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Sycamore to join Morris in new-look Interstate 8

Morris and Sycamore will remain in the same conference in 2019-20. Sycamore accepted an invitation to join Morris, Plano, Sandwich, LaSalle-Peru, Ottawa, Rochelle and Geneseo in the new Interstate Eight Conference.
Morris and Sycamore will remain in the same conference in 2019-20. Sycamore accepted an invitation to join Morris, Plano, Sandwich, LaSalle-Peru, Ottawa, Rochelle and Geneseo in the new Interstate Eight Conference.

The Interstate Eight Conference has found another team from the Northern Illinois Big 12 to join its ranks.

Sycamore athletic director Chauncey Carrick said on Wednesday that the school will accept an invitation to join the new-look league starting in the 2019-2020 school year.

"It was a tough decision," Carrick said. "We have a great relationship with both Kaneland and DeKalb and with Yorkville and Sterling as well. But it came down to that we needed a place to land and we've been given an opportunity and it seems like the best option. Really at this point it's about the only option. Everything else was speculation."

Plano and Sandwich went about rebuilding the I-8 after a mass exodus of schools late last year, getting Morris, LaSalle-Peru, Ottawa, and Rochelle to join the new league. In January, they added Geneseo as well.

With Sycamore's addition, the league will be at eight.

"Sycamore is a good fit for this conference," Morris athletic director Jeff Johnson said. "They are very competitive in all sports. It definitely helps with scheduling having an eighth team.

"We've always had a good relationship with Sycamore. It goes all the way back to when we were in the Little Seven Conference together, so it's nice to keep them in the fold."

Carrick said Sycamore has a lot of familiarity with the other seven schools – having been league mates with five of them.

"We see Plano and Sandwich quite a bit in the playoffs," Carrick said. "Maybe not so much in the regular season, but we're very familiar with all the programs."

Carrick said principal Tim Carlson let the new league know the Spartans have accepted the invitation, which was received early last week.

"We are going to accept and we are waiting to hear back," Carrick said. "We are assuming since they invited us they are going to let us in. But until everything is signed on the dotted line we just have to wait and see."

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