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ONE TO REMEMBER - The Games, Athletes, Coaches & Teams That Will Never Be Forgotten

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Relive Classic IHSA Football Title Games Between 2017 State Final Broadcasts on NBC Sports Chicago
The Illinois High School Association (IHSA) will debut its new IHSA Greatest Games Championship Series as a part of the 2017 IHSA Football State Championship broadcasts on NBC Sports Chicago (channel finder) on Friday and Saturday, November 23-24. NBC Sports Chicago and NBC Sports Chicago Plus wi... Read more
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IHSA Football State Championship Games To Air On NBC Sports Chicago
For the seventh-straight year, NBC Sports Chicago, the television home of the Illinois High School Association (IHSA) State Championships, will be airing LIVE high-definition coverage of the 2017 IHSA Football State Championships on Friday, November 24 & Saturday, November 25 from Huskie Stadium... Read more
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East St. Louis Football Documentary To Debut on FOX on November 26
A documentary film chronicling the 2016 East St. Louis Senior High School football season, 89 Blocks, will debut to a national audience on FOX on November 26. 89 Blocks is scheduled to air at 4:30 PM following the Chicago Bears game. The Flyers 2016 season culminated with an IHSA Class 7A State C... Read more
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WSS’s Megan Schlechte Sets New State Final Single-Match Kill Record
Windsor/Stewardson-Strasburg Coop (WSS) junior Megan Schlechte made IHSA history while powering the Hatchets into the Class 1A Girls Volleyball State Championship match on Friday, November 10, 2017. Facing off against Durand in a Class 1A semifinal at Redbird Arena, Schlechte pounded a state fina... Read more
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MaxPreps Football, Soccer & Volleyball Athletes of the Week
MaxPreps, the online high school sports leader teams with USA Football, United Soccer Coaches,  and American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) to honor the state and nation's best each week: 9/18-9/24 Football:  No nominee Soccer:   Alex Chagoya, St. Anne High School V... Read more
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2017 Cross Country Honorary Officials
The following individuals will be honored for their contributions to the sport of high school cross country in Illinois as the 2017 IHSA Cross Country Honorary Officials at the State Final Meet on Saturday, November 4, 2017: PAUL BEIERSDORF Paul Beiersdorf is a swimmer by trade and a part of the... 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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Rich Herndon Completes 55-Year IHSA Football Officiating Career
Photo courtesy of the Belleville News-Democrat The man in the white hat. For 40 of his 55 years as a football official, Rich Herndon has been that guy — the referee and crew chief — working on high school gridirons all over Southern Illinois. But following Civic Memorial&rsquo... Read more
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Former IHSA Executive Director David Fry Dies at 77
The IHSA family is saddened to announce the passing of H. David Fry, former executive director of the Association, at his home in Chatham this morning (Oct. 23, 2017). Mr. Fry took an unusual route to his position on the IHSA staff. He grew up in Conrad, Montana, where he was a three-sport athlet... Read more
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Female Lineman Helps Madison Back To IHSA Football Playoffs
It’s been nearly 30 years since Madison High School last made the IHSA Football Playoffs, but the Trojans are back in the field for the first time since 1987. One of the players who helped Madison back to the Class 1A playoffs is female linemen, sophomore Tiana “Big T” Robinson. ... 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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Morton’s Tommy Kuhl Sets State Final Records En Route To Dominant Golf State Title
Morton High School senior Tommy Kuhl put on the best performance in IHSA Boys Golf State Final history in 2017, a year after the IHSA held its centennial anniversary for the tournament. The format and number of holes played at the IHSA State Finals vary through the years, but there is no denying tha... 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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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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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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Long Goal Lands North Mac’s Jonah Cassens On ESPN’s SportsCenter
North Mac High School soccer player Jonah Cassens scored a goal from just over midfield last week that landed the senior on ESPN’s SportsCenter. Springfield's Channel1450.com caught up with Cassens and his teammates to discuss the goal and making the SCTop10 list. Click below to see the... 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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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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Bill Laude Inducted Into NFHS National High School Hall of Fame
On Sunday, July 2, 2017, IHSA official Bill Laude was inducted into the NFHS National High School Hall of Fame during a ceremony at the NFHS Summer Meeting in Providence, Rhode Island. Laude is one of the most decorated officials in IHSA history. In his 50-year career he is one in a handful of offic... 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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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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Morrison Softball Coach & IHSA State Champion Tammy Deter Retires
Tammy Deter’s decorated coaching career as the softball coach at Morrison came to a conclusion after the Fillies won the Class 2A third-place game at the 2017 IHSA State Finals. Deter announced her retirement following a career that included 518 victories, five state final appearances, and th... 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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IHSA Crowns Inaugural Road Race Champions
The Illinois High School Association (IHSA) conducted its first-ever Road Race on Saturday, June 3 at Heartland Community College in Normal. The event is believed to be the first 5K road race held by a state high school association.The Road Race champions came from three different schools, as Pana H... Read more
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Homewood-Flossmoor Claims First IHSA Combined State Championship in Boys Track & Field
History was made at the 2017 IHSA Boys Track & Field State Finals on Saturday, May 27, 2017, as Homewood-Flossmoor (above) was crowned the first-ever IHSA Combined Team State Champion in Boys Track & Field, and the third overall in IHSA history. Combined team state champions are determine... Read more
