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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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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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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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#MyReasonWhy: IHSA Track & Field and Cross Country Official Jamero Rainey
As a part of the #MyReasonWhy campaign, IHSA Track & Field and Cross Country official Jamero Rainey shared the reason why he officiates high school track and XC: Read more
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Current IHSA Official, Shelbyville’s Jordan Sieger, Qualifies for IHSA Track & Field State Meet
While it is not a category that the Illinois High School Association (IHSA) formally tracks in its archives, the Association believes that Shelbyville High School senior Jordan Sieger (above left) is making a unique bit of history at the 2017 IHSA Boys Track & Field State Finals. Sieger becam... Read more
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Lora Boehne Kalka is the First Female Official to Work Boys Gymnastics State Finals
History was made at the 2017 IHSA Boys Gymnastics State Finals on the judging panel, as Lora Boehne Kalka was selected to work the event at Hinsdale Central High School. Lora became the first female official selected to work the boys’ state final meet in the 66-year history of the IHSA Sta... Read more
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Meet the 2017 IHSA All-State Academic Team Presented by Caterpillar
On Monday, April 17, 2017, the Illinois High School Association held its annual honors banquet to recognize some of the top high school students in the state who excel both in academics and extracurricular participation. The 2017 IHSA All-State Academic Team presented by Caterpillar featured 26 m... Read more
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#MyReasonWhy: IHSA Cheerleading & Dance Official Shaunda Brown
As a part of the #MyReasonWhy campaign, IHSA Cheerleading and Dance official Shaunda Brown recently shared the reason why cheer and dance are so important to their high school communities. Read more
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The Football Decision by Dr. Uzma Samadani
Dr. Uzma Samadani is a neurosurgeon at the Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Samadani, who completed Medical School at the University of Chicago, recently spoke at the 2016 Minnesota Football Coaches Association conference, where she addressed some of the misinformation th... 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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#MyReasonWhy: Warren Township's Raven Townsend
As a part of the #MyReasonWhy campaign, Warren Township High School girls' lacrosse player Raven Townsend recently shared the reason why she competes in lacrosse: “I play lacrosse to feel the feelings of victory, hardship, determination, and the alliance of my teammates. There is nothing li... Read more
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#MyReasonWhy: Althoff Catholic's Danny & Zac Braunagel
As a part of the #MyReasonWhy campaign, Althoff Catholic High School twin brothers, and IHSA wrestling state champions, Danny & Zac Braunagel recently shared the reason why they compete in IHSA wrestling: Read more
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#MyReasonWhy: Mattoon High School Dancer Emily Bacino
As a part of the #MyReasonWhy campaign, Mattoon High School dancer Emily Bacino recently shared the reason why she competes in IHSA dance:
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Officiating Family: Chuck Rathert Works IHSA Basketball Game With Daughter & Son
On January 5, 2017, the Jerseyville High School vs. Carlinville High School girls’ basketball contest had a family feel to it, at least for the three individuals in the black and white striped shirts. The officiating crew that worked that evening’s game featured veteran official Chuck Ra... Read more
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Angus Reid's TEDx Talk On "Why We Need High School Football"
The TEDx talk below features former professional football player Angus Reid of the Canadian Football League. Reid highlights the impact the game had on his life and the important life lessons young people learn through it: Read more
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IHSA Honors Long-Time XC State Final Manager Chris Perry
At the 2016 IHSA Cross Country State Final meet at Detweiller Park in Peoria, the IHSA honored Chris Perry, the long-time state final meet manager for the historic event. Perry was presented with an award by former IHSA administrator Ron McGraw, while the following bio on his career was read over... 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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100 Years of IHSA Boys Golf: Interview with Coach Mike Nisen
This is one in a series of stories celebrating 100 years of the IHSA Boys Golf State Finals. Click here to view the other stories and here to order commemorative 100-year state final gear and pin flags. Interview with Coach Mike Nisen by Matt Troha Mike Nisen, affectionately known as “B... Read more
