Unexpected Storm

How about South Elgin football coach Dale Schabert stepping away from the Storm mid-summer?

Sly's sure the guy has his reasons but the timing is definitely odd, and can't be real easy for this year's team.

Signs point toward the Storm keeping the job in-house, but St. Charles East's game-planning for the season opener just got a little trickier. St. Charles North also has South Elgin on the 2013 schedule at the other end of the slate, Week 9.

Speaking of the Storm, Sly'd like to see a way that South Elgin could align with the Tri-Cities schools if the UEC ends up retooling the divisions at some point in the not-too-distant future, what with West Chicago, West Aurora and Glenbard East hopping aboard the next couple years.

Not only is South Elgin a natural geographic fit, but it seems the Storm line up competitively really well with Tri-Cities teams in most sports. Finding a divisional setup that works for all parties ain't easy, no doubt, but adding South Elgin to the River Division (or whatever division you want to call it) would make a great conference situation all the better for the Tri-Cities schools.

For this coming year, West Chicago is the only new face in the conference, replacing Lake Park in the UEC Valley.

The Wildcats football team hasn't tasted much success in the DVC over the years, and it's hard to see matters getting a whole lot better for them in the UEC. East Aurora is just one game on the schedule, people.

The UEC isn't the DVC, but it's still a strong conference, so the Wildcats are going to have to raise their game, a lot, to make their new home any happier than the old one.

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