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Entries for February 2016

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Comcast SportsNet is the Television Home for the IHSA Boys Basketball State Finals
Comcast SportsNet, the television home of the IHSA State Championships, will be airing LIVE on-air/digital coverage of the 2016 Illinois High School Association (IHSA) Boys Basketball State Championships on Friday, March 11 & Saturday, March 12 (Class 1A & 2A) and Friday, March 18 & Satu... Read more
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Morton High School's "Gameball Run" Program Raises Over $62K For Children's Hospital of Illinois
A fundraising event called "Gameball Run" benefiting the Children's Hospital of Illinois, was started by the Morton High School boys' basketball program four years ago and has since grown into a massive community event that raised over $62K in 2015-16. For more on the amazing program, read t... Read more
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2016 Boys Swimming & Diving
The 2016 IHSA Boys Swimming & Diving State Finals are set to take place inside Evanston High School’s Natatorium on Friday and Saturday, February 26-27. The 2016 state meet marks the 41st annual edition of the state finals and the fourth year that finals will be contested in the Athletes W... Read more
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MARCH MADNESS: 2016 Class 1A & 2A Girls Basketball
The calendar won't turn by tipoff, but America's Original March Madness is officially underway as the IHSA Class 1A & 2A Girls Basketball State Finals return to Redbird Arena on the campus of Illinois State University in Normal on Friday and Saturday, February 26-27. ... Read more
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Woodstock North’s Wolfgang Kemp Named IHSA Nominee For NFHS Spirit of Sport Award
Wolfgang Kemp is the 2015-16 IHSA nominee for the NFHS Spirit of Sport Award: There are few better days in the life of a high school student than that final day of school in mid to late December. The sense of euphoria that results when coupling the relief of completing final exams with the e... Read more
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SAWA - Coal City Wrestling Supports Rival Wrestler In Need
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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Rockridge’s Gabe Stanforth Named IHSA Nominee For NFHS Heart of the Arts Award
Gabe Stanforth is the 2015-16 IHSA nominee for the NFHS Heart of the Arts Award: Rockridge High School principal Katy Hasson occasionally forgets some of the details regarding her students. That is understandable when you consider that all told, over 600 students from grades six through twelve ... Read more
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Photo Of Champaign Central Basketball Player’s Leap Goes Viral
The photo (below) of Champaign Central High School basketball player Walker Stillman, taken by local photographer Liz Brunson, has gone viral. Stillman leapt for a potential rebound during Friday’s (February 19, 2016) game against Danville High School, but gave up on the ball when it careen... Read more
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IHSA & IWCOA Honor Outgoing Wrestling State Final Manager Dr. Joseph Pedersen
The Illinois High School Association (IHSA) and Illinois Wrestling Coaches & Officials Association (IWCOA) took time out to honor Dr. Joseph Pedersen during the 2016 IHSA Individual Wrestling State Finals at the State Farm Center on the University of Illinois campus in Champaign/Urbana. Joe has ... Read more
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2016 IHSA State Wrestling Grand March Video
Below is the 2016 IHSA Individual Wrestling State Final video that played on the jumbotron at the State Farm Center prior to the Grand March. The video is produced by Video Infinity: Read more
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Class 3A/4A 2016 IHSA Student Section Showdown Entries
CLASS 3A/4A School Entries Click for Class 1A/2A entries BATAVIA DOG POUND BROTHER RICE CRUSADER CRAZIES DOWNERS GROVE SOUTH EDWARDSVILLE HIGH SCHOOL - FINALIST GLENBROOK NORTH HIGH SCHOOL HOFFMAN ESTATES HIGH SCHOOL LAKES ROYAL RUSH LASALLE-P... Read more
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IHSA Wrestling’s Most Dedicated Fan? Libby Johnsen Hasn’t Missed State Tourney Since 1970
If Libby Johnson isn’t the biggest high school wrestling fan in the state of Illinois, she may be the most dedicated. Sitting in Section 140 of the State Farm Center, Libby celebrated her 91st birthday on Saturday, February 20, 2016 watching the IHSA Individual Wrestling State Finals, just as ... Read more
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Class 1A/2A 2016 IHSA Student Section Showdown Entries
CLASS 1A/2A School Entries Click here for 3A/4A entries BREESE CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL - FINALIST DWIGHT TOWNSHIP HIGH SCHOOL - FINALIST FRANKFORT COMMUNITY HIGH SCHOOL - FINALIST OLYMPIA HIGH SCHOOL - FINALIST Read more
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2016 Girls Bowling
The 2016 IHSA Girls Bowling State Finals take center stage at The Cherry Bowl in Rockford on Friday and Saturday, February 19-20. Lockport rose to the top of the standings at the 2015 IHSA Girls Bowling State Finals, winning the fourth state championship in school history ... Read more
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Washington’s Punke Family Makes State Wrestling History As Four Brothers Qualify For State In Same Year
The Punke family made history at the 2016 IHSA Individual Wrestling State Finals, as the four brothers from Washington High School all qualified for the state tourney in the same year, marking the first time that has occurred in state history. The Punke brothers include (pictured from left to rig... Read more
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2016 Girls Gymnastics
The 2016 IHSA Girls Gymnastics State Finals will be contested on February 19-20 at Palatine High School. Friday’s action will determine an individual All-Around champion and factor into the team scoring. On Saturday, individual state champions will be crowned in the... Read more
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2016 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 79th IHSA Individual Wrestling State Final Tournament. First held in 1975, the annual March of Fina... Read more
