Public League coaches were so upset at the way last year's map was drawn that they threatened to boycott the tournament and create their own instead.
That talk died down quickly and isn't likely to be rekindled, but the problem hasn't gone away.
The Illinois High School Association released its sectional sites and assignments Wednesday, and as was the case a year ago, a disproportionate amount of Class 4A championship contenders were placed in the Argo Sectional.
Assuming they win regional titles, No. 1 Simeon and No. 2 Young, who met in a sectional semifinal last March and are far and away the most talented 4A teams this season, will be back at Argo.
Marist, Curie, Hyde Park, St. Rita, De La Salle and Bogan also are in the sectional.
Third-ranked Morgan Park avoided Argo only because it's a 3A school, and while No. 4 Notre Dame will play in the Glenbrook North Sectional, the Glenbrook North winner will face the Argo winner in the supersectional for the right to go Peoria for the state semifinals.
Notre Dame doesn't have the kind of high-major talent Young and Simeon possess, but it will have a far easier road to the supersectionals.
It's probably too early to determine which sectional other than Argo is the toughest, though it could be the one south of Peoria.
Edwardsville, Rock Island and Belleville East were ranked Nos. 4, 5 and 6 in the AP's first 4A poll of the regular season.
Locally, Benet, Neuqua Valley, West Aurora and Oswego are likely to be the favorites at Bolingbrook.
The Schaumburg Sectional has Proviso East, York, Glenbard East, Oak Park and the host Saxons.
Homewood-Flossmoor, Bloom, Marian Catholic, Joliet West and T.F. North figure to be among the contenders at Thornton.
Morgan Park is ranked No. 1 in 3A, and there doesn't appear to be a team in the St. Laurence Sectional in the Mustangs' class.
Hillcrest is in the Rich South Sectional, and nobody would be surprised to see a Morgan Park-Hillcrest supersectional.
The toughest 3A sectional probably is Nazareth, which has St. Joseph, Marshall, St. Ignatius, Orr, Fenwick and Farragut.
In 2A, the rise of Providence-St. Mel could give us an outstanding supersectional matchup between St. Mel and Seton.Copyright © 2015, Los Angeles Times