The short-term future of area boys lacrosse became much clearer Tuesday night when the Crystal Lake School District 155 Board voted, 6-1, to approve it as an IHSA sport for spring 2019.
The 2017-18 school year is the first when the IHSA will have its own state tournament. Some schools opted to move their club programs to IHSA competition this year, while others will continue to play as club teams recognized by their schools.
Locally, Huntley and Marian Central decided in the spring to join the IHSA, while the rest of area lacrosse-playing schools were waiting on a decision from the four D-155 schools. The other schools figured they could keep the Fox Valley Conference together as a group, with Huntley as the lone team out if the vote was to remain as clubs.
Now that the D-155 schools (Cary-Grove, Crystal Lake Central, Crystal Lake South and Prairie Ridge) know what they are doing, the District 300 schools (Dundee-Crown, Hampshire and Jacobs) and McHenry likely will follow suit. Representatives from those programs said in the spring they would probably follow D-155's lead.
That would give the local teams an eight-team FVC, not affiliated with the IHSA for this spring. Then, those eight schools would join IHSA competition for 2019 and Huntley could rejoin the conference.