Cahokia Conference

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The Cahokia Conference is a high school athletic and competitive activity organization which consists of 12 schools in southwestern Illinois, near St. Louis. All of the schools are located in St. Clair, Randolph, Monroe, and Clinton counties.

Two schools, Valmeyer and Steeleville, were added for the 2006–07 season. The addition split the conference into two divisions, the Mississippi and the Kaskaskia.

List of member schools[edit]

Mississippi Division[edit]

School Team Name Town School Enrollment (2015–16)
Breese Central High School Cougars Breese 550
Carlyle High School (Lady) Indians Carlyle 340
Columbia High School Eagles Columbia 673
Freeburg High School (Lady) Midgets Freeburg 607
Red Bud High School Musketeers Red Bud 401
Wesclin High School Warriors Trenton 409

Kaskaskia Division[edit]

School Team Name Town School Enrollment (2015-16)
Dupo High School Tigers Dupo 311
Lebanon High School Greyhounds Lebanon 171
Marissa High School Meteors Marissa 160
New Athens High School Yellow Jackets/Lady Jackets New Athens 183
Steeleville High School (Lady) Warriors Steeleville 143
Valmeyer High School Pirates Valmeyer 152

*The class in which a school competes depends on the size of the school, and the particular sport or activity. Some activities compete in two classes, some in three, and some in four. The classes listed here are, respectively, the classes in which these schools compete in the 2, 3, and 4 class systems.

Starting with the 2017-18 school year, Salem will join the Cahokia Conference as a full member. [1] The same year, Dupo will leave the Cahokia for the Prairie State Conference for football only. [2]

Sports[edit]

Each year a conference champion is determined in each division for volleyball, boys and girls basketball, baseball, and softball by each division member playing round-robin home and away. The team with the best win–loss record is the champion.

For boys and girls golf and boys soccer one champion is determined by round–robin play, with each school in the conference playing each other once. The team with the best win–loss record is the champion.

Cross country and track & field for boys and girls each have one champion determined by the winner of each sport's conference meet. The scholastic bowl champion is the winner of the conference tournament.

Like golf and soccer, the football championship is determined based on round–robin play. However, only seven teams (the Mississippi division and Dupo) field football teams.

State trophies[edit]

Breese (Central)[edit]

  • 1989 Scholastic Bowl Runner-Up
  • 1992 Girls Volleyball Third Place (Class A)
  • 1996 Girls Volleyball Champions (Class A)
  • 1999 Girls Volleyball Third Place (Class A)
  • 2005 Girls Volleyball Champions (Class A)
  • 2006 Girls Volleyball Runner-Up (Class A)
  • 2007 Girls Basketball Champions (Class A)
  • 2007 Girls Volleyball Champions (Class 2A)
  • 2009 Girls Track and Field Second Place (Class 1A)
  • 2010 Girls Volleyball Second Place (Class 2A)
  • 2010 Boys Basketball Fourth Place (Class 2A)
  • 2011 Girls Volleyball Third Place (Class 2A)
  • 2012 Girls Basketball Runner-Up (Class 2A)
  • 2012 Boys Basketball Champions (Class 2A)
  • 2014 Girls Volleyball Third Place (Class 2A)
  • 2014 Girls Competitive Cheerleading Champions (Class S)
  • 2015 Girls Competitive Cheerleading Champions (Class S)
  • 2015 Girls Basketball Runner-Up (Class 2A)

Carlyle[edit]

  • 1981 Boys Baseball Champions (Class A)
  • 1988 Football Champions (Class 2A)
  • 1989 Boys Basketball Champions (Class A)
  • 1995 Girls Basketball Runner-Up (Class A)
  • 1996 Girls Basketball Champions (Class A)
  • 1997 Girls Basketball Champions (Class A)

Columbia[edit]

