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Entries for February 2015

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Mekeel's Reflect on Becoming First Father-Son Tandem to Officiate IHSA Wrestling State Finals
Decorated IHSA Official Don Mekeel made history this year when he stepped onto the mat to officiate his 13th total IHSA Wrestling State Final at the State Farm Center in Champaign. While few officials have officiated more combined individual and dual team wrestling state tournaments than Don, the hi... Read more
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MARCH MADNESS: 2015 Class 1A & 2A Girls Basketball
The calendar won't officially turn by tipoff, but March Madness is officially underway as the IHSA Class 1A & 2A Girls Basketball State Finals invade Redbird Arena on the campus of Illinois State University in Normal on Friday and Saturday, February 27-28. The Country... Read more
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Finalists Announced For 2015 IHSA Class 3A/4A Student Section Showdown
Class 3A/4A School Entries Click here for info on finalists  &   here for Class 1A/2A Entries Andrew T-Bolt Storm: Barrington Big Red: Bradley-Bourbonnais Red Surge: Champaign Central Bleacher Bums: Chicago University High School: East M... Read more
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Finalists Announced For 2015 IHSA Class 1A/2A Student Section Showdown
IHSA Class 1A/2A School Entries Click here for info on finalists  &  here for Class 3A/4A entries Breese Central High School: Carlinville Blue Crew: ***FINALIST*** Central A&M: ***FINALIST***  Dwight Township High School:   Freeburg: ... Read more
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Taylorville Principal's Words From 1940 Still Ring True Today
In the February 28, 1940 “tournament edition” of the Taylorville High School student newspaper, the Pel-Mell, Taylorville principal J.L. McAdam wrote a welcome letter to all fans attending the IHSA Boys Basketball Regional tournament the school was hosting. In his welcome, McAdam penn... Read more
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2015 Girls Gymnastics
The IHSA Girls Gymnastics State Finals are closing in on 40 years of history, as the 39th annual state final event is slated to be contested on February 20-21 at Palatine High School. The tournament will air live on the NFHS Network via www.IHSA.tv with a subscription or Comcast/Xfinity authenticati... Read more
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2015 Girls Bowling
The 2015 IHSA Girls Bowling State Finals take center stage at The Cherry Bowl in Rockford on Friday and Saturday, February 20-21, when the tournament unfolds for the 43rd time. The 2015 Sectional results produced a rare occurrence, as none of the six Sectional team champions (Belvidere North, Herrin... Read more
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2015 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 before the championship bouts of the 78th IHSA Individual Wrestling State Final Tournament. First held in 1975, the annual March of Fina... Read more
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2015 Individual Wrestling
State champions will be crowned across 14 weight classes in Class 1A, 2A and 3A, respectively, at the State Farm Center on the campus of the University Illinois in Champaign at the 2015 IHSA Individual Wrestling State Finals. The three-day tourney will begin on Thursday, February 19 and conclude on ... Read more
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2015 Speech-Individual Events
The 2015 IHSA Speech-Individual Events State Finals will be held on Friday and Saturday, February 20-21 at the Peoria Civic Center in Peoria. The 2015 state meet marks the 75th annual edition of the state final and the sixthyear that the Peoria Civic Center has hosted the event. ... Read more
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SAWA - Sportsmanship Shines At 2015 IHSA Cheerleading State Finals
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
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2015 Chess
The 41st annual IHSA Team Chess State Tournament returns to the Peoria Civic Center on Friday and Saturday, February 13-14. Last year's state tournament was subject of a documentary called "Chess State". A total of 146 teams from across the stat... Read more
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Tri-Valley’s Austin Spencer & Basketball Coach Jon Nelson Named Spirit of Sport Nominees
Tri-Valley senior Austin Spencer and varsity boy's basketball coach Jon Nelson are the IHSA's nominee for the 2015 NFHS Spirit of Sport Award. Tri-Valley High School boys’ basketball coach Jon Nelson (pictured right) sums up his commitment to his players in simple, but serious terms: &l... Read more
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New Film “Hoovey” Chronicles Triumphs of Olympia High School Grad
Rudy is considered to be one of the great sports movies of all time, espically in Illinois given the roots of protagnist Dan "Rudy" Ruettiger. Could Illinois be the setting for another classic sports movie about overcoming adversity? A new film based on an equally chantable nickname made its world p... Read more
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St. Rita Honors Heart of the Arts Nominee Ethan Gray
Chicago’s St. Rita High School honored senior Ethan Gray during its monthly all-school awards ceremony on Tuesday, February 3, 2015 in the school chapel. Ethan was named the IHSA’s nominee for the 2015 NFHS Heart of the Arts Award. A talented musician, actor and artist, he has overcome s... Read more
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Harlem’s Jacob Nimtz Bowls Two Perfect Games En Route To New State Final Record
Harlem High School’s Jacob Nimtz made history at the 2015 IHSA Boys Bowling State Finals at St. Clair Bowl in O’Fallon, as he became the first bowler in state final history to bowl two perfect games in one state final tournament. Nimtz’s 300 games came during his first and third... Read more
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2015 Competitive Cheerleading
The Illinois High School Association Cheerleading State Finals turn 10 this year, as the event returns to U.S. Cellular Coliseum in Bloomington on Friday and Saturday, February 6-7. The inaugural state finals were conducted at Illinois State University’s Redbird Arena while the Coliseum was st... Read more
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Fieldcrest's Tina Fortner Accepts NFHS National Spirit Coach of the Year Award
Fieldcrest competitive dance coach Tina Fortner was recently named the NFHS National Spirit Coach of the Year. On Friday, January 30, 2015, she was recognized by the IHSA at the 2015 IHSA Dance State Final prelims at U.S. Cellular Coliseum in Bloomington. Fortner is introduced by PA announcer Der... Read more
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St. Rita’s Ethan Gray is the IHSA's Nominee for the 2015 NFHS Heart of the Arts Award
Ethan Gray of St. Rita High School is the IHSA's nominee for the 2015 NFHS Heart of the Arts Award. Click here for more on St. Rita's ceremony honoring Ethan. With its tradition-rich roots on Chicago’s south side, St. Rita of Cascia High School has built a legacy of athletic excelle... Read more