Central Suburban League

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The Central Suburban League or CSL is a long established competitive league consisting of 12 large high schools in the north suburbs of Chicago. All of these schools are eligible to compete in the "large school" class (Class AA) of the Illinois High School Association (IHSA), though Niles North has not entered the IHSA State Series for many years.


School Town Head Coach (07-08)
Deerfield Warriors Deerfield Martin Esgar
Evanston Township Wildkits Evanston Bruce Munro
Glenbrook North Spartans Northbrook John Krickl
Glenbrook South Titans Glenview Scott Field
Highland Park Giants Highland Park Michael Rosenzweig
Maine East Demons Park Ridge Stacey Bratek
Maine South Hawks Park Ridge Jason Dutmers
Maine West Warriors Des Plaines Brian Kay
New Trier Trevians Winnetka David Reinstein
Niles North Vikings Skokie John Kretsos
Niles West Wolves Skokie Howie Swider
Vernon Hills Cougars Vernon Hills Shawn Healey
  • Glenbrook North did not join the League until 2006-07, and did not play a full schedule until 2007-08.
  • Maine South withdrew from league play after the 2002-03 season, and did not return until after the 2006-07 season.
  • Waukegan left the Central Suburban League after the 2015-16 school year. Vernon Hills joined the league starting with the 2016-17 school year.

League Play

Varsity questions are NAQT's Illinois set, which is a modification of two IS sets into one conference set that nearly reflects the IHSA distribution. Bryce Avery has been the frosh/soph question source for more than a decade.

Each team plays each other team once at both the varsity and frosh-soph levels. There is a tournament held at the end of the year, which has traditionally been single-elimination, but this may change for the 2010-11 season.


IHSA State Place Winners

Year Varsity Season Tournament F/S Season Tournament
1990 Niles West Niles West
1991 Niles West Maine East
1992 Niles West Niles West Maine East
1993 Maine East Maine East Maine East
1994 Evanston Maine East New Trier Maine East
1995 New Trier New Trier New Trier New Trier
1996 Glenbrook South Highland Park New Trier New Trier
1997 New Trier Maine East New Trier Glenbrook South
1998 Maine East Glenbrook South Evanston New Trier
1999 New Trier New Trier Glenbrook South New Trier
2000 New Trier Evanston New Trier New Trier
2001 New Trier Evanston New Trier New Trier
2002 New Trier New Trier New Trier Deerfield
2003 New Trier New Trier New Trier New Trier
2004 Evanston Deerfield New Trier Maine East
2005 Deerfield New Trier Deerfield Deerfield
2006 Maine East Deerfield New Trier New Trier
2007 New Trier New Trier New Trier New Trier
2008 New Trier New Trier New Trier Deerfield
2009 New Trier New Trier Deerfield
2010 New Trier New Trier Evanston
2011 New Trier New Trier Niles West
2012 New Trier New Trier Maine South
2013 Deerfield Maine South New Trier
2014 Evanston Evanston Deerfield
2015 New Trier Niles North Highland Park
2016 Niles North Niles North Evanston
2017 Evanston Evanston Vernon Hills
2018 Evanston Evanston Evanston
Place School (year)
Champion New Trier (2007)
Runner-Up New Trier (1995)
Third Place New Trier (1999, 2003)
Fourth Place Evanston (1991*); Niles West (1992); Maine East (1995); Deerfield (2005)
*Evanston finished as a semifinalist in 1991, and is listed in fourth place because of its loss to the eventual state runner-up.
In 1995, Highland Park, Maine East, and New Trier all qualified for the State Championship Tournament. It may be the only time three teams from one conference qualified, and the only time two team from the same conference fnished in the top 4 in the same Tournament.