State Stories

Entries for September 2016

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Rockford Auburn Student Orintho Farris Is Goal-Focused IHSA Official
The story below is courtesy of Mary Kaull, communications coordinator for Rockford Public Schools. Click here to subscribe to the RPS blog, and follow RPS on Facebook and Twitter and Instagram. Photo courtesy of Alan Leon. Less than 5 percent of referees for the Illinois High School Association... Read more
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DNA Info Explores The Most Popular High School Nicknames In Chicago
DNA Info Chicago's Justin Breen has delved into Chicago Public School high school nicknames and found that Eagles is the most common nickname, followed up closely by anthers, Warriors and Wildcats. The Windy City is also home to several unique mascots that include Challengers (Carver), Cristeros ... Read more
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Under Armour and Deion Sanders Challenge
As a part of the NFHS Network's partnership with Under Armour, the NFHS Network has launched a new initiative called the It Comes From Below Challenge. IHSA school teams have a chance to win custom designed Cleats and Gloves from Under Armour and Deion Sanders. For details on how to enter th... Read more
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Chicagoland Students Donate Over 3,000 Pairs Of Shoes To Homeless
A pair of shoes is something most take for granted. But to some, a pair of shoes can represent so much.On Saturday, September 10, 2016, students from 64 different high schools collected 3,000 pairs of shoes.The next day they displayed the 3,000 pairs of shoes to serve as an educational and visual in... Read more
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Joliet Central Ends Long Gridiron Losing Streak
Joliet Central put an end to the state’s longest football losing streak on Saturday, September 17, 2016, when the Steelmen edged Plainfield Central 38-35 at home. The Steelemen had lost their previous 57 contests. Joliet Central junior quarterback Zach Wisneski threw a 30-yard touchdown pas... Read more
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NATA and Gatorade Team To Honor Top High School Athletic Trainers
The National Athletic Trainers Association (NATA) and Gatorade have announced that as a part of their ongoing partnership, the two group’s will once again honor top high school athletic trainers around the country. The Gatorade Secondary School AT Award recognizes a certified athletic train... Read more
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Careavan: Mount Carmel Defense Gives Up Touchdown That Transcends
Scoring a touchdown in a high school football game is a thing to be savored. Especially when it comes against a program of the magnitude of Mt. Carmel High School in Chicago. Touchdowns against the 12-time state champion Caravan have been few and far between throughout the years. It is unlikely t... Read more
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MaxPreps Weekly IHSA Leaderboard
IHSA official statistical partner MaxPreps compiles state and national stat leaderboards in all team sports based on team submissions. Below are the current 2016 Fall Sports IHSA leaders in Football, Boys Soccer and Girls Volleyball. It is important to note that these stats boards do not necessarily... Read more
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IHSA To Participate In “Team Up, Speak Up To Fight Concussions” On September 13
The Concussion Legacy Foundation has created the first ever national concussion education day, scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 13. On Team Up Day, millions of athletes will hear a speech from their coach, captain and medical team that encourages them to Team Up & Speak Up to Fight Concussions, with... Read more
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IHSA Announces Fourth Class of Distinguished Media Service Award Winners
The Illinois High School Association (IHSA) is proud to announce its fourth class of recipients of the IHSA Distinguished Media Service Award. The 2016-17 honorees include IHSA TV icon Dave Bernhard, a Southern Illinois prep sports staple in WQRL’s Jim Muir and the voice of high school sports ... Read more
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Hall of Fame Marian Catholic Football Coach Dave Mattio Passes Away
Hall of Fame football coach and long-time Marian Catholic (Chicago Heights) Athletic Director Dave Mattio passed away on September 7, 2016. The Illinois High School Association (IHSA) would like to express its condolences to the family, friends, former players and Marian Catholic community as a whol... Read more