Three Rivers Conference (Illinois)

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The Three Rivers Conference within Illinois

The Three Rivers Conference, also known as the TRAC-8 (Three Rivers Athletics Conference), is a high school conference in northwest Illinois. The conference participates in athletics and activities in the Illinois High School Association. The conference comprises small public, and two private, high schools with enrollments between 200-600 students in portions of Bureau, Henry, Lee, Rock Island, and Whiteside counties.

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Current Membership

SchoolLocationMascotColorsEnrollment IHSA Classes 2/3/4 [1] IHSA Music Class [2] IHSA Football Class [3] IHSA Cross Country
Class [2]
IHSA Cheerleading Class [2]
Bureau Valley
High School
Manlius, IL Storm        301A/1A/2AB1A1ASmall squad
Erie
High School
Erie, IL Cardinals            213A/1A/1A
(P'town Coop- A/1A/2A)
C1A
(P'town Coop - 3A)
1ASmall squad
Fulton
High School
Fulton, IL Steamers        309A/1A/2AC1A1ASmall squad
Hall High School (Illinois) Spring Valley, IL Red Devils            3942ASmall squad
Kewanee
High School
Kewanee, IL Boilermakers        536A/1A/2AB3A1ASmall squad
Morrison
High School
Morrison, IL Mustangs        299A/1A/2AB1A1ASmall squad
Newman Central Catholic
High School
Sterling, IL Comets            228 (376.2 adjusted)A/1A/2AB2A1ASmall squad
Orion High School Orion, IL Chargers        336A/1A/2A2A1ASmall squad
Princeton High School Princeton, IL Tigers        5183ASmall squad
Prophetstown
High School
Prophetstown, IL Prophets        278A/1A/1A
(Erie Coop - A/1A/2A)
C1A
(Erie Coop - 3A)
1ASmall squad
Riverdale
High School
Port Byron, IL Rams        302A/1A/2AB2A1ASmall squad
Sherrard High School Sherrard, IL Tigers        4793ASmall squad
St. Bede Academy Peru, IL Bruins        320 (468.6 adj.)2ASmall squad
Rockridge High School Taylor Ridge, IL Rockets        3542ASmall squad

Sources:IHSA Conferences, [4] IHSA Coop Teams, [5] and IHSA Member Schools Directory [6]

History

The Three Rivers Conference formed in 1975, and was largely the result of the dissolution of two conferences that had also included high schools in Iowa. Fulton, Morrison, Riverdale, Savanna and Sterling Newman had been part of the Illowa Conference along with Iowa schools North Scott of Eldridge, Central Clinton of De Witt, and St. Mary's High School of Clinton. Erie and Prophetstown were members of a league with the Iowa-based Pleasant Valley, Camanche and Northeast of Goose Lake. The seven Illinois schools joined with Amboy to form the new TRAC-8 conference.

North Scott High School is a four-year comprehensive high school located in Eldridge, Iowa. The school is part of the North Scott Community School District, and has an enrollment of approximately 1,000 students in grades nine through 12.

Eldridge, Iowa City in Iowa, USA

Eldridge is a city in Scott County, Iowa, United States. The population was 5,651 in the 2010 Census; Eldridge is a suburb and also part of the Quad Cities metropolitan area.

The Prince of Peace Catholic School is a Catholic high school in Clinton, Iowa, United States. It is located in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Davenport.

Throughout the conference's history, alignment changes included the departure of Savanna, which went on to join the Northwest Upstate Illini Conference, and the additions of Bureau Valley in the mid-1990s and Kewanee in 2010. Upon the addition of Kewanee, the league became known as the TRAC-9. In addition, Erie and Prophetstown formed a cooperative to share certain sports programs, including football and wrestling.

Northwest Upstate Illini Conference

The Northwest Upstate Illini Conference is a high school conference in northwest and north central Illinois. The conference participates in athletics and activities in the Illinois High School Association. The conference comprises 19 small public high schools and one small private school, with enrollments between 64-382 students in Carroll, Jo Daviess, Lee, Ogle, Stephenson, and Winnebago counties.

Bureau Valley High School Public school in Manlius, Illinois, United States

The Bureau Valley High School (BVHS) is a high school located at 9154 County Road 2125 North, in Manlius, Illinois. The high school is part of the Bureau Valley Community Unit School District #340. Bureau Valley was the first Illinois high school to construct and run a full-sized wind turbine. Students are from ten different villages, within three different area codes, and four separate counties.

Kewanee High School, or KHS, is a public four-year high school located at 1211 E. Third Street in Kewanee, Illinois, a city in Kewanee Township of Henry County, Illinois, in the Midwestern United States. KHS is part of Kewanee Community Unit School District 229, which also includes Central Junior High School, Central Elementary School, Irving Elementary School, Belle Elementary School, and Lyle Preschool. The campus is 40 miles (64 km) northeast of Galesburg, Illinois, 44 miles (71 km) southeast of Moline, Illinois, and serves a mixed city and rural residential community. The school is one of two high schools in the city of Kewanee, the other being Wethersfield High School. The school is within the Davenport-Moline-Rock Island, IA-IL metropolitan statistical area.

On January 12, 2012 the conference approved expansion for six schools to join the league beginning in the 2013-14 school year. Included in the expansion are Orion, Rockridge, Sherrard, Princeton, St. Bede Academy of Peru and Spring Valley Hall. The six additions make the Three Rivers a 15-team league, one of the largest in Illinois. The conference will be split into two divisions, with Interstate 80 being the dividing line.