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100 Years of IHSA Boys Golf: Interview with Coach Dick Lounsberry
This is one in a series of stories celebrating 100 years of the IHSA Boys Golf State Finals. Click here to view the other stories and here to order commemorative 100-year state final gear and pin flags. Interview With Dick Lounsberry by Matt Troha Dick Lounsberry began his high school golf co... Read more
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100 Years of IHSA Boys Golf: State Championship Reflections from Mason Jacobs, Massac County, Three-Time State Champion
This is one in a series of stories celebrating 100 years of the IHSA Boys Golf State Finals. Click here to view the other stories and here to order commemorative 100-year state final gear and pin flags. State Championship Reflections from Mason Jacobs: In 2007, Massac County senior Mason Jacobs ... Read more
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100 Years of IHSA Boys Golf: State Championship Reflections from Drew Pierson, Lockport, 2000 State Champion
This is one in a series of stories celebrating 100 years of the IHSA Boys Golf State Finals. Click here to view the other stories and here to order commemorative 100-year state final gear and pin flags. State Championship Reflections from Drew Pierson Drew Pierson was the IHSA Class AA individua... Read more
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100 Years of IHSA Boys Golf: State Championship Reflections from Joe Carlson, St. Viator, 2008 State Champion
This is one in a series of stories celebrating 100 years of the IHSA Boys Golf State Finals. Click here to view the other stories and here to order commemorative 100-year state final gear and pin flags. State Championship reflections from Joe Carlson: Joe Carlson was a major part of two of St. V... Read more
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100 Years of IHSA Boys Golf: State Championship Reflections from Ryan Graff, Quincy, 1990 State Champion
This is one in a series of stories celebrating 100 years of the IHSA Boys Golf State Finals. Click here to view the other stories and here to order commemorative 100-year state final gear and pin flags. State Championship Reflections from Ryan Graff Ryan Graff won the IHSA Class AA individual st... 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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Rockford Auburn Student Orintho Farris Is Goal-Focused IHSA Official
The story below is courtesy of Mary Kaull, communications coordinator for Rockford Public Schools. Click here to subscribe to the RPS blog, and follow RPS on Facebook and Twitter and Instagram. Photo courtesy of Alan Leon. Less than 5 percent of referees for the Illinois High School Association... Read more
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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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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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Meet the 2016 IHSA All-State Academic Team Presented by Caterpillar
On Monday, April 18, 2016, the Illinois High School Association held its annual honors banquet to recognize some of the top high school students in the state who excel both in academics and extracurricular participation. The 2016 IHSA All-State Academic Team presented by Caterpillar featured 26 m... 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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IHSA Celebrates National Athletic Training Month
The Illinois High School Association (IHSA), in conjunction with the National Athletic Trainers Association (NATA) and the IHSA’s Play Smart. Play Hard. sports safety education initiative, are proud to celebrate National Athletic Training Month throughout the month of the March. In March, t... 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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“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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An IHSA State Basketball Story: Caterpillar’s Ivan Stone and Brad Halverson
Ivan Stone and Brad Halverson share a passion for basketball. They became friends on the court playing together in Caterpillar’s employee basketball league every Thursday night. Both work in the Peoria area. Ivan is a painter at Caterpillar’s East Peoria track-type tractor facility and... Read more
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“I’m too big to cry, but it hurts too much to laugh.” – Leo President Dan McGrath On Amazing Basketball Season
Current Leo High School President Dan McGrath was a long-time writer, including 13 years at the Chicago Tribune, prior to taking the head position at his high school alma mater in 2010. After the Lions came up just short and placed second in the IHSA Class 1A Boys Basketball State Finals, McGrath to... 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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“I am proud of my country and I am proud to wear this patch.” - IHSA Official George Hass
Fairview Heights native George Hass is not only a veteran IHSA official with over 35 years of experience, he is also a United States military veteran. George served in the United States Navy from 1956 to 1960, serving as an aircraft mechanic and training Naval cadets out of Pensacola flight school. ... Read more
