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ADD A. TUDE FILES - Stories of Sportsmanship & Integrity

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State Champion Coach John Giesler Raising Money & Awareness As He Battles Cancer
On, December 1, 2017, Illini Central High School honored it’s 2013 IHSA Class 1A Boys Basketball State Championship team. The Illini Central community also paid tribute to since retired head coach John Giesler, who will be inducted into the IBCA Hall of Fame this spring. In late July, Coac... Read more
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 Before Football Stardom, IHSA Soccer Experience Made Lasting Impact On Jarrett Payton
As the son of Chicago Bear legend and NFL Hall of Famer Walter Payton, Jarrett Payton has long been associated with the gridiron, from delivering his father’s Hall of Fame induction speech at age 12 to a media career covering the game that continues today. Payton was introduced to the world... Read more
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Wheeling High School Coaches Save Officials Life With CPR & AED
Wheeling police officer Rick Richardson (above left) was off-duty on October 17, 2017, when he was coaching the Wheeling freshman football team in a game against Elk Grove Village. During the contest, one of the officials collapsed on the field. Richardson's training took over, as he performed CPR a... Read more
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NFHS #MyReasonWhy Campaign Begins Second Year of Showcasing Value of High School Activity Programs
The National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) is beginning the second year of the #MyReasonWhy campaign, which is designed to showcase the tremendous value that high school sports and activities offer to students. In the first year of the #MyReasonWhy campaign, more than 500 un... Read more
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Dad of Huntley HS Student-Athletes Recognized For Going Above & Beyond
Tim Sieb is a father of two Huntley High School student athletes. His children - Kevin (soccer) and Kyle (cross country) – have always been active within the high school sports community. Despite their busy school and sports schedules, Tim also has always stressed the importance of giving ba... Read more
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Chicago Sports Broadcaster Laurence Holmes Facilitates Equipment Donations to CPS Schools
Laurence Holmes has been Chicago sports media mainstay in a variety of mediums for over two decades, including currently hosting a nightly show on WSCR’s The Score (670 AM) and Chicago Bears pre- and post-game shows on NBC Sports Chicago.The Homewood-Flossmoor grad, who called the IHSA Class 5... Read more
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October is National High School Activities Month
The National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) and its 51 state high school associations begin the annual celebration of National High School Activities Month next week with a focus on sportsmanship and a salute to the more than 500 million fans of high school sports. The NFHS ha... Read more
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Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library To Unveil IHSA Oral History
The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library’s Oral History Program is proud to release a new collection of interviews telling the story of high school sports in Illinois through the words of students, coaches, referees, broadcasters and administrators. "For more than a hundred years high schoo... Read more
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IHSA Soccer Players Honored For Community Service
Thirty boys and girls soccer players from Illinois were honored and surprised for enhancing the lives of others through community service on September 24 at Triton College in River Grove. The student athletes from Glenbard East, Oswego, Lincoln-Way West, Bulls Prep, Washington, Huntley, Saint Pat... Read more
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Legendary Volleyball Coach Linda Oxby Passes After Lengthy Battle With Cancer
Linda Oxby, one of the winningest coaches in IHSA girls volleyball history, passed away on September 29, 2017 after a lengthy battle with cancer. Oxby started her coaching career at Coal City High School, where she posted a record of 90-39 in five seasons, including a third-place finish in Class ... Read more
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FHSAA Hurricane Irma Relief Efforts - High Schools Who Need Help
Hurricane Irma has severely impacted high school athletics in the state of Florida. In an effort to serve member schools impacted by the storm, the FHSAA has launched a portal on its website to help schools affected connect with businesses, community members and others to aid in the replacement of e... Read more
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Student-Athletes Help Homeless, Raise Awareness For National Suicide Awareness Month
On Saturday, September 9, 2017, more than 1,500 male student-athletes representing 64 different Chicago-area high schools, from the city and suburbs, came together to collect 3,000+ jackets in Oak Brook. The goal was to bring attention to National Suicide Awareness Month and also help enhance the li... Read more
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Central A&M and Meridian Raise Over $7,000 For Hurricane Harvey Relief
When Central A&M High School hosted Central Illinois Conference foe Meridian High School on the gridiron on September 8, 2017, fans in Moweaqua had Hurricane Harvey victims on their mind. The two schools, separated by six miles, made the decision to donate all gate receipts sold from the rivalr... 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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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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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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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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"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
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IHSA Spring Sportsmanship Stories
As a part of the IHSA Do What’s Right! Sportsmanship Program, member school personnel and licensed IHSA officials have the ability to recognize acts of exemplary sportsmanship and integrity that occur in IHSA events throughout the school year via the Sport A Winning Attitude Report (SAWA). Tho... Read more
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Crystal Lake South & Prairie Ridge Student-Athletes Help With Flood Relief Efforts
Sean Hammond’s story below was originally published by the Northwest Herald on July 24, 2017: Crystal Lake South assistant football coach Scott Busam needed help, so he had head coach Rob Fontana send out a group message to the entire football team. Busam’s uncle, Fred Prokop, a... Read more
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Illinois Coaches Association Joins Touchdowns Against Cancer
High school football coaches and their teams across Illinois are joining the fight against childhood cancer this fall. The Illinois Coaches Association has joined Touchdowns Against Cancer as an official partner of the national program, hosted by MaxPreps and Pledge It, which empowers high school fo... Read more
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Special Olympics Illinois Names IHSA Outstanding Organization of the Year
Press release and photos courtesy of Special Olympics Illinois: The Illinois High School Association (IHSA) has received the 2017 Special Olympics Illinois’ Outstanding Organization of the Year Award. They were honored at a reception on June 9 before the Special Olympics Illinois Summer Gam... Read more
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Legendary Baseball Coach Dave Swisegood Makes Appearance at IHSA State Baseball
The all-time winningest baseball coach in IHSA history, Dave Swisegood, made a special appearance at the 2017 IHSA Baseball State Finals, as the retired coach presented the umpires with the official game balls prior to the Class 1A State Championship game on Saturday, June 3, 2017. Swisegood conc... Read more
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Inaugural IHSA Road Race Set for Saturday, June 3 at Heartland Community College in Normal
The Illinois High School Association (IHSA) has announced that its inaugural Road Race will debut on Saturday, June 3, 2017 at Heartland Community College in Normal. The 5K race is free to all participants and will feature three divisions: the Wheelchair Division, the Boys Division, and the Girls... Read more
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Three Legendary IHSA Badminton Coaches Honored at State Finals
