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LIBRARY - Video Clips, Books & Films From The IHSA Library

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Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library To Unveil IHSA Oral History
The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library’s Oral History Program is proud to release a new collection of interviews telling the story of high school sports in Illinois through the words of students, coaches, referees, broadcasters and administrators. "For more than a hundred years high schoo... Read more
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IHSA Soccer Players Honored For Community Service
Thirty boys and girls soccer players from Illinois were honored and surprised for enhancing the lives of others through community service on September 24 at Triton College in River Grove. The student athletes from Glenbard East, Oswego, Lincoln-Way West, Bulls Prep, Washington, Huntley, Saint Pat... Read more
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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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Student-Athletes Help Homeless, Raise Awareness For National Suicide Awareness Month
On Saturday, September 9, 2017, more than 1,500 male student-athletes representing 64 different Chicago-area high schools, from the city and suburbs, came together to collect 3,000+ jackets in Oak Brook. The goal was to bring attention to National Suicide Awareness Month and also help enhance the li... Read more
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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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IHSA Soccer Players Give Back On National Senior Citizens Day
All it takes is a little time and effort to make a difference in someone’s life. That’s exactly what Chicago-area boys and girls soccer players from 10 different high schools did on Sunday, when they surprised a Chicago senior community with breakfast a part of the Making A Difference... Read more
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23 IHSA School Broadcasting Programs Named Elite and Select by the NFHS Network
The NFHS Network School Broadcast Program (SBP) makes it easy for students to produce live video broadcasts by providing the software, tools and training they need for free. With the NFHS Network’s proprietary technology, schools can produce and distribute high quality events throughout the ye... 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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Whitney Young Basketball Recognized on MaxPreps National Guard Tour of Champions
Whitney Young's boys basketball team emerged as the IHSA Class 4A State Champion in Peoria this March by outlasting Simeon 60-50 in overtime in the title game. The Dolphins were honored this spring by MaxPreps on its National Guard Tour of Champions. For more on the tour and Whitney Young, see the ... 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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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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#MyReasonWhy: IHSA Track & Field and Cross Country Official Jamero Rainey
As a part of the #MyReasonWhy campaign, IHSA Track & Field and Cross Country official Jamero Rainey shared the reason why he officiates high school track and XC: Read more
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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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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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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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Meet the 2017 IHSA All-State Academic Team Presented by Caterpillar
On Monday, April 17, 2017, the Illinois High School Association held its annual honors banquet to recognize some of the top high school students in the state who excel both in academics and extracurricular participation. The 2017 IHSA All-State Academic Team presented by Caterpillar featured 26 m... Read more
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#MyReasonWhy: IHSA Cheerleading & Dance Official Shaunda Brown
As a part of the #MyReasonWhy campaign, IHSA Cheerleading and Dance official Shaunda Brown recently shared the reason why cheer and dance are so important to their high school communities. Read more
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The Football Decision by Dr. Uzma Samadani
Dr. Uzma Samadani is a neurosurgeon at the Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Samadani, who completed Medical School at the University of Chicago, recently spoke at the 2016 Minnesota Football Coaches Association conference, where she addressed some of the misinformation th... Read more
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Commercial Shows What Happens When A Caterpillar Backhoe Gets Involved In Game Of  H-O-R-S-E
The IHSA is proud to partner with Caterpillar, who has been a huge part of America’s Original March Madness playing in Peoria for over 20 years! The Caterpillar commercial below shows what can happen when Cat gets involved in a game of “H-O-R-S-E” between a group of local high s... 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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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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IHSA Announces Finalists for 2017 Student Section Showdown