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2017 Boys Track & Field Honorary Referees
The following individuals will be honored for their contributions to the sport of high school track & field in Illinois as the 2017 IHSA Boys Track & Field Honorary Referees at the Spring Spectacular on Saturday, May 27, 2017: KEVIN DOOLEY Kevin Dooley was a three-year varsity track &... 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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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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2017 Girls Track & Field Honorary Referees
The following individuals will be honored for their contributions to the sport of high school track & field in Illinois as the 2017 IHSA Girls Track & Field Honorary Referees at the Spring Spectacular on Saturday, May 20, 2017: GLENN COTHERN Glenn Cothern is one of the most dedicated a... 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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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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Illinois Basketball Coaches Association 2016-17 Girls Basketball Coaches of the Year
The Illinois Basketball Coaches Association (IBCA) has named its Girls Basketball Coaches of the Year for the 2016-17 season. The following individuals are being honored by the IBCA: Douglas Althoff, Nashville Community HS Amanda Aydt, Mattoon Bob Becker, Morto... Read more
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Illinois Basketball Coaches Association 2016-17 Boys Basketball Coaches of the Year
The Illinois Basketball Coaches Association (IBCA) has named its Boys Basketball Coaches of the Year for the 2016-17 season. The following individuals are being honored by the IBCA: Ron Ashlaw, Waukegan HS Nick Beard, Williamsville HS Dan Beebe, Aurora Christian HS Lee Bennet... Read more
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St. Joseph-Ogden Softball Coach Randy Wolken Collects Career Win 1,000
As the story goes, in 1979, Randy Wolken was essentially forced to take the softball head coaching job at St. Joseph-Ogden in order to secure the boys’ basketball coaching position. Nearly 40 seasons later, Wolken is now the winningest softball coach in state history, and added another mile... 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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Sterling Wins NFHS Network Award For Best Highlight
The NFHS Network, the nation’s leading high school sports media company, recently hosted its third annual NFHS Network Awards, where Sterling High School's school broadcast program was named a category winner.Sterling won the "Best Highlight" category for its coverage of an amazing boys soccer... 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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Phoenix Military Academy Baseball Coach Carves Field Out of Vacant Lot
DNA Info Chicago found an amazing story, as Phoenix Military Academy Baseball Coach Craig Griffin carved a diamond into a vacant lot. The field has affectionately been called “Half-Mowed Field” and played host to the Firebirds 12-6 win over Crane on April 18, 2017. To read the full... Read more
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Carlyle/Nashville Boys Basketball Coach Brad Weathers Calls It A Career
Brad Weathers, who coached Carlyle to the 1989 Class A Boys Basketball State Championship, has announced his retirement following eight seasons at Nashville. Weathers coached 31 total seasons at Carlyle and Nashville, compiling a career record of 571-360. In addition to the state title at Carl... 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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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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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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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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IHSA Official Bill Laude Part of NFHS National High School Hall of Fame Class
The National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) annually bestows an honor, regarded as the highest achievable accolade in high school sports and activities, upon 11 individuals with their respective enshrinement into the NFHS National High School Hall of Fame. The Illinois High Scho... 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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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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Geneva Girls Basketball Beats Buzzer In Semifinal, State Championship Games En Route To First Title
Geneva captured its first IHSA girls’ basketball state championship at the 2017 IHSA Class 4A State Finals at Redbird Arena on Friday and Saturday, March 3-4, 2017, but it didn’t come without some high drama.The Vikings needed baskets in the closing seconds of both games to pull off the ... 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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St. Rita’s Austin O'Connor Joins List of Four-Time IHSA Wrestling State Champions
St. Rita senior Austin O’Connor entered the 2017 IHSA Individual Wrestling State Finals with a distinguished career, and left with legendary status, as he etched his name into the list of four-time IHSA state champions on February 18, 2017. O'Connor (46-0) finished the year undefeated for the ... 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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2017 IHSA Individual Wrestling State Final Grand Marshals
Four Grand Marshals, who have combined to contribute more than 140 years to the sport of wrestling, will lead the annual Grand March of Finalists Saturday night before the championship bouts of the 80th IHSA Individual Wrestling State Final Tournament. First held in 1975, the annual March of Finali... Read more
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Hope Academy Makes IHSA State Wrestling A Family Affair
In 2016, history was made at the IHSA Individual Wrestling State Finals when Washington High School’s Punke brothers, all four of them, qualified for the state final tournament. Chicago’s Hope Academy high school takes the family participation award at the 2017 state meet thanks to th... Read more
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Legendary St. Joseph Boys Basketball Coach Gene Pingatore Wins 1,000th Career Game
St. Joseph (Westchester) head boys’ basketball coach Gene Pingatore added another milestone to his legendary career on February 11, 2017, when he won his 1000th career IHSA game with a 81-71 victory over St. Rita in the first round of the Chicago Catholic League Tournament. Pingatore was al... 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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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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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 Coaches and Officials Association Announces Hall of Fame Class
