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Entries for September 2013

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October is NFHS National High School Activities Month!
The National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) has designated October as National High School Activities Month. The NFHS created National High School Activities Week in 1980 to increase the public’s awareness of the values and needs of interscholastic activity programs. The p... Read more
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2013-14 IHSA Distinguished Media Service Award - Tony Baranek
SouthtownStar sportswriter Tony Baranek was honored with his IHSA Distinguished Media Service Award at halftime of the Andrew High School football game on September 20, 2013. Below is a link to a column Tony wrote on his experiences covering high school sports, as well as some video and photos of th... Read more
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Adam Amin, From Addison Trail To ESPN

Q & A with Adam Amin

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Original 27 Members of the IHSA
It may not have the same ring as the Original Six, but below are two of the oldest IHSA documents in existence, which list the first 27 members of what was originally called “The Illinois High School Athletic Association." The first document lists the IHSA member schools as of September 1, ... Read more
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Johnsburg Moms Tackle Football Helmet Decals
When Mike Maloney was hired as the head football coach at Johnsburg High School prior to the 2012 season, he sought not only to instill the norms that most new coaches bring into a program, such as schemes and playbooks, but also traditions that would help unite his team and community. One such trad... Read more
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Hoopeston Area CORNJERKERS
In a time before modern machinery, sweet corn was pulled or jerked from the stalk. The leaves were shucked off and the golden ears were thrown in a wooden wagon pulled by a team of mules. This was "Cornjerking". In other parts of the United States, this harvesting process may have been known as corn... Read more
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2012-13 IHSA Officials of the Year
The 2012-13 IHSA Officials of the Year at the IHSA Officials Conference in Peoria. Read more
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Glenbard North's zombie nation Andrew High School on Homecoming Students interact with keynote speaker Harvey Alston at the IHSA Student Leadership Conference Herscher fans at the Class 1A Boys Soccer State Finals New Trier swimming moves closer to state title Downers Grove... Read more
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2012-13 Student Sections
 
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Illinois Ranks Fourth In Total HS Sports Participation
Illinois ranked fourth in the country in total participation with 339,944 participants, behind only Texas, California and New York. Read more
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“I try to find a way to stay positive when writing about high school sports. If an outfielder in a softball game dropped a routine flyball with two outs in the bottom of the seventh to lose the game, I always tried to point out that she had two hits in the game before I got to writing about th... Read more
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Illini Central All-State guard Jared Entwistle tweeted his newest end table decoration after he scored 16 points and handed out eight assists to help the Cougars win the 2013 Class 1A Boys Basketball state title. We assume he wasn't talking about the Mountain Dew.   Read more