Now the current division in the I-8 has been made abundantly clear.
Seven Interstate Eight member schools â Manteno, Lisle, Coal City, Reed-Custer, Wilmington, Peotone and HerscherÂ â sent nearly identical emails Monday to every school in the currently 12-school conference, notifying the rest of the league that they are looking at the possibility of leaving the Interstate Eight.
The email sent Monday by current Interstate Eight Conference president and Manteno principal Roger Schnitzler read:
Manteno HS is sharing with all 12 current members of the Interstate-8 ConferenceÂ that we are exploring other conference opportunities. At this time, we are not at liberty to speak more in depth, but wanted to respectfully be open to all of you with this matter.
Manteno High School
In total, seven emails were sent by the seven aforementioned schools to each of the 12 I-8 members. With Seneca having already notified the I-8 of its plans to leave at the conclusion of this school year for the Sangamon Valley (football and wrestling) and Tri-County (other sports and activities) conferences, the four remaining I-8 schools which were being notified of the other seven’s seemingly-unified plan to explore league optionsÂ are Streator, Sandwich, Plano and Westmont high schools.
“We have not at all looked outside of the (Interstate Eight) Conference,” Streator principal Amy Jo Mascal said Tuesday afternoon. “The first we had heard of this was the emails we received.
“Until we started getting email after email after email yesterday, we weren’t aware of the other schools’ talking about leaving.”