Johnsburg’s bus trip for its Class 3A boys basketball regional game next week just got 40 miles shorter.
The Skyhawks were seeded No. 14 in the Antioch Sectional and slated for a trip Monday to Ridgewood High School in Norridge for a play-in game against No. 19 Chicago Sullivan.
On Monday afternoon, the IHSA announced that No. 2 seed Chicago Uplift (23-4) had been removed from the postseason series because it played in four tournaments during the season.
The IHSA rearranged the games in the Antioch Sectional, moving each team up one spot in the seeding and Johnsburg, now at No. 13, plays at Richmond-Burton at 6 p.m. next Tuesday against No. 4 Chicago Gordon Tech. Ridgewood is 47 miles from Johnsburg High School, R-B is 7 miles away.
“Made my day!” Johnsburg coach Mike Toussaint said. “It didn’t make any sense where we were going. If we won Monday, we played Tuesday and with the play-in game, we were guaranteed three trips.”
Toussaint said playing at R-B instead will be like a home game for the Skyhawks and their fans.
“It’s absolutely night and day difference,” he said. “It couldn’t be any better.”
R-B coach Brandon Creason related to what Toussaint was feeling.
“We went to Chicago Senn last year to play Uplift,” Creason said. “I know how he feels [facing a long trip].”
IHSA teams may play in 18 regular-season games and two tournaments or in 16 regular-season games and three tournaments. When the IHSA discovered Uplift had played in four tournaments, the team was tossed out.
Chicago Bogan (24-4) and Chicago Hyde Park (19-9), the top two seeds in the Class 3A Chicago Vocational Sectional, also were suspended from the tournament.
R-B now moves up to the No. 6 seed and plays No. 12 Antioch at 8 p.m. Tuesday. The Rockets were originally supposed to play No. 10 Lakes. R-B has defeated Antioch twice this season, but Creason is not concerned about the regional game.
“I care so much about how we do against Harvard [Tuesday] and Burlington Central [Friday] this week,” he said. “The regional is a long ways off. We could lose three in a row if we don’t play better. It’s not that I don’t care, I just don’t have the opportunity to look that far ahead.”
R-B lost to Marengo, 54-51, Friday night and holds a one-game lead in the Big Northern Conference East Division. The Rockets can win outright by beating Harvard and Burlington.