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Entries for March 2015

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Paris High School's Ernie Eveland Gymnasium
The conclusion of the 2014-15 high school basketball season in Illinois brought about the end of an era for one of the state most historic and scenic gymnasiums. When the 2015-16 school year rolls around, Paris High School students will be attending school in a new state of the art building on th... Read more
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Joliet West Recognizes Group Interp
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Stevenson Makes History With Football & Basketball State Titles In Same School Year
When the finals seconds ticked off on Stevenson High School’s 57-40 victory over Normal Community in the 2015 IHSA Class 4A Boys Basketball State Championship game, the victory was significant not only for the Patriot basketball team, but also for its football squad. The Stevenson football ... Read more
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Jim Cornelison Sings National Anthem at 2015 IHSA Boys Basketball State Championship
The Illinois High School Association (IHSA) celebrated its 20th year of playing America’s Original March Madness in Peoria with a special guest national anthem singer for the Class 4A state championship game on Saturday, March 21. The IHSA and Peoria welcomed renowned anthem singer Jim Corn... Read more
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2015 IHSA Cheerleading State Final Highlight Video
Captivate Media has debuted its annual highlight film from the 2015 IHSA Cheerleading State Finals. Watch it below: IHSA COMPETITIVE CHEER 2015 from CAPTIVATE // ONE FINE DAY on Vimeo. Read more
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Prospect Wins IHSA Class 3A/4A Student Section Showdown
Prospect High School (Mt. Prospect) was named the inaugural winner of the IHSA Class 3A/4A Student Section Showdown on Saturday, March 21, 2015. Representatives from each of the four Class 3A/4A finalists – Morton (Berwyn/Cicero), Normal Community, Ottawa Township & Prospect (pictured a... Read more
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IHSA State Basketball Tournaments Will Return to Redbird Arena & Carver Arena
The Illinois High School Association (IHSA) Board of Directors met for their regularly scheduled March meeting on Saturday, March 21 at the Peoria Marriott Pere Marquette in Peoria. The Board reviewed the host proposals for the IHSA Boys & Girls Basketball State Final tournaments as a part of... Read more
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A Special Thank You To All Who Have Contributed To IHSA Archives Project
It took a community effort to build the library of films, VHS and Beta tapes, and DVDs that fill the shelves and closets of the Illinois High School Association, and that are slowly but surely being digitized for uploading to YouTube. There, the videos can live forever, if the fates and Google allow... Read more
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MARCH MADNESS: 2015 Class 3A/4A Boys Basketball
The final weekend of the high school season is upon us as America's Original March Madness closes out its 20th year in Peoria with the Class 3A & 4A State Finals at the Peoria Civic Center’s Carver Arena. The state semifinals will unfold on Friday, March 20 with the third-place and state c... Read more
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2015 IHSA Boys Basketball State Final Broadcasts On Comcast SportsNet & CSN+
Comcast SportsNet, the television home of the IHSA State Championships, will be airing LIVE coverage of the 2015 Illinois High School Association Boys Basketball State Championships on Friday and Saturday, March 13-14 (Class 1A/2A) and Friday and Saturday, March 20-21 (Class 3A/4A) from Carver Arena... Read more
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Central A&M Wins IHSA Class 1A/2A Student Section Showdown
Central A&M High School was named the inaugural winner of the IHSA Class 1A/2A Student Section Showdown on Saturday, March 14, 2015. Representatives from each of the four Class 1A/2A finalists - Central A&M, Dwight, Hinckley-Big Rock & Olympia (pictured above) – were on hand at ... Read more
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Rockridge’s Surprise Starters Produce Memorable March Madness Moment
Rockridge head coach Toby Whiteman and his team endured overwhelming adversity during a 2014-15 season that culminated with a run to the IHSA Class 2A Boys Basketball State Finals.In December alone, the team lost senior Nolan Stevens to a torn MCL, before the school and community were rocked by the ... Read more
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MARCH MADNESS: 2015 Class 1A/2A Boys Basketball
March Madness rolls back into Peoria for the 20th year, as the IHSA Class 1A and Class 2A Boys Basketball State Finals take center stage this weekend at the Peoria Civic Center’s Carver Arena. The state semifinals will unfold on Friday, March 13 with the third-place and state championship game... Read more
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H.V. Porter’s Personal Collection Unearths Video of 1932-36 Boys Basketball State Finals
Illinois High School Association (IHSA) Assistant Executive Director and resident historian Scott Johnson has unearthed the earliest video of the famed IHSA Boys Basketball State Tournament, courtesy of H.V. Porter. The video consists of on, and off the court, action from the 1932-1936 IHSA State Fi... Read more
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Redbird Reunion: 2005 Richwoods 38-0 State Title Team
Each year at the IHSA Girls Basketball State Finals, the Bloomington-Normal Area Convention & Visitors Bureau and the BN Sports Commission work together to bring past state champion teams back to Redbird Arena to reunite and be recognized. At the 2015 Class 3A & 4A finals on Saturday, Mar... Read more
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St. Rita’s Ethan Gray Named National Winner of NFHS Heart of the Arts Award
St. Rita of Cascia High School senior Ethan Gray has been selected as the 2015 national recipient of the “National High School Heart of the Arts Award” by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS). The National High School Heart of the Arts Award was created by ... Read more
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Champaign Urbana News-Gazette Executive Sports Editor and sportswriter Fred Kroner is in the midst of his final year at the News-Gazette before retiring, a career that spans 41 years. Fred added the IHSA Distinguished Media Service Award to his resume when Champaign Central hosted Urbana High Sc... Read more
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Long-time voice of WRMJ Radio in Aledo (102.3 FM) Jim Taylor was honored with his IHSA Distinguished Media Service Award when Mercer County High School hosted Stark County High School in boys’ basketball on Friday, January 23, 2015. Jim's son, Ty, was in uniform for the Golden Eagles that e... Read more
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Remembering NFHS Hall of Fame Coach Gordie Gillespie
One of the most legendary coaches in sports history, Gordon “Gordie” Gillepsie, passed away at age 88 on February 28, 2015. Gillespie is well known for winning 1,893 collegiate baseball games, which was the most in baseball history until Auggie Garrido of Texas surpassed the mark in 2... Read more
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Prophetstown Players Reflect On Legendary Coach Don Robinson
Following his team's exciting 56-52 victory over Prophetstown in the 2015 IHSA Class 1A Girls Basketball Semifinals, Central A&M coach Tom Dooley intially shied away from talking about his team's triumph so he could first speak about the coach on the opposing bench, Prophetstown's Don Robinson. ... Read more
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MARCH MADNESS: 2015 Class 3A & 4A Girls Basketball
Last weekend's state title games were memorable affairs, and now it's time for the Class 3A and Class 4A finalists to show their stuff at Redbird Arena on the campus of Illinois State University in Normal on Friday and Saturday, March 6-7. The Country Financial Three-Poin... Read more