During the Opening Ceremonies of the 2017 IHSA Girls Badminton State Finals at Eastern Illinois University on May 12, 2017, the IHSA and the Illinois High School Badminton Coaches Association took the time to honor three legends of IHSA Badminton. Prospect High School head coach Jean Rezny (left)... Read more
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Trio of IHSA Student-Athletes Up For Prestigious U.S. Army Award for Excellence
The Pro Football Hall of Fame and the U.S. Army announced the 25-highschool, student-athlete finalists for the U.S. Army-Pro Football Hall of Fame Award for Excellence. The program, now in its fifth year, highlights the achievements of student-athletes across the country. The prestigious program exp... Read more
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IHSA Girls Soccer Programs Donate Over 7,000 Books To CPS Schools
Over 3,000 girls’ soccer players representing 80 different IHSA high school programs contributed to a massive donation of books in early April. The books were collected in Schaumburg and then delivered to Chicago Public Schools elementary schools. Participating high schools included Loc... Read more
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Illinois Volleyball Teams Dig Pink, Raise Over $15K For Cancer Research
Through the IHSA’s partnership with Susan G. Komen For The Cure, IHSA girls’ volleyball programs have raised more than $1.5 million dollars for cancer research via its annual Volley For The Cure matches. Other similar initiatives (read Super Addison's story here) have emerged througho... Read more
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Oswego East Football Standout Tahj Oliver & Prom Date Evelyn Araujo Make National News
What a great way to kick the prom season off with my bestie I'm humbled and glad to say that I was her date and I had a great time 😍😍thx Eve pic.twitter.com/BFAcHTrrRC— tahj not taj (@T_Oliver_5) April 2, 2017Oswego East High School football standout Tahj Oliver did what many teens aroun... Read more
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#MyReasonWhy: Granite City's Isaiah Mizell
As a part of the #MyReasonWhy campaign, the mother of two-sport Granite City High School student-athlete Isaiah Mizell explains that her son participates in high school sports to better himself, and help inspire others to overcome adversity: I wanted to share my son Isaiah's story. Isaiah is a ju... Read more
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Buffalo Grove's Sabrina Kenoun Named Section Winner of NFHS Heart of the Arts Award
The National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) recently announced one National winner and eight Section winners for the 2017 NFHS Heart of the Arts Award. The Illinois High School Association’s (IHSA) nominee, Buffalo Grove High School senior Sabrina Kenoun, was named the ... Read more
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Sandburg Wins IHSA Class 3A/4A Student Section Showdow
Sandburg High School was named the winner of the third annual IHSA Class 3A/4A Student Section Showdown on Saturday, March 18, 2017. Representatives from each of the four Class 3A/4A finalists: Breese Central, O’Fallon, Washington and Sandburg (pictured above) – were on hand at the IHSA... Read more
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Special Olympics Illinois & IHSA Team Up For First-Ever State Unified Basketball Tournament
Special Olympics Illinois athletes, Unified Partners and coaches from across the state will gather at the March Madness Experience inside the Exhibition Hall at the Peoria Civic Center, this Friday, March 17 and Saturday, March 18, as part of the IHSA State Basketball Tournament for the first ever I... Read more
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Okawville Wins IHSA Class 1A/2A Student Section Showdown
Okawville High School was named the winner of the third annual IHSA Class 1A/2A Student Section Showdown on Saturday, March 11, 2017.Representatives from each of the four Class 1A/2A finalists: Carmi-White County, Dwight, Olympia and Okawville (pictured above) – were on hand at the IHSA Class ... Read more
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IHSA Announces Finalists for 2017 Student Section Showdown
The Illinois High School Association (IHSA) has announced the finalists for its third annual Student Section Showdown, with the winners to be announced at America’s Original March Madness, the upcoming IHSA Boys Basketball State Finals at the Peoria Civic Center in Peoria. The IHSA Student ... Read more
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Sportsmanship Highlights Special Nights In Elgin & Normal
A pair of standout boys’ basketball players both had memorable nights on the hardwood last week thanks to great acts of sportsmanship from the opposing coaches and teams. Larkin High School’s Christian Negron (pictured right) will continue his basketball career at Loyola University in C... Read more
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IHSA Winter Sportsmanship Stories
As a part of the IHSA Do What’s Right! Sportsmanship Program, member school personnel and licensed IHSA officials have the ability to recognize acts of exemplary sportsmanship and integrity that occur in IHSA events throughout the school year via the Sport A Winning Attitude Report (SAWA). Tho... Read more
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IHSA Girls Soccer Programs Get Into National Random Acts of Kindness Week
On Sunday, February 12, 2,500 girls soccer players from 80 different Chicago-area high schools came together off the field to assist in making the lives of others better in the same amount of time it would take to play a game. Picture 80 high school teams of 30+ girls soccer players wearing cape... Read more
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Smiles & Cries: Dispatch/Argus Captures Quintessential High School Sports Moment
Brian Achenbach of the Dispatch/Argus (QConline.com) captured the essence of high school sports in the photo above when Sherrard and Byron met in the IHSA Class 2A Girls Basketball Super-Sectional on Monday, February 20, 2017 at Monmouth College.With Byron leading comfortably late in the fourth quar... Read more
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Hersey Boys Basketball Team Gives Center Stage To School Special Olympics Team
The Hersey High School boys varsity basketball team gave up their primetime playing spot on Friday, February 20, 2017 so the Hersey Special Olympics basketball team could have a chance to play with a gym full of fans cheering them on. Below is video of a special moment from the start of the game.... Read more
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Sandburg’s Sophia Jablonski & Triad’s Chenoa Stokes Make IHSA Girls Bowling History
History was made on Saturday, February 18, 2017 at the IHSA Girls Bowling State Finals at The Cherry Bowl in Rockford. Sandburg High School junior Sophia Jablonski and Triad High School freshman Chenoa Stokes became the first student-athletes in IHSA Girls Bowling history to participate in the sp... Read more
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After AED Saves UHIGH Player’s Life, His Family Launches Fundraiser To Provide AEDs To High Schools
On February 9, 2017, Normal University High School varsity basketball player Kai Bates-Diop suffered from cardiac arrest during a basketball practice at the high school. Kai is alive today after being revived by the UHIGH Athletic Training Staff. Their use of CPR and an AED saved his life. Bates... Read more
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2017 IHSA All-State Academic Team Presented by Caterpillar Announced
IHSA Assistant Executive Director Stacey Lambert announced the 26 members of the 2017 IHSA All-State Academic Team presented by Caterpillar on Monday, February 14, 2017: "This group is the best of the best,” said Lambert. “They embody the IHSA’s mission, excelling in the cla... Read more
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Class 3A/4A 2017 IHSA Student Section Showdown Entries
Class 3A/4A IHSA Student Section Showdown Entries: Click here for 1A/2A entries ALTON HIGH SCHOOL ANDREW HIGH SCHOOL BREESE CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL - FINALIST CARTERVILLE HIGH SCHOOL FENWICK HIGH SCHOOL FREEBURG HIGH SCHOOL GENEVA HIGH SCHOOL GLEN... Read more
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Class 1A/2A 2017 IHSA Student Section Showdown Entries
Class 1A/2A 2017 IHSA Student Section Showdown Entries: Click here for 3A/4A entries CARMI-WHITE COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL - FINALIST DWIGHT HIGH SCHOOL - FINALIST FRANKFORT HIGH SCHOOL LITCHFIELD HIGH SCHOOL OKAWVILLE HIGH SCHOOL - FINALIST OLYMPIA HIGH SCHOOL - FI... Read more
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Chicago Fire: Firefighter/Coach Ron Wilson Has Built Bowen Wrestling Into CPS Power
