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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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Kicking it with the boys: Maroa-Forsyth's Fitzpatrick a Success on the Gridiron
Photo by Clay Jackson, courtesy of Decatur Herald & Review On Wednesdays, the left side of Walter Boyd Field is filled with boys practicing punt coverage. The right of the field is occupied by Maroa-Forsyth High School football players like star running back Deondre Gregory boasting that he h... Read more
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Sacred Heart-Griffin Names Football Stadium in Honor of Head Coach Ken Leonard
Prior to its game against Springfield Southeast on Friday, September 29, 2017, Sacred Heart-Griffin High School surprised legendary head football coach Ken Leonard by announcing that the Cyclones home field will now be known Ken Leonard Field. Leonard has led Sacred Heart-Griffin to the IHSA stat... 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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Tuscola Goes Silent To Honor Long-Time PA Announcer
Tuscola High School football has one of the oldest and most successful traditions in the state, especially in the modern playoff era. The program ramped up in 1994 when it began an 18-year playoff streak that included five state championship game appearances, as well as state titles in 2006 and 2009... 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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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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IHSA Announces Fifth Class of Distinguished Media Service Award Winners
The Illinois High School Association (IHSA) is proud to announce its fifth class of recipients of the IHSA Distinguished Media Service Award. The 2017-18 honorees include a Will County prep sports writing legend in The Herald-News sports editor Dick Goss, the voice of high school sports in the great... Read more
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Sarah Kustok, Sandburg Alum & NBA Broadcaster, Makes History
2000 Sandburg High School alum Sarah Kustok, who was a standout for the Eagles in volleyball and basketball, will be a part of broadcasting history when the 2017-18 NBA season tips off. Kustok will serve as the YES Network’s analyst for New Jersey Nets broadcasts, making her the third femal... 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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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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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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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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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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Edwardsville's Lori Blade Named National Girls Basketball Coach of the Year
After guiding Edwardsville to a runner-up finish in the IHSA Class 4A Girls Basketball State Finals this winter, Tigers head coach Lori Blade has been named the National Coach of the Year by the National High School Coaches Association (NHSCA). For more on the award, as well as Blade's amazing s... Read more
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2017 Illinois Prep Baseball Report/MaxPreps Baseball Rankings
Please note that the Illinois High School Association (IHSA) does not conduct or vote in any rankings or polls for any sports, nor do polls or rankings factor into State Series assigning. The Illinois Prep Baseball Report produces a statewide all-class Top 25 poll throughout the season in the sport ... Read more
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2016-17 IHSA Distinguished Media Service Award – Dave Bernhard
Dave Bernhard, who has covered high school sports in Illinois for nearly 40 years in print, radio and on television, was honored with his IHSA Distinguished Media Service Award on Saturday, June 10, 2017 at Slammer Stadium in Joliet as a part of the IHSA Class 3A/4A Baseball State Finals. All tol... Read more
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As School Prepares to Close, Luther North Makes Lasting Memory With State Title
On February 24, 2017, Luther North College Prep in Chicago announced that the school would be ceasing its operations and closing for good at the conclusion of the 2016-17 school year. The school was in its 64th year, but noted that its enrollment had dropped from over 1,400 students in the 1960'... Read more
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Peoria TV/IHSA TV Icon Lee Hall Signs Off
Lee Hall is a recognizable face to high school sports fan in Illinois. Not only has Lee been on-the-air as a sportscaster in the Peoria area for WEEK and WHOI for over 30 years, but he has also been a part of the IHSA’s state final broadcasts in a multitude of sports throughout the years.Hall ... Read more
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Peoria's Kendrick Green Earns 12 Varsity Letters In Football, Wrestling & Baseball
