Changes in the Valley

Here comes the Thunder. No, nothing to do with more bad weather this spring.

It has been announced that the new Woodstock North High School will join the FVC for the 2009-10 school year. The school’s nickname will be the Thunder, keeping in line with the town theme: Woodstock, which will probably now be called Woodstock Central, Blue Streaks and the Marian Central Hurricanes.

I’ll give them credit for choosing unique school colors (black, teal and silver), but it doesn’t very sound good. Regardless, North opens next year, but will not have varsity sports until ’09-10.

The addition puts the FVC in an interesting situation with 13 teams, meaning the league will have to add another school. Johnsburg was invited to the conference when Grayslake North opened a couple years back and I’m assuming the league will turn to the Big Northern Conference once again. Burlington-Central, Hampshire, Marengo? We’ll see.

Speaking of Burlington-Central, I found it interesting that B-C finished 22-7 and won the BNC East title despite the loss of the great Cully Payne, whose second cousin Chris Payne is the head coach. Everyone had written off B-C when Cully defected, but instead they succeeded and Chris Payne was named co-coach of the year by the Elgin Courier. Well done.

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