By Mike Clark

June 2011 Archives

Preseason Prep Bowl schedule set

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The lineup for this fall's Preseason Prep Bowl Kickoff Classic at Soldier Field was officially unveiled on Friday, and the first game of the season could be one of the best.

Mount Carmel, which finished 12-2 and was the Class 8A runner-up last season, will meet 7A quarterfinalist Simeon (11-1) at 2:30 p.m. in the opener of the tripleheader on Friday, Aug. 26. Game 2 will pit Catholic League power Providence, coming off a rare down year, against Morgan Park, under new coach Jeremy Gold, at 5:15. The nightcap will match IHSA playoff qualifiers St. Ignatius and Young at 8.

Multiplier changes coming

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The IHSA plans to announce changes to its enrollment multiplier for private schools, according to an email sent to media Wednesday by IHSA Assistant Executive Director Matt Troha.

Troha said in the email that the IHSA Board of Directors on Monday "approved significant changes" to the multiplier and school classification policies. Those changes are to be detailed in an email to media Thursday morning.

U-High athletic director Dave Ribbens, who has been pushing for the elimination of the multiplier, said Wednesday afternoon that he was waiting to hear what the adjustments will be.

Two changes he's expecting are to the IHSA's multiplier waiver policy. One would allow waivers on a sport-by-sport basis; currently, a school may only apply for a blanket multiplier waiver for all sports. For schools like Hales, which is a small-school basketball power but less successful in some other sports, that all but guarantees the waiver request will be denied.

The other change would modify the current rule which prohibits a waiver for teams that have played for a regional championship twice in five seasons. The new rule would ban waivers for teams that have won regional championships twice in five seasons.

If that's what is announced, it won't satisfy Ribbens, who still wants the multiplier to be eliminated.

"It's not close to being resolved," Ribbens said. "I think they're trying to put a band-aid on the real issue. ... Marty (Hickman, the IHSA's executive director) knows the multiplier has to go."

If the IHSA board doesn't eliminate the multiplier, opponents could seek relief in Springfield, where the Illinois House and Senate could consider bills that would make the multiplier illegal.

Verzbicas, Beattie, Brown to run in NYC

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Sandburg senior Lukas Verzbicas, Woodstock senior Kayla Beattie and Lincoln-Way East sophomore Aaliyah Brown will represent the Chicago area in the adidas Grand Prix track and field meet Saturday at Icahn Stadium in New York City.

Verzbicas will be back to defend his Boys Dream Mile title, Beattie will compete in the Girls Dream Mile and Brown will run the Girls Dream 100. Verzbicas won last year's race in 4 minutes, 4.38 seconds, the fastest time of 2010 by a prep runner. Among those challenging him will be Jantzen Oshier of Mission Viejo, Calif., who has this year's fastest high school times in the mile (4:06.81) and 1,600 (4:00.83).

Beattie is ranked second nationally in the girls 3,200, while Brown is No. 5 in the U.S. in the girls 100.

Verzbicas sets 2-mile national record

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Sandburg senior Lukas Verzbicas broke the national prep record for the 2-mile, running 8 minutes, 29.46 seconds Saturday at the Prefontaine Classic in Eugene, Ore.

Verzbicas, who has signed with Oregon and was running on his future home track, bettered the old mark of 8:34.40 set three years ago by German Fernandez of Riverbank, Calif.

Verzbicas finished 11th in the elite field. American Bernard Legat won in 8:13.62.

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