“We want to provide the best for all students,” said Mat Parker, Director of Athletic Activities and Program
Development. “We had a vision, and this is going to be a great sport for boys. This is another example of
Rockford Public Schools accomplishing its goals.”
Boys volleyball has been an Illinois High School Association sport since 1991, but the nearly 200 teams
that compete every year are from Chicago suburbs. After years of being dominated by teams like Wheaton
Warrenville South and Orland Park Sandburg, boys volleyball is slowly moving west, with Rockford Public
Schools leading the way. The district accounts for four of the five local schools that have IHSA boys
volleyball in the spring. Lutheran is the fifth.
Under IHSA rules, volleyball teams are required to play six different teams during the season.
“This is such an exciting time for the sport of volleyball in the Rockford area,” said Jefferson boys volleyball
coach Derek Papich. “We knew that if we could just get a couple of teams started, the other schools would
follow suit. Today we celebrate with all four of our public schools having boys volleyball. This is going to be
amazing, and I truly feel lucky to be a part of the excitement.”
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