Chicago Catholic League, East Suburban Catholic plan football merger

Montini's Nicholas Fedanzo (24) picks up yardage. Allen Cunningham/For the Sun-Times.
Montini's Nicholas Fedanzo (24) picks up yardage. Allen Cunningham/For the Sun-Times.

Several Catholic League and East Suburban Catholic sources have confirmed that the leagues plan to merge for football. They will release a statement with more details as soon as Thursday.

Some coaches believe the football merger is the first step towards a merger for more sports.

The “super Catholic conference” has been tried before. The two leagues merged together from 1996 to 2002 as the Chicago Metropolitan Conference.

Here’s the complete list of current Catholic League and East Suburban Catholic schools. Providence-St. Mel and St. Francis de Sales do not have football teams. Hope Academy is only a member of the Chicago Catholic League for football.

Chicago Catholic League schools
Brother Rice
De La Salle
DePaul
Fenwick
Hope Academy
Leo
Loyola
Marmion
Montini
Mount Carmel
Providence
Providence-St. Mel
St. Ignatius
St. Laurence
St. Francis de Sales
St. Joseph
St. Rita

East Suburban Catholic
Benet
Carmel
Joliet Catholic
Marian Catholic
Marian Central
Marist
Nazareth
Notre Dame
St. Patrick
St. Viator

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