewood, Riverside-Brookfield, Illiana Christian and Timothy Christian. Illiana Christian and Timothy Christian play in all sports except football.