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Handing Off The Future of High School Football In Illinois by Marty Hickman
Marty Hickman joined the IHSA staff in 1991 and became the organization's sixth Executive Director in 2002. After 25 years at the IHSA, he will retire on January, 15, 2016. In the fall of 1972, I started my high school athletic career on a football field at New Berlin High School in New Berlin, ... Read more
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Lemont High School's Taylor Campos Wins National Wendy's High School Heisman Award
Lemont High School's Taylor Campos, a cross country & track and field standout, has been named the national winner of the Wendy's High School Heisman award. Taylor was announced as the winner at a ceremony a in New York City on December 11, 2015. Below is a press release on Taylor courtesy o... Read more
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Retiring IHSA Executive Director Marty Hickman Talks About His Career With WRMJ
IHSA Executive Director Marty Hickman will retire in January, 2015, concluding a 25-year run with the Association. During the 2015 IHSA Football State Finals at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Hickman talked with WRMJ radio in Aledo about his time at the IHSA. Click the link below to listen ... Read more
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Keaton Helm Is A Three-Sport Athlete In The Fall Alone! Plays Five Sports Overall For Sherrard High School
The number of three-sport high school athletes seems to be shrinking these days, but Sherrard High School senior Keaton Helm achieves the feat before Halloween, as Keaton plays three fall sports and five total for his high school. In the fall, Helms participates in soccer and cross country, whil... Read more
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Speech Hub Talks High School Speech With Downers Grove South Alum & IHSA State Champ Dan Leahy
The YouTube channel Speech Hub recently caught up with Downers Grove South graduate Dan Leahy to reflect on his high school speech experiences. Dan won two IHSA state titles in Speech-Individual Events (Humorous Duet Acting in 2012, Original Comedy in 2013), helping Downers Grove South to the tea... 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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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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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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Highland Park’s Sam Brief Named Best Student Broadcaster at NFHS Network Broadcast Academy
The NFHS Network, the nation’s leading high school sports media company, hosted the inaugural NFHS Network Broadcast Academy in Atlanta, Georgia on July 17-18, 2015. The event culminated with an awards ceremony that recognized the top high school broadcasts, broadcast programs and broadcasters... Read more
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Batavia's Dennis Piron Talks Student-Athlete Safety
Dennis Piron, a teacher and coach at Batavia High School, who is also an inaugural member of the Illinois Advisory Council on Player Safety recently talked about a variety of topics related to the Play Smart. Play Hard. campaign for a story on the school website. Piron talks high school football, pr... 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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Glenbard West & NFL Alum Matt Bowen on why high school students should play multiple sports
Matt Bowen, a current NFL analyst for a variety of national publications (including Bleacher Report, Chicago Tribune, 670 The Score), recently made the post below on Facebook regarding specialization among high school athletes. Bowen is a graduate of Glenbard West High School, where he was a three-s... Read more
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"Nothing is better than getting to compete in something that you love"
Nothing is better than getting to compete in something that you love #ihsaj2015 pic.twitter.com/1QwhNNDW2s— Devin Kane (@Devin385) May 2, 2015
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Joliet West Recognizes Group Interp
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Remembering NFHS Hall of Fame Coach Gordie Gillespie
One of the most legendary coaches in sports history, Gordon “Gordie” Gillepsie, passed away at age 88 on February 28, 2015. Gillespie is well known for winning 1,893 collegiate baseball games, which was the most in baseball history until Auggie Garrido of Texas surpassed the mark in 2... 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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Mekeel's Reflect on Becoming First Father-Son Tandem to Officiate IHSA Wrestling State Finals
Decorated IHSA Official Don Mekeel made history this year when he stepped onto the mat to officiate his 13th total IHSA Wrestling State Final at the State Farm Center in Champaign. While few officials have officiated more combined individual and dual team wrestling state tournaments than Don, the hi... Read more
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Taylorville Principal's Words From 1940 Still Ring True Today