John Keilman, ChicagoTribune: Bowen High is a neighborhood school in a neighborhood that has seen better days. All the familiar urban ills can be found outside this stately South Chicago behemoth — long-shuttered factories, a shrinking population, unemployment, drugs and violence. But in... Read more
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Buffalo Grove's Sabrina Kenoun Named IHSA Nominee For NFHS Heart of the Arts Award
Sabrina Kenoun is the 2016-17 IHSA nominee for the NFHS Heart of the Arts Award: When Buffalo Grove High School teacher Stefanie McCleish received an email seeking nominees for the NFHS Heart of the Arts Award, one student immediately came to mind. “The title of the award made me think of h... Read more
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Bloomington Central Catholic’s Joey Malinowski Named IHSA Nominee For NFHS Spirit of Sport Award
Joey Malinowski is the 2016-17 IHSA nominee for the NFHS Spirit of Sport Award: Motivation as an athlete has always come easy for Joey Malinowski. The 6-1, 240-pound junior at Central Catholic High School in Bloomington begins his summer days at 7:00 a.m. with a two-hour workout. Afternoons are s... Read more
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Glenbrook North Girls Tennis Coach Peggy Holecek Named NFHS National Coach of the Year/IHSA Coaches of the Year Announced
Glenbrook North High School girls’ tennis coach Peggy Holecek has been named the National High School Girls Tennis Coach of the Year by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS). Holecek is the 16th coach in state history to win national honors (complete list) and the th... Read more
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Illinois Wrestling Community Rallies Behind Medlin Family After House Fire
The Illinois Matmen story below republished with approval: Bryan Medlin couldn’t believe it. No way it was happening to him. As the Washington wrestling coach raced home on the afternoon of Dec. 22, nearly 15 minutes away from his house Medlin (standing in photo above) saw smoke off... Read more
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Rock Island High School Football & Basketball Teams Score For Education
The high-scoring Rock Island football team, along with the continuing efforts of the three-point shooters for Rocky’s girls and boys basketball teams, have caused donations to pile up for the Rock Island-Milan Education Foundation, in QCSportsNet.com’s Score for Education program. Th... Read more
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George Washington High School Soccer Players Spread Holiday Cheer At Senior Center
The boys and girls soccer teams from Washington High School in Chicago got in the holiday spirit, as student-athletes gave back to their community. On December 18, 2016, about 15 team members from Washington High School visited Perlman Senior Center in Evanston, where they surprised more than 50 ... Read more
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IHSA Fall Sportsmanship Stories
As a part of the IHSA Do What’s Right! Sportsmanship Program, member school personnel and licensed IHSA officials have the ability to recognize acts of exemplary sportsmanship and integrity that occur in IHSA events throughout the school year via the Sport A Winning Attitude Report (SAWA). Tho... Read more
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SAWA - Volleyball Super-Sectional Features Super Sportsmanship
As a part of the IHSA Do What’s Right! Sportsmanship Program, member school personnel and licensed IHSA officials have the ability to recognize acts of exemplary sportsmanship and integrity that occur in IHSA events throughout the school year via the Sport A Winning Attitude Report (SAWA). Tho... Read more
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Argenta-Oreana Rallies For Special Season To Honor Coach
Argenta-Oreana High School played the 2016 season in memory of long-time volunteer coach Duane Hupp, who passed away suddenly during a vacation in July. The Bombers and head coach Chad Eisenmenger completed the regular-season 8-1 after winning just three combined games the previous two seasons, a... Read more
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Heyworth, GCMS Football Coaches Work Together To "Score One For The Good Guy"
Photo courtesy of the Champaign News-Gazette There is a famous scene in the movie RUDY (read IHSA State interview with Rudy), where Rudy finds out that his coach, Ara Parseghian, has left Notre Dame, and he is left wondering if the new coach will keep Parseghian's promise to let him suit-up for ... Read more
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Crystal Lake Central Runner Puts Sportsmanship, Friend Ahead of Victory
Shauna Becker was in attendance at the Fox Valley Conference Cross Country Championship Meet on Saturday, October 15, 2016, to cheer on her brother, Crystal Lake South junior Jack Becker. She ended up capturing a picture that encompasses the very essence of sportsmanship and selflessness. Becker&... Read more
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PLAY 2: Prairie Ridge & Barrington Athletic Directors Take The Lead On Encouraging Multi-Sport Participation
As evidence continues to mount that sport specialization can be detrimental to the overall development of high school athletes, several IHSA schools are actively trying to promote multi-sport participation. “I have always held the belief that playing multiple sports is important for an athl... Read more
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Schaumburg Swimming & Diving Team Represents Pediatric Cancer Organization In The Pool
During the month of September, the Schaumburg girls swimming & diving team represented a group called Cal's Angels by wearing special swim caps bearing the Cal's Angels logo on them. Cal's Angels is an organization that provides support and awareness for pediatric cancer patients. Schaumbu... Read more
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Neuqua Valley High School Renames Stadium For Longtime Athletic Director Barb Barrows
On Friday, October 7, 2016 Neuqua Valley High School honored the only Athletic Director in the school’s history by renaming Wildcat Stadium to Barb Barrows Stadium. Barrows started as the school’s athletic director when it opened in 1997 and will retire at the conclusion of the 2016-1... Read more
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#MyReasonWhy: Share Your Story With The Nation
The Illinois High School Association (IHSA) is proud to take part in the National Federation of State High School Association’s (NFHS) new high school participation campaign #MyReasonWhy. There are countless benefits to participating in high school sports and activities, but a lot of concer... Read more
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#MyReasonWhy: New NFHS Initiative Uses Firsthand Accounts To Highlight Benefits of Participation
The National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) and its 51 state high school associations begin the annual celebration of National High School Activities Month today with the launch of the #MyReasonWhy campaign. The #MyReasonWhy campaign is designed to showcase the tremendous val... 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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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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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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64 High Schools Join Together To Help On National Senior Citizen Day
Many senior citizens tend to believe they have been pushed to the side and forgotten about. On Sunday, August 21, 2016, more than 300 male student-athletes from 64 Chicago-area high schools (list below) came together to recognize and bring awareness to social, health and economic issues that aff... Read more
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Lane Tech Soccer Player Honored For Work With Special Needs Children
When Lane Tech senior Larissa Seibt arrived for her lifeguard shift on Sunday morning at Leone Beach in Chicago, the Pepperdine University-bound standout thought it was going to be a quick check-in before starting her day.But the Chicago-resident had some special visitors waiting for her with a pair... Read more
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IHSA Spring Sportsmanship Stories
As a part of the IHSA Do What’s Right! Sportsmanship Program, member school personnel and licensed IHSA officials have the ability to recognize acts of exemplary sportsmanship and integrity that occur in IHSA events throughout the school year via the Sport A Winning Attitude Report (SAWA). Tho... Read more
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Legendary Soccer Coach Brian Papa Surprised With Trip To ESPY Awards
