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Sports

Yorkville applies to join Southwest Prairie Conference

SPC reportedly to meet about conference expansion June 18

Yorkville batter Luis Rodriguez celebrates his RBI double that drove in the game winning run against West Aurora during a class 4A regional baseball game at Yorkville High School on May 24. Yorkville and West Aurora could be conference rivals in the future. Yorkville has applied for membership in the Southwest Prairie Conference, and West Aurora has been mentioned as a possible candidate for league expansion.
Yorkville batter Luis Rodriguez celebrates his RBI double that drove in the game winning run against West Aurora during a class 4A regional baseball game at Yorkville High School on May 24. Yorkville and West Aurora could be conference rivals in the future. Yorkville has applied for membership in the Southwest Prairie Conference, and West Aurora has been mentioned as a possible candidate for league expansion.

Yorkville's future athletic home could be taking shape.

With familiar company.

Yorkville Athletic Director Seth Schoonover confirmed in an email Monday morning that the school has applied for membership in the Southwest Prairie Conference.

This, responding to an inquiry about a report by the Stateline Sports Network that the Southwest Prairie Conference will hold discussions on potential expansion at its monthly Board of Control meeting June 18.

The report stated that Yorkville and West Aurora are two candidates mentioned as potential additions to the 10-team SPC that includes Oswego and Oswego East.

Schoonover declined further comment until the SPC goes through the meeting on June 18.

Yorkville is looking for a new conference affiliation after recent moves by fellow members of the Northern Illinois Big 12.

League members Geneseo, LaSalle-Peru, Ottawa, Sycamore, Rochelle and Morris voted to join the new-look Interstate Eight Conference, with Sandwich and Plano.

Geneseo later changed its mind, pivoting to join the Western Big Six Conference with Sterling.

Kaneland in May approved a one-year contract to join the Interstate Eight for the 2019-2020 school year, leaving Yorkville and DeKalb looking for new affiliations. DeKalb was recently rejected by the Northern Illinois Conference 10 for membership.

The SPC itself has expanded within the last two years, adding Joliet Central and Joliet West to the Oswego schools, four Plainfield schools, Minooka and Romeoville.

Oswego AD Darren Howard declined comment on the latest expansion rumors, citing that it has not been an agenda item at this point for the Board of Controls.

An email to Romeoville Principal Derek Kinder, the current President of the SPC, was not returned.

Yorkville, should it join the SPC, would be the smallest member of the league.

Yorkville this year is at a 1,746 enrollment, according to the IHSA website. The smallest current member of the SPC is Plainfield Central (2,070), followed by Plainfield East (2,239), Plainfield North (2,302), Plainfield South (2,566), Oswego East (2,578), Minooka (2,653) Oswego (2,729), Joliet Central (3,117) and Joliet West (3,271).

West Aurora, on the other hand, would be the biggest member of the league, at 3,724 enrollment.

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