The Illinois High School Association (IHSA) has announced the finalists for its third annual Student Section Showdown, with the winners to be announced at America’s Original March Madness, the upcoming IHSA Boys Basketball State Finals at the Peoria Civic Center in Peoria. The IHSA Student ... Read more
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2017 IHSA State Wrestling Grand March Video
Below is the 2017 IHSA Individual Wrestling State Final video that played on the jumbotron at the State Farm Center prior to the Grand March. The video is produced by Video Infinity: Read more
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Hersey Boys Basketball Team Gives Center Stage To School Special Olympics Team
The Hersey High School boys varsity basketball team gave up their primetime playing spot on Friday, February 20, 2017 so the Hersey Special Olympics basketball team could have a chance to play with a gym full of fans cheering them on. Below is video of a special moment from the start of the game.... Read more
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#MyReasonWhy: Althoff Catholic's Danny & Zac Braunagel
As a part of the #MyReasonWhy campaign, Althoff Catholic High School twin brothers, and IHSA wrestling state champions, Danny & Zac Braunagel recently shared the reason why they compete in IHSA wrestling: Read more
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Class 3A/4A 2017 IHSA Student Section Showdown Entries
Class 3A/4A IHSA Student Section Showdown Entries: Click here for 1A/2A entries ALTON HIGH SCHOOL ANDREW HIGH SCHOOL BREESE CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL - FINALIST CARTERVILLE HIGH SCHOOL FENWICK HIGH SCHOOL FREEBURG HIGH SCHOOL GENEVA HIGH SCHOOL GLEN... Read more
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Class 1A/2A 2017 IHSA Student Section Showdown Entries
Class 1A/2A 2017 IHSA Student Section Showdown Entries: Click here for 3A/4A entries CARMI-WHITE COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL - FINALIST DWIGHT HIGH SCHOOL - FINALIST FRANKFORT HIGH SCHOOL LITCHFIELD HIGH SCHOOL OKAWVILLE HIGH SCHOOL - FINALIST OLYMPIA HIGH SCHOOL - FI... Read more
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#MyReasonWhy: Mattoon High School Dancer Emily Bacino
As a part of the #MyReasonWhy campaign, Mattoon High School dancer Emily Bacino recently shared the reason why she competes in IHSA dance:
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LeBron James “Comes Out of Nowhere” To Gift Morton Potters Girls Basketball Team With Shoes
The Morton Potters girls’ basketball team has enjoyed an amazing two-year run, having captured the past two IHSA Class 3A state championships. A repeat effort seemed unlikely a year ago when the Potters lost All-State guard Chandler Ryan to a season-ending injury in November, but the team per... Read more
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Ryan Meents Fullcourt Shot Is The Talk Of Fisher
Fisher High School junior guard Ryan Meents recently drained a near fullcourt shot to beat the halftime buzzer in a varsity boys' basketball game. See the viral shot below and hear about how it has made Meents the talk of the town via a story from WCIA-TV Champaign by clicking here. Read more
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IHSA Store Now Carrying Two Classic Taylor Bell Books on IHSA Basketball & Football History
Taylor Bell wrote the book on IHSA history, literally and figuratively. The legendary Chicago Sun Times writer has published two of the preeminent accounts on the storied tradition of IHSA boys’ basketball and football. The two books, Sweet Charlie, Dike, Cazzie and Bobby Joe; and  Dusty,... Read more
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Angus Reid's TEDx Talk On "Why We Need High School Football"
The TEDx talk below features former professional football player Angus Reid of the Canadian Football League. Reid highlights the impact the game had on his life and the important life lessons young people learn through it: Read more
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IHSA Football Semifinal Broadcasts on CSN Chicago & NFHS Network
CSN Chicago and the NFHS Network are your home for live broadcasts of IHSA Playoff Football action from Round 1 through the State Championship games on Thanksgiving weekend at Memorial Stadium in Champaign-Urbana. CSN Chicago will televise one game live during each round, culminating with all eig... 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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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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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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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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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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24 IHSA School Broadcasting Programs Named Elite and Select by the NFHS Network
The NFHS Network School Broadcast Program (SBP) makes it easy for students to produce live video broadcasts by providing the software, tools and training they need for free. With the NFHS Network’s proprietary technology, schools can produce and distribute high quality events throughout the ye... Read more
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Watch the NFHS Network on AppleTV!