For the past 38 years, legendary coach Brian Papa has helped thousands of student-athletes in the classroom, on the soccer field and also performed extensive charity work off the field. He retired from teaching at Lincoln-Way East High School on June 30.Papa was honored for Making A Difference On AN... Read more
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Chris Perry and Ron McGraw Honored By Peoria Area Convention & Visitors Bureau
On Monday, July 11, 2016 the Peoria Area Convention and Visitors Bureau (PACVB) held its annual awards and recognition program in Peoria, where a pair of individuals with strong ties to the IHSA were honored. Chris Perry (pictured right) and Ron McGraw (pictured left) were both recognized for their ... Read more
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Whitney Young Girls Soccer Player Surprised With New Car For Community Service Efforts
When Madison Ekern arrived at Whitney Young High School in Chicago on Monday, the senior thought she was attending a quick post-season girls soccer meeting. But that so-called meeting actually turned out to be a special presentation honoring Ekern for giving back to her community. In front of ... Read more
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Romeoville Girls Soccer Players Olivia De La Rosa & Betsy Ramirez Honored For Making A Difference On & Off The Field
Romeoville High School girls soccer players Olivia De La Rosa and Betsy Ramirez were surprised with Dell laptops for “Making A Difference On and Off The Field” earlier this June. Betsy, a senior, takes care of children during service at her local church and also volunteers at multip... Read more
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IHSA Honors 10th Distinguished Service Award Class
On June 13, 2016, the Illinois High School Association (IHSA) conducted its recognition ceremony for its 10th 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 2016 hono... Read more
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42nd Annual Illinois High School Football Shrine Game Set For Saturday, June 18 at Illinois Wesleyan
Press release courtesy of the Illinois High School Shrine Game: The Illinois Coaches Association and the Shriners of Illinois will host the 42nd annual Illinois High School Shrine Game on June 18th at Tucci Stadium on the campus of Illinois Wesleyan University. Kick-off for the 42nd annual game i... Read more
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Lake Zurich Boys Volleyball Honors Teammates Mother By Playing For DA
The Lake Zurich High School boys’ volleyball team gathered at an early season practice in 2016 and was charged by head coach Lesly Ravencraft with coming up with team goals and mottos for the season. One of the ideas submitted by senior captain Nick Meyer was the motto “Play4DA”... Read more
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Murphysboro Athletic Director Recognizes Sportsmanship By Teutopolis Baseball Team & Fans
Murphysboro is heading to the IHSA Baseball State Finals for the first time since 1966 after a Super-Sectional win over Teutopolis on Monday. Amidst the postgame excitement, the moment that stood out to Murphysboro Athletic Director Len Novara was the sportsmanship displayed by the "T-Town" team and... Read more
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Trio of Female Officials Make Southern Illinois Soccer History
The photo above and story below are printed with permission from the Journal Gazette & Times Courier in Charleston/Mattoon: Charleston graduate Megan Hjort was happy to be one of the three officials to work Thursday's Mattoon-Charleston girls' soccer game since she knows how big the rivalry i... Read more
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Crete-Monee Girls Soccer Team Honored For Community Service
The Crete-Monee High School girls' soccer team recently received a prestigious honor for its community service efforts, which CMHS head coach Kathy Siefert expanded on below: "As part of the Pepsico Showdown, teams are asked to take part in community service. The Crete-Monee girls soccer team spe... Read more
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SAWA - Altamont Basketball Provides Senior Night Moment That Will Be "Remembered Forever"
As a part of the IHSA Do What’s Right! Sportsmanship Program, member school personnel and licensed IHSA officials have the ability to recognize acts of exemplary sportsmanship and integrity that occur in IHSA events throughout the school year via the Sport A Winning Attitude Report (SAWA). Tho... Read more
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Sportsmanship on Display In Winter IHSA Sports
As a part of the IHSA Do What’s Right! Sportsmanship Program, member school personnel and licensed IHSA officials have the ability to recognize acts of exemplary sportsmanship and integrity that occur in IHSA events throughout the school year via the Sport A Winning Attitude Report (SAWA). Tho... Read more
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Dwight Student-Athletes Good Deed For Homeless Man Results in $10K For School Years Later
An amazing story garnering national media attention (including from the likes of ABC News) has been developing at Dwight Township High School throughout the past week, although in actuality, it has been developing for over three years. On March 4, 2013, Wayne Herter was in Dwight in the midst of ... Read more
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Zeigler-Royalton Tops Illinois High School Fundraising Efforts For Coaches vs. Cancer
Sarah Pooler, the Senior Community Manager for the Lakeshore Division of the American Cancer Society announced in March that for the sixth consecutive year Zeigler-Royalton High School's Coaches vs. Cancer program has led all schools in Illinois for funds raised in support of the American Cancer Soc... Read more
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Mother’s Letter Highlights Monticello Football Coaches Impact Off The Field
On March 22, 2016, the Champaign-Urbana News Gazette published a moving letter from Karen Snook about Monticello High School football coach Cully Welter. Snook writes about her son's experience as the Sage football team's manager, highlighting that Welter's impact goes beyond X's & O's and the s... Read more
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Ottawa Township Wins IHSA Class 3A/4A Student Section Showdown
Ottawa Township High School was named the winner of the second annual IHSA Class 3A/4A Student Section Showdown on Saturday, March 19, 2016. Representatives from each of the four Class 3A/4A finalists: Edwardsville, Lincoln-Way West, Ottawa & Prospect (pictured above) – were on hand at ... Read more
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Woodstock North’s Wolfgang Kemp Named Section Winner of NFHS Spirit of Sport Award
The National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) recently announced one National winner and eight Section winners for the 2016 NFHS Spirit of Sport Award. The Illinois High School Association’s (IHSA) nominee, Woodstock North senior student-athlete Wolfgang Kemp (right with ... Read more
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“I made new friends” – Hales Franciscan and Rockridge Bonded By More Than Miracle Shot
The Rockridge High School and Hales Franciscan High School basketball teams are forever linked together by the events that decided their contest on Friday, March 11, 2016, at the Peoria Civic Center’s Carver Arena. The finish below epitomized the reason the IHSA Boys Basketball State Finals... Read more
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"March Madness Miracle" - Carson Frakes Amazing Shot and the Stories Born From It
On Friday, March 11, 2016 inside the Peoria Civic Center’s Carver Arena, Rockridge High School’s Carson Frakes hit one of the most incredible shots in the history of the IHSA Boys Basketball State Tournament. CSN CHICAGO BROADCAST (PXP Dave Bernhard & analyst Mark Lindo on the cal... Read more
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Breese Central High School was named the winner of the second annual IHSA Class 1A/2A Student Section Showdown on Saturday, March 12, 2016. Representatives from each of the four Class 1A/2A finalists: Breese Central, Dwight, Frankfort and Olympia (pictured above) – were on hand at the IHSA ... Read more
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Rockridge’s Gabe Stanforth Named Section Winner of NFHS Heart of the Arts Award
The National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) recently announced one National winner and eight Section winners for the 2016 NFHS Heart of the Arts Award. The Illinois High School Association’s (IHSA) nominee, Rockridge senior student Gabe Stanforth (right with IHSA Execut... Read more
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IHSA Announces Finalists for 2016 Student Section Showdown
