Barrington Gets Easier Path after Sectional Vote Revision

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Byline: Kathy Rudolph Daily Herald Correspondent

Last week's sectional seed meeting left some coaches wondering what Dundee Crown coach Jim Tohme was using as a criteria for ranking some of the teams at the Palatine sectional.

Barrington Atletic Director Bob Carpenter also wondered after seeing that, despite grabbing eight No. 1 votes, three second-place votes and one third, Tohme ranked the Fillies eighth.

Carpenter called Assistant Executive Director Marty Hickman at the IHSA Friday and protested. After reviewing the voting, Hickman agreed and ruled that all of Tohme's rankings would be excluded for the sectional rankings.

"I will say I think the IHSA did the right thing," Carpenter said. "The kids on both sides have worked hard not to have the seed meeting taken seriously."

The protest resulted in some major changes in the sectional pairings. Barrington, which would have had to play MSL North powers Fremd and Palatine to get to the the sectional final, is now in the upper half of the bracket and will open against either Lake Zurich or Jacobs.

Schaumburg, now the No. 2 seed, will likely play Hoffman Estates first. After that the Saxons will probably face Palatine or Fremd.

Hoffman and Fremd are also affected by the change. The Hawks drop from the sixth to the seventh seed, while Fremd goes from seventh to sixth.

At the Hersey sectional, Maine South drew the top seed with Buffalo Grove second and Hersey third. …