Kendrick Green helped lead Peoria High School to its first-ever IHSA Football State Championship in the fall of 2016, as the Lions outlasted Vernon Hills 62-48 in the Class 5A title game. As Green prepares to continue his football career at the University of Illinois, his impact on his high school's... Read more
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Washington Wrestler Jacob Warner Named All-American by USA Today
Washington High School senior wrestler Jacob Warner was recently named a First Team All-American by USA Today. Warner concluded his prep career by winning the Class 2A 195-pound weight class at the IHSA Individual Wrestling State Finals, then, a week later to helped the Panthers to the Class 2A D... Read more
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Updating List of IHSA Players Selected in 2017 NFL Draft
Several players from IHSA schools are expected to be selected during the 2017 NFL Draft, which begins Thursday, April 27 and concludes on Saturday, April 29 in Philadelphia. Continue to check the running tally below of drafted players, as well as those who are expected to be drafted or join teams... Read more
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Buffalo Grove's Tyler Lubbat Named Bassmaster High School All-American
The 2017 Bassmaster High School All-American Fishing Team presented by DICK’S Sporting Goods was released on on April 11, 2017, and contained a high school angler from Illinois. Buffalo Grove High School junior Tyler Lubbat was named to the All-American squad. He helped the Bison bass fishi... Read more
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Sacred Heart-Griffin Outfielder Robs Homerun, Makes #2 on SportsCenter Top 10
Sacred Heart-Griffin rightfielder Claire Dodson robbed a homerun during an IHSA softball game against Williamsville on April 24, 2017, and the catch is getting national attention. The third inning catch came during the Cyclones 2-1 loss to Williamsville and was the No. 2 play on Monday's SC Top 1... Read more
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Longtime Preps Writer Norm Sanders Moves On From Belleville News-Democrat
Norm Sanders has been a fixture of Southern Illinois high school sports in Illinois for over 30 years at the News-Democrat in Belleville. Sanders recently announced that he has accepted a new job outside of the newspaper business. Below is Norm's final column at the BND, as well as interview with hi... 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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Mekeel Family Makes More History, Father Don Is Joined By Sons Ryan & Chris In Officiating IHSA State DT Wrestling
The Mekeel family has cemented its status as trailblazers among the IHSA wrestling and officiating communities. The family first made history at the 2015 IHSA Individual Wrestling State Finals (click for story), when patriarch Don was joined by son Ryan in officiating the state tournament. The as... Read more
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Rock Island’s Breanna Beal, Edwardsville’s Mark Smith Named Ms. & Mr. Basketball by Chicago Tribune
The Chicago Tribune has named its 2017 Illinois Ms. and Mr. Basketball Award winners based on a statewide vote by coaches and media. Rock Island sophomore Breanna Beal is the 2017 Ms. Basketball honoree after leading the Rocks to a Sectional Final, just two wins shy of a berth in the state finals... Read more
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Peoria Native & Harlem Globetrotter Legend Curley “Boo” Johnson Celebrated With New Peoria Riverfront Museum Exhibit
The achievements of Peoria native Curley Boo Johnson will be celebrated with a new exhibit now on display at Peoria Riverfront Museum. The “Curley Boo Johnson: Celebrating Achievement” exhibit features four cases of Johnson’s sports memorabilia, including Harlem Globetrotters unifo... Read more
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Chicago Cubs World Series Trophy Makes Appearance At Bureau Valley Baseball Practice
The Chicago Cubs World Championship Trophy Tour was a part of America’s Original March Madness on Thursday, as the trophy made an appearance at the Peoria Civic Center in the afternoon while Class 1A & Class 2A Boys Basketball State Final qualifiers were in the midst of their shootarounds ... 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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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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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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2016-17 IHSA Distinguished Media Service Award – Jim Muir
A jack-of-all-trades media member in Southern Illinois, Jim Muir was known as the voice of high school sports at WQRL radio in Benton, where he retired as Sports Director at the conclusion of the 2016-17 school year. Muir's coverage went beyond radio, however, as he also spent time as a columnist... 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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St. Rita's Austin O'Connor Seeks To Become A Part Of IHSA Wrestling History