The Illinois High School Association (IHSA) has announced the finalists for its second annual Student Section Showdown, with the winners to be announced at America’s Original March Madness, the upcoming IHSA Boys Basketball State Finals at the Peoria Civic Center in Peoria. The IHSA Student... Read more
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Morton High School's "Gameball Run" Program Raises Over $62K For Children's Hospital of Illinois
A fundraising event called "Gameball Run" benefiting the Children's Hospital of Illinois, was started by the Morton High School boys' basketball program four years ago and has since grown into a massive community event that raised over $62K in 2015-16. For more on the amazing program, read t... Read more
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Woodstock North’s Wolfgang Kemp Named IHSA Nominee For NFHS Spirit of Sport Award
Wolfgang Kemp is the 2015-16 IHSA nominee for the NFHS Spirit of Sport Award: There are few better days in the life of a high school student than that final day of school in mid to late December. The sense of euphoria that results when coupling the relief of completing final exams with the e... Read more
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SAWA - Coal City Wrestling Supports Rival Wrestler In Need
As a part of the IHSA Do What’s Right! Sportsmanship Program, member school personnel and licensed IHSA officials have the ability to recognize acts of exemplary sportsmanship and integrity that occur in IHSA events throughout the school year via the Sport A Winning Attitude Report (SAWA). Tho... Read more
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Rockridge’s Gabe Stanforth Named IHSA Nominee For NFHS Heart of the Arts Award
Gabe Stanforth is the 2015-16 IHSA nominee for the NFHS Heart of the Arts Award: Rockridge High School principal Katy Hasson occasionally forgets some of the details regarding her students. That is understandable when you consider that all told, over 600 students from grades six through twelve ... Read more
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Class 3A/4A 2016 IHSA Student Section Showdown Entries
CLASS 3A/4A School Entries Click for Class 1A/2A entries BATAVIA DOG POUND BROTHER RICE CRUSADER CRAZIES DOWNERS GROVE SOUTH EDWARDSVILLE HIGH SCHOOL - FINALIST GLENBROOK NORTH HIGH SCHOOL HOFFMAN ESTATES HIGH SCHOOL LAKES ROYAL RUSH LASALLE-P... Read more
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Class 1A/2A 2016 IHSA Student Section Showdown Entries
CLASS 1A/2A School Entries Click here for 3A/4A entries BREESE CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL - FINALIST DWIGHT TOWNSHIP HIGH SCHOOL - FINALIST FRANKFORT COMMUNITY HIGH SCHOOL - FINALIST OLYMPIA HIGH SCHOOL - FINALIST Read more
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2016 IHSA All-State Academic Team Presented by Caterpillar Announced
IHSA Assistant Executive Director Stacey Lambert announced the 26 members of the 2016 IHSA All-State Academic Team presented by Caterpillar on Tuesday, February 16, 2016: “This group is the best of the best,” said Lambert. “They embody the IHSA’s mission, excelling in th... Read more
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State Champion Wrestler’s Random Act of Kindness Brightens Day For Young Fan With Down Syndrome
Geneseo High School senior Hunter Grau, the defending IHSA Class 2A Individual Wrestling State Champion at 138 pounds, made the day of a young man with Down Syndrome last week with a random act of kindness following his IHSA Regional title. For more on Hunter's selfless act, watch the video below... Read more
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Legendary IHSA Figure Ola Bundy Blazed New Trails For Female High School Athletes
During her 29-year career as an Illinois High School Association administrator, Ola Bundy shepherded girls athletics from the early days of the Girls Athletic Association (GAA, a precursor to the IHSA adding girls’ sports) and postal tournaments to a full-scale, 12-sport, interscholastic state... Read more
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Byron Wrestler Austin Henry Chasing State Title Dream
In February 2014, the IHSA wrote a story on undefeated Dakota wrestler Josh Alber that featured his connection with Byron wrestler Austin Henry, who suffers from epilepsy, a seizure disorder that affects his motor skills and memory. Austin was inspired in part by Josh to wrestle. Two years later he ... Read more
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Mascoutah’s Fletcher Hopkins To Become Four-Time IHSA Bowling State Champion
In 2013, West Central High School’s Zack Bundy and Mascoutah High School’s Fletcher Hopkins made history when they became the first two student-athletes to compete in the IHSA Athletes with Disabilities division of the IHSA Boys Bowling State Finals. Fletcher rallied that day to best ... Read more
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Compassion Shown in Face of Tragedy During Girls Basketball Contest Betwenen Kewanee & Princeton
The story below and photo above are provided courtesy of the Bureau County Republican and reprinted with their consent. The story originally ran on January 15, 2016: KEWANEE — Sport gave way to life and death Thursday, Jan. 14, at Kewanee High School. The Boiler Girls were up 46-14 on th... Read more
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Area Coaches Honor Former Limestone Softball Coach Molly Hardesty With Coaches Clinic
Former long-time East Peoria High School softball coach Deb Neff and current Metamora High School softball coach Deric Linder will hold the first-ever Molly Hardesty Softball Clinic at Eureka College on Saturday, February 6, 2016 to keep the name of their friend alive. Hardesty, who attended Ric... Read more
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Glenbrook South Boys Tennis Coach Larry Faulkner Named NFHS National Coach of the Year
Legendary Glenbrook South High School Boys Tennis coach Larry Faulkner has been named the National High School Boys Tennis Coach of the Year by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS). Faulkner is the 15th coach in state history to win national honors (complete list) and the... Read more
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SAWA – Sportsmanship Is The Norm On The Hardwood Early In The 2015-16 Basketball Season
As a part of the IHSA Do What’s Right! Sportsmanship Program, member school personnel and licensed IHSA officials have the ability to recognize acts of exemplary sportsmanship and integrity that occur in IHSA events throughout the school year via the Sport A Winning Attitude Report (SAWA). Tho... Read more
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SIBOA Officials Association Members Volunteer Time For Salvation Army
Members of the Southern Illinois Basketball Officials Association (a group that has since expanded to provide officials for area high school contests in football, volleyball, baseball, and softball in addition to boys’ and girls’ basketball) made time during the busy holiday season to gi... Read more
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Pekin Volley For The Cure Match Raises Over $15,000 As Illinois Total Passes $60,000 In 2015
Since the IHSA began endorsing pink-themed Volley For The Cure volleyball matches for member schools in 2008 to help raise awareness and funds for breast cancer research, IHSA girls’ volleyball teams have raised over $1.5 million dollars for Susan G. Komen For The Cure. While the total donatio... Read more
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SAWA – IHSA Football Teams Display Sportsmanship, Character & Integrity During 2015 Season
As a part of the IHSA Do What’s Right! Sportsmanship Program, member school personnel and licensed IHSA officials have the ability to recognize acts of exemplary sportsmanship and integrity that occur in IHSA events throughout the school year via the Sport A Winning Attitude Report (SAWA). Tho... Read more
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IHSA Recognizes Military Veteran Officials With Commemorative Patch, Waives License Fees
As the United States honors its military Veterans today (November 11, 2015), the Illinois High School Association (IHSA) announced two new initiatives aimed at recognizing and giving back to military veterans who also serve as IHSA Officials. The first is a new patch for officials who are U.S. Mi... Read more
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Pinckneyville Celebrates Retiring Band Leader With Flash Mob Performance
Legendary Pinckneyville High School band leader Steve Cannedy is retiring following a 32-year career at the school, and to celebratethe occasion, past and current band member surprised him with a flash mob performance of more than 500 participants. WSIL-TV in Carbondale covered the event, click the ... Read more
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The IHSA Student Section Showdown is Back!!!