The Illinois Wrestling Coaches and Officials Association (IWCOA) has announced its 2017 Hall of Fame class, which will be honored at the 2017 IHSA Individual Wrestling State Finals at the State Farm Center in Champaign on Saturday, February 18 prior to the Grand March. 2017 IWCOA Hall of Fame Class... 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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LaSalle-Peru’s Nate Stubler Sets Boys Bowling State Final Record With 3,116 Pinfall
On Friday, January 27, 2017, LaSalle-Peru senior bowler Nate Stubler became the second bowler in IHSA history to roll a pair of perfect games at the IHSA Boys Bowling State Finals. Just like the first player, Harlem’s Jacob Nimtz in 2015, Stubler followed up by winning the IHSA Individual Stat... Read more
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Roger Ebert, Urbana High School Class of 1960
"No good film is too long and no bad movie is short enough." It was pieces of cinematic wisdom like these that helped propel Roger Ebert (above right) to stardom as a world-renowned movie critic and writer for the Chicago Sun Times. The only child of a bookkeeper and an electrician, he was bo... Read more
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Curie High School’s Dr. Sandra Leconte Honored By NFHS With Music Educator Award
Curie High School’s Dr. Sandra Leconte was recently recognized with the Music Educator Award presented by the NFHS Music Association. On Tuesday, December 13, 2016, IHSA Assistant Executive Director Susie Knoblauch took part in a ceremony at Curie where she presented the award to Dr. Lecont... 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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Six-Time State Champion Football Coach Dan Sharp Retires From Joliet Catholic Academy
On December 5, 2016, Dan Sharp announced his retirement as the head football coach at Joliet Catholic Academy following 20 seasons, 199 victories, and six IHSA state championships. Joliet Catholic Academy owns a state-best 13 football state championships. Sharp concludes his career with a record... Read more
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Montini Football Coach Chris Andriano Retires After Six IHSA State Titles
At the conclusion of the 2016 season, Montini football coach Chris Andriano announced the conclusion to his legendary 38-year coaching career. Andriano will retire after leading the Broncos to six IHSA football state titles, while winning 300 total games in his career. Montini recently enjoye... 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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New Trier Takes Home First Girls Swimming Combined State Title in IHSA History
History was made at the 2017 IHSA Girls Swimming & Diving State Finals on Saturday, November 19, 2016 at Evanston High School, as New Trier (above) was crowned the first-ever IHSA Combined Team State Champion in Girls Swimming & Diving, and the second overall in IHSA history following Glenba... Read more
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St. Anthony’s Anna Sophia Keller Becomes Third XC Runner In State History To Four-Peat
St. Anthony High School (Effingham) senior Anna Sophia Keller (338 above) made history at the 2016 IHSA Cross Country State Finals at Detweiller Park in Peoria on Saturday, November 5, 2016. The senior crossed the finish line first in the Class 1A Girls State Final race, completing her legendary ... Read more
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Morrison’s Fischbach Sets IHSA Single-Season & Career Kickoff Touchdown Return Record
Morrison High School senior Ethan Fischbach quietly became one of the best kick returners in high school football history during the 2016 season, as Fischbach set the single-season IHSA state and NFHS national record for kickoffs returned for touchdowns. “It's an incredible feeling, like I'... Read more
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Knudsen Father-Son Combo Make History At IHSA State XC
History, some 30-plus years in the making, was made at the 2016 IHSA Cross Country State Finals at Detweiller Park in Peoria on Saturday, November 5, 2016. Minooka High School senior Soren Knudsen crossed the finish line first in the Class 3A race with a time of 14:02. Knudsen became the first st... Read more
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2016 Cross Country Honorary Officials
The following individuals will be honored for their contributions to the sport of high school cross country in Illinois as the 2016 IHSA Cross Country Honorary Officials at the State Final Meet on Saturday, November 5, 2016: CURT & ANITA DURHAM The husband-wife tandem of Curt and Anita Dur... 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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Charleston’s Lauren Chappell Becomes First Girls Golfer To Win Three Individual State Championships
Charleston High School senior Lauren Chappell made history on Saturday, October 15, 2016 when she won the individual medalist honors at the 2016 IHSA Girls Golf State Finals. The individual state crown was the third of Chappell’s career, marking the first time in state history since the tou... 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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100 Years of IHSA Boys Golf
The Illinois High School Association (IHSA) is proud to celebrate 100 years of the IHSA Boys Golf State Final Tournament in 2016 with a series of stories chronicling the history, memorable players, and storied programs that have made the last 100 years so special.Fans and players past, present and f... Read more
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100 Years of IHSA Boys Golf: IHSA Marks a Century of Boys Golf
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. IHSA Marks a Century of Boys Golf By: Robert Pruter High school golf in Illinois dates back ... Read more
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100 Years of IHSA Boys Golf: State Finals Have Hosted Many Greats
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 Finals Have Hosted Many Greats by: Jim Ruppert Back in the day, post-World War II, B... Read more
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100 Years of IHSA Boys Golf: Small’s Influence Felt Far and Wide
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. Small’s Influence Felt Far and Wide by Fred Kroner Mike Small’s name is synony... 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: Pieper Built Monmouth’s Golf Dynasty
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. Pieper Built Monmouth’s Golf Dynasty by Barry McNamara From 1985 to 1995, the domina... 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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100 Years of IHSA Boys Golf: Records & PGA Tour Players
