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Summer break in name only

Summer break has arrived for the SVM sports staff. What does that mean?

Sandy beaches and long evenings of watching the tide come in?

We wish.

Well, admittedly the calendar is pretty full of weeks where one person or another is on vacation, although I don't think too many beaches will be involved.

Even so, the show, or in our case, the section must go on.

While the high school sports season is over, we still have some tidying up to do.

The SVM Weekend edition will have our all-area softball teams. Next week, we will name our athletes of the year.

That stuff is always fun.

But that's not all the prep stuff we will be doing over the next month.

One thing I can't help but notice is that there are a lot of guys running around in football helmets already.

It's crazy to think that Friday night lights are just around the corner.

We're going to take a look at how the area teams use their contact days this summer.

The IHSA has been very busy over the last few months. With us short on people and heavy on local coverage, we didn't get too much time to study the changes.

I mean, I've read the "success factor" release a few times, and I still am not sure I understand what is going to happen to start the 2015-16 school year.

I think we'll have to do a story or two on how that will affect our local schools.

What about conferences? Yes, they are changing for the upcoming school year.

The Northern Illinois Big 12 is no longer 12. More like 10.

The Big Northern has two new teams, including Dixon. Although, they are already facing more changes in 2 years, as a few teams will leave the East Division.

Those changes could be important to a couple conferences around here, not just the BNC.

The Three Rivers remains intact, but it has made some important changes to its scheduling and divisions.

I think it'll be important to brief everyone on the future of these conferences.

Oh, and the IHSA released enrollments and classifications for the 2014-15 school year.

The Sauk Valley didn't see a lot of shakeup, but there was a little movement.

With that being said, we are going to take the next few weeks to look at each school individually.

These profiles will give you the numbers, and a brief recap of last year, and a look ahead. They'll occupy a space on bottom of B2 each day.

That's starting today with Amboy. We will try to keep it in alphabetical order.

So, you see, it's a break, of sorts. But, we will be busy.

Plus, there's all kinds of community and outdoor adventures that we will be following this summer.

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