Upstate Illini Conference

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The Upstate Illini Conference (UIC) was a high school conference in northwest and north central Illinois. The conference participated in athletics and activities in the Illinois High School Association. The conference included small public high schools with enrollments between 75-1,000 students in Bureau, Boone, Carroll, DeKalb, Jo Daviess, Kane, Lee, McHenry, Stephenson and Winnebago counties.

History[edit]

The first year of competition was 1991 with schools in Durand, North Boone, Pearl City, Rockford (Lutheran), Elizabeth (River Ridge), South Beloit and Warren in the North and Ashton-Franklin Center, Kirkland-Hiawatha, Milledgeville, Mt. Carroll, Mt. Morris and Polo in the South. The majority of the conference came from the Northwest 8 Conference (Ashton-Franklin Center, Durand, Milledgeville, Mt. Carroll, North Boone, Pearl City, River Ridge, Rockford Lutheran, South Beloit and Warren) which disbanded in 1990.

In 1993 Mt. Morris was merged into the Oregon School District and dropped out of the conference. In the same year, Huntley joined and the divisions were realigned into East - Durand, Huntley, Kirkland-Hiawatha, North Boone, Rockford Lutheran and South Beloit and West - Ashton-Franklin Center, Milledgeville, Mt Carroll, Pearl City, Polo, River Ridge and Warren. In 1995 Huntley dropped out and Pecatonica was added to the East division and East Dubuque, Forreston and La Moille were added to the West Division while Ashton-Franklin Center moved from the West division to the East. In 1996 the Northwest Illinois Conference (NWIC) and Upstate Illini merged under the Upstate Illini banner. Based on these new additions, three divisions were formed West - Dakota, East Dubuque, Galena, Lena-Winslow, Orangeville, River Ridge, Stockton and Warren. East - Ashton-Franklin Center, Durand, Kirkland-Hiawatha, North Boone, Pecatonica, Rockford Lutheran and South Beloit. South - Forreston, Freeport Aquin, Lanark (Eastland), Milledgeville, Mt. Carroll, Pearl City and Polo. In 1999 Savanna was added to the South Division and Rockford Christian Life to the East Division. The year 2000 was the last year under the Upstate Illini name because six schools (Ashton-Franklin Center, Durand, Kirkland-Hiawatha, North Boone, Pecatonica and South Beloit) left in 2001 to form the Four Rivers Conference. Rockford Lutheran and Rockford Christian Life also departed the conference in 2001, seeking competition more suited to their locations and size. The remaining schools realigned under the Northwest Upstate Illini Conference banner.

All-Time Membership[edit]

The Upstate Illini Conference had various divisions throughout its history, the list of schools encompasses all of the schools which were once a part of the conference.

School Location Mascot Colors Year Joined Year Left IHSA Classes A/AA[1] IHSA Music Class[2] IHSA Football Class[3] Current NUIC Member
Aquin Catholic
High School
Freeport, IL Bulldogs          
Navy Blue, Gold
1996 2000 A D 1A Yes
Ashton-Franklin Center
High School
Ashton, IL Raiders               
Black, Gold, White
1991 2000 A - 1A Yes
Dakota
High School
Dakota, IL Indians          
Maroon, White
1996 2000 A C 1A Yes
Durand
High School
Durand, IL Bulldogs          
Royal Blue, White
1991 2000 A C 1A Yes
East Dubuque
High School
East Dubuque, IL Warriors          
Royal Blue, White
1995 2000 A C 1A Yes
Eastland
High School
Lanark, IL Cougars          
Royal Blue, Orange
1996 2000 A C Coops w/Pearl City Yes
Forreston
High School
Forreston, IL Cardinals               
Red, White, Black
1995 2000 A C 1A Yes
Galena
High School
Galena, IL Pirates          
Royal Blue, White
1996 2000 A C 1A Yes
Huntley
High School
Huntley, IL Redskins           white
Red, Black, White
1993 1995 A A 3A No
Kirkland-Hiawatha
High School
Kirkland, IL Hawks          
Navy Blue, Gold
1996 2000 A D 1A No
La Moille
High School
La Moille, IL Lions          
Red, White
1995 1996 A D 1A No
Lena-Winslow
High School
Lena, IL Panthers          
Black, Gold
1996 2000 A C 2A Yes
Milledgeville
High School
Milledgeville, IL Missiles          
Orange, Black
1991 2000 A D 1A Yes
Mount Carroll
High School
Mount Carroll, IL Hawks          
Purple, Gold
1991 2000* A D 1A No*
Mount Morris
High School
Mount Morris, IL Mounders          
Red, Black
1991 1993 A D 1A No
North Boone
High School
Poplar Grove, IL Vikings          
Green, White
1991 2000 A C 2A No
Orangeville
High School
Orangeville, IL Broncos          
Purple, Gold
1996 2000 A D 1A Yes
Pearl City
High School
Pearl City, IL Wolves               
Red, White, Black
1991 2000 A D 2A Yes
Pecatonica
High School
Pecatonica, IL Indians          
Purple, Vegas Gold
1995 2000 A C 1A Yes
Polo
High School
Polo, IL Marcos          
Blue, Gold
1991 2000 A C 1A Yes
River Ridge
High School
Elizabeth, IL** Wildcats          
Navy Blue, Grey
1996 2000 A D Coop w/Warren Yes
Rockford Christian Life
High School
Rockford, IL Eagles          
Blue, Gray
1999 2000 A C 2A No
Rockford Lutheran
High School
Rockford, IL Crusaders          
Purple, White
1991 2000 A C 2A No
Savanna
High School
Savanna, IL Indians          
Red, White
1999 2000* A C 2A No*
South Beloit
High School
South Beloit, IL Sobos          
Scarlet Red, White
1996 2000 A C 1A Yes
Stockton
High School
Stockton, IL Blackhawks          
Maroon, Gold
1996 2000 A C 1A Yes
Warren
High School
Warren, IL Warriors          
Orange, Black
1996 2000 A D 1A Yes

*Mount Carroll and Savanna merged with Thomson creating the West Carroll School District in 2006.
**River Ridge High School relocated to Hanover, IL in 2004.

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