Several Riverside-Brookfield High School sports programs will take a step up in class for the 2012-2013 school year based on school enrollment.
Boys basketball and girls basketball along with girls volleyball are moving up to Class 4A (from Class 3A), while the boys track and girls track programs will be in Class 3A instead of their previous classification of Class 2A.
The RB enrollment of 1,448 students for the 2012-2013 school year (which is the school’s enrollment on September 30, 2011 as reported to the Illinois State Board of Education, and adjusted by the IHSA according to policy) determines which classification range it falls into for each sport.
For example, boys and girls basketball programs are Class 4A with schools for enrollments of 1,442 and over. The Class 4A girls volleyball number is 1,412 and over, while boys and girls track (Class 3A) is 1,426 and up. At 1,448, RB obviously moved up in all these sports while remaining unchanged in the other sports.
The aforementioned RB programs will continue to participate in the Metro Suburban Conference during the regular season, however the class changes affect postseason play as RB will face bigger schools and stiffer competition.
“As competitors, we want to play against the best to gauge where we are as a team,” RB girls basketball coach Dallas Till said. “The playoffs will be tougher though as we could play several excellent [area] teams like Fenwick, Oak Park and Trinity that we haven’t seen in the past. It is what it is, and we’ll adjust accordingly.”
RB boys track coach Tim Olson offered similar sentiments about the class change.
“It’s definitely better competition,” Olson said. “For us, it makes the state series a little more difficult.”
Facing bigger schools and top notch competition in past years certainly should help ease the transition for the RB boys basketball program. The Bulldogs, who have won 11 straight Metro Suburban Conference titles, annually compete in challenging tournaments like the Tosh Holiday Classic at York in addition to scheduling several outstanding nonconference opponents like Lyons Township and Morton. According to a couple of RB players, the transition to 4A should not be too much of an adjustment, if at all, based on the Bulldogs’ prowess as one of the best teams in the Chicago area.
“I don’t see much of a difference going to 4A,” said guard Eric Loury. “We’re used to playing good teams and feel like we can play with anybody. I think we can be even better [in 2012-13] than last year. We know each other better and we hang out together off the court. We have great team chemistry.”