As a part of the 2015 IHSA Student Leadership Conference, the IHSA announced that the IHSA Student Section Showdown will return for its second installment during the 2015-16 school year. The inaugural contest took place in 2014-15, with Central A&M High School in Moweaqua and Prospect High Sc... Read more
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2015 IHSA Student Leadership Conference
The Illinois High School Association (IHSA) held its biannual Student Leadership Conference on Monday, September 28, 2015, as over 700 students from around the state descended upon the Peoria Civic Center to attend the free event. The conference featured keynote speaker Harvey Alston, a nationall... Read more
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Athens & Auburn Communities Gather "Donations For Tommy"
LeRoy High School isn't exactly in the backyard of Athens High School or Auburn High School, as the Springfield area communities are roughly 70 and 90 miles from LeRoy, respectively. That distance didn't stop those schools and towns from rallying for a common cause: gathering funds for LeRoy High... Read more
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Stillman Valley & Byron Gather To Remember Car Accident Victims
Following a classic Big Northern West Conference football contest that saw Byron prevail at home over Stillman Valley 41-40 on September 25, 2015, the teams and fan bases of both schools joined together on the field for a special tribute (above). After distributing glow sticks to assembled fans, ... Read more
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Geneseo Cross Country Coach Springs Into Action To Avoid Potential Tragedy
While traveling to the First to the Finish Invitational in Peoria last weekend, the Genenseo High School boy’s cross country team endured a harrowing set of circumstances that could have turned tragic if not for the heroic actions of head coach Don Fredericks (right). The Maple Leaf bus fou... Read more
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Stillman Valley Football Team To Honor Crash Victims With Helmet Stickers
On Friday, September 4, Stillman Valley High School was scheduled to host Richmond-Burton High School in a varsity football contest. The JV game was completed that evening, however, the varsity game was cancelled as word reached the high school that a serious car accident involving Stillman Valley s... Read more
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LaSalle-Peru Students Prove "There are bigger things in life than winning a football game.”
On Friday, September 4, when LaSalle-Peru High School hosted Galesburg High School in a non-conference football matchup, the LPHS administration planned a special moment of silence to honor a pair of Galesburg students who lost their lives in an August car accident. LPHS Principal Deb Nelson and ... Read more
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IHSA Statement On Football Officials Incident In Texas
"As the Illinois High School Association’s football administrator, my inbox on Monday mornings in the fall is often filled with messages asking me to review calls or judgments made by officials during the course of that weekend’s contests. Just this weekend, I received an email from M... Read more
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IHSFCA To Raise Money For Shriners Hospitals For Children At Select Football Games In 2015
The Illinois High School Football Coaches Association (IHSFCA) and the Shriners of Illinois are teaming up to raise awareness of and funds for Shriners Hospitals for Children. The IHSFCA and members of the Shriners International fraternity will collect donations at select IHSA high school footbal... Read more
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Richards Cheer Squad Has Touching Gesture For Neighboring School
The Lincoln-Way High School District announced in August that it will close its north campus high school at the conclusion of the 2015-16 school year. When North faced neighboring Richards High School in a Week 1 football tilt, Richards High School teacher and cheerleading coach Crystal Miguez and h... Read more
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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 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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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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Two IHSA Officials Selected To Work Special Olympics World Summer Games In Los Angeles
The Illinois High School Association is proud to have two licensed IHSA Officials who have been selected to work the 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games in Los Angeles, California from July 25-August 2. Jerry Blum (right) and Bob Reczek (left) have both been selected to work the basketball t... Read more
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IHSA & Special Olympics Team Up to Conduct Unified Bass Fishing Tournament
The Illinois High School Association (IHSA) made history in 2009 when the Association conducted the first high school bass fishing state tournament in the country. As the tournament prepares for its seventh annual installment at Carlyle Lake in Carlyle on May 15-16, 2015, the IHSA will team-up with ... Read more
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IHSA Launches Play Smart. Play Hard. Campaign to Enhance Student-Athlete Safety
The Illinois High School Association (IHSA) announced  on May 12, 2015 the launch of the Play Smart. Play Hard. campaign focused on furthering the IHSA’s commitment to enhancing the safety of Illinois’ student-athletes and collaborating with others who share that mission. The campai... Read more
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SAWA - Lincoln-Way West Softball Coaches Amanda Grigsby and Lauren Hickey
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SAWA – Momence Softball Player Megan Lanie
As a part of the IHSA Do What’s Right! Sportsmanship Program, member school personnel and licensed IHSA officials have the ability to recognize acts of exemplary sportsmanship and integrity that occur in IHSA events throughout the school year via the Sport A Winning Attitude Report (SAWA). Tho... Read more
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Wilson Recognizes Jersey High School Basketball Programs, State Champs In Legion of Champions Program
Wilson Sporting Goods, Co., in collaboration with the Illinois High School Association (IHSA), announced today it has named eight Illinois high school basketball teams to its “Legion of Champions” program. The Legion of Champions program, started in late 2014, is designed to acknowledge ... Read more
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Belleville East's Carol Harms Honored With NFHS Speech, Debate, Theatre Educator Award
Belleville East teacher Carol Harms (right) has been named the recipient of the NFHS Outstanding Speech, Debate, Theatre Educator Award for NFHS Section 4. The NFHS’s membership consists of state high school associations and affiliate members in all 50 states and the District of Columbia whic... Read more
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Prospect Wins IHSA Class 3A/4A Student Section Showdown
Prospect High School (Mt. Prospect) was named the inaugural winner of the IHSA Class 3A/4A Student Section Showdown on Saturday, March 21, 2015. Representatives from each of the four Class 3A/4A finalists – Morton (Berwyn/Cicero), Normal Community, Ottawa Township & Prospect (pictured a... Read more
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Central A&M Wins IHSA Class 1A/2A Student Section Showdown
Central A&M High School was named the inaugural winner of the IHSA Class 1A/2A Student Section Showdown on Saturday, March 14, 2015. Representatives from each of the four Class 1A/2A finalists - Central A&M, Dwight, Hinckley-Big Rock & Olympia (pictured above) – were on hand at ... Read more
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Rockridge’s Surprise Starters Produce Memorable March Madness Moment
Rockridge head coach Toby Whiteman and his team endured overwhelming adversity during a 2014-15 season that culminated with a run to the IHSA Class 2A Boys Basketball State Finals.In December alone, the team lost senior Nolan Stevens to a torn MCL, before the school and community were rocked by the ... Read more
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St. Rita’s Ethan Gray Named National Winner of NFHS Heart of the Arts Award
St. Rita of Cascia High School senior Ethan Gray has been selected as the 2015 national recipient of the “National High School Heart of the Arts Award” by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS). The National High School Heart of the Arts Award was created by ... Read more
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Prophetstown Players Reflect On Legendary Coach Don Robinson
