Maine S. continues "home" playoff stretch

An IHSA spokesperson said Monday it would count Maine South’s first two playoff games as home contests despite the Hawks traveling for both games if they were to advance in Class 8A.

The IHSA previously banned three-time Class 8A defending state champions Maine South from hosting playoff games for the first two rounds this season due to unsportsmanlike behavior during last year’s playoffs. Although a No. 2 seed in the 2011 playoffs, Maine South faced No. 15-seeded Curie in Chicago in the opening round and will travel to No. 7-seeded Stevenson this week.

“Yes, in our eyes they will have played two home games after this weekend,” IHSA spokesperson Matt Troha said.

The IHSA determines home playoff games by seeding in the first round and by which team has had fewer home games in the second round, quarterfinals and semifinals.

If Maine South defeats Stevenson, it would also play on the road in the quarterfinals. The Hawks would play the winner of Palatine and Glenbard North, and both teams will have only one home game compared to Maine South’s two.

Loyola, the bracket’s top seed, would also host Maine South if both teams advanced to the semifinals.

Maine South has defeated Loyola in the Class 8A semifinals the past two seasons. The game was played at Maine South in 2009 and at Loyola in 2010.