TIGERS' TOUGH TIMES
Crystal Lake Central coach Jon McLaughlin had to cancel the Tigers’ junior varsity game Saturday for the second week in a row. McLaughlin said because of injuries and sickness, and his team’s small junior class, it was too difficult to field a JV team.
“We have kids who have gotten injured, kids who were sick last week,” McLaughlin said. “We have a small junior class, so the combination of all that makes it hard. Last year, we pulled up six or seven freshmen for sophomore games. It was tough to field a team.”
The FVC switched from five levels to four this season – varsity, junior varsity, freshman-sophomore A and freshman-sophomore B, hoping it would give teams that are fighting numbers problems more flexibility to fill those four games.
McLaughlin emailed parents last week to notify them of the situation. Ten JV players missed practice Wednesday, causing him to make the decision. He told the parents he was discussing with Central administrators whether to keep trying to play JV games or eliminate them this season.
“It’s probably going to be ongoing,” he said. “It’s just the situation we’re in right now.”