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. Records & PGA Tours Players Compiled by IHSA Staff Most state titles by a team 9, W... 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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Andrew HS Student Stars On NFHS Broadcasts, Draws Big Names To Podcast
Victor J. Andrew High School’s school broadcasting program, VJA TV, has created a storied tradition in a short time and may have found its next star in current junior broadcaster Jon Zaghloul. Former student Nate Szynal laid the program’s foundation, using grants and a partnership wit... 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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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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Hall of Fame Marian Catholic Football Coach Dave Mattio Passes Away
Hall of Fame football coach and long-time Marian Catholic (Chicago Heights) Athletic Director Dave Mattio passed away on September 7, 2016. The Illinois High School Association (IHSA) would like to express its condolences to the family, friends, former players and Marian Catholic community as a whol... Read more
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Peoria High School's Geno Hess Has Historic Season Opener, Rushes For 567 Yards & 8 TDs In Shootout Win
Peoria High School junior running back Geno Hess had a historic performance in the Lions season-opening victory on August 26, 2016, posting the second-best single-game rushing total in state history. The game was a long affair, literally and figuratively, for the defenses, as the second quarter f... Read more
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Sangamo Becomes First High School Conference In The Nation To Form Broadcast Network
The Sangamo Conference is ready to join the likes of Big Ten Conference, SEC and ACC. While that statement may cause a double-take initially, it’s true, as the 11-team conference in the greater Springfield area is following in the footsteps of its collegiate brethren on the broadcasting front.... Read more
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IHSA in the Olympics
As the 2016 Summer Olympics unfold in Rio from August 3 through August 21, the IHSA will compile results regarding former IHSA student-athletes who are competing in the games: MENS BASKETBALL Kevin Lisch, Althoff Catholic (2004) *Competing for Australia Pool Play 1: Australia 87, France 66 P... Read more
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Iconic York Cross Country Coach Joe Newton Announces He Will Retire After 2016 Season
NFHS National High School Hall of Fame member Joe Newton, one of the most successful high school coaches ever, has announced that the 2016 season will be his last leading the York High School boys cross country team. York High School’s press release announcing the news is listed below, whil... Read more
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Peg Kopec Inducted Into NFHS National High School Hall of Fame
On Saturday, July 2, 2016, legendary St. Francis High School girls volleyball coach Peg Kopec was inducted into the NFHS National High School Hall of Fame during a ceremony at the NFHS Summer Meeting in Reno, Nevada. Kopec is the winningest coach in state history regardless of sport and led the Spar... Read more
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Downers Grove South's Caroline Hedgcock Named MaxPreps National Softball Player of the Year
Press Release courtesy of MaxPreps: Click here for 2016 MaxPreps All-American Softball Team Despite playing much of the season with a sore pitching elbow that limited her time in the pitching circle, Hedgcock averaged almost two runs batted in per game, belted 22 home runs and pitched Downers ... Read more
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State Champion Maine West Girls Basketball Coach Derril Kipp Passes Away
On July 5, 2016, legendary Maine West girls basketball coach Derril Kipp passed away after battling pancreatic cancer. Kipp leaves behind an incredible legacy that includes coaching the 1987-88 Maine West squad (pictured above, Kipp far left) to the IHSA Class AA state title. Kipp's squads from 1987... Read more
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Legendary IHSA Official Larry Wilcoxen Passes Away
  Legendary IHSA official Larry Wilcoxen (pictured above middle, photo courtesy of the Bureau County Republican) of Walnut, Illinois passed away on July 3, 2016. Below is a statement from IHSA Executive Director Craig Anderson on Wilcoxen's extraordinary service and a link to more on the life ... Read more
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Legendary Coach Pat Summitt Interview on 2011 IHSA Girls Basketball State Final Broadcast
The sports world mourned the passing of legendary University of Tennessee Women's Basketball coach Pat Summitt on June 28, 2016. Summitt won the recruiting war for Naperville Central’s Candace Parker, a two-time IHSA state champion, in 2004, as Parker went on to win two national titles with... 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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Providence's Tom Kelley With Sportscenter Top 10 Throw In IHSA State Championship Baseball Game
The Providence Catholic baseball team became the first program in IHSA history to win three consecutive state titles in 2016, and senior rightfielder Tom Kelley put the exclamation point on the victory with a throw that would be ranked as the No. 3 play on Sportscenter's Top 10. With Providence l... Read more
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Illinois Basketball Coaches Association All-Star Games Set For June 11 at Pontiac High School
The Illinois Basketball Coaches Association (IBCA) has announced the rosters and coaches for its  annual All-Star games, which will be held on Saturday, June 11, 2016 at Pontiac Community High School. Admission for one session (either both girls or both boys games) is $5 and admission for both ... Read more
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Calhoun Pitcher Grace Baalman Makes History With 39 Strikeouts In IHSA State Semifinal Win
Calhoun High School junior pitcher Grace Baalman made history at the 2016 IHSA Class 1A Softball State Finals at the Eastside Centre in East Peoria on Friday, June 3, 2016. Facing Trico High School in the semifinals, Baalman set an overall IHSA and IHSA state final single-game record by striking ... Read more
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Evanston’s Maia Cella Surprised With Presentation of PepsiCo Showdown MVP Soccer Award By Chicago Cubs
-Press release courtesy of the PepsiCo Showdown; Photo credit: Bobby Johandes/PepsiCo Showdown It’s safe to say Sunday (May 30, 2016) will be a day Evanston High School’s Maia Cella will never forget. The Wisconsin-bound junior, who is one of the top female... Read more
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2016 Boys Track & Field Honorary Referees
The following individuals will be honored for their contributions to the sport of high school track & field in Illinois as the 2016 IHSA Boys Track & Field Honorary Referees at the Spring Spectacular on Saturday, May 28, 2016: GEZA EHRENTREU Geza became an IHSA licensed official 39 yea... Read more