In the February 28, 1940 “tournament edition” of the Taylorville High School student newspaper, the Pel-Mell, Taylorville principal J.L. McAdam wrote a welcome letter to all fans attending the IHSA Boys Basketball Regional tournament the school was hosting. In his welcome, McAdam penn... 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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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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NFHS Recognizes Illinois Coaches of the Year, Names Fieldcrest’s Tina Fortner the National Spirit Coach of the Year
The National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) has named Fieldcrest High School Competitive Dance Coach Tina Fortner its National Spirit Coach of the Year. Fortner is the 15th coach from Illinois to win the National Coach of the Year honor and the first in the Spirit category. &... Read more
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IHSA Executive Director Marty Hickman Announces He Will Retire In 2016
At the IHSA's January, 2015 Board meeting, IHSA Executive Director Marty Hickman announced he would retire on January 15, 2016. Hickman reflected on the impact the job has had on him, as well as how his own high school experience at New Berlin High School shaped him: “Growing up I didn't ... Read more
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Hinsdale Central Honors Historic Fall State Champion Teams
Prior to its basketball game on January 9, 2015, Hinsdale Central honored its fall teams who won IHSA team state championships. It was a lengthy ceremony, as the Red Devils captured five state titles in the fall of 2014, including Boys Golf, Girls Golf, Girls Tennis, Boys Cross Country, and Boys Soc... Read more
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H.V. Porter Inducted Into Great Peoria Sports Hall of Fame
The Greater Peoria Sports Hall of Fame announced its latest induction class on January 3, 2015 and among the honorees is former IHSA administrator H.V. Porter (right). Henry Van Arsdale (H.V.) Porter is a Tazewell County native and former Delavan High School teacher, who served as an IHSA Assista... Read more
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Jennifer Hayes: "I want them to be good people...& strong women."
After finishing second in the state in Class 1A at the 2014 IHSA Girls Volleyball State Finals, Hartsburg-Emden coach Jennifer Hayes was asked "what she wants her players to get out of playing for her 5, 10, 20 years down the road." Her answer is below... Read more
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St. Francis Coach Peg Kopec Provides Perspective On Reaching State
Peg Kopec (right) has built the St. Francis High School Girls Volleyball team into one of the most recognizable programs in not only Illinois, but the nation. Kopec is the all-time leader in state history in coaching victories, and also ranks in the Top 10 nationally. She is the only coach in St. Fr... Read more
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Two-time XC State Champ Jon Davis Reflects on High School Experience
Oakwood High School (Fithian) senior Jon Davis repeated as the IHSA Class 1A Individual Cross Country State Champion on November 8, as his time of 14:20 over the three-mile course was also a new Class 1A record. After the race, Davis talked with IHSA Associate Director Kurt Gibson on his career and ... Read more
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Thank You to our Veterans
“This nation will remain the land of the free only so long as it is the home of the brave.” —Elmer Davis
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Joliet West Football Could Be Playoff Bound #IHSAbrackets
After a student-athlete awareness meeting earlier this year, the Joliet West freshman football team took Athletic Director Steve Millsaps' challenge by learning and then performing the school fight song to earn a pizza party. The Joliet West varsity football team has sung the song five times afte... Read more
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Basketball World Remembers Wayne McClain
The basketball world took to social media to remember legendary basketball coach Wayne McClain after his untimely passing on October 15, 2014. McClain was named one of the 100 Legends of IHSA March Madness after being a part of Peoria Manual's then unprecedented run of four consecutive IHSA state ti... Read more
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Legendary Basketball Coach Chuck Rolinski Passes Away
Legendary Toluca High School basketball Coach Chuck Rolinski (right in his coaching career & in 2006) passed away on September 23, 2014 in Peoria at the age of 82. Chuck was head coach at Toluca from 1956-90, where he became one of the winningest coaches in state history with a career record of ... Read more
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Jim Quaid On Serving Nine Years On IHSA Board
Current DePaul College Prep Principal Dr. Jim Quaid completed his term-limit of serving nine years on the IHSA Board of Directors at the meeting on September 15, 2014. Quaid is one of 14 Board members to serve nine years the IHSA board in a history that dates back to 1903. Dr. Quaid served on the Bo... Read more
