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Mendota goes up, Bruins hoops down

The Mendota baseball and softball teams took a big hit with the announcement this week of the IHSA’s new enrollment classifications for the 2013-14 school year. The St. Bede boys basketball program may have hit a home run.

The Bruins will drop from 2A to 1A, no longer having the enrollment multiplier applied. Once the Bruins win two regionals, the multiplier would come into play and send them back to 2A for six years.

St. Bede coach Mike Kirlmartin said he was surprised, but doesn’t matter really. When he told the kids, he said they didn’t really have much feeling either way.

“If it were the last two years we would have been tough to beat,” he said.

The Lady Bruins, who have won three regionals in the past five years, will remain in 2A.

Both Mendota teams have been bumped from 2A to 3A. Mendota has an enrollment of 622, just 12 students over the new cap (610) for Class 2A. The cutoff was 614 last year.

Mendota’s basketball and volleyball programs were bumped to 3A in 2012-13.

In recent years, the IHSA went to a new reclassification system to divide each sport evenly by class rather than by a blanket over each individual school. The postseason success of private schools determined if they were assessed the enrollment multiplier.

No other area programs were affected by the cutoffs.

Princeton (551) stays in 2A for boys and girls basketball, baseball and softball and 3A for volleyball in a four-class system. Boys and girls soccer, cross country and wrestling will remain 1A and boys golf, and track will all remain in 2A out of three classes.

There are only two classes for girls golf and boys and girls tennis with Princeton among the smaller schools.

With anticipated declining enrollments, no PHS sport should be in danger of moving up and the Tigress volleyball program is hoping to drop back to 2A where it was prior to 2012.

Bureau Valley (335) and Hall (384) will again be 1A schools for cross country and track and 2A schools for baseball, basketball, softball and volleyball.

St. Bede (468.6 with multiplier) will remain in 1A for track and cross country and in 2A for baseball, softball, girls basketball and volleyball.

LaMoille/Ohio and DePue teams will play in 1A for all of its sports.

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