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Entries for May 2016

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Susie Knoblauch Returns “Home” To IHSA Staff
Following a conference call by the Illinois High School Association (IHSA) Board of Directors to approve the appointment, IHSA Executive Director Craig Anderson announced today (May 31, 2016) that Susie Knoblauch will return to her position as IHSA Assistant Executive Director in July. Knoblauch ... Read more
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Evanston’s Maia Cella Surprised With Presentation of PepsiCo Showdown MVP Soccer Award By Chicago Cubs
-Press release courtesy of the PepsiCo Showdown; Photo credit: Bobby Johandes/PepsiCo Showdown It’s safe to say Sunday (May 30, 2016) will be a day Evanston High School’s Maia Cella will never forget. The Wisconsin-bound junior, who is one of the top female... Read more
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2016 Class 1A Girls Soccer
The 2016 Illinois High School Association (IHSA) Girls Soccer State Finals open with the finals of the Class 1A tournament this weekend at Benedetti-Wehrli Stadium on the campus of North Central College in Naperville. The Class 1A semifinals will unfold on the evening of F... Read more
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2016 Boys Tennis
The 2016 IHSA Boys Tennis State Finals will unfold on Thursday, Friday & Saturday, May 26-28. The finals will be played at numerous high school courts throughout suburban Chicago (see sidebar on right), with Hersey High School in Arlington Heights serving as Tournament Central and hosting all Sa... Read more
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2016 Boys Track & Field
The 2016 IHSA Boys Track & Field State Finals return this weekend to O’Brien Stadium on the campus of Eastern Illinois University in Charleston. The Spring Spectacular, one of the largest high school state final meets in the country, will welcome 2,607 individual qualifiers representing 41... Read more
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2016 Boys Track & Field Honorary Referees
The following individuals will be honored for their contributions to the sport of high school track & field in Illinois as the 2016 IHSA Boys Track & Field Honorary Referees at the Spring Spectacular on Saturday, May 28, 2016: GEZA EHRENTREU Geza became an IHSA licensed official 39 yea... Read more
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Glenbard West Girls Track & Field is First-Ever IHSA Combined State Champion
History was made at the 2016 IHSA Girls Track & Field State Finals on Saturday, May 21, 2016, as Glenbard West (above) was crowned the first-ever IHSA Combined Team State Champion. Combined team state champions are determined by taking the traditional IHSA state final scoring system and combi... Read more
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2016 Girls Track & Field Honorary Referees: Larry Foster, Tony Rainey, John Polka & Michael Fontana
The following individuals will be honored for their contributions to the sport of high school track & field in Illinois as the 2016 IHSA Girls Track & Field Honorary Referees at the Spring Spectacular on Saturday, May 21, 2016: LARRY FOSTER A veteran high school teacher, coach and offici... Read more
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2016 Bass Fishing
The IHSA Bass Fishing State Finals return to Carlyle Lake in Carlyle on Friday and Saturday, May 20-21, as 60 boats representing 55 high schools will take the water in hopes of becoming the eighth IHSA Bass Fishing State Champion. The IHSA state final tournament was the f... Read more
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2016 Boys & Girls Water Polo
The 2016 IHSA Boys and Girls Water Polo State Finals will unfold on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, May 19-21 at Stevenson High School’s natatorium in Lincolnshire. The four boys’ quarterfinal matches will take place on Thursday, with the four girls’ quart... Read more
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2016 Girls Track & Field
The 2016 IHSA Girls Track & Field State Finals will unfold this weekend at O’Brien Stadium on the campus of Eastern Illinois University in Charleston. The Spring Spectacular, one of the largest high school state final meets in the country, will welcome 2,449 individual qualifiers represent... Read more
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First IHSA Combined State Champion to be Crowned at Girls Track & Field State Finals on May 21
History will be made at the 2016 Illinois High School Association (IHSA) Girls Track & Field State Finals this weekend (May 19-21) at Eastern Illinois University in Charleston. For the first-time in state history, the IHSA will crown a Combined Team State Champion, which is determined by comb... Read more
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2016 Illinois Coaches Association Softball Rankings
Please note that the Illinois High School Association (IHSA) does not conduct or vote in any rankings or polls for any sports, nor do polls or rankings factor into State Series assigning. The Illinois Coaches Association (ICA) produces a statewide class-by-class poll throughout the season in the spo... Read more
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Illinois Athletic Directors Association Announces 2016 Award Winners
The Illinois Athletic Directors Association (IADA) held its annual conference in East Peoria from April 29-May 2, culminating with its awards banquet at the Embassy Suites Hotel on the evening of April 30. Outgoing President, Champaign Central High School Athletic Director John Woods, presided over... Read more
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2016 Girls Badminton
The IHSA Girls Badminton State Finals will take place on the campus of Eastern Illinois University in Charleston on Friday and Saturday, May 13-14. 59 total schools are represented in the 64-team Singles and Doubles brackets. In addition to crowning Singles and Doubles state champions, schools will ... Read more
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2016 Boys Gymnastics
The 2016 IHSA Boys Gymnastics State Finals will take place at Hinsdale Central High School in Hinsdale on Friday and Saturday, May 13-14. Friday’s competition will determine the 2016 individual All-Around state champion and team champion. On Saturday, individual state champions will be crowned... Read more
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Benton Seniors Named Bass Fishing All-Americans By Bassmaster
For the second consecutive year, 12 standout high school anglers have been selected as members of the exclusive Bassmaster High School All-American Fishing Team. Two of those honorees hail from the same high school in Illinois, as Benton High School seniors Trevor McKinney (pictured left) and Dai... Read more
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Trio of Female Officials Make Southern Illinois Soccer History
The photo above and story below are printed with permission from the Journal Gazette & Times Courier in Charleston/Mattoon: Charleston graduate Megan Hjort was happy to be one of the three officials to work Thursday's Mattoon-Charleston girls' soccer game since she knows how big the rivalry i... Read more
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Lincoln-Way East Coach Brian Papa Earns 800th Career Soccer Victory
Brian Papa is a legendary name in Illinois high school soccer and he added another milestone to his storied career on April 16 when his Lincoln-Way East squad defeated St Viator 2-1 in the PepsiCo Showdown at Olympic Park in Schaumburg. The victory marked the 800th total win in Papa’s storied ... Read more
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Cahokia’s Ja’Mari Ward Sets National Record In Triple Jump
Cahokia senior Ja’Mari Ward (pictured above with head coach Leroy Millsap) set the National Federation of State High School Association’s (NFHS) national record in the triple-jump with a leap of 53 feet, 7 1/2 inches, at the St. Clair County Meet at Belleville West High School on April 2... Read more
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Illinois Journalism Education Association Announces 2016 Award Winners
As a part of the 2016 IHSA Journalism State Finals on the Eastern Illinois University campus in Charleston on April 29, 2016, the Illinois Journalism Education Association (IJEA) held its annual advisers breakfast and awards program. IJEA President Sarah Doerner led the program, which recognized ... Read more
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Prospect High School’s McDermott Speech Trio Receives National Recognition
The National Federation of State High School Associations publishes its magazine High School Today to highlight great achievements of high school sport and activity participation around the country, while also offering professional development for students, teachers, coaches, administrators, parents... Read more