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Prep Zone

Schwab: SCC football going out with a bang

All six Suburban Christian Conference Blue football teams enter the final week of the regular season with realistic playoff aspirations.

Not bad for a lame-duck conference.

SCC football is dissolving after this season as schools splinter off into the Chicago Catholic League and Metro Suburban Conference, but the SCC isn't going quietly into the night.

That especially holds true in the SCC Blue, the more demanding of the two SCC divisions. Montini (8-0), Marmion (6-2) and Marian Central (6-2) have clinched playoff bids already, while Aurora Christian (5-3), St. Edward (5-3) and St. Francis (4-4) are also knocking on the postseason door.

It's realistic that all six SCC Blue schools could make the playoffs, provided St. Francis can upend St. Edward on Friday in Wheaton to become playoff-eligible. At that point, the Spartans (40 playoff points and counting) and St. Edward (37) would need to rely on their strength of schedule to crack the playoff field, and both teams appear well positioned to do so.

Two-time defending Class 3A state champion Aurora Christian looks like a lock to return to the playoffs considering SCC Gold doormat Guerin is the Eagles' final regular-season foe.

If the SCC Blue goes a remarkable 6 for 6 in playoff berths, it would make the conference's imminent breakup seem all the more regrettable in retrospect.

Sure, some teams on the SCC Gold side struggle mightily competing with the bigger schools, but there were alternate scheduling models that could have been explored instead of the mass exodus to the Metro Suburban that included Aurora Central Catholic and Wheaton Academy.

Here in our area, the timing seems especially silly considering the football strides ACC has made under coach Brian Casey. The Chargers are fresh off a statement victory Friday against Marmion, but now nobody knows when the next time natural rivals ACC and Marmion will meet again.

The more far-flung Chicago Catholic League will offer a prestigious new home for SCC Blue programs such as Marmion and St. Francis, but there is more right than wrong about the SCC.

In fact, when it comes to SCC Blue football, this conference is about as perfect as they come. This year's playoffs will provide a fitting curtain call.

Bulldogs ready to party: The Batavia football program is throwing a playoff pairings party from 8 to 10 p.m. Saturday at Batavia High School.

The party will be in the gymnasium where players, coaches and fans will watch the pairings show that will be broadcast as a Comcast Sportsnet production on CLTV and Comcast Channel 53.

The party will be broadcast by BATV, which in a news release indicates it will provide "player and coach interviews, parent and fan reaction and commentary on the brackets."

BATV can be seen on Comcast Channel 17 in Batavia, AT&T U-verse Channel 99 throughout northern Illinois and online at www.mybatv.com/gameday.

Rabin cracks list: St. Charles North softball standout Sabrina Rabin was tabbed the No. 47 top senior high school softball player in the country by www.studentsports.com.

Rabin, a senior pitcher/outfielder for North and a Northwestern recruit, was the Kane County Chronicle's 2013 Softball Player of the Year.

• Jay Schwab is sports editor of the Kane County Chronicle. He can be reached at 630-845-5382 or jschwab@shawmedia.com.

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