The NFHS Network is no longer strictly for laptops, tablets and phones! Watch IHSA action straight from your living room on the NFHS Network App, available on the App Store on Apple TV (Compatible with Apple TV 4th Generation model only). It's simple: download the free app through the App Stor... Read more
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Whitney Young Girls Soccer Player Surprised With New Car For Community Service Efforts
When Madison Ekern arrived at Whitney Young High School in Chicago on Monday, the senior thought she was attending a quick post-season girls soccer meeting. But that so-called meeting actually turned out to be a special presentation honoring Ekern for giving back to her community. In front of ... Read more
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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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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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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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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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Crete-Monee Girls Soccer Team Honored For Community Service
The Crete-Monee High School girls' soccer team recently received a prestigious honor for its community service efforts, which CMHS head coach Kathy Siefert expanded on below: "As part of the Pepsico Showdown, teams are asked to take part in community service. The Crete-Monee girls soccer team spe... Read more
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Meet the 2016 IHSA All-State Academic Team Presented by Caterpillar
On Monday, April 18, 2016, the Illinois High School Association held its annual honors banquet to recognize some of the top high school students in the state who excel both in academics and extracurricular participation. The 2016 IHSA All-State Academic Team presented by Caterpillar featured 26 m... Read more
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Wilmington Cheerleaders Provide Unique GoPro Video Vantage Point of IHSA State Cheer
Alternate team members of the Wilmington High School cheerleading team took control of the IHSA GoPro camera to give fans an unprecedented vantage point of their school performing in the 2016 IHSA Cheerleading State Final prelims at U.S. Cellular Coliseum in Bloomington on Friday, February 5, 2016. ... Read more
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Elk Grove Grenadiers Crowned State’s Top Nickname in CSN Chicago Mascot Madness Contest
The GRENADIERS of the Elk Grove High School were named the top nickname among IHSA member high schools in Illinois, as they emerged as state champions via online fan voting among a 64-school field in the inaugural CSN Chicago Mascot Madness contest. See the CSN Chicago videos below announcing the... Read more
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“I made new friends” – Hales Franciscan and Rockridge Bonded By More Than Miracle Shot
The Rockridge High School and Hales Franciscan High School basketball teams are forever linked together by the events that decided their contest on Friday, March 11, 2016, at the Peoria Civic Center’s Carver Arena. The finish below epitomized the reason the IHSA Boys Basketball State Finals... Read more
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An IHSA State Basketball Story: Caterpillar’s Ivan Stone and Brad Halverson
Ivan Stone and Brad Halverson share a passion for basketball. They became friends on the court playing together in Caterpillar’s employee basketball league every Thursday night. Both work in the Peoria area. Ivan is a painter at Caterpillar’s East Peoria track-type tractor facility and... Read more
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"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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IHSA Announces Finalists for 2016 Student Section Showdown
The Illinois High School Association (IHSA) has announced the finalists for its second annual Student Section Showdown, with the winners to be announced at America’s Original March Madness, the upcoming IHSA Boys Basketball State Finals at the Peoria Civic Center in Peoria. The IHSA Student... Read more
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Morton High School's "Gameball Run" Program Raises Over $62K For Children's Hospital of Illinois
A fundraising event called "Gameball Run" benefiting the Children's Hospital of Illinois, was started by the Morton High School boys' basketball program four years ago and has since grown into a massive community event that raised over $62K in 2015-16. For more on the amazing program, read t... Read more
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2016 IHSA State Wrestling Grand March Video
Below is the 2016 IHSA Individual Wrestling State Final video that played on the jumbotron at the State Farm Center prior to the Grand March. The video is produced by Video Infinity: Read more
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Class 3A/4A 2016 IHSA Student Section Showdown Entries
CLASS 3A/4A School Entries Click for Class 1A/2A entries BATAVIA DOG POUND BROTHER RICE CRUSADER CRAZIES DOWNERS GROVE SOUTH EDWARDSVILLE HIGH SCHOOL - FINALIST GLENBROOK NORTH HIGH SCHOOL HOFFMAN ESTATES HIGH SCHOOL LAKES ROYAL RUSH LASALLE-P... Read more
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Class 1A/2A 2016 IHSA Student Section Showdown Entries
CLASS 1A/2A School Entries Click here for 3A/4A entries BREESE CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL - FINALIST DWIGHT TOWNSHIP HIGH SCHOOL - FINALIST FRANKFORT COMMUNITY HIGH SCHOOL - FINALIST OLYMPIA HIGH SCHOOL - FINALIST Read more
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State Champion Wrestler’s Random Act of Kindness Brightens Day For Young Fan With Down Syndrome
Geneseo High School senior Hunter Grau, the defending IHSA Class 2A Individual Wrestling State Champion at 138 pounds, made the day of a young man with Down Syndrome last week with a random act of kindness following his IHSA Regional title. For more on Hunter's selfless act, watch the video below... Read more
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Speech Hub Talks High School Speech With Downers Grove South Alum & IHSA State Champ Dan Leahy
The YouTube channel Speech Hub recently caught up with Downers Grove South graduate Dan Leahy to reflect on his high school speech experiences. Dan won two IHSA state titles in Speech-Individual Events (Humorous Duet Acting in 2012, Original Comedy in 2013), helping Downers Grove South to the tea... Read more
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Naperville Central alum Sean Payton's Boys of Fall Speech
