State Stories

Entries for August 2017

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Naperville North Football 42-Point Comeback Is One For The Ages
On Saturday, August 26, 2017, the Naperville North football team opened its season with a comeback for the ages, one that will likely never be repeated, and is possibly the biggest of its kind in the history of the game at any level. It immediately appeared that the Huskies 256-mile trip to Edwar... Read more
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Carbondale & Murphysboro Celebrate 100th Football Game
Photo by Ryan Michalesko courtesy of the Southern Illinoisan On Friday, August 25, 2017, Carbondale High School and Murphysboro High School met for their historic 100th football contest between the two rival high schools who are separated by 11 miles. For more on the history of the rivalry an... Read more
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Long Goal Lands North Mac’s Jonah Cassens On ESPN’s SportsCenter
North Mac High School soccer player Jonah Cassens scored a goal from just over midfield last week that landed the senior on ESPN’s SportsCenter. Springfield's Channel1450.com caught up with Cassens and his teammates to discuss the goal and making the SCTop10 list. Click below to see the... Read more
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IHSA Soccer Players Give Back On National Senior Citizens Day
All it takes is a little time and effort to make a difference in someone’s life. That’s exactly what Chicago-area boys and girls soccer players from 10 different high schools did on Sunday, when they surprised a Chicago senior community with breakfast a part of the Making A Difference... Read more
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Bill Weick, State Champion Wrestler & Coach, Passes Away At Age 85
Before he was a legendary high school wrestling coach at Chicago Catholic League rivals Mt. Carmel High School and Brother Rice High School in Chicago, Bill Weick (above, right) was one of the nation’s top wrestlers. Weick, who won an IHSA state title at Tilden High School (1949, 155 lbs) and... Read more
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23 IHSA School Broadcasting Programs Named Elite and Select by the NFHS Network
The NFHS Network School Broadcast Program (SBP) makes it easy for students to produce live video broadcasts by providing the software, tools and training they need for free. With the NFHS Network’s proprietary technology, schools can produce and distribute high quality events throughout the ye... Read more
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IHSA Solar Eclipse Facts
The Visual Image Photography photo above shows the sun rising over Carlyle Lake in Carlyle, Illinois at the IHSA Bass Fishing State Finals. The sun has been a hot topic in Illinois (no pun intended), and especially Southern Illinois, with the impending solar eclipse set to occur on August 21, 2017. ... Read more
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NFHS Resolution Regarding Friday Night High School Football
In an effort to re-emphasize that Friday nights in the fall should be reserved for high school football, the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) has adopted a resolution that urges schools and teams at the college and professional levels to honor that longstanding tradition ... Read more
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Cubs Pitcher Kyle Hendricks Surprises St. Charles North’s Hailey Rydberg With PepsiCo Showdown MVP Award
It’s safe to say Sunday will be a day St. Charles North’s Hailey Rydberg will never forget. The University of Iowa-bound girls soccer player, who recently earned All-American honors, was named MVP of the 14th Annual PepsiCo Showdown, which is the largest high school soccer tournament ... Read more
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National High School Sports Participation Grows Again, While Illinois Maintains Top 5 Rank
Led by the largest one-year increase in girls participation in 16 years, the overall number of participants in high school sports increased for the 28th consecutive year in 2016-17, according to the annual High School Athletics Participation Survey conducted by the National Federation of State High ... Read more
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Play Smart. Play Hard.   Welcome to the 2017-18 IHSA School Year!
Today (August 7, 2017) marks the start of the 2017-18 season for football and golf at IHSA member schools. Later this week, other fall sports will begin their seasons. As this new school year begins, the IHSA hopes everyone will take the necessary precautions to ensure the safest playing environment... Read more
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Top 250+ Illinois High School Football Programs Historically Entering 2017
State historians Kev Varney and Tom Sikorski have updated their list of the winningest high school football programs in state history entering the 201 IHSA season. The Top 262 programs by wins are listed below: Read more
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"One of my proudest moments here"  Warren Student-Athletes Protect Their Home Turf From Flooding
LaMond Pope's story below was originally published by the Chicago Tribune on August 1, 2017: When Warren needed help to protect its football field during the recent floods, coach Bryan McNulty (pictured above after leading Warren softball to the IHSA state title in 2014) reached out to his play... Read more