Following his team's exciting 56-52 victory over Prophetstown in the 2015 IHSA Class 1A Girls Basketball Semifinals, Central A&M coach Tom Dooley intially shied away from talking about his team's triumph so he could first speak about the coach on the opposing bench, Prophetstown's Don Robinson. ... Read more
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Finalists Announced For 2015 IHSA Class 3A/4A Student Section Showdown
Class 3A/4A School Entries Click here for info on finalists  &   here for Class 1A/2A Entries Andrew T-Bolt Storm: Barrington Big Red: Bradley-Bourbonnais Red Surge: Champaign Central Bleacher Bums: Chicago University High School: East M... Read more
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Finalists Announced For 2015 IHSA Class 1A/2A Student Section Showdown
IHSA Class 1A/2A School Entries Click here for info on finalists  &  here for Class 3A/4A entries Breese Central High School: Carlinville Blue Crew: ***FINALIST*** Central A&M: ***FINALIST***  Dwight Township High School:   Freeburg: ... Read more
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SAWA - Sportsmanship Shines At 2015 IHSA Cheerleading State Finals
As a part of the IHSA Do What’s Right! Sportsmanship Program, member school personnel and licensed IHSA officials have the ability to recognize acts of exemplary sportsmanship and integrity that occur in IHSA events throughout the school year via the Sport A Winning Attitude Report (SAWA). Tho... Read more
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Tri-Valley’s Austin Spencer & Basketball Coach Jon Nelson Named Spirit of Sport Nominees
Tri-Valley senior Austin Spencer and varsity boy's basketball coach Jon Nelson are the IHSA's nominee for the 2015 NFHS Spirit of Sport Award. Tri-Valley High School boys’ basketball coach Jon Nelson (pictured right) sums up his commitment to his players in simple, but serious terms: &l... Read more
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St. Rita Honors Heart of the Arts Nominee Ethan Gray
Chicago’s St. Rita High School honored senior Ethan Gray during its monthly all-school awards ceremony on Tuesday, February 3, 2015 in the school chapel. Ethan was named the IHSA’s nominee for the 2015 NFHS Heart of the Arts Award. A talented musician, actor and artist, he has overcome s... Read more
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Fieldcrest's Tina Fortner Accepts NFHS National Spirit Coach of the Year Award
Fieldcrest competitive dance coach Tina Fortner was recently named the NFHS National Spirit Coach of the Year. On Friday, January 30, 2015, she was recognized by the IHSA at the 2015 IHSA Dance State Final prelims at U.S. Cellular Coliseum in Bloomington. Fortner is introduced by PA announcer Der... Read more
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St. Rita’s Ethan Gray is the IHSA's Nominee for the 2015 NFHS Heart of the Arts Award
Ethan Gray of St. Rita High School is the IHSA's nominee for the 2015 NFHS Heart of the Arts Award. Click here for more on St. Rita's ceremony honoring Ethan. With its tradition-rich roots on Chicago’s south side, St. Rita of Cascia High School has built a legacy of athletic excelle... Read more
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Belleville East Bowlers Honor Team Manager On Senior Night
The Belleville East Girls Bowling team made Senior Night extra special for their team manager, Alex Symonds, an 18-year old senior who is a part of the school's assisted learning program and suffers from Cornelia de Lange Syndrome (CdLS), a genetic disorder that typically includes small birth weight... Read more
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Entire Gym Cheers Dakota Young's Last Second Three-Pointer
Fairfield High School senior Dakota Young severely injured his leg during an ATV accident on September 21 and the three-sport athlete eventually had to have the leg amputated nine days later. Enduring seven surgeries during his 18 days in the hospital, Young managed to return to the Mule basketball ... Read more
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O'Fallon High School Band Plays the Rose Parade
The O'Fallon High School Band received the honor of being selected to play in the 2015 Rose Parade, as a part of the festivities associated with the Rose Bowl and Tournament of Roses. The Rose Parade took place on January, 1, 2015. The video below shows the Panthers band marching through the streets... Read more
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"The Lenihan Factor”: Barrington Football Player's Mock Recruitment Video Goes Viral
Barrington senior football student-athlete Jack Lenihan has created a recruitment "highlight" video entitled the The Lenihan Factor that has gained national attention and was viewed nearly a million times in a 72 hour span. Take a look at the The Lenihan Factor, created on HUDL, below or read more a... Read more
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IHSA Student Section Showdown to Determine the Best Student Section in Illinois
The IHSA Student Advisory Committee (SAC) is holding the Student Section Showdown contest to determine the student section in the state with the best spirit and sportsmanship. Student sections will have the remainder of the 2014-15 basketball season to submit a video (up to three minutes) that shows... Read more
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SAWA - Marian Central Catholic XC Runner Emma Baumert
As a part of the IHSA Do What’s Right! Sportsmanship Program, member school personnel and licensed IHSA officials have the ability to recognize acts of exemplary sportsmanship and integrity that occur in IHSA events throughout the school year via the Sport A Winning Attitude Report (SAWA). Tho... Read more
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Hersey Football Teams Up With Special Olympics
The Hersey High School Football team has teamed up with the school's Special Olympics athletes and forged a lasting bond in the process. NBC Nightly News' Anne Thompson tells the story from Arlington Heights: Read more
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Genoa-Kingston Helps Rockford Christian Volleyball Player Serve Ace To Remember
Rockford's WTVO (ABC 17/Fox 39) with the story on Rockford Christian volleyball player Sierra Riley, who was able to make her senior night memorable despite a torn ACL: Read more
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Lawrenceville Football Team Helps Boy Live His Dream
The Lawrenceville High School football team helped JJ Wimberly, a seven-year old with Cerebral Palsy, help live out his dreams under the Friday night lights. WTHI-TV in Terre Haute (IN) chronicled JJ's time with the Lawrenceville team: Read more
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SAWA - Springfield Southeast Football
As a part of the IHSA Do What’s Right! Sportsmanship Program, member school personnel and licensed IHSA officials have the ability to recognize acts of exemplary sportsmanship and integrity that occur in IHSA events throughout the school year via the Sport A Winning Attitude Report (SAWA). Tho... Read more
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IHSA Official Makes Special Call For Ailing Family
Veteran officials will tell you that the majority of calls that occur during a contest fall within the 50-50 variety. Meaning that when the whistle blows, one half of the gymnasium will be critical of the result, while the other fanbase celebrates it. IHSA volleyball official Sharon Walker (r... Read more
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Rockford Jefferson Coach Susie Nelson Dances "The J-Hawk"
Dave Schmidt of the Stateline Sports Hub and his crew at WROK 1440 AM in Rockford recently had some fun with Jefferson High School Volleyball coach Susie Nelson. Training a camera on Nelson during a match this fall, they noted that the coach’s mannerisms during the match oft look like dance mo... 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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SAWA - Danville Softball
As a part of the IHSA Do What’s Right! Sportsmanship Program, member school personnel and licensed IHSA officials have the ability to recognize acts of exemplary sportsmanship and integrity that occur in IHSA events throughout the school year via the Sport A Winning Attitude Report (SAWA). Tho... Read more
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SAWA - Gillespie High School's Molly Grey
As a part of the IHSA Do What’s Right! Sportsmanship Program, member school personnel and licensed IHSA officials have the ability to recognize acts of exemplary sportsmanship and integrity that occur in IHSA events throughout the school year via the Sport A Winning Attitude Report (SAWA). Tho... Read more
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Central Suburban League Promotes Sportsmanship Through Student Video Contest