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2016 Girls Track & Field Honorary Referees: Larry Foster, Tony Rainey, John Polka & Michael Fontana
The following individuals will be honored for their contributions to the sport of high school track & field in Illinois as the 2016 IHSA Girls Track & Field Honorary Referees at the Spring Spectacular on Saturday, May 21, 2016: LARRY FOSTER A veteran high school teacher, coach and offici... 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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Lincoln-Way East Coach Brian Papa Earns 800th Career Soccer Victory
Brian Papa is a legendary name in Illinois high school soccer and he added another milestone to his storied career on April 16 when his Lincoln-Way East squad defeated St Viator 2-1 in the PepsiCo Showdown at Olympic Park in Schaumburg. The victory marked the 800th total win in Papa’s storied ... Read more
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Cahokia’s Ja’Mari Ward Sets National Record In Triple Jump
Cahokia senior Ja’Mari Ward (pictured above with head coach Leroy Millsap) set the National Federation of State High School Association’s (NFHS) national record in the triple-jump with a leap of 53 feet, 7 1/2 inches, at the St. Clair County Meet at Belleville West High School on April 2... Read more
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Prospect High School’s McDermott Speech Trio Receives National Recognition
The National Federation of State High School Associations publishes its magazine High School Today to highlight great achievements of high school sport and activity participation around the country, while also offering professional development for students, teachers, coaches, administrators, parents... 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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Galesburg Girls Basketball Coach Evan Massey Selected To National High School Athletic Coaches Association Hall of Fame
One of the winningest high school coaches in Illinois state history, regardless of sport, has received national recognition, as Galesburg High School girls' basketball coach Evan Massey will be inducted into the National High School Athletic Coaches Association (NHSACA) Hall of Fame. For more on ... Read more
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Ronald W. Reagan, Dixon High School Class of 1928
Ronald Wilson Reagan was born in Tampico, Illinois and is a 1928 graduate of Dixon High School who went on to become the 40th President of the United States. Reagan won two terms, holding the office from 1981 to 1989, and exited with a sixty-eight percent approval, matching Franklin D. Roosevelt, an... Read more
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Stevenson Alum Jalen Brunson Joins Elite Company With IHSA & NCAA Titles
Villanova University won the 2016 NCAA Men’s Basketball National Championship on a buzzer-beating shot on Monday, April 4, 2016 at NRG Stadium in Houston. The victory helped starting freshman point guard Jalen Brunson join elite company back home in Illinois. Brunson completed a historic hi... 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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“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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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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St. Francis Volleyball Coach Peg Kopec Part of NFHS National High School Hall of Fame Class
The National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) annually bestows an honor, regarded as the highest achievable accolade in high school sports and activities, upon 12 individuals with their respective enshrinement into the NFHS National High School Hall of Fame. The Illinois High Scho... 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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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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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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IHSA & IWCOA Honor Outgoing Wrestling State Final Manager Dr. Joseph Pedersen
The Illinois High School Association (IHSA) and Illinois Wrestling Coaches & Officials Association (IWCOA) took time out to honor Dr. Joseph Pedersen during the 2016 IHSA Individual Wrestling State Finals at the State Farm Center on the University of Illinois campus in Champaign/Urbana. Joe has ... Read more
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Washington’s Punke Family Makes State Wrestling History As Four Brothers Qualify For State In Same Year
The Punke family made history at the 2016 IHSA Individual Wrestling State Finals, as the four brothers from Washington High School all qualified for the state tourney in the same year, marking the first time that has occurred in state history. The Punke brothers include (pictured from left to rig... Read more
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Heisman Trophy Winner, Legendary Fenwick High School Alum Johnny Lattner Passes Away
Fenwick High School lost a legendary alum, and one of just two Hesiman Trophy winners to play high school football in Illinois, Johnny Lattner on February 12, 2016, at the age of 83. Lattner graduated from Fenwick in 1950 and went on to play at the University of Notre Dame, where he won the Heism... 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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NFL & Wilson Sporting Goods Honor Super Bowl Alums From Illinois High Schools
The National Football League (NFL) will contest Super Bowl 50 this Sunday, February 7, 2016 in San Francisco. As a part of the buildup to the historic game, the NFL and official ball provider Wilson Sporting Goods are conducting the Super Bowl High School Honor Roll. The program recognizes any playe... 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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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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Hononegah Bowler Nick Sommer Sets National Scoring Record
Press Release below courtesy of Hononegah High School Bowling: South Beloit, IL: On Jan 12th, 2016 Nick Sommer (16) , a sophomore on the Hononegah Boy’s Bowling Team, helped lead his team to an undefeated conference bowling season and in the process ended up setting a new local conference a... 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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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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House of Representatives Honors Retiring IHSA Executive Director Marty Hickman With Congratulatory Resolution
