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Entries for December 2016

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LeBron James “Comes Out of Nowhere” To Gift Morton Potters Girls Basketball Team With Shoes
The Morton Potters girls’ basketball team has enjoyed an amazing two-year run, having captured the past two IHSA Class 3A state championships. A repeat effort seemed unlikely a year ago when the Potters lost All-State guard Chandler Ryan to a season-ending injury in November, but the team per... Read more
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Study Indicates Higher Injury Rates for Athletes Who Specialize in One Sport
A study conducted by the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health and funded by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Foundation revealed that high school athletes who specialize in a single sport sustain lower-extremity injuries at significantly higher... Read more
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George Washington High School Soccer Players Spread Holiday Cheer At Senior Center
The boys and girls soccer teams from Washington High School in Chicago got in the holiday spirit, as student-athletes gave back to their community. On December 18, 2016, about 15 team members from Washington High School visited Perlman Senior Center in Evanston, where they surprised more than 50 ... Read more
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Curie High School’s Dr. Sandra Leconte Honored By NFHS With Music Educator Award
Curie High School’s Dr. Sandra Leconte was recently recognized with the Music Educator Award presented by the NFHS Music Association. On Tuesday, December 13, 2016, IHSA Assistant Executive Director Susie Knoblauch took part in a ceremony at Curie where she presented the award to Dr. Lecont... Read more
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Ryan Meents Fullcourt Shot Is The Talk Of Fisher
Fisher High School junior guard Ryan Meents recently drained a near fullcourt shot to beat the halftime buzzer in a varsity boys' basketball game. See the viral shot below and hear about how it has made Meents the talk of the town via a story from WCIA-TV Champaign by clicking here. Read more
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Holiday Hoops Tournaments In Illinois
When it comes to high school basketball in Illinois, the only thing that comes to close to America’s Original March Madness is December’s holiday tournament season. The Pontiac Holiday Tournament debuted in 1926 and is credited with being the first high school holiday tournament in the c... Read more
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IHSA Store Now Carrying Two Classic Taylor Bell Books on IHSA Basketball & Football History
Taylor Bell wrote the book on IHSA history, literally and figuratively. The legendary Chicago Sun Times writer has published two of the preeminent accounts on the storied tradition of IHSA boys’ basketball and football. The two books, Sweet Charlie, Dike, Cazzie and Bobby Joe; and  Dusty,... Read more
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COUNTRY Financial Presents Chicago Tribune Athletes of the Month – November 2016
COUNTRY Financial® is proud to be a sponsor of the Chicago Tribune Athlete of the Month. The passion and dedication these athletes show for their sport is the same as the passion and dedication our financial representatives provide for their clients. We live and work in the communities we suppor... Read more
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IHSA To Host Free Lacrosse Event For Potential Officials January 15 at Glenbard West
The Illinois High School Association (IHSA) has announced that it will hold a free educational event for potential lacrosse officials at Glenbard West High School’s fieldhouse on Sunday, January 15, 2017 from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. The free event will feature IHSA boys’ lacrosse clinici... Read more
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IHSA Baseball Pitch Count Guidelines Set By Board For 2017 Season
The Illinois High School Association (IHSA) Board of Directors met at its regularly scheduled meeting at the IHSA office in Bloomington on Monday, December 12, 2016, where the Board voted to implement a pitching regulation Policy in the sport of baseball. The pitch limitations are effective immediat... Read more
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CSN Chicago's EdgyTim Names 2016 All-State Football Team
CSN Chicago prep football expert, and IHSA TV pre- and post-game analyst, "Edgy" Tim O'Halloran has released his 2016 EdgyTim.com IHSA Football All-State Team. In addition, Edgy named Prairie Ridge junior quarterback Samson Evans (above) his Player of the Year and Peoria High School's Tim Thornto... Read more
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Six-Time State Champion Football Coach Dan Sharp Retires From Joliet Catholic Academy
On December 5, 2016, Dan Sharp announced his retirement as the head football coach at Joliet Catholic Academy following 20 seasons, 199 victories, and six IHSA state championships. Joliet Catholic Academy owns a state-best 13 football state championships. Sharp concludes his career with a record... Read more
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Angus Reid's TEDx Talk On "Why We Need High School Football"
The TEDx talk below features former professional football player Angus Reid of the Canadian Football League. Reid highlights the impact the game had on his life and the important life lessons young people learn through it: Read more
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IHSA Fall Sportsmanship Stories
As a part of the IHSA Do What’s Right! Sportsmanship Program, member school personnel and licensed IHSA officials have the ability to recognize acts of exemplary sportsmanship and integrity that occur in IHSA events throughout the school year via the Sport A Winning Attitude Report (SAWA). Tho... Read more