Orion High School Comprehensive public high school in Orion, Henry County, Illinois, USA

Orion High School, or OHS, is a public four-year high school located at 1103 13th St. in Orion, Illinois, a village in Western Township of Henry County, Illinois, in the Midwestern United States. OHS is part of Orion Community Unit School District 223, which also includes Orion Middle School, and C. R. Hanna Elementary School. The campus is 11 miles south of Moline, Illinois and serves a mixed village and rural residential community. The school is the only high school in the village of Orion, a bedroom community of the Quad Cities and part of the Davenport–Moline–Rock Island, IA–IL metropolitan statistical area.

Rockridge High School Public secondary school in Taylor Ridge, Illinois, United States

Rockridge High School, or RHS, is a public four-year high school located at 14110 134th Avenue West in Taylor Ridge, Illinois, an unincorporated area in Rock Island County, Illinois, in the Midwestern United States. RHS is part of Rockridge Community Unit School District 300, which also includes Rockridge Junior High School, Andalusia Elementary School, Illinois City Elementary School, and Taylor Ridge Elementary School. The campus is located in Edgington, IL, 14 miles southwest of Milan, Illinois, and serves a mixed village and rural residential community. The school is short commute to the Quad Cities and part of the Davenport-Moline-Rock Island, IA-IL metropolitan statistical area.

Sherrard High School (SHS) is a public four-year high school located at 4701 176th Avenue, northwest of Sherrard, Illinois, in Rock Island County, in the Midwestern United States. SHS is part of Sherrard Community Unit School District 200, which also includes Matherville Intermediate School, and Sherrard and Winola Elementary Schools. The campus is located approximately 3 miles (4.8 km) north of Sherrard, just north of the Mercer-Rock Island county line, 10 miles (16 km) south of Milan, and serves a mixed village and rural residential community. The school is a short commute to the Quad Cities and part of the Davenport-Moline-Rock Island, IA-IL Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Current members Amboy, Bureau Valley, Erie, Fulton, Morrison, Prophetstown, Riverdale and Sterling Newman will comprise the North Division. New members Orion, Peru St. Bede, Princeton, Rockridge, Sherrard and Spring Valley Hall will join current member Kewanee in the South Division.

Following the 2015-16 school year, Amboy will leave the conference and join the Northwest Upstate Illini Conference for the 2016-17 school year. [7]

Football

The Three Rivers Conference dropped football from 1999 until the 2013-14 school year. During this hiatus, the league offered championships in other sports, [8] and member schools, either independently or as part of a co-operative, participated in the football-exclusive Big Rivers Conference.

In early 2012, it was announced that Orion, Rockridge, Sherrard, all former members of the Olympic Conference, and Princeton accepted an invitation for full membership in the Three Rivers Conference at the start of the 2013-14 school year. These four schools, along with Hall, Kewanee, and St. Bede Academy make up the seven teams in the newly created South Division. The North Division includes Amboy-La Moille, Bureau Valley, Erie-Prophetstown, Fulton, Morrison, Newman Central Catholic, and Riverdale. The decision to create a geographical North-South alignment was based upon a desire to maintain existing rivalries and minimize travel times. [9]

The football schedule includes six intra-divisional games and three rotating inter-divisional cross-over match-ups. Each division will award a conference champion. [10] Because the Big Rivers Conference and the Three Rivers Conference, co-operatives excepted, consist of the same member schools with this most recent expansion, the decision was made to drop the Big Rivers name in favor of the longer-standing Three Rivers Conference. [10] [11]

Conference Champions

2013

NORTH- Sterling Newman

SOUTH- Taylor Ridge (Rockridge)

[12]

See the Big Rivers Conference article for information about its history, achievements, and participating schools.

Membership History

SchoolLocationMascotColorsYear joinedPrevious conferenceYear leftNew conferenceConsolidations
Amboy HS Amboy Clippers            1975SHARK2016 Northwest Upstate Illini n/a
Bureau Valley HS Manlius Storm        1999 Tri-County n/an/aManlius+Walnut+Western+Wyanet=
Bureau Valley (1995) [13] Students from Bradford High School, Deactivated (2001)
Erie HS Erie Cardinals            1975Bi-Staten/an/an/a
Fulton HS Fulton Steamers        1975Illowan/an/aadded some Albany (1944)
Kewanee HS Kewanee Boilermakers        2010 NCIC n/an/an/a
Morrison HS Morrison Mustangs        1975Illowan/an/an/a
Newman Central Catholic HS Sterling Comets            1975Illowan/an/an/a
Prophetstown HS Prophetstown Prophets        1975Bi-Staten/an/aadded Lyndon (1969)
added Tampico (1996)
Riverdale HS Port Byron Rams        1975Illowan/an/aPort Byron+Cordova+Hillsdale=
Riverdale (1955) [14]
Saint Bede Academy Spring Valley Bruins            n/an/an/an/a

Competitive Success

The Three Rivers Conference has won 11 state championships in IHSA sponsored athletics and activities, 16 if wins by member schools participating in the Big Rivers Conference are counted. [15]

State Champions

Boys Golf

Boys Track

Boys Cross Country

Girls Cross Country

Boys Football

* Participating in Big Rivers Conference**Participating in NCIC

Boys Wrestling

Softball

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