On Sunday, December 13, 2015, friends, family and colleagues of retiring IHSA Executive Director Marty Hickman gathered at the Peoria Riverfront Museum to recognize the career and accomplishments of Dr. Hickman’s 25-year tenure at the IHSA. Among those in attendance were State Representativ... Read more
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Wendell Phillips Academy Captures First Football State Title By Chicago Public Schools
On November 27, 2015, the Wendell Phillips Academy football team made history for the city of Chicago when the school captured the IHSA Class 4A Football state title at Northern Illinois University's Huskie Stadium in DeKalb. Phillips completed its perfect 14-0 season with a 51-7 victory over Alt... Read more
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Legendary St. Francis Volleyball Coach Peg Kopec Goes Out On Top
Peg Kopec (above right watching her team celebrate) closed out her legendary career as the girls' volleyball coach at St. Francis High School in Wheaton on Saturday, November 15, 2015 at the IHSA State Finals at Redbird Arena. Kopec led the Spartans to a fourth consecutive state championship that... Read more
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NFHS: Illinois Cross Country State Meet Ranks Among the Nation’s Best
The National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) recently chronicled the IHSA State Cross Country meet in a story on its website, calling it “one of the nation’s best”. The story, which includes interviews with legendary state champions Craig Virgin and Dana Miro... Read more
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Rockford Lutheran's James Robinson Sets Career State Rushing Record
On Friday, October 9, 2015, Rockford Lutheran senior running back James Robinson set the new state career rushing record during a 56-19 victory over Byron. He concluded the contest with 8,681 career rushing yards. Robinson set the new career mark on a 25-yard run on third down with 7:52 remaining... Read more
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Glenbard East’s Rebecca Deluca-Lane Is First Female Player To Score Varsity TD In Illinois
Glenbard East senior wide receiver Rebecca Deluca-Lane made a historic touchdown in the Rams 56-12 Week 3 victory over East Aurora on September 11. When the Rams completed a long pass deep in East Aurora territory, Rebecca ‘s teammate fumbled the ball, which hit an opposing player and bounc... 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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2015 IHSA Distinguished Service Award Winners
On June 15, 2015, the Illinois High School Association (IHSA) conducted its recognition ceremony for its ninth 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 2015 hon... Read more
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2015 IHSA Class 3A & 4A Baseball State Championships End With Walkoff Winners
The 2015 IHSA Class 3A and Class 4A baseball state championship games had to be moved to 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. starts, respectively, on Saturday, June 12, 2015 in order to beat storms that would eventually shorten the Class 3A third-place game before wiping out the Class 4A third-place game altog... Read more
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2014-15 Illinois Gatorade Players of the Year
As an official partner of the Illinois High School Association, Gatorade is in the IHSA and in high school student-athletes competing at IHSA state finals. Gatorade annually recognize some of the best and brightest in Illinois by naming Gatorade Players of the Year in 12 sports, including Footb... Read more
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Longtime Glenbrook South ATC & Former NFHS SMAC Member Brian Robinson Inducted into NATA Hall of Fame
The National Athletic Trainers’ Association, a nonprofit organization representing and supporting members of the athletic training profession, will induct eight individuals into its prestigious Hall of Fame at the NATA 66th Clinical Symposia and AT Expo in St. Louis on Thursday, June 25. The H... Read more
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Hinsdale Central Wins 8th State Championship of 2014-15, Sets New Bar For Success in a School Year
Hinsdale Central completed the most successful team school year in Illinois High School Association history on Saturday, May 30, 2015 when the Red Devil Boys Tennis team was crowned state champions at the North Shore Racquet Club in Northbrook. The trophy marked the school’s seventh IHSA team... Read more
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100 Years of IHSA Tennis
The Illinois High School Association is proud to celebrate 100 years of the IHSA Boys Tennis State Final Tournament in 2015 with a series of stories chronicling the history, memorable players, and storied programs that have made the last 100 years so special. Click the links below to read more... Read more
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100 Years of IHSA Tennis: Chicago Stars Shone Bright in Early Years
The Illinois High School Association is proud to celebrate 100 years of the IHSA Boys Tennis State Final Tournament in 2015 with a series of stories chronicling the history, memorable players, and storied programs that have made the last 100 years so special: by Robert Pruter Tennis was pion... Read more
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100 Years of IHSA Tennis: Riessen's Fourth Title Capped Historic Run
The Illinois High School Association is proud to celebrate 100 years of the IHSA Boys Tennis State Final Tournament in 2015 with a series of stories chronicling the history, memorable players, and storied programs that have made the last 100 years so special: by Scott Johnson, IHSA Staff T... Read more
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100 Years of IHSA Tennis: Great Days at Arlington HS—and a Second Four-Peat
The Illinois High School Association is proud to celebrate 100 years of the IHSA Boys Tennis State Final Tournament in 2015 with a series of stories chronicling the history, memorable players, and storied programs that have made the last 100 years so special: by Chuck Morrison, Head Coach at Ni... Read more
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100 Years of IHSA Tennis: Recent State Tournaments Full of Changes, Memories
The Illinois High School Association is proud to celebrate 100 years of the IHSA Boys Tennis State Final Tournament in 2015 with a series of stories chronicling the history, memorable players, and storied programs that have made the last 100 years so special: by Michael Maratea, Head Coach, Tin... Read more
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100 Years of IHSA Tennis:  Coaches Reminisce, Tournament History & Milestones
The Illinois High School Association is proud to celebrate 100 years of the IHSA Boys Tennis State Final Tournament in 2015 with a series of stories chronicling the history, memorable players, and storied programs that have made the last 100 years so special: Al Kuhn, Evanston (Twp.) "Some r... Read more
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2015 Boys Track & Field Honorary Referees: Crenden Keller & Charles Rod Shurtz
