Schaumburg Christian School officially joined the Northeastern Athletic Conference on Wednesday, January 25th, with a unanimous vote. SCS was already a part-time member in the NAC this school year competing in all high school sports except volleyball and boys basketball. SCS was independent their first year in the IHSA and then continued to be independent for volleyball and boys basketball this year. Kyle McVey the Athletic Director at SCS said that “this conference is a great fit for our program and will allow us to have competitive games in all sports and in all levels. We are very excited to be a part of this long standing conference and are ready to compete!” The NAC has several schools that have become a consistent part of our schedule recently with teams like Harvest, Westminster, Christian Liberty, as well as Aurora Christian. There are two public schools in the conference South Beloit and Alden Hebron, as well as a couple private schools with Illinois Math and Science, Keith Country Day, and Mooseheart. Christian Life and Faith Lutheran are two other Christian schools that round out the conference.

Girls volleyball and boys basketball are two of our most competitive sports right now at SCS, and this will be a great opportunity for SCS to play quality conference games as well as add in very good non-conference games to allow for a high level of competition for those programs. Cross Country and Track and Field programs at SCS have already started to enjoy the NAC meets during the season as well as the championship meets that allow our runners to be ready to go for the IHSA playoffs. Boys and girls soccer and boys baseball will be competitive in the IHSA and again allow for quality games during the season preparing the teams for IHSA regionals.

Two major factors that played into the decision were travel and competition. There are twelve full members in the NAC allowing for playing each team once each season. There are some schools in Rockford and even one in South Beloit, but with playing once a year teams will only travel to that school every other year limiting long travel for games. Many of the schools are within thirty to forty-five minutes, which is ideal for allowing athletes to limit missing class time as well as limit late nights. The second main factor in the decision was the competitive balance of the conference. SCS will fit in the middle to upper part of the conference in most sports allowing for a healthy balance of competition. Kyle McVey also stated “My job as the Athletic Director is to find the correct balance of playing teams we can beat, teams that are very close, and teams we have to play really well against to win. This conference has that covered and now allows me to go out and find specific schools for each sport that will help our teams get better in the non-conference games in whatever level we are currently at as a program. Having a guaranteed amount of games and the goal of going after the conference championship each year will definitely help our program and is a great opportunity for our athletes!”

The SCS athletic program now has both the Middle School and High School programs in quality conferences that allow for high level competition at many levels. Conqueror Athletics will continue to use the platform of sports to teach, train, and transform our athletes mentally, physically, and most importantly spiritually. To stay up-to-date on all things Conqueror Athletics follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram at Conqueror Nation.

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