Naperville Central alum and current New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton addressed the football team at his alma mater before their game against rival Neuqua Valley in 2010. The speech was later used in the video for the Kenny Chesney hit "The Boys of Fall". Read more
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23 IHSA Member Schools Recognized By NFHS Network For Their Broadcast Efforts
In time for the kickoff of the 2015-16 school year, the NFHS Network, the nation’s leading high school sports media company, announces its list of Select and Elite high school broadcast programs recognizing them for their astounding contributions to the Network. The NFHS Network is the online ... Read more
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The Ghosts of Wheaton: New Book Chronicles Rise Of Wheaton Warrenville South Football Program, '92 Title Game
Chicago-based author Thom Wilder's newest book, The Ghosts of Wheaton, chronicles the rise of the Wheaton Warrenville South football program, looking back to the legendary Red Grange and culminating with the Tigers 1992 IHSA state championship. The author's first book, The Road to Paradise: How the ... Read more
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Comcast SportsNet Chicago Announces Extensive 2015-16 IHSA Coverage; The Drive To Feature Homewood-Flossmoor Football
Comcast SportsNet, the television home of the Illinois High School Association (IHSA) Championships, is ready to bring its viewers another action-packed season of expert local preps sports coverage, featuring many of the very best student-athletes in the nation. Now in its second year of its long... Read more
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NFHS Network Holds Inaugural Broadcast Academy
The NFHS Network, the nation’s leading high school sports media company, hosted the inaugural NFHS Network Broadcast Academy on July 17-18  in Atlanta. The unique, interactive event included talks from successful sports broadcasters and media executives, hands-on broadcast training worksh... 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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Highlights of the 2015 IHSA Track & Field State Finals
Illinois High School Association Track & Field State Final host Eastern Illinois University produced the videos below highlighting some of the sights and sounds from the 2015 IHSA Boys & Girls Track & Field State Finals held on the EIU campus. In addition, some IHSA GoPro footage from th... Read more
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2015 IHSA Dance State Final Highlight Video
Captivate Media has debuted its annual highlight film from the 2015 IHSA Dance State Finals. Watch it below: 2015 IHSA COMPETITIVE DANCE from CAPTIVATE // ONE FINE DAY on Vimeo. 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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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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2015 IHSA Cheerleading State Final Highlight Video
Captivate Media has debuted its annual highlight film from the 2015 IHSA Cheerleading State Finals. Watch it below: IHSA COMPETITIVE CHEER 2015 from CAPTIVATE // ONE FINE DAY on Vimeo. Read more
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A Special Thank You To All Who Have Contributed To IHSA Archives Project
It took a community effort to build the library of films, VHS and Beta tapes, and DVDs that fill the shelves and closets of the Illinois High School Association, and that are slowly but surely being digitized for uploading to YouTube. There, the videos can live forever, if the fates and Google allow... Read more
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Finalists Announced For 2015 IHSA Class 3A/4A Student Section Showdown
Class 3A/4A School Entries Click here for info on finalists  &   here for Class 1A/2A Entries Andrew T-Bolt Storm: Barrington Big Red: Bradley-Bourbonnais Red Surge: Champaign Central Bleacher Bums: Chicago University High School: East M... Read more
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Finalists Announced For 2015 IHSA Class 1A/2A Student Section Showdown
IHSA Class 1A/2A School Entries Click here for info on finalists  &  here for Class 3A/4A entries Breese Central High School: Carlinville Blue Crew: ***FINALIST*** Central A&M: ***FINALIST***  Dwight Township High School:   Freeburg: ... Read more
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New Film “Hoovey” Chronicles Triumphs of Olympia High School Grad
Rudy is considered to be one of the great sports movies of all time, espically in Illinois given the roots of protagnist Dan "Rudy" Ruettiger. Could Illinois be the setting for another classic sports movie about overcoming adversity? A new film based on an equally chantable nickname made its world p... Read more
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Chess State: Documentary Film Chronicles IHSA Chess State Tournament
Rick Rysso is the Producer & Director of Chess State, a new documentary film that chronicles the IHSA Chess State Tournament, which Rysso calls “the best high school chess tournament in the world.” The film will debut at Center Stage Theater in Naperville at 6:30 PM on Tuesday, De... Read more
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"The Lenihan Factor”: Barrington Football Player's Mock Recruitment Video Goes Viral
Barrington senior football student-athlete Jack Lenihan has created a recruitment "highlight" video entitled the The Lenihan Factor that has gained national attention and was viewed nearly a million times in a 72 hour span. Take a look at the The Lenihan Factor, created on HUDL, below or read more a... Read more
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IHSA Archives Provides March Madness In December
The IHSA Archives project is serving up an early treat for high school basketball fans this holiday season. On Sunday evening (Dec. 21) the Illinois High School Association will release video recordings of 145 boys and girls basketball state championship games, covering tournaments from 1947 to 2007... 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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Veteran Sportswriter Pens Decatur Area Prep Sports History Record Book
Tom McNamara (right) is synonymous with high school sports in the Decatur area. He began covering prep sports as a sophomore in high school in 1957 and has been entrenched as the Decatur Tribune Sports Editor since 1976. His love for records and history has resulted in a treasure trove for area ... Read more
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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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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