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Entries for April 2017

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Washington Wrestler Jacob Warner Named All-American by USA Today
Washington High School senior wrestler Jacob Warner was recently named a First Team All-American by USA Today. Warner concluded his prep career by winning the Class 2A 195-pound weight class at the IHSA Individual Wrestling State Finals, then, a week later to helped the Panthers to the Class 2A D... Read more
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Updating List of IHSA Players Selected in 2017 NFL Draft
Several players from IHSA schools are expected to be selected during the 2017 NFL Draft, which begins Thursday, April 27 and concludes on Saturday, April 29 in Philadelphia. Continue to check the running tally below of drafted players, as well as those who are expected to be drafted or join teams... Read more
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Sterling Wins NFHS Network Award For Best Highlight
The NFHS Network, the nation’s leading high school sports media company, recently hosted its third annual NFHS Network Awards, where Sterling High School's school broadcast program was named a category winner.Sterling won the "Best Highlight" category for its coverage of an amazing boys soccer... Read more
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Buffalo Grove's Tyler Lubbat Named Bassmaster High School All-American
The 2017 Bassmaster High School All-American Fishing Team presented by DICK’S Sporting Goods was released on on April 11, 2017, and contained a high school angler from Illinois. Buffalo Grove High School junior Tyler Lubbat was named to the All-American squad. He helped the Bison bass fishi... Read more
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Sacred Heart-Griffin Outfielder Robs Homerun, Makes #2 on SportsCenter Top 10
Sacred Heart-Griffin rightfielder Claire Dodson robbed a homerun during an IHSA softball game against Williamsville on April 24, 2017, and the catch is getting national attention. The third inning catch came during the Cyclones 2-1 loss to Williamsville and was the No. 2 play on Monday's SC Top 1... Read more
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Sterling Broadcast Program, Andrew's Jon Zaghloul Up For NFHS Network Awards
The NFHS Network, the nation’s leading high school sports media company, is hosting its third annual NFHS Network Awards on Wednesday, April 26, 2017, as it recognizes and honors some of the top high school broadcasters and broadcasts in the nation. The Awards show will air live at 1:00 PM ... Read more
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Phoenix Military Academy Baseball Coach Carves Field Out of Vacant Lot
DNA Info Chicago found an amazing story, as Phoenix Military Academy Baseball Coach Craig Griffin carved a diamond into a vacant lot. The field has affectionately been called “Half-Mowed Field” and played host to the Firebirds 12-6 win over Crane on April 18, 2017. To read the full... Read more
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Carlyle/Nashville Boys Basketball Coach Brad Weathers Calls It A Career
Brad Weathers, who coached Carlyle to the 1989 Class A Boys Basketball State Championship, has announced his retirement following eight seasons at Nashville. Weathers coached 31 total seasons at Carlyle and Nashville, compiling a career record of 571-360. In addition to the state title at Carl... Read more
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Meet the 2017 IHSA All-State Academic Team Presented by Caterpillar
On Monday, April 17, 2017, the Illinois High School Association held its annual honors banquet to recognize some of the top high school students in the state who excel both in academics and extracurricular participation. The 2017 IHSA All-State Academic Team presented by Caterpillar featured 26 m... Read more
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Trio of IHSA Student-Athletes Up For Prestigious U.S. Army Award for Excellence
The Pro Football Hall of Fame and the U.S. Army announced the 25-highschool, student-athlete finalists for the U.S. Army-Pro Football Hall of Fame Award for Excellence. The program, now in its fifth year, highlights the achievements of student-athletes across the country. The prestigious program exp... Read more
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Longtime Preps Writer Norm Sanders Moves On From Belleville News-Democrat
Norm Sanders has been a fixture of Southern Illinois high school sports in Illinois for over 30 years at the News-Democrat in Belleville. Sanders recently announced that he has accepted a new job outside of the newspaper business. Below is Norm's final column at the BND, as well as interview with hi... Read more
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IHSA State Track & Field to Remain at EIU's O'Brien Field Through 2022
The Illinois High School Association (IHSA) Board of Directors approved a recommendation to extend the IHSA Track & Field State Final hosting contract at Eastern Illinois University in Charleston at their regularly scheduled meeting at the IHSA offices in Bloomington on Tuesday, April 18, 2017. ... Read more
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#MyReasonWhy: IHSA Cheerleading & Dance Official Shaunda Brown
As a part of the #MyReasonWhy campaign, IHSA Cheerleading and Dance official Shaunda Brown recently shared the reason why cheer and dance are so important to their high school communities. Read more
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IHSA Girls Soccer Programs Donate Over 7,000 Books To CPS Schools
Over 3,000 girls’ soccer players representing 80 different IHSA high school programs contributed to a massive donation of books in early April. The books were collected in Schaumburg and then delivered to Chicago Public Schools elementary schools. Participating high schools included Loc... Read more
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Illinois Volleyball Teams Dig Pink, Raise Over $15K For Cancer Research
Through the IHSA’s partnership with Susan G. Komen For The Cure, IHSA girls’ volleyball programs have raised more than $1.5 million dollars for cancer research via its annual Volley For The Cure matches. Other similar initiatives (read Super Addison's story here) have emerged througho... Read more
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The Football Decision by Dr. Uzma Samadani
Dr. Uzma Samadani is a neurosurgeon at the Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Samadani, who completed Medical School at the University of Chicago, recently spoke at the 2016 Minnesota Football Coaches Association conference, where she addressed some of the misinformation th... Read more
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Oswego East Football Standout Tahj Oliver & Prom Date Evelyn Araujo Make National News
What a great way to kick the prom season off with my bestie I'm humbled and glad to say that I was her date and I had a great time 😍😍thx Eve pic.twitter.com/BFAcHTrrRC— tahj not taj (@T_Oliver_5) April 2, 2017Oswego East High School football standout Tahj Oliver did what many teens aroun... Read more
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Mekeel Family Makes More History, Father Don Is Joined By Sons Ryan & Chris In Officiating IHSA State DT Wrestling
The Mekeel family has cemented its status as trailblazers among the IHSA wrestling and officiating communities. The family first made history at the 2015 IHSA Individual Wrestling State Finals (click for story), when patriarch Don was joined by son Ryan in officiating the state tournament. The as... Read more
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#MyReasonWhy: Granite City's Isaiah Mizell
As a part of the #MyReasonWhy campaign, the mother of two-sport Granite City High School student-athlete Isaiah Mizell explains that her son participates in high school sports to better himself, and help inspire others to overcome adversity: I wanted to share my son Isaiah's story. Isaiah is a ju... Read more
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IHSA Officials Conference Brochure Posted
The 18th annual IHSA Officials Conference is slated for July 21-22 in East Peoria, with Embassy Suites in East Peoria serving as the host (reserve room here by June 29). On April 1, the IHSA released an informational brochure for the event, which is annually attended by over 500 IHSA officials, w... Read more