The following individuals will be honored for their contributions to the sport of high school track & field in Illinois as the 2015 IHSA Boys Track & Field Honorary Referees at the Spring Spectacular on Saturday, May 30, 2015: CRENDEN KELLER Crenden Keller took a roundabout way to becoming ... Read more
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2015 Girls Track & Field Honorary Referees: Sandy Jenkins, Donna Campbell & Tom Gavin
The following individuals will be honored for their contributions to the sport of high school track & field in Illinois as the 2015 IHSA Girls Track & Field Honorary Referees at the Spring Spectacular on Saturday, May 23, 2015: SANDY JENKINS Sandy Jenkins has dedicated much of her life to y... 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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Stevenson Makes History With Football & Basketball State Titles In Same School Year
When the finals seconds ticked off on Stevenson High School’s 57-40 victory over Normal Community in the 2015 IHSA Class 4A Boys Basketball State Championship game, the victory was significant not only for the Patriot basketball team, but also for its football squad. The Stevenson football ... Read more
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Jim Cornelison Sings National Anthem at 2015 IHSA Boys Basketball State Championship
The Illinois High School Association (IHSA) celebrated its 20th year of playing America’s Original March Madness in Peoria with a special guest national anthem singer for the Class 4A state championship game on Saturday, March 21. The IHSA and Peoria welcomed renowned anthem singer Jim Corn... 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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H.V. Porter’s Personal Collection Unearths Video of 1932-36 Boys Basketball State Finals
Illinois High School Association (IHSA) Assistant Executive Director and resident historian Scott Johnson has unearthed the earliest video of the famed IHSA Boys Basketball State Tournament, courtesy of H.V. Porter. The video consists of on, and off the court, action from the 1932-1936 IHSA State Fi... Read more
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Redbird Reunion: 2005 Richwoods 38-0 State Title Team
Each year at the IHSA Girls Basketball State Finals, the Bloomington-Normal Area Convention & Visitors Bureau and the BN Sports Commission work together to bring past state champion teams back to Redbird Arena to reunite and be recognized. At the 2015 Class 3A & 4A finals on Saturday, Mar... 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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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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Harlem’s Jacob Nimtz Bowls Two Perfect Games En Route To New State Final Record
Harlem High School’s Jacob Nimtz made history at the 2015 IHSA Boys Bowling State Finals at St. Clair Bowl in O’Fallon, as he became the first bowler in state final history to bowl two perfect games in one state final tournament. Nimtz’s 300 games came during his first and third... 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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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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Greenville's Tyler Hutchinson Finishes Career as One of State's Most Prolific Passers
Greenville High School senior quarterback Tyler Hutchinson closed his high school career in a 68-43 shootout loss in the first round of the 2014 IHSA Class 4A Football Playoffs. Tyler put up stellar numbers that day, as the 6-5, 210-pound righty threw for 452 yards and five touchdowns on 34-of-67 pa... Read more
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Jacobs High School's Lauren Van Vlierbergen Wins National Wendy's High School Heisman Award
Harry D. Jacobs High School's Lauren Van Vlierbergen, a cross country & track and field standout, hs been named the national winner of the Wendy's High School Heisman award. Lauren was announced as the winner at a ceremony at the Best Buy Theater in New York City on December 12, 2014. The ceremo... Read more
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St. Francis' Molly Haggerty Named Gatorade Illinois Volleyball Player of the Year
St. Francis junior standout Molly Haggerty, who has already been a part of three state title teams in her career, was named the Gatorade Illinois Player of the Year. Click here to see Haggerty's player profile page on the Gatorade website. The press release, courtesy of Gatorade, announcing Haggerty... Read more
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Stevenson Defense Forces Fumble to Clinch State Championship
Leading Homewood-Flossmoor 31-25 in the final minute of the 2014 IHSA Class 8A Football State Championship, Stevenson High School's defense stepped up to save the day. On 4th and 1 from the Stevenson 9-yard line, HF picked up a first down with a six-yard run, but Tyler Vincent popped the ball loose ... Read more
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Wilmington's Jordan Sarr Wins State Championship With Field Goal as Time Expires
Wilmington High School senior kicker Jordan Sarr became a legend in his hometown, and a name high school football fans in Illinois will not soon forget, when he kicked a 31-yard field goal as time expired to lift Wilmington High School to a 20-17 win over Williamsville High School in a classic IHSA ... 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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O'Fallon's Tucker McCann Kicks State-Record 60-Yard Field Goal
O'Fallon High School junior kicker Tucker McCann set a new IHSA state record during a 16-13 loss to Belleville East on October 18, 2014, when he booted a 60-yard field goal in the first quarter of the game. The kick broke the previous record of 59 yards, set by Lockport’s Nick Setta in 1996. ... 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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Illinois Loses A Legendary Coach in Wayne McClain
The state of Illinois and the IHSA lost a legendary figure and coach when Wayne McClain passed away on October 15, 2014. McClain (above right with son Sergio) was the long-time coach at Peoria Manual High School, where he helped the Rams win a then unprecedented four consecutive IHSA Boys Basketb... Read more
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Over 100 Years of East Aurora-West Aurora Football Rivalry
Aurora resident Steve Solarz has teamed up with The History Press to publish his new book, Aurora’s East-West Football Rivalry, documenting Illinois’ longest running high school football series. East Aurora High School and West Aurora High School first met on the gridiron in 1893 and hav... 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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Top 200 Winningest IHSA Football Programs In State History
