DeKalb is in effect joining the NIC-10 after all – at least that's what a mock released to schools on Wednesday shows for the Barbs.
In the letter released by the IHSA to member schools obtained by Shaw Media on Thursday, the IHSA stressed that the districts will change by the start of the 2021 season as some will drop football, some will move to 8-man, and others will dissolve or for co-ops – not to mention enrollment changes.
In the preliminary mockup, DeKalb would be in a 7A district with eight other schools, including five Rockford schools, Harlem, Larkin and St. Charles North.
Sycamore and Kaneland would be in a 6A district with three Crystal Lake schools, the two Belvidere schools and Hampshire.
Sycamore coach Joe Ryan said there's a lot of unknowns that still exist – including even if district themselves will exist or if the vote will be overturned.
"Two years is a long way out," Ryan said. "I think there's going to be changes to the teams in our district and there might be changes in the districts themselves. I'm not sure we're totally there yet. We're gonna wait and see."
Genoa-Kingston would be in a 4A district with current BNC members Stillman Valley, Dixon, Rockford Lutheran, Harvard and Rock Falls; former BNC members Harvard and Marengo; Kewanee and St. Edward.
Hiawatha's district would include only three current NAC teams – the Hawks, Hiawatha and Mooseheart.
Full district listings are available at daily-chronicle.com