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Entries for February 2014

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MARCH MADNESS: 2014 Class 1A & 2A Girls Basketball
March Madness is underway despite the calendar still reading “February” for a few more days, as the IHSA Class 1A & 2A Girls Basketball State Finals will unfold at Redbird Arena on the campus of Illinois State University in Normal on Friday and Saturday, February 28-March 1. The 2014... Read more
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Undefeated Dakota Wrestler Josh Alber Defined By The Medal He Doesn't Have
When asked, Dakota High School senior wrester Josh Alber doesn’t initially recall the location of his medal for winning his weight class at the IHSA Regional meet in 2013. That’s not particularly surprising, as Josh has accumulated more than his fair share of hardware during a career ... Read more
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Alber, Cortez & Jimenez Make History With Fourth Wrestling State Titles
Fans attending the 2014 IHSA Individual Wrestling State Finals at the State Farm Center in Champaign on Saturday, February 22 witnessed history, times three over, as a trio of wrestlers completed their high school careers as four-time state champions. Dakota High School’s Josh Alber, Glenba... Read more
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Meridian High School's Jordan Brewer is the IHSA's Nominee for Inaugural NFHS Heart of the Arts Award
In society, and especially in sports, we love the underdog. On a basketball court, we almost universally bestow that title on the game’s smallest player and root for them to be the hero when the ball unexpectedly lands in their hands in a game’s waning seconds. In activities howeve... Read more
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IHSA Interview: Executive Director Marty Hickman Talks Sportsmanship, Harrisburg-Seton, March Madness & More
IHSA Executive Director Marty Hickman recently sat down to talk about the state of sportsmanship, look back/ahead at the Harrisburg-Seton Class 2A state boy’s basketball championship game a year ago and talk about a number of related items. The interview is transcribed between video and text b... Read more
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2014 Girls Bowling
The 2014 IHSA Girls Bowling State Finals return to The Cherry Bowl in Rockford on Friday and Saturday, February 21-22. The 2014 state finals mark the 42nd edition of the tournament and the 22nd consecutive year that The Cherry Bowl will host the event. The tournament is m... Read more
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2014 Girls Gymnastics
The 2014 IHSA Girls Gymnastics State Finals will take place at Palatine High School in Palatine on Friday and Saturday, February 21-22. The 2014 state final meet marks the 38th season that a State Series will be contested in girl’s gymnastics and the 36th consecutive year that Palatine High Sc... Read more
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2014 Speech-Individual Events
The 2014 IHSA Speech-Individual Events State Finals will be held on Friday and Saturday, February 21-22 at the Peoria Civic Center in Peoria. The 2014 state meet marks the 74th annual edition of the state final and the fifth year that the Peoria Civic Center has hosted the event. ... Read more
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2014 IHSA Individual Wrestling State Final Grand Marshals
Four Grand Marshals, who have combined to contribute more than 140 years to the sport of wrestling, will lead the annual Grand March of Finalists Saturday night (Feb. 22) before the championship bouts of the 77th IHSA Individual Wrestling State Final Tournament. First held in 1975, the annual March ... Read more
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2013-14 IHSA Distinguished Media Service Award – Bob Frisk
When legendary Daily Herald high school sports writer/columnist Bob Frisk retired after 50+ years at the paper in 2008, he said he had “ridden off into the sunset”. Well not exactly, as Frisk still attends three or four high school sporting events each week as a fan, but he did think his... Read more
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Riverside-Brookfield Cheer Squad Bonds With Lincoln-Way West Over Familiar Adversity
Geography brought the cheerleading squads from Riverside-Brookfield and Lincoln-Way West together, but a common experience and incredible sportsmanship created a bond between the two teams at the IHSA Cheerleading Sectional hosted by Riverside-Brookfield on February 2. Lincoln-Way West was the fi... Read more
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Mahomet-Seymour’s Dance About Facing Fear Goes Viral
The Mahomet-Seymour High School dance team has ridden an incredible two-year wave of success that started with the program’s first-ever IHSA state championship a year ago. “We are very fortunate to have had two consecutive years of success,” said head coach Mahomet-Seymour dance... Read more
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Sacred Heart-Griffin Earns National Accolade For Efforts In Helping Washington After Tornado
Around 8:30 a.m. on Sunday, November 17, 2013, Sacred Heart-Griffin High School (SHG) football coach Ken Leonard placed a call to Washington High School football coach Darrell Crouch. The two men, who have known each other since the early 1980’s when Crouch was assigned to student-teach at Che... Read more
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Cheerleaders Don't Miss A Beat When It Comes To Sportsmanship At IHSA State Finals
During the prelims of the 2014 IHSA Competitive Cheerleading State Finals, New Berlin’s squad suffered the tough fate of having its music skip during that portion of its routine. Rules designate that the squad must continue its performance in this circumstance. As the music was cut off, severa... Read more
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Waterloo Cheer Has Your Back & Some Shoes You Can Borrow
Mascoutah High School cheerleading coach Laurie Wager shared this act of great sportsmanship at the 2014 IHSA Competitive Cheerleading State Finals by Waterloo High School on Facebook. Read more
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2014 Chess
The 40th annual IHSA Chess Team State Tournament returns to Peoria on Friday and Saturday, February 14-15, for its 14th installment at the Civic Center. A total of 139 teams from across the state are entered in this year’s competition, the largest field in tournament... Read more
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Coming soon to BTN, Geneseo High School's Zach Mackey
Geneseo High School senior Zach Mackey has been making his mark as a broadcaster and PA announcer for Maple Leaf athletic events for the past four years. Last February he was named the runner-up for the Bob Costas High School Play-By-Play Broadcaster of the Year award and was recently the recipient ... Read more
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2014 Competitive Cheerleading
It took a little longer than expected due to weather delays, but the field is finally set for the 2014 IHSA Competitive Cheerleading State Finals. State champions will be crowned in four classes (Small, Medium, Large, Coed) this weekend at U.S. Cellular Coliseum in Bloomington, as the ninth edition ... Read more
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IHSA Announces Official Wilson State Series Balls Beginning In 2014-15
Wilson returns as The Official Ball of the IHSA in the 2014-15 school year in the sports listed below. The list displays the model ball that will be used in the postseason for each sport: SPORT                 &nbs... Read more