This is the final year of two class basketball in Illinois. Is anyone happy about that?
Personally, I just don't see the justification for moving to four classes for basketball. Enrollment means nothing. Ask fans of Lane Tech, Warren, Joliet or Morton.
Take a look at some of the recent Class AA state champions:
In 2004, Peoria Central (883) beat Homewood-Flossmoor (2,641). In 2003, Peoria Central (906) beat Thornwood (2, 572). Three of the Peoria Manual championships (Manual had around 1,000 students at the time) came against high schools with over 2,000 kids (West Aurora, Thornton).
As far as the argument that more teams will win regional and sectional titles, does anyone really care about that?
Lately, we've been very lucky to have the best players in the state battle in the state finals (Livingston vs. Wright, Scheyer vs. Rose, etc.) who wants that to stop?
Instead of finding ways to hand out more trophies, perhaps the IHSA should concentrate on changing the rules they've made that are harming the kids. Wouldn't it be nice if high school coaches were allowed more contact time during the summer? That would limit the influence of AAU coaches and street agents, helping to clean up the game. That's the issue the IHSA should be debating and holding votes on, not how many trophies to hand out in March.