School Considers a Change in Conference W. Chicago Board Thinks DuPage Valley Too Tough
Moraga, Angelita, Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL)
Byline: Angelita Moraga Daily Herald Staff Writer
When the West Chicago High School varsity football team beat West Aurora High School earlier this month, it was the first time the Wildcats had defeated a team in its conference since 1996.
The players in the DuPage Valley Conference weren't even born for the team's last playoff appearance in 1978.
"It's no fun for kids to get their brains beat out week after week," said West Chicago High School District 94 school board member Gerald Landis.
"We need to be in a conference where we have a better chance of winning."
The West Chicago High School board on Tuesday will begin discussing whether to get out of DuPage Valley.
Superintendent Lee Rieck is recommending that the district talk with other conferences to see who may be willing to take them in.
It would take the district at least two years to switch conferences, officials said.
Two conferences have come up as possible new homes - the Upstate Eight and the Suburban Prairie.
DuPage Valley has eight schools in its conference. The Upstate Eight will have 11 teams when a new high school opens in St. Charles next year. Suburban Prairie will have 18 teams when a new Plainfield high school opens in 2001-02.
Bob Stone, West Chicago athletic director, said the school with 1,750 students is often outranked by schools with enrollments as large as 2,700. …