  • 1987 Baseball Champions (Class A)
  • 2005 Girls Volleyball Runner-Up (Class A)
  • 2006 Girls Soccer Runner-Up (Class A)
  • 2006 Baseball Fourth Place (Class A)
  • 2007 Scholastic Bowl Runner-Up (Class A)
  • 2007 Baseball Champions (Class A)
  • 2007 Football Runner-Up (Class 3A)
  • 2008 Girls Soccer Third Place (Class A)
  • 2009 Competitive Cheerleading Third Place(Class S)
  • 2010 Competitive Cheerleading Champions (Class S)
  • 2010 Boys Soccer Third Place (Class 1A)
  • 2011 Competitive Cheerleading Champions (Class S)
  • 2012 Competitive Cheerleading Champions (Class S)
  • 2013 Competitive Cheerleading Champions (Class M)
  • 2014 Boys Soccer Champions (Class 1A)
  • 2015 Competitive Cheerleading Second Place (Class M)

Dupo[edit]

  • 1990 Baseball Runner-Up (Class A)
  • 1996 Baseball Champions (Class A)
  • 2009 Softball Fourth Place (Class 1A)

Freeburg[edit]

  • 1956 Baseball Runner-Up
  • 1977 Girls Archery State Champions
  • 1977 Girls Volleyball Third Place (Class A)
  • 1978 Girls Archery Second Place
  • 1979 Girls Volleyball Champions (Class A)
  • 1981 Girls Volleyball Fourth Place (Class A)
  • 1982 Girls Volleyball Champions (Class A)
  • 1985 Softball Champions (Class A)
  • 1989 Baseball Champions (Class A)
  • 2002 Baseball Runner-Up (Class A)
  • 2003 Girls Track Champions (Class A)
  • 2004 Girls Track Champions (Class A)
  • 2005 Girls Track Third Place (Class A)
  • 2008 Girls Volleyball Champions (Class 2A)
  • 2009 Girls Volleyball Champions (Class 2A)
  • 2014 Baseball Third Place (Class 2A)

Lebanon[edit]

  • 1976 Boys Cross Country Champions (Class A)
  • 1977 Boys Track Runner-Up (Class A)
  • 1997 Softball Runner-Up (Class A)
  • 2008 Softball Fourth Place (Class 1A)
  • 2010 Softball Runner-Up (Class 1A)
  • 2010 Baseball Third Place (Class 1A)

Marissa[edit]

  • 1986 Baseball Champions (Class A)
  • 2008 Baseball Runner-Up (Class 1A)
  • 2009 Baseball Runner-Up (Class 1A)

New Athens[edit]

  • 1948 Baseball Runner-Up
  • 1978 Baseball Runner-Up (Class A)
  • 1979 Baseball Champions (Class A)
  • 2013 Girls Volleyball Fourth Place (Class 1A)
  • 2014 Baseball Fourth Place (Class 1A)

Red Bud[edit]

  • 1974 Volleyball Third Place (Class A)
  • 2002 Volleyball Third Place (Class A)

Steeleville[edit]

  • 1993 Baseball Runner-Up (Class A)

Trenton (Wesclin)[edit]

  • 1981 Boys Cross Country Runner-Up (Class A)
  • 1982 Boys Cross Country Champions (Class A)
  • 1990 Boys Basketball Champions (Class A)
  • 2006 Baseball Runner-Up (Class A)
  • 2009 Competitive Cheerleading Champions (Class S)
  • 2012 Baseball Fourth Place (Class 2A)

Valmeyer[edit]

  • 2012 Girls Volleyball Fourth Place (Class 1A)

Miscellaneous Facts[edit]

Baseball Achievements[edit]

No other small school athletic conference in the state of Illinois has claimed as many state baseball championships as the Cahokia Conference. The list of championships by current member teams includes 7 years (1979, 1981, 1986, 1987, 1989, 1996, and 2007), as well as 9 runner-up performances (1948, 1956, 1978, 1990, 1993, 2002, 2006, 2008, and 2009), and two third-place finishes (2010 & 2014).

2005 Volleyball Championship[edit]

In the 2005 state volleyball tournament Breese Central defeated Columbia in the championship match. This was the first time in IHSA Volleyball history that two teams from the same conference met in the title match. Ironically, the conference champion of 2005 was Freeburg, which had moved to class AA and won the first ever AA regional for a school from this conference.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Salem becomes newest member of Cahokia Conference". Belleville News Democrat. 21 January 2016. Retrieved 27 January 2016. 
  2. ^ "Dupo football leaving Cahokia Conference after 2016; will join Prairie State Conference". Belleville News Democrat. 13 January 2016. Retrieved 27 January 2016.