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Marian Central Catholic moving to East Suburban Catholic Conference

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Updated: December 15, 2013 11:53AM



Five months after agreeing to join the Catholic League for football and soccer next school year, Marian Central has switched course and decided to move to the East Suburban Catholic Conference for all sports instead.

The ESCC and Marian Central announced the move, effective for the 2014-15 school year, in a press release Tuesday.

“Having known of the school and its outstanding commitment to academics, athletics and co-curricular activities through the years, I am thrilled that they will be joining us this coming school year,” Benet principal Stephen Marth said in the release.

The reaction was different in the Catholic League.

“It’s extremely disappointing,” said St. Ignatius athletic director and Catholic League president Jim Prunty. “There was no forewarning of this.”

“It’s not something where we had back-door meetings for six months,” Marian Central athletic director Drew Potthoff said. “This just jumped up. ... You first and foremost have to take care of what’s best for your kids. We can’t compete in the Chicago Catholic League in all sports; we’re just 700 kids.”

Prunty said the Catholic League football and soccer schedules for 2014 have been done for seven weeks. Now they’ll have to be reworked without the Hurricanes.

“Obviously we don’t have a solution now, but we’ll figure something out,” Prunty said.

Marian Central was one of five members of the current Suburban Christian Conference who agreed in June to join the Catholic League for football and soccer. The others are Aurora Christian, Marmion, Montini and St. Francis, who were looking for options after seven other members of the SCC in May announced plans to move to the Metro Suburban Conference.

The plan was for the expanded Catholic League to go from three to four five-team divisions for football. Now, it’s unclear how the conference will proceed.

“We would welcome another team,” Prunty said. “But if we do it, we’ll do it the right way.”

Marian Central’s decision also complicated ongoing efforts to keep the remaining members of the SCC together for sports other than football and boys soccer.

“We didn’t know anything about it,” Montini athletic director Bob Landi said. “Right now, to be honest, we’re still reeling from the news.”

Landi said the representatives of the remaining Suburban Christian schools — Aurora Christian, Marmion, Montini, Rosary and St. Francis — are scheduled to meet Thursday to discuss their options. He said the conference has talked with a couple of schools about joining a realigned SCC and, “we thought everybody was excited about that.”



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