State historians Kev Varney and Tom Sikorski have compiled a list of the winningest high school football programs in state history. The Top 200 programs by wins are listed below: ... 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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IHSA Recordkeeper Jerry Bretag Dies at Age 82
If you've ever seen your name listed in the IHSA Sports Record Book or in the online list of records, chances are that Jerry Bretag (right, courtesy of the Quad City Times) played a part in recognizing your accomplishment. The longtime sportswriter from Ottawa passed away Wednesday (July 9, 2014) a... 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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We Can Do This: The Story of the 2002 Lincoln-Way East Softball Team
There may be some exceptions, but high school coaches will almost unanimously tell you that “senior leadership” is one of the most important ingredients to a successful season. That fact is what made Lincoln-Way East’s IHSA softball state championship run in 2002 that much more imp... Read more
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Normal West's Tess Marcordes Soccer Flip Throw
Normal Community West senior defender Tess Marcordes (right) was instrumental in helping the Wildcats' girls soccer team to their best finish in school history this season, as Normal West placed second in Class 2A after being edged by Lake Forest in penalty kicks in the 2A title match. Marcordes ... Read more
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New Athens'  "Whitey" Herzog in 1948 IHSA Baseball State Finals
The 1948 New Athens High School baseball team that went on to place second in the state featured a future Major League Baseball Hall of Famer on its roster. "Whitey" Herzog and his brother Herman were both members of the Yellow Jackets squad that topped Chicago Kelly (6-0) in the 1948 quarterfina... Read more
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 2014 Boys Track & Field Honorary Referees: Dwayne Foote, Jerzy Marszalek & Paul Neakrase
The IHSA will honor the following three individuals as the 2014 IHSA Boys Track & Field Honorary Referees at the Spring Spectacular on Saturday, May 31, 2014. Dwayne Foote Dwayne Foote began his track & field career at Libertyville High School in 1954, running varsity hurdles and on the... Read more
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2014 Girls Track & Field Honorary Referees: Kittell Family Recognized
To say that track is special to the Kittell family may be a significant understatement. Keith Kittell has coached high school track for 31 years, while his wife Barb has scored meets for over 25 years. As a team, they raised Kirk and Kate, who both ran track at Lewistown High School. Keith, Barb and... 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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2014 All-State Academic Team Video Interviews
Each year, the IHSA and presenting sponsor Caterpillar honor 26 of the most well-rounded high school students in the state of Illinois. In order to be nominated for this honor, individuals must possess a 3.5 grade point average and participate in at least two IHSA sports and activities. Caterpillar ... Read more
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Whitney Young's Jahlil Okafor First From Illinois To Win Morgan Wootten Player of the Year Award
One week after guiding Whitney Young to the 2014 IHSA Class 4A Boys Basketball State Championship, Whitney Young senior Jahlil Okafor was named the Morgan Wootten Player of the Year. Okafor, who committed to play basketball for Duke University in 2015, is the first player from Illinois to win the... Read more
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In April 2006, the IHSA announced its list of "100 Legends of the IHSA Boys Basketball Tournament". Fans selected the first 82 Legends in an online election that ran from November through March. The remaining 18 legends were selected by a blue-ribbon committee. The 100 individuals were honored... 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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Alber, Cortez & Jimenez Make History With Fourth Wrestling State Titles
Fans attending the 2014 IHSA Individual Wrestling State Finals at the State Farm Center in Champaign on Saturday, February 22 witnessed history, times three over, as a trio of wrestlers completed their high school careers as four-time state champions. Dakota High School’s Josh Alber, Glenba... Read more
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2014 IHSA Individual Wrestling State Final Grand Marshals
Four Grand Marshals, who have combined to contribute more than 140 years to the sport of wrestling, will lead the annual Grand March of Finalists Saturday night (Feb. 22) before the championship bouts of the 77th IHSA Individual Wrestling State Final Tournament. First held in 1975, the annual March ... 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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Mt. Carmel's Tyra Buss Sets State Career Scoring Record
On December 28, 2013 Mt. Carmel High School senior guard Tyra Buss swished a three-porter in the first quarter of the Lady Aces contest against Princeton (Ind.) High School in a tournament in Ft. Branch, Indiana. The three pushed Buss’ high school career scoring mark to 4,033 points, making he... Read more
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St. Charles North's Kat Stutesman Makes History
Despite a 5-4 record, Kat Stutesman and her teammates on the St. Charles North football team didn’t reach the IHSA Playoffs as they had hoped in 2013, but that didn’t stop them from being a part of history. Stutesman, a senior kicker, was named to the 2013 Upstate Eight All-Conference te... Read more
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Mater Dei Girls Volleyball Coach Fred Rakers (1945-2013)
Despite what the name could suggest, when the “One to Remember” section was added to the IHSAState page, it was not meant to be an “in memoriam” category highlighting the greats who had come and gone. The thought was to look back at memorable accomplishments with the students... Read more
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Glenbard South's Madlyn Morreale, The IHSA's First Girl's XC Champion
Glenbard South’s Madlyn Morreale crossed the finish line first at the 1979 IHSA Girls Cross Country State Finals with a time of 11:34.9. A historical feat in its own right, Madlyn’s performance that day was made even more memorable because it was the first-ever IHSA girl’s state me... Read more
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The following story on the life of Roger Ebert was featured in the May 2013 issue of the NFHS Magazine High School Today (photo courtesy of Chicago Sun-Times): "No good film is too long and no bad movie is short enough." It was pieces of cinematic wisdom like these that helped propel Roger Ebe... Read more
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Marian Catholic tops Rolling Meadows 48-47 in the 2013 IHSA Class 4A state title game on buzzerbeater putback by Kauai Bradley.