The Illinois Matmen story below republished with approval: Saying that Austin O’Connor has an edge to him is like saying Hawaii has nice beaches; the description doesn’t begin to do justice to the reality. What do you say about someone who watches video of one of his matches and ... 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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LeBron James “Comes Out of Nowhere” To Gift Morton Potters Girls Basketball Team With Shoes
The Morton Potters girls’ basketball team has enjoyed an amazing two-year run, having captured the past two IHSA Class 3A state championships. A repeat effort seemed unlikely a year ago when the Potters lost All-State guard Chandler Ryan to a season-ending injury in November, but the team per... Read more
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Ryan Meents Fullcourt Shot Is The Talk Of Fisher
Fisher High School junior guard Ryan Meents recently drained a near fullcourt shot to beat the halftime buzzer in a varsity boys' basketball game. See the viral shot below and hear about how it has made Meents the talk of the town via a story from WCIA-TV Champaign by clicking here. 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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2016-17 IHSA Distinguished Media Service Award – Don Werntz
The radio voice of high school sports in the greater Freeport area for over 40 years, the renowned play-by-play man of Big Radio, Don Werntz, was honored with his IHSA Distinguished Media Service Award on Friday, October 7, 2016 at Forreston High School. Don, who was nominated for the award by Dura... 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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#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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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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Former IHSA Executive Director Marty Hickman Takes New Role With Special Olympics Illinois
Former IHSA Executive Director Marty Hickman has taken a position with Special Olympics Illinois. Read more on his new role from the Bloomington Pantagraph story: Former Illinois High School Association executive director Marty Hickman has joined Normal-based Special Olympics Illinois as Chief Op... Read more
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Illinois Journalism Education Association Announces 2016 Award Winners
As a part of the 2016 IHSA Journalism State Finals on the Eastern Illinois University campus in Charleston on April 29, 2016, the Illinois Journalism Education Association (IJEA) held its annual advisers breakfast and awards program. IJEA President Sarah Doerner led the program, which recognized ... Read more
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Benet’s Kathleen Doyle, Morgan Park’s Charlie Moore Named Ms. & Mr. Basketball by Chicago Tribune
The Chicago Tribune has named its 2016 Ms. and Mr. Basketball Award winners based on a statewide vote by coaches and media. Benet Academy senior guard Kathleen Doyle is the 2016 Ms. Basketball honoree after leading the Redwings to back-to-back IHSA Class 4A State Championships. Morgan Park Hig... Read more
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Photo Of Champaign Central Basketball Player’s Leap Goes Viral
The photo (below) of Champaign Central High School basketball player Walker Stillman, taken by local photographer Liz Brunson, has gone viral. Stillman leapt for a potential rebound during Friday’s (February 19, 2016) game against Danville High School, but gave up on the ball when it careen... Read more
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Pioneering Coach Doris Johnson Led Illinois High School Boys Basketball Team In 1946
One of the common questions the IHSA receives each year is in regard to the history of female coaches who coach boys’ high school teams, with most questions centering around when it first occurred and the amount of success attained. While both can be difficult to pinpoint exactly, the first IH... Read more
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Chicago Tribune Names Its Top 20 High School Basketball Gyms In Illinois
The Chicago Tribune has picked its top 20 high school gyms in Illinois in its Gym Dandies series. Click here to read more about the historic hardwoods that made the cut. The Tribune's list includes: -Argo -East Aurora -Elgin -Evanston -Quincy -Farragut -Glenbrook South -Hinsdale Central&n... Read more
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2015-16 IHSA Distinguished Media Service Award – Tim Schweizer
The radio voice of high school sports in the greater Springfield area for nearly 40 years, the renowned play-by-play man of WFMB 1450 AM, Tim Schweizer, was honored with his IHSA Distinguished Media Service Award on Saturday, December 5, 2015 at the Prairie Capitol Convention Center in Springfield. ... Read more
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IHSA State Cross Country: "It's A Race You Never Forget"
In 1986, then Peoria Journal Star writer Mike Bailey wrote the following story about the IHSA Cross Country State Finals at Detweiller Park in Peoria entitled "It's A Race You Never Forget". The story was republished by the IHSA in the 1987 IHSA Cross Country State Final program. A scan of the stor... Read more
