The sound of hoops, takedowns, and bowling pins isn’t the only thing that happens during the winter months in high school extracurricular activities.
In fact, the Illinois High School Association’s calendar of activities kicks off in just two weeks.
Sauk Valley’s school activity scene ranges from competitive athletics such as cheerleading and dancing to academic challenges such as chess and scholastic bowls, and everything in between.
Music sets the standard for 2022
Based on the 2022 results, many local schools will again focus on music and drama competitions.
In the sweepstakes music category, which combines all solo, ensemble and band performance results, Rock Falls placed 5th overall in Class A, the second highest enrollment tier. That band placed her fourth and qualified for the state women’s basketball tournament in between competitive performances.
But Rock Falls wasn’t alone. In Class B, Oregon State ranked him third on the strength of its band. In Class C, Carroll West was second overall, Forston was his fourth (with the band tied for second with him), and Lanark was his sixth (he was second in the vocal division). In Class D, Milledgeville placed 3rd overall (after being ranked 3rd for band and vocals).
In terms of drama, Sterling won his 11th section title in group interpretation, continuing an unbroken streak of state qualifiers dating back to 2014.
The calendar begins with the competitive dance section on January 21st. Sterling sends the team to Washington High School’s qualifying event.
Chess is the next board meeting, with a section scheduled for January 28th. No challenges have been posted yet, but Sterling, Byron and Stillman Valley are expected to compete.
A competitive cheerleading series will also begin on January 28, with Fulton, Rochelle, Byron, Oregon, Erie Prophetstown and Stillman Valley joining the Belvidere North section.
Byron, Fulton, Rock Falls, West Carroll and Sterling join Freeport. Rochelle hosts its own region.
The musical organization is different. This is his one of the largest series of state activities, with 356 participating schools across five admissions divisions.
Instead of being held in one place on March 4th, various venues will host solo and ensemble competitions, as well as group performances on April 14-15.
Bureau Valley, Rock Falls, Byron, Oregon, Stillman Valley, Amboy, Foreston, Fulton, Lanark, Morrison, Prophetstown, West Carroll, Newman Central Catholic, Milledgeville with solos and ensembles at Monmouth Roseville March 4 to hold.
The Bureau Valley, Fulton and Prophet’stown Bands will meet on April 14-15 in Kewaunee, which was the top Class B band in 2022, and Rock Falls, Byron, Oregon, Foreston, Lanark, West Carroll and Milledgeville. will be held in Stockton. April 14-15.
The Scholastic Bowl Regional for Classes 1A and 2A will be held March 6th, the Sections March 11th, and the state finals March 18th at the regular Hartland Community College.
While no regional challenges have been posted yet, schools in the Sauk Valley area that list Scholastic Bowl as an activity on their IHSA school pages are Sterling, Newman Central Catholic, Dixon, Rock Falls, Oregon, Morrison, Polo , Prophetstown, Erie, Fulton and Amboy. , Ashton Franklin Center, Byron, Foreston, Rochelle, Stillman Valley, Millageville, Lanark, West Carroll, Bureau Valley.
The debate will be held March 16-18 at Illinois State University. Of the 64 schools scheduled to compete, Sauk Valley is not listed.
Sterling will once again serve as the host site for the March 17-18 section of the drama. Sterling will participate in contest play and group interpreting, while Dixon will participate in group interpreting. The state finals will be held at Glenwood High School in Chatham on his March 24-25.
The journalism and yearbook section will take place on April 1st, and the state finals will take place on April 21st at regular Hartland Community College. No schools in the Sauk Valley area participated last year.
Esports returns with its first State Series in 2022. The district tournament is his April 22nd and the state finals are his April 29th. Newman Central Catholic, Morrison, and Prophetstown have esports teams.
Bass fishing is in its 15th season (including the 2020 COVID-19 shortened season). Allocations for the May 4th section have not yet been made. But last year Fulton, Bureau Valley, Polo, Erie Prophetstown and Newman Central Catholic were on Mississippi Riverpool 13, while Byron, Oregon and Stillman Valley were on Shavona His Lake. The state finals are scheduled for May 19-20 at Carlisle Lake in Carlisle.