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2016 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 2016  IHSA Individual Wrestling State Finals. The three-day tourney will begin on Thursday, February 18 and conclu... Read more
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2016 IHSA All-State Academic Team Presented by Caterpillar Announced
IHSA Assistant Executive Director Stacey Lambert announced the 26 members of the 2016 IHSA All-State Academic Team presented by Caterpillar on Tuesday, February 16, 2016: “This group is the best of the best,” said Lambert. “They embody the IHSA’s mission, excelling in th... Read more
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Heisman Trophy Winner, Legendary Fenwick High School Alum Johnny Lattner Passes Away
Fenwick High School lost a legendary alum, and one of just two Hesiman Trophy winners to play high school football in Illinois, Johnny Lattner on February 12, 2016, at the age of 83. Lattner graduated from Fenwick in 1950 and went on to play at the University of Notre Dame, where he won the Heism... Read more
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Genoa-Kingston COGS
The Story of the Cogs courtesy of Genoa-Kingston High School: Genoa-Kingston is very proud of our mascot and logo as it is extremely unique and serves multiple purposes for us. The COGS name has been a part of the Genoa-Kingston Community since 1946 and it has since become synonymous with our sc... Read more
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2016 Speech-Individual Events
The 2016 IHSA Speech-Individual Events State Finals will be held on Friday and Saturday, February 19-20 at the Peoria Civic Center in Peoria. The 2016 state meet marks the 76th annual edition of the state final and the seventh year that the Peoria Civic Center has hosted the event. ... Read more
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Get Ready for State Wrestling at Renovated State Farm Center at www.LegendsPlayHere.com
Visit Champaign County has put together a one-stop shop for high school wrestling fans in Illinois who will be attending the State Finals in Champaign on February 18-20, 2016. Visit www.LegendsPlayHere.com for helpful information on the renovations at State Farm Center, as well as visitor informat... Read more
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GEI Wrestling Apparel/Illinois Matmen Rankings: February 10
Illinois high school wrestling historian Rob Sherrill of Center Mat Press will once again be presenting the GEI Wrestling Apparel/Illinois Matmen individual & team rankings for IHSA wrestling throughout the 2015-16 season. The  rankings are linked below and also available from Center Mat Pr... Read more
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2016 Chess
The 42nd annual IHSA Team Chess State Tournament returns to Peoria Civic Center on Friday and Saturday, February 12-13. A total of 146 teams from across the state are entered in this year’s competition – equaling the largest field in tournament history from last year. The field has grown... Read more
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State Champion Wrestler’s Random Act of Kindness Brightens Day For Young Fan With Down Syndrome
Geneseo High School senior Hunter Grau, the defending IHSA Class 2A Individual Wrestling State Champion at 138 pounds, made the day of a young man with Down Syndrome last week with a random act of kindness following his IHSA Regional title. For more on Hunter's selfless act, watch the video below... Read more
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IHSA Mascot Madness Coming To Comcast SportsNet Chicago
Comcast SportsNet Chicago, the television and online home of the Illinois High School Association (IHSA) State Championships, has announced the launch of a brand new online tournament entitled “Mascot Madness,” which will enable fans to determine the state’s top high school sports ... Read more
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Hampshire WHIP-PURS
One of the most unique nicknames among Illinois high schools is Hampshire High School's "Whip-Purs." Per Hampshire High School... "The story behind the name of the Whip-Purs is that sometime in the 1940’s, there was a contest within the school to decide what the Hampshire High School masco... Read more
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2016 Competitive Cheerleading
The Illinois High School Association (IHSA) Cheerleading State Finals enter their second decade in 2016, as the eleventh edition of the event returns to U.S. Cellular Coliseum, hosting for the tenth time, in Bloomington on Friday and Saturday, February 5-6. A total of 100 schools will perform in Fri... Read more
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Legendary IHSA Figure Ola Bundy Blazed New Trails For Female High School Athletes
During her 29-year career as an Illinois High School Association administrator, Ola Bundy shepherded girls athletics from the early days of the Girls Athletic Association (GAA, a precursor to the IHSA adding girls’ sports) and postal tournaments to a full-scale, 12-sport, interscholastic state... Read more
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Pioneering Coach Doris Johnson Led Illinois High School Boys Basketball Team In 1946
One of the common questions the IHSA receives each year is in regard to the history of female coaches who coach boys’ high school teams, with most questions centering around when it first occurred and the amount of success attained. While both can be difficult to pinpoint exactly, the first IH... Read more
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Byron Wrestler Austin Henry Chasing State Title Dream
In February 2014, the IHSA wrote a story on undefeated Dakota wrestler Josh Alber that featured his connection with Byron wrestler Austin Henry, who suffers from epilepsy, a seizure disorder that affects his motor skills and memory. Austin was inspired in part by Josh to wrestle. Two years later he ... Read more
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NFL & Wilson Sporting Goods Honor Super Bowl Alums From Illinois High Schools
The National Football League (NFL) will contest Super Bowl 50 this Sunday, February 7, 2016 in San Francisco. As a part of the buildup to the historic game, the NFL and official ball provider Wilson Sporting Goods are conducting the Super Bowl High School Honor Roll. The program recognizes any playe... Read more