State Stories

Entries for August 2015

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"The Spirit of Sportsmanship"
St. Bede Academy Athletic Director Tom McGunnigal shared this photo from the LaSalle News Tribune of St. Bede and Amboy High School players and coaches gathering together during their Week 1 game after a St. Bede player suffered a severe leg injury. McGunnigal reflected, saying: "As injured pla... Read more
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IHSA Announces Third Class of Distinguished Media Service Award Winners
The Illinois High School Association (IHSA) is proud to announce its third class of recipients of the IHSA Distinguished Media Service Award. The 2015-16 honorees include Decatur Tribune Sports Editor J. Thomas McNamara, KOST Broadcast Sales President and long-time IHSA TV producer Jim O'Boye, forme... Read more
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IHSA Football Teams Unite In Name Of Safety With Play Smart. Play Hard. Helmet Decals
The Illinois High School Association (IHSA) announced today that varsity high school football teams throughout the state will wear Play Smart. Play Hard. helmet decals (shown above) throughout the season in a show of solidarity amongst coaches and players. “Communities throughout Illinois r... Read more
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Naperville Central alum Sean Payton's Boys of Fall Speech
Naperville Central alum and current New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton addressed the football team at his alma mater before their game against rival Neuqua Valley in 2010. The speech was later used in the video for the Kenny Chesney hit "The Boys of Fall". Read more
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IHSA Officials Reflect on Special Olympics World Games
A pair of Illinois High School Association officials were selected to work the 2015 Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles, Calif., July 25-Aug. 2. Mokena native Bob Reczek (pictured left) and Lake Zurich resident Jerry Blum (pictured right) had each been selected to work the IHSA Girls Basketb... Read more
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23 IHSA Member Schools Recognized By NFHS Network For Their Broadcast Efforts
In time for the kickoff of the 2015-16 school year, the NFHS Network, the nation’s leading high school sports media company, announces its list of Select and Elite high school broadcast programs recognizing them for their astounding contributions to the Network. The NFHS Network is the online ... Read more
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The Ghosts of Wheaton: New Book Chronicles Rise Of Wheaton Warrenville South Football Program, '92 Title Game
Chicago-based author Thom Wilder's newest book, The Ghosts of Wheaton, chronicles the rise of the Wheaton Warrenville South football program, looking back to the legendary Red Grange and culminating with the Tigers 1992 IHSA state championship. The author's first book, The Road to Paradise: How the ... Read more
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Illinois Maintains Top 5 National Participation Ranking, National Numbers Grow Again
The number of participants in high school sports increased for the 26th consecutive year in 2014-15 – topping the 7.8 million mark for the first time – according to the annual High School Athletics Participation Survey conducted by the National Federation of State High School Association... Read more
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Comcast SportsNet Chicago Announces Extensive 2015-16 IHSA Coverage; The Drive To Feature Homewood-Flossmoor Football
Comcast SportsNet, the television home of the Illinois High School Association (IHSA) Championships, is ready to bring its viewers another action-packed season of expert local preps sports coverage, featuring many of the very best student-athletes in the nation. Now in its second year of its long... Read more
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Anyone Can Save a Life: IHSA & NFHS Encourage Schools To Implement Program
The Illinois High School Association (IHSA) is working to assist high schools in their medical-response planning for high school practices and events by recommending all IHSA member schools implement the Anyone Can Save A Life (ACSL) program. Developed in 2008 by the Minnesota State High School ... Read more