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Entries for January 2015

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IHSA Staff Member Scott Johnson Honored With Prestigious NFHS Citation Award
On January 29, 2015 the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) announced its annual list of NFHS Citation recipients. The list of 12 honorees includes IHSA Assistant Executive Director Scott Johnson (right). “This is quite an unexpected honor, and I thank the folks... Read more
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2015 Boys Bowling
The 2015 IHSA Boys Bowling State Finals return to St. Clair Bowl in O'Fallon on Friday and Saturday, January 30-31, as O’Fallon High School plays host to the state final tournament once again in the only bowling house the state finals have ever known. On Saturday, th... Read more
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2015 Competitive Dance
The IHSA’s Competitive Dance State Series rolls into 2015 ready to crown state champions for the third time in history. The inaugural event in 2013 saw three different styles produce state titles in each of the three classes (1A-Lyrical, 2A-Pom, 3A-Kick). The routines continued to blend and pr... Read more
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IHSA Announces 2014-15 Officials of the Year
The Illinois High School Association (IHSA) is proud to announce its 2014-15 Officials of the Year in 20 IHSA sports. To be considered for this honor, an official must first be nominated by an Officials Association recognized by the IHSA. IHSA staff members then vote on the winners based on factors ... Read more
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IllinoisBowling.net Boys & Girls Bowling Rankings: January 22
IllinoisBowling.net will be producing statewide team rankings for IHSA Boys & Girls Bowling throughout the 2014-15 season. To see the IllinoisBowling.net rankings as they are updated throughout the season, click the links below: Boys Team Bowling Rankings Girls Team Bowling Rankings Read more
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Belleville East Bowlers Honor Team Manager On Senior Night
The Belleville East Girls Bowling team made Senior Night extra special for their team manager, Alex Symonds, an 18-year old senior who is a part of the school's assisted learning program and suffers from Cornelia de Lange Syndrome (CdLS), a genetic disorder that typically includes small birth weight... Read more
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Mount Pulaski Names Gym After Legendary Coach Ed Butkovich
In early December 2014, Mount Pulaski High School posthumously named its gym after former boys basketball coach Ed Butkovich. Former players, friends and family attended the ceremony, which unveiled a sign underneath the scoreboard. His widow, Pat, also received a plaque to commemorate the event.... Read more
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NFHS Recognizes Illinois Coaches of the Year, Names Fieldcrest’s Tina Fortner the National Spirit Coach of the Year
The National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) has named Fieldcrest High School Competitive Dance Coach Tina Fortner its National Spirit Coach of the Year. Fortner is the 15th coach from Illinois to win the National Coach of the Year honor and the first in the Spirit category. &... Read more
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Chicago Bears & Hall of Famer Dan Hampton Honor IHSA Football State Champions & Weekly Honorees
The Chicago Bears honored the 2014 IHSA Football State Champions, as well as the Chicago Bears Weekly High School All-Star Players & Coaches from 2014, with a special moment of recognition during halftime of their December 21 game against the Detroit Lions at Soldier Field. The moment was elevat... Read more
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IHSA Executive Director Marty Hickman Announces He Will Retire In 2016
At the IHSA's January, 2015 Board meeting, IHSA Executive Director Marty Hickman announced he would retire on January 15, 2016. Hickman reflected on the impact the job has had on him, as well as how his own high school experience at New Berlin High School shaped him: “Growing up I didn't ... Read more
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Hinsdale Central Honors Historic Fall State Champion Teams
Prior to its basketball game on January 9, 2015, Hinsdale Central honored its fall teams who won IHSA team state championships. It was a lengthy ceremony, as the Red Devils captured five state titles in the fall of 2014, including Boys Golf, Girls Golf, Girls Tennis, Boys Cross Country, and Boys Soc... Read more
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Entire Gym Cheers Dakota Young's Last Second Three-Pointer
Fairfield High School senior Dakota Young severely injured his leg during an ATV accident on September 21 and the three-sport athlete eventually had to have the leg amputated nine days later. Enduring seven surgeries during his 18 days in the hospital, Young managed to return to the Mule basketball ... Read more
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O'Fallon High School Band Plays the Rose Parade
The O'Fallon High School Band received the honor of being selected to play in the 2015 Rose Parade, as a part of the festivities associated with the Rose Bowl and Tournament of Roses. The Rose Parade took place on January, 1, 2015. The video below shows the Panthers band marching through the streets... Read more
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H.V. Porter Inducted Into Great Peoria Sports Hall of Fame
The Greater Peoria Sports Hall of Fame announced its latest induction class on January 3, 2015 and among the honorees is former IHSA administrator H.V. Porter (right). Henry Van Arsdale (H.V.) Porter is a Tazewell County native and former Delavan High School teacher, who served as an IHSA Assista... Read more