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Entries for February 2017

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COUNTRY Financial Presents Chicago Tribune Athletes of the Month – February 2017
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 Announces Finalists for 2017 Student Section Showdown
The Illinois High School Association (IHSA) has announced the finalists for its third annual Student Section Showdown, with the winners to be announced at America’s Original March Madness, the upcoming IHSA Boys Basketball State Finals at the Peoria Civic Center in Peoria. The IHSA Student ... Read more
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Sportsmanship Highlights Special Nights In Elgin & Normal
A pair of standout boys’ basketball players both had memorable nights on the hardwood last week thanks to great acts of sportsmanship from the opposing coaches and teams. Larkin High School’s Christian Negron (pictured right) will continue his basketball career at Loyola University in C... Read more
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IHSA Winter 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
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Nigel The Fish, St. Edward Ride (Swim) Green Wave To IHSA Basketball State Finals
Saying that her team was “going through the issues that all teams go through over the course of a season,” St. Edward High School girls’ basketball coach Michelle Dawson was greeted with a first as a coach when her team emerged from a team meeting this winter alerting her that they... Read more
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2017 Boys Swimming & Diving
The 2017 IHSA Boys Swimming & Diving State Finals are set to take place inside New Trier High School’s Natatorium on Friday and Saturday, February 24-25. The prelims and finals of every swimming event, and the diving finals, will be webcast live with full video a... Read more
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IHSA Girls Soccer Programs Get Into National Random Acts of Kindness Week
On Sunday, February 12, 2,500 girls soccer players from 80 different Chicago-area high schools came together off the field to assist in making the lives of others better in the same amount of time it would take to play a game. Picture 80 high school teams of 30+ girls soccer players wearing cape... Read more
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MARCH MADNESS: 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 24-25. T... Read more
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Smiles & Cries: Dispatch/Argus Captures Quintessential High School Sports Moment
Brian Achenbach of the Dispatch/Argus (QConline.com) captured the essence of high school sports in the photo above when Sherrard and Byron met in the IHSA Class 2A Girls Basketball Super-Sectional on Monday, February 20, 2017 at Monmouth College.With Byron leading comfortably late in the fourth quar... Read more
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2017 IHSA State Wrestling Grand March Video
Below is the 2017 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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St. Rita’s Austin O'Connor Joins List of Four-Time IHSA Wrestling State Champions
St. Rita senior Austin O’Connor entered the 2017 IHSA Individual Wrestling State Finals with a distinguished career, and left with legendary status, as he etched his name into the list of four-time IHSA state champions on February 18, 2017. O'Connor (46-0) finished the year undefeated for the ... Read more
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Hersey Boys Basketball Team Gives Center Stage To School Special Olympics Team
The Hersey High School boys varsity basketball team gave up their primetime playing spot on Friday, February 20, 2017 so the Hersey Special Olympics basketball team could have a chance to play with a gym full of fans cheering them on. Below is video of a special moment from the start of the game.... Read more
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#MyReasonWhy: Althoff Catholic's Danny & Zac Braunagel
As a part of the #MyReasonWhy campaign, Althoff Catholic High School twin brothers, and IHSA wrestling state champions, Danny & Zac Braunagel recently shared the reason why they compete in IHSA wrestling: Read more
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Sandburg’s Sophia Jablonski & Triad’s Chenoa Stokes Make IHSA Girls Bowling History
History was made on Saturday, February 18, 2017 at the IHSA Girls Bowling State Finals at The Cherry Bowl in Rockford. Sandburg High School junior Sophia Jablonski and Triad High School freshman Chenoa Stokes became the first student-athletes in IHSA Girls Bowling history to participate in the sp... Read more
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2017 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 80th IHSA Individual Wrestling State Final Tournament. First held in 1975, the annual March of Finali... Read more
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After AED Saves UHIGH Player’s Life, His Family Launches Fundraiser To Provide AEDs To High Schools
On February 9, 2017, Normal University High School varsity basketball player Kai Bates-Diop suffered from cardiac arrest during a basketball practice at the high school. Kai is alive today after being revived by the UHIGH Athletic Training Staff. Their use of CPR and an AED saved his life. Bates... Read more
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2017 IHSA All-State Academic Team Presented by Caterpillar Announced
IHSA Assistant Executive Director Stacey Lambert announced the 26 members of the 2017 IHSA All-State Academic Team presented by Caterpillar on Monday, February 14, 2017: "This group is the best of the best,” said Lambert. “They embody the IHSA’s mission, excelling in the cla... Read more
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Hope Academy Makes IHSA State Wrestling A Family Affair
In 2016, history was made at the IHSA Individual Wrestling State Finals when Washington High School’s Punke brothers, all four of them, qualified for the state final tournament. Chicago’s Hope Academy high school takes the family participation award at the 2017 state meet thanks to th... Read more
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Class 3A/4A 2017 IHSA Student Section Showdown Entries
Class 3A/4A IHSA Student Section Showdown Entries: Click here for 1A/2A entries ALTON HIGH SCHOOL ANDREW HIGH SCHOOL BREESE CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL - FINALIST CARTERVILLE HIGH SCHOOL FENWICK HIGH SCHOOL FREEBURG HIGH SCHOOL GENEVA HIGH SCHOOL GLEN... Read more
