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Projected classification: Class 6A
Projected district: Bensenville (Fenton), Chicago (Lake View), Chicago (Mather), Chicago (Senn), Chicago (Von Steuben), Deerfield, Hampshire, Wheeling
Number of 2018 opponents projected in classification: Five (Cary-Grove, Crystal Lake Central, Crystal Lake South, Prairie Ridge, Normal Community West)
Notes: Hampshire, from a geographical perspective, might be the hardest team to map if you look at the landscape from a purely north-south perspective. There are 17 teams in the northern portion of the state, which means one will be left out of the two northern-most districts. The furthest south of those 17 teams is Hampshire, meaning that it would most likely be pulled into Chicago or possibly pushed west.
Projected classification: Class 4A
Projected district: Dixon, Genoa-Kingston, Harvard, Johnsburg, Marengo, Richmond-Burton, Rock Falls, Stillman Valley, Woodstock (Marian).
Number of 2018 opponents projected in classification: 4 (Sandwich, Marengo, Richmond-Burton, Johnsburg).
Notes: Harvard may feel like it is being pressed back into the Big Northern Conference when the districts come out. Many of the schools logically paired with Harvard will be coming from that league. Harvard is one of a small handful of schools projected into a 9-team district rather than eight, primarily because of the problems of placing Dixon and Rock Falls in a reasonable district.