IHSA executive director wants public and private schools to remain in all-inclusive postseason format

Illinois High School Executive Director Marty Hickman issued a statement that he wants public and private schools to continue to play together in postseason.

“The size and diversity of our membership create unique challenges and I respect a school’s desire to use our legislative process to create change when they believe it is needed,” Hickman said. “However, the IHSA has managed to thrive for decades with public and private schools competing together in the State Series, and I personally do not believe that has to change now.”

West Suburban Conference administrators confirmed they will likely submit a proposal to separate public and private schools for the IHSA state series, according to The (Moline) Dispatch and Rock Island Argus.

There was a similar proposal in Kentucky years ago, but nothing changed. As far as I know, nothing formally has been proposed in Indiana concerning the public-private controversy, but the IHSAA did implement the “success factor” this past school year. Mater Dei’s girls’ basketball team was affected. After winning back-to-back Class 2A state championships in 2012 and ’13, the Wildcats were bumped up to 3A and finished second at state.

–Gordon Engelhardt

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