The Central Suburban League recently conducted a conference-wide sportsmanship initiative challenging students to produce videos chronicling sportsmanship at their respective schools. New Trier High School Assistant Athletic Director Deb Ofcky recalled how the idea came to be: “About a y... Read more
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SAWA – Massac County Softball
As a part of the IHSA Do What’s Right! Sportsmanship Program, member school personnel and licensed IHSA officials have the ability to recognize acts of exemplary sportsmanship and integrity that occur in IHSA events throughout the school year via the Sport A Winning Attitude Report (SAWA). Tho... Read more
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SAWA – Peotone Baseball Coach Phil Hudson
As a part of the IHSA Do What’s Right! Sportsmanship Program, member school personnel and licensed IHSA officials have the ability to recognize acts of exemplary sportsmanship and integrity that occur in IHSA events throughout the school year via the Sport A Winning Attitude Report (SAWA). Tho... Read more
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#MCstrong - UHIGH Baseball Coach Michael Collins Leaves Lasting Legacy
In 2009, Normal Community West assistant baseball coach Jim Collins offered an assignment to the dozen or so players who gathered at a voluntary book study the coach had organized. He asked those in attendance to write their own obituaries, and as you can imagine with a group of teenagers, he receiv... Read more
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Playing For Patsy: Carrollton's Emotional Ride To State Basketball
On February 20, the Carrollton High School Girls Basketball team won the North Greene Sectional, advancing to the Super-Sectional round of the IHSA Class 1A State Tournament, one win away from the school's first-ever state final appearance. The following evening Patsy Coonrod, the team’s to... Read more
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Undefeated Dakota Wrestler Josh Alber Defined By The Medal He Doesn't Have
When asked, Dakota High School senior wrester Josh Alber doesn’t initially recall the location of his medal for winning his weight class at the IHSA Regional meet in 2013. That’s not particularly surprising, as Josh has accumulated more than his fair share of hardware during a career ... Read more
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Meridian High School's Jordan Brewer is the IHSA's Nominee for Inaugural NFHS Heart of the Arts Award
In society, and especially in sports, we love the underdog. On a basketball court, we almost universally bestow that title on the game’s smallest player and root for them to be the hero when the ball unexpectedly lands in their hands in a game’s waning seconds. In activities howeve... Read more
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IHSA Interview: Executive Director Marty Hickman Talks Sportsmanship, Harrisburg-Seton, March Madness & More
IHSA Executive Director Marty Hickman recently sat down to talk about the state of sportsmanship, look back/ahead at the Harrisburg-Seton Class 2A state boy’s basketball championship game a year ago and talk about a number of related items. The interview is transcribed between video and text b... Read more
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Riverside-Brookfield Cheer Squad Bonds With Lincoln-Way West Over Familiar Adversity
Geography brought the cheerleading squads from Riverside-Brookfield and Lincoln-Way West together, but a common experience and incredible sportsmanship created a bond between the two teams at the IHSA Cheerleading Sectional hosted by Riverside-Brookfield on February 2. Lincoln-Way West was the fi... Read more
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Mahomet-Seymour’s Dance About Facing Fear Goes Viral
The Mahomet-Seymour High School dance team has ridden an incredible two-year wave of success that started with the program’s first-ever IHSA state championship a year ago. “We are very fortunate to have had two consecutive years of success,” said head coach Mahomet-Seymour dance... Read more
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Sacred Heart-Griffin Earns National Accolade For Efforts In Helping Washington After Tornado
Around 8:30 a.m. on Sunday, November 17, 2013, Sacred Heart-Griffin High School (SHG) football coach Ken Leonard placed a call to Washington High School football coach Darrell Crouch. The two men, who have known each other since the early 1980’s when Crouch was assigned to student-teach at Che... Read more
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Cheerleaders Don't Miss A Beat When It Comes To Sportsmanship At IHSA State Finals
During the prelims of the 2014 IHSA Competitive Cheerleading State Finals, New Berlin’s squad suffered the tough fate of having its music skip during that portion of its routine. Rules designate that the squad must continue its performance in this circumstance. As the music was cut off, severa... Read more
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Waterloo Cheer Has Your Back & Some Shoes You Can Borrow
Mascoutah High School cheerleading coach Laurie Wager shared this act of great sportsmanship at the 2014 IHSA Competitive Cheerleading State Finals by Waterloo High School on Facebook. Read more
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SAWA - Rockford East HS Cheerleading Team
As a part of the IHSA Do What’s Right! Sportsmanship Program, member school personnel and licensed IHSA officials have the ability to recognize acts of exemplary sportsmanship and integrity that occur in IHSA events throughout the school year via the Sport A Winning Attitude Report (SAWA). Tho... Read more
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SAWA - Cody Will, Teutopolis
As a part of the IHSA Do What’s Right! Sportsmanship Program, member school personnel and licensed IHSA officials have the ability to recognize acts of exemplary sportsmanship and integrity that occur in IHSA events throughout the school year via the Sport A Winning Attitude Report (SAWA). Tho... Read more
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SAWA - Micah Coffey, Batavia
As a part of the IHSA Do What’s Right! Sportsmanship Program, member school personnel and licensed IHSA officials have the ability to recognize acts of exemplary sportsmanship and integrity that occur in IHSA events throughout the school year via the Sport A Winning Attitude Report (SAWA). Tho... Read more
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Nick Diaz & Josh Nichol Overcome & Inpsire On Cross Country Course
The IHSA Cross Country State Final program is littered with the names of individuals who have made history three miles at a time, from Craig Virgin’s famous gallop in 1972 to Madeline Perez’s all-class record just a year ago. Over the past 20 days, Maroa-Forsyth High School freshman Josh... Read more
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Joliet Township Finds "Faith" in Pink
The name doesn’t change the mission. Whether it is Volley For The Cure, Dig Pink, Spike Out Cancer or some other variation, thousands of high schools and student-athletes around the country will play in pink-themed volleyball matches this season aimed at raising awareness and funds for defeat... Read more
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Team Nancy: Sesser-Valier Dedicates Season To Coach’s Daughter
When the Chester High School football team took the field on September 20, they may have momentarily wondered if the team bus had taken a wrong turn and ended up in Eldorado or Harrisburg. When the visitors entered the field that night, the home stands were filled with a sea of purple, an unusual s... Read more
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Nashville’s Jordan Harre Honors Dad’s Wish On The Golf Course
Jordan Harre’s father Kevin had told him several times over the course of the last few months that no matter what happened to him, he wanted Jordan to play golf. Diagnosed with terminal cancer just over two years ago, he sensed that his time was short. The two were playing darts at their h... Read more
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2013 IHSA Student Leadership Conference
The Illinois High School Association (IHSA) held its Student Leadership Conference on Monday, September 30, as over 700 students from around the state descended upon the Peoria Civic Center to attend. The conference featured keynote speaker Harvey Alston, a nationally renowned motivational speake... Read more
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Bolingbrook Soccer Takes The Lead In Conference Sportsmanship
In almost all sports, there are players or positions that are integral to a team’s success, but receive little to no credit in the grand scheme because they record minimal to no individual statistics. In the sports lexicon, those players are often crediting with doing the “dirty work.&rd... Read more