By Phil Brozynski
Hampshire got the bad news Wednesday.
The Illinois High School Association Board of Directors sustained the Executive Director's ruling that the enrollment figure for Hampshire High School for the 2008-09 school term will be 892, an increase of 289 students over last year's enrollment of 603.
The enrollment increase is the result of redistricting within Hampshire and surrounding school districts. As a result, Hampshire, which defeated Chicago Christian in the Class 2A quarterfinals in 2007, is now classified as a Class 3A school.
The decision diminishes Hampshire's chances of returning to the state volleyball finals despite the presence of the Wehrs sisters, Amy and Kara, two of the more talented players in the far northwest suburbs.
Hampshire will likely find itself pitted against the likes of Marian Central, Burlington Central and Freeport in it attempt to return to Bloomington.
Defending NCAA Division I champion Penn State will be among four teams competing in the 1st Annual Chicago Classic sponsored by Elite Volleyball Program September 12-13 at Mother McAuley High School.
Louisville will play Illinois State University (ISU) at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, September 12, followed by the University of Illinois-Chicago (UIC) and Penn State at 7:30 p.m.
On Saturday, September 13, UIC will play Louisville at noon, ISU will play Penn State at 2:00 p.m., ISU will play UIC at 5:30 p.m. and Penn State will play Louisville at 7:30 p.m.
Daily admission is $5.00 for adults, $2.00 for children and $10.00 for families. Mother McAuley is located at 3737 W. 99th Street in Chicago.
For more information, visit www.elitevolleyballprogram.com or www.mothermcauley.org.