What is a PJStar metro area team?

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What is a PJStar metro area team?

Post by rocketfan44 » Sat Feb 10, 2018 8:19 am

Maybe this has been answered on here before, but can someone from the PJStar define the criteria for what is considered a metro area team for small school boys basketball (for inclusion in their team rankings)? Is it based on distance from Peoria, conference, county, enrollment or some combination of those factors? Also, is a list of metro area teams available? (Trying to figure out if teams not ranked just because they are not categorized "metro area" or if they just aren't in the top 5). Thanks.

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Re: What is a PJStar metro area team?

Post by Adam Duvall » Mon Feb 12, 2018 11:32 am

rocketfan44 wrote:
Sat Feb 10, 2018 8:19 am
Maybe this has been answered on here before, but can someone from the PJStar define the criteria for what is considered a metro area team for small school boys basketball (for inclusion in their team rankings)? Is it based on distance from Peoria, conference, county, enrollment or some combination of those factors? Also, is a list of metro area teams available? (Trying to figure out if teams not ranked just because they are not categorized "metro area" or if they just aren't in the top 5). Thanks.
When I was working at Journal Star, this is the explanation I gave the softball thread:

There are 23 (maybe 24 or even 25 now) schools in the JS 'metro' area. These towns make up the bulk of the JS circulation, so the schools within these towns are considered 'metro' schools. The rest of the school are considered Journal Star-area fringe schools, so they won't make the JS 'metro' rankings.

HOWEVER...

Players outside of the 'metro' area are still eligible to be on the All-Area team or named Player of the Year.

Teams being in the same conference have nothing to do with whether a team is considered 'metro' or not.

Your town buys a lot of papers? The Journal Star ranks your school. Your town doesn't buy a lot of papers? The Journal Star doesn't rank your school.

The JS 'metro' schools were:
Peoria High
Richwoods
Manual
Notre Dame
Dunlap
Canton
Pekin
Metamora
Morton
Washington
East Peoria
Limestone
Peoria Christian
Peoria Heights
Brimfield
Elmwood
Illini Bluffs
Tremont
Princeville
IVC
Quest
Eureka
Farmington

Or maybe it has changed since I left in July 2016.
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Re: What is a PJStar metro area team?

Post by rocketfan44 » Mon Feb 12, 2018 8:53 pm

Thanks for the explanation, Adam.

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Re: What is a PJStar metro area team?

Post by MidstateFan » Wed Feb 14, 2018 12:30 pm

Apparently Deer Creek-Mackinaw has been added to "Metro" teams, since they are ranked number one in "Small school metro boys" basketball in today's paper.

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