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Marty Hickman, Kap and Haugh Talk IHSA Partnership With Comcast SportsNet Chicago
David Kaplan and David Haugh break the news on the expanded broadcast partnership between the IHSA and Comcast SportsNet Chicago on the Kap & Haugh Show on 87.7 FM The Game in Chicago; and later that evening Kaplan interviewed IHSA Executive Director Marty Hickman, PlayOn Sports! President Tim E... Read more
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Parting Words From Susie Knoblauch
Susie Knoblauch, an IHSA Assistant Executive since 2004, announced on May 14 that she will be leaving the IHSA to join the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) staff (read more here).   Susie served as the IHSA administrator for tennis, speech, drama & group inte... Read more
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Water Polo Official Michael Mitchell
Palatine native and 2013-14 IHSA Water Polo Official of the Year Michael Mitchell on why he officiates: “Our youth are the most important resource that we have. I am grateful for the chance to be a part of the interscholastic experience of today’s high school students while promotin... 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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Ryan Folliard’s Walkoff Hit Wins State Title For Lemont High School
In the IHSA Class 3A Baseball State Championship game on Saturday, June 14, 2014, Lemont High School’s Ryan Folliard got the opportunity that every baseball player dreams about growing up. Yesterday feels like a dream. Wish I could repeat it all over again. Easily the best day of my life!... Read more
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Shawn Rennegarbe: "Somewhere in the stands is a little girl who wants to be just like you..."
Nashville High School senior Shawn Rennegarbe, one of the 26 members of the 2014 IHSA All-State Academic Team, shared the following words of wisdom she attributes to Mia Hamm in her application essay for the All-State Academic Team: "Somewhere in the stands is a little girl who wants to be just l... Read more
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Rolling Meadows' Alexis Glasgow on the bond "that will keep team together"
Following Rolling Meadows’ state semifinal victory over Geneva, Mustang senior guard Alexis Glasgow, who is committed to continue her basketball career at Northwestern University, closed the press conference with an eloquent statement on the bond her team will share in the future over their a... 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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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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Darrell Crouch, Washington High School Head Football Coach
Washington High School head football Darrell Crouch and his players spoke at a press conference on Friday, November 22 prior to the team's semifinal playoff football game. Below was Crouch's response when asked if he was proud of how his players had handled the events of the week, which were filled ... Read more
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Washington High School senior quarterback Colton Marshall's team autograph helmet was found amidst the rubble of the tornado that struck the community in the days that followed. A photographer took the helmet around town and snapped this photo, which became a Marshall tweet: pic.twitter.com/e... Read more
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Peg Kopec on Fred Rakers
Wheaton St. Francis girl's volleyball head coach Peg Kopec on Fred Rakers: “Fred is girl’s volleyball in Illinois. He spent so many years in the game and he reached the pinnacle and then moved the pinnacle higher. He impacted countless numbers of young women during his career…... Read more
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Marty Hickman on the post-game handshake
The traditional post-game handshake in high school sports has been in the news of late in the face of high school events around the country ending in controversy or altercations. In the wake of these discussions, IHSA Executive Director Marty Hickman reiterated that the post-game handshake is here t... Read more
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“I try to find a way to stay positive when writing about high school sports. If an outfielder in a softball game dropped a routine flyball with two outs in the bottom of the seventh to lose the game, I always tried to point out that she had two hits in the game before I got to writing about th... Read more
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Illini Central All-State guard Jared Entwistle tweeted his newest end table decoration after he scored 16 points and handed out eight assists to help the Cougars win the 2013 Class 1A Boys Basketball state title. We assume he wasn't talking about the Mountain Dew.   Read more
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I’m not quite sure what qualifies a former college basketball coach to assess the state of high school sports, but last week in USA Today’s online edition, the following headline caught my attention: “Former college coach proposes ending high school sports.” Wow! This ... Read more