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Class 1A/2A 2017 IHSA Student Section Showdown Entries
Class 1A/2A 2017 IHSA Student Section Showdown Entries: Click here for 3A/4A entries CARMI-WHITE COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL - FINALIST DWIGHT HIGH SCHOOL - FINALIST FRANKFORT HIGH SCHOOL LITCHFIELD HIGH SCHOOL OKAWVILLE HIGH SCHOOL - FINALIST OLYMPIA HIGH SCHOOL - FI... Read more
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2017 Girls Bowling
The 2017 IHSA Girls Bowling State Finals take center stage at The Cherry Bowl in Rockford on Friday and Saturday, February 17-18. History will be made on Saturday when Sandburg's Sophia Jablonski and Triad's Chenoa Stokes become the first two student-athletes in IHSA histo... Read more
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2017 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 2017  IHSA Individual Wrestling State Finals. The three-day tourney will begin on Thursday, February 16 and conclu... Read more
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2017 Girls Gymnastics
The 2017 IHSA Girls Gymnastics State Finals will be contested on February 17-18 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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2017 Speech-Individual Events
The 2017 IHSA Speech-Individual Events State Finals will be held on Friday and Saturday, February 17-18 at the Peoria Civic Center in Peoria. The 2017 state meet marks the 77th annual edition of the state final and the eighth year that the Peoria Civic Center has hosted the event. ... Read more
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Legendary St. Joseph Boys Basketball Coach Gene Pingatore Wins 1,000th Career Game
St. Joseph (Westchester) head boys’ basketball coach Gene Pingatore added another milestone to his legendary career on February 11, 2017, when he won his 1000th career IHSA game with a 81-71 victory over St. Rita in the first round of the Chicago Catholic League Tournament. Pingatore was al... Read more
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2016-17 IHSA Distinguished Media Service Award – Jim Muir
A jack-of-all-trades media member in Southern Illinois, Jim Muir was known as the voice of high school sports at WQRL radio in Benton, where he retired as Sports Director at the conclusion of the 2016-17 school year. Muir's coverage went beyond radio, however, as he also spent time as a columnist... Read more
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Chicago Fire: Firefighter/Coach Ron Wilson Has Built Bowen Wrestling Into CPS Power
John Keilman, ChicagoTribune: Bowen High is a neighborhood school in a neighborhood that has seen better days. All the familiar urban ills can be found outside this stately South Chicago behemoth — long-shuttered factories, a shrinking population, unemployment, drugs and violence. But in... Read more
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GEI Wrestling Apparel/Illinois Matmen Rankings: February 8
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 2016-17 season. The  rankings are linked below and also available from Center Mat Pr... Read more
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Buffalo Grove's Sabrina Kenoun Named IHSA Nominee For NFHS Heart of the Arts Award
Sabrina Kenoun is the 2016-17 IHSA nominee for the NFHS Heart of the Arts Award: When Buffalo Grove High School teacher Stefanie McCleish received an email seeking nominees for the NFHS Heart of the Arts Award, one student immediately came to mind. “The title of the award made me think of h... Read more
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Bloomington Central Catholic’s Joey Malinowski Named IHSA Nominee For NFHS Spirit of Sport Award
Joey Malinowski is the 2016-17 IHSA nominee for the NFHS Spirit of Sport Award: Motivation as an athlete has always come easy for Joey Malinowski. The 6-1, 240-pound junior at Central Catholic High School in Bloomington begins his summer days at 7:00 a.m. with a two-hour workout. Afternoons are s... Read more
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2017 Chess
The 43nd annual IHSA Team Chess State Tournament returns to Peoria Civic Center on Friday and Saturday, February 10-11. A total of 149 teams from across the state are entered in this year’s competition, the largest field in tournament history and a record that likely will not be broken. Next y... Read more
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St. Rita's Austin O'Connor Seeks To Become A Part Of IHSA Wrestling History
The Illinois Matmen story below republished with approval: Saying that Austin O’Connor has an edge to him is like saying Hawaii has nice beaches; the description doesn’t begin to do justice to the reality. What do you say about someone who watches video of one of his matches and ... Read more
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Illinois Wrestling Coaches and Officials Association Announces Hall of Fame Class
The Illinois Wrestling Coaches and Officials Association (IWCOA) has announced its 2017 Hall of Fame class, which will be honored at the 2017 IHSA Individual Wrestling State Finals at the State Farm Center in Champaign on Saturday, February 18 prior to the Grand March. 2017 IWCOA Hall of Fame Class... Read more
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#MyReasonWhy: Mattoon High School Dancer Emily Bacino
As a part of the #MyReasonWhy campaign, Mattoon High School dancer Emily Bacino recently shared the reason why she competes in IHSA dance:
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Glenbrook North Girls Tennis Coach Peggy Holecek Named NFHS National Coach of the Year/IHSA Coaches of the Year Announced
Glenbrook North High School girls’ tennis coach Peggy Holecek has been named the National High School Girls Tennis Coach of the Year by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS). Holecek is the 16th coach in state history to win national honors (complete list) and the th... Read more
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2017 Competitive Cheerleading
The IHSA Cheerleading State Finals return to Bloomington Coliseum on Friday and Saturday, February 3-4. A total of 100 schools will perform in Friday's prelims, with twenty-five qualifying in each of the four classes: Small, Medium, Large, and Coed. The Top 10 teams in each class on Friday will retu... Read more