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2015-16 IHSA Distinguished Media Service Award – Jim O'Boye
Jim O’Boye spent 16 years producing IHSA State Series and State Final action, including America’s Original March Madness the IHSA Boys Basketball State Finals, on television via his Elmhurst-based production company, KOST Broadcast Sales. In a recent Chicago Tribune story, O’Boye ... Read more
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2015-16 IHSA Distinguished Media Service Award – Bob Sakamoto
Former Chicago Tribune prep sportswriter and long-time CLTV high school sports show host Bob Sakamoto, known as “Sako” to fans, was the face and voice of high school sports in Chicagoland for nearly 30 years. Nominated for the IHSA Distinguished Media Service Award by Mt. Carmel High ... Read more
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2015-16 IHSA Distinguished Media Service Award – J. Thomas McNamara
Decatur Tribune Sports Editor and sportswriter J. Thomas McNamara has covered high school sports in Decatur and Macon County for 58 years, dating back to his start as a high school sophomore while attending St. Teresa High School in Decatur. Nominated for the IHSA Distinguished Media Service Aw... 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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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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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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Champaign Urbana News-Gazette Executive Sports Editor and sportswriter Fred Kroner is in the midst of his final year at the News-Gazette before retiring, a career that spans 41 years. Fred added the IHSA Distinguished Media Service Award to his resume when Champaign Central hosted Urbana High Sc... Read more
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Long-time voice of WRMJ Radio in Aledo (102.3 FM) Jim Taylor was honored with his IHSA Distinguished Media Service Award when Mercer County High School hosted Stark County High School in boys’ basketball on Friday, January 23, 2015. Jim's son, Ty, was in uniform for the Golden Eagles that e... Read more
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2014-15 IHSA Distinguished Media Service Award – John Radtke
Long-time Daily Herald sportswriter John Radtke was honored with his IHSA Distinguished Media Service Award at his alma mater, Burlington Central High School, on Saturday, December 6, 2014. Radtke was recognized during halftime of the contest against Hampshire, where he was presented a plaque by ... Read more
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Legendary Marshall Girls Basketball Coach Dorothy Gaters Wins 1,000th Career Game
Already the winningest basketball coach in Illinois High School Association (IHSA) history, boys or girls, legendary Marshall High School coach Dorothy Gaters added another milestone to her amazing career when she tallied her 1,000th career victory with an 84-22 victory over Thornwood on November 18... Read more
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IHSA Announces Second Class of Distinguished Media Service Award Winners
The Illinois High School Association (IHSA) is proud to announce its second class of recipients of the IHSA Distinguished Media Service Award. The 2014 honorees include Champaign News-Gazette Executive Sports Editor and writer Fred Kroner, Daily Herald Fox Valley edition Editor and writer John Radtk... Read more
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Veteran Sportswriter Pens Decatur Area Prep Sports History Record Book
Tom McNamara (right) is synonymous with high school sports in the Decatur area. He began covering prep sports as a sophomore in high school in 1957 and has been entrenched as the Decatur Tribune Sports Editor since 1976. His love for records and history has resulted in a treasure trove for area ... Read more
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2013-14 IHSA Distinguished Media Service Award – Bob Frisk
When legendary Daily Herald high school sports writer/columnist Bob Frisk retired after 50+ years at the paper in 2008, he said he had “ridden off into the sunset”. Well not exactly, as Frisk still attends three or four high school sporting events each week as a fan, but he did think his... Read more
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2013-14 IHSA Distinguished Media Service Award – Bruce Fasol
Bruce Fasol, the legendary radio voice of West Frankfort High School and long-time radio personality in Southern Illinois, was honored with his IHSA Distinguished Media Service Award at West Frankfort High School’s Max Morris Gym on Saturday, November 30, 2013. Fasol was honored during the ... Read more
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2013-14 IHSA Distinguished Media Service Award – Lanny Slevin
Lanny Slevin, the long-time radio voice of WLPO and Miller Media in the LaSalle-Peru area, was honored with his IHSA Distinguished Media Service Award at halftime of the St. Bede Academy football game on October 5, 2013. Lanny was inducted into the St. Bede Athletic Hall of Fame prior to the contest... 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