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Entries for July 2014

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Veteran Sportswriter Pens Decatur Area Prep Sports History Record Book
Tom McNamara (right) is synonymous with high school sports in the Decatur area. He began covering prep sports as a sophomore in high school in 1957 and has been entrenched as the Decatur Tribune Sports Editor since 1976. His love for records and history has resulted in a treasure trove for area ... Read more
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2013-14 IHSA Officials of the Year
The 2013-14 IHSA Officials of the Year at the IHSA Officials Conference in Peoria. OCTAVIO HERRERA JR. - FOOTBALL Octavio has been an IHSA football official for nearly 30 years, while also officiating basketball, baseball, softball and lacrosse for the IHSA. A Brother Rice alum, he serves as ... Read more
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Parting Words From Susie Knoblauch
Susie Knoblauch, an IHSA Assistant Executive since 2004, announced on May 14 that she will be leaving the IHSA to join the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) staff (read more here).   Susie served as the IHSA administrator for tennis, speech, drama & group inte... Read more
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Top 200 Winningest IHSA Football Programs In State History
State historians Kev Varney and Tom Sikorski have compiled a list of the winningest high school football programs in state history. The Top 200 programs by wins are listed below: ... Read more
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Water Polo Official Michael Mitchell
Palatine native and 2013-14 IHSA Water Polo Official of the Year Michael Mitchell on why he officiates: “Our youth are the most important resource that we have. I am grateful for the chance to be a part of the interscholastic experience of today’s high school students while promotin... Read more
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2014 IHSA Distinguished Service Award Winners
On June 16, 2014, the Illinois High School Association (IHSA) conducted its recognition ceremony for its eighth annual class of IHSA Distinguished Service Award winners. Members of the IHSA staff, Board of Directors and past honorees gathered to recognize the honorees and their families. The 2014 wi... Read more
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IHSA Recordkeeper Jerry Bretag Dies at Age 82
If you've ever seen your name listed in the IHSA Sports Record Book or in the online list of records, chances are that Jerry Bretag (right, courtesy of the Quad City Times) played a part in recognizing your accomplishment. The longtime sportswriter from Ottawa passed away Wednesday (July 9, 2014) a... Read more