Naperville North, Waubonsie Valley and Naperville Central - that's Redhawks quarterback Nick Linne pictured above - are scheduled to compete in the Raider Passing Jamboree on July 18 at Bolingbrook. The Saturday morning event begins at 9. Here's the list of teams expected to be in attendance:
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Naperville Central will announce the site of the Week 1 opener at a later date; here's what the Warriors will have to face next season:
2009 WAUBONSIE VALLEY SCHEDULE
Aug. 28 at Naperville Central
Sept. 4 vs. Oswego
Sept. 11 at Bartlett
Sept. 18 at St. Charles North
Sept. 25 vs. Neuqua Valley at North Central College
Oct. 2 vs. St. Charles East
Oct. 9 vs. Elgin
Oct. 16 at Lake Park
Oct. 23 vs. East Aurora
All games are scheduled for Fridays at 7:30 p.m.
Naperville Central's stadium situation is unsettled, so the site for its Sept. 4 game against Neuqua Valley will be announced later. Bill Ellinghaus, the Neuqua assistant football coach and assistant athletic director, indicated that another location might change but the here's the rough draft of the schedule:
2009 NEUQUA VALLEY SCHEDULE (TENTATIVE)
Aug. 28 vs. Naperville North
Sept. 4 at Naperville Central
Sept. 11 vs. South Elgin
Sept. 19 at Bartlett*
Sept. 25 vs. Waubonsie Valley at North Central College
Oct. 2 at Cathedral (Ind.)
Oct. 9 at. St. Charles North
Oct. 16 vs. St. Charles East
Oct. 23 vs. Elgin
*Except for the Saturday afternoon road game at Bartlett, all games are
scheduled for Fridays at 7:30 p.m.
When the ACC raided the Big East a few years ago, it created a ripple effect across the country. It can still be felt in Lincoln Park, where the DePaul hoops program is 0-13 in the rugged Big East. To make matters worse, its next two games are against Pittsburgh and Villanova, which combined are 43-7.
With that in mind - and on a much smaller scale - we looked at the recent rumblings of defections and realignment within the area's conferences. In the same way that Miami football can set off a chain of events that impacts DePaul basketball, the Western Sun's potential movement could force the DuPage Valley and Upstate Eight to make some decisions.
Before we go any further, let's stress that nothing is about to happen. Last week Metea Valley principal Jim Schmid was gracious enough to field our hypothetical questions before a single practice was held at the school, and said the UEC would require some advance notice.
"It's usually at least a year. I know that when DeKalb left, they let us know about a (year-plus) ahead of time. It's usually primarily because of scheduling," Schmid said. "It's certainly ample time where they're able (to) deal with the nuances of primarily the football schedule, (which) is the most challenging one."
Football may not drive everything at every school, but it's a major consideration. Jim Owczarski and Rick Armstrong mapped out some potential scenarios in the Beacon News. What if dominos start falling and, say, a West Chicago leaves the DVC? Or if Geneva spins out and links up with the St. Charles schools? The Glenbard schools aren't all in the same conference - should District 204 stay together?
This is entirely a game of "what-if." But if you were an area athletic director, what would you be looking for to protect your football program's interest?
This morning Paul LaTour analyzes the Upstate Eight Conference and how it has historically struggled in the postseason. R.J. Gerber of The Courier News agrees, saying that undefeated Bartlett has something to prove in Class 8A.
The Naperville North program has already earned that respect, but if it is to repeat, then it may at some point have to lean more on its passing game. Its road back to Champaign could go through 9-0 Bolingbrook, which, as Bill Scheibe of The Herald News explains, has a strong secondary.
And finally Stephen Spiewak of MaxPreps shares his three games in 24 hours odyssey, which began at Harshbarger-Welzel Field last Friday.
The Upstate Eight Conference will expand and realign into two six-team divisions beginning in the fall of 2010.
The conference announced the anticipated move on Thursday and it took into account several geographic considerations. Metea Valley, which in scheduled to open in the fall of 2009, will become the conference's new 12th member and join District 204 rivals Neuqua Valley and Waubonsie Valley in the UEC South. The division will also include East Aurora, St. Charles East and St. Charles North.
The UEC North will be made up of Bartlett, Elgin, Lake Park, Larkin, South Elgin and Streamwood.
What's your early take? How will this impact these UEC programs?