Marian Central’s conference affiliation for football will change in the 2014-15 school year, but many of its rivalries will remain the same.
The Hurricanes, along with four other Suburban Christian Conference schools, will join the Chicago Catholic League for football and boys soccer in the fall of 2014. That is the year when seven current SCC members will leave to join the Metro Suburban Conference.
The SCC and CCL released a joint statement on Monday about the merger. Marian superintendent Tom Landers released his school's statement on Tuesday.
“We are pleased with this new agreement,” Landers said. “And we look forward to maintaining existing rivalries, while at the same time having the opportunity to compete against other Catholic schools that have not been a part of our schedule of competitions in the past.”
The remaining SCC schools – Marian, Aurora Christian, Montini, St. Francis, Marmion (boys only) and Rosary (girls only) – will maintain the SCC for all other sports as a five-team conference.
Football was the driving force behind the move since the SCC would have been left with five members. That would have meant five nonconference dates for athletic directors to find for their teams.
Under the new arrangement, Marian, Marmion, Montini, St. Francis and Fenwick will comprise the CCL’s Green Division. There will be three crossover games from teams in other CCL divisions and each team will then have two nonconference games to schedule. Aurora Christian will play in the CCL's White Division with Bishop McNamara, De La Salle Institute, St. Ignatius and St. Laurence.
The SCC Blue Division has been one of the state’s best leagues in recent years. Montini has won four consecutive Class 5A state championships, while Aurora Christian has won back-to-back Class 3A titles.
Marian won the SCC each of the last two years and finished 11-1, losing only to Montini. The CCL also has some of the state’s top football teams in the higher classes. The CCL’s Blue Division has Mount Carmel, Loyola, Providence Catholic, Brother Rice and St. Rita.
Alignments for boys soccer have yet to be determined and will be arranged by geography and parity.