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2017 Illinois High School Football Coaches Association All-State Teams
The Illinois High School Football Coaches Association (IHSFCA) has released its All-State Football Teams in Class 1A through Class 8A for the 2017 season. The All-State teams are nominated by and voted on by IHSFCA member coaches, and the team members are honored by the IHSFCA prior to the IHSA Foot... 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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2017 Chicago Bears Weekly High School All-Star Player & Coach of the Week
Throughout the 2017 high school football regular-season in Illinois, the Chicago Bears will honor an IHSA football player and coach each week as a part of its “Bears High School All-Star” and “Bears Coach of the Week” programs, respectively. Coach of the Week is sponsored by ... Read more
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2017 IHSA Football Weekly Rankings
Please note that the Illinois High School Association (IHSA) does not conduct or vote in any rankings or polls for any sports, nor do polls or rankings factor into State Series assigning. The Associated Press produces statewide class-by-class polls throughout the season in Football, Boys Basketball ... Read more
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Dad of Huntley HS Student-Athletes Recognized For Going Above & Beyond
Tim Sieb is a father of two Huntley High School student athletes. His children - Kevin (soccer) and Kyle (cross country) – have always been active within the high school sports community. Despite their busy school and sports schedules, Tim also has always stressed the importance of giving ba... Read more
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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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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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IHSA Announces Fifth Class of Distinguished Media Service Award Winners
The Illinois High School Association (IHSA) is proud to announce its fifth class of recipients of the IHSA Distinguished Media Service Award. The 2017-18 honorees include a Will County prep sports writing legend in The Herald-News sports editor Dick Goss, the voice of high school sports in the great... Read more
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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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2016-17 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 Footba... Read more
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18th Annual IHSA Officials Conference Set For July 21-22 in East Peoria
The Illinois High School Association (IHSA) will hold its 18th annual Officials Conference on Friday and Saturday, July 21-22 in East Peoria. The event will unfold at the East Peoria Embassy Suites and East Peoria Community High School. The theme of this year’s conference is “Embrace Hig... 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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Edwardsville's Lori Blade Named National Girls Basketball Coach of the Year
After guiding Edwardsville to a runner-up finish in the IHSA Class 4A Girls Basketball State Finals this winter, Tigers head coach Lori Blade has been named the National Coach of the Year by the National High School Coaches Association (NHSCA). For more on the award, as well as Blade's amazing s... Read more
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2017 Illinois Prep Baseball Report/MaxPreps Baseball Rankings
Please note that the Illinois High School Association (IHSA) does not conduct or vote in any rankings or polls for any sports, nor do polls or rankings factor into State Series assigning. The Illinois Prep Baseball Report produces a statewide all-class Top 25 poll throughout the season in the sport ... Read more
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2017 Illinois Coaches Association/MaxPreps Softball Rankings
Please note that the Illinois High School Association (IHSA) does not conduct or vote in any rankings or polls for any sports, nor do polls or rankings factor into State Series assigning. The Illinois Coaches Association (ICA) produces a statewide class-by-class poll throughout the season in the spo... 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Buffalo Grove's Tyler Lubbat Named Bassmaster High School All-American
The 2017 Bassmaster High School All-American Fishing Team presented by DICK’S Sporting Goods was released on on April 11, 2017, and contained a high school angler from Illinois. Buffalo Grove High School junior Tyler Lubbat was named to the All-American squad. He helped the Bison bass fishi... Read more
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Sterling Broadcast Program, Andrew's Jon Zaghloul Up For NFHS Network Awards
The NFHS Network, the nation’s leading high school sports media company, is hosting its third annual NFHS Network Awards on Wednesday, April 26, 2017, as it recognizes and honors some of the top high school broadcasters and broadcasts in the nation. The Awards show will air live at 1:00 PM ... 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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COUNTRY Financial Presents Chicago Tribune Athletes of the Month – March 2017
COUNTRY Financial® is proud to be a sponsor of the Chicago Tribune Athlete of the Month. The passion and dedication these athletes show for their sport is the same as the passion and dedication our financial representatives provide for their clients. We live and work in the communities we suppor... Read more
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Buffalo Grove's Sabrina Kenoun Named Section Winner of NFHS Heart of the Arts Award
The National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) recently announced one National winner and eight Section winners for the 2017 NFHS Heart of the Arts Award. The Illinois High School Association’s (IHSA) nominee, Buffalo Grove High School senior Sabrina Kenoun, was named the ... Read more
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Sandburg Wins IHSA Class 3A/4A Student Section Showdow
Sandburg High School was named the winner of the third annual IHSA Class 3A/4A Student Section Showdown on Saturday, March 18, 2017. Representatives from each of the four Class 3A/4A finalists: Breese Central, O’Fallon, Washington and Sandburg (pictured above) – were on hand at the IHSA... Read more
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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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2016-17 Associated Press Boys Basketball All-State Teams
The Associated Press has released its IHSA Boys Basketball All-State Teams for the 2016-17 season. The Class 1A and Class 2A Teams were released on March 9, 2017, by the AP the and Class 3A and Class 4A teams will follow on March 16, 2017. CLASS 1A FIRST TEAM NAME, SCHOOL (HT., YR., POS.) POINTS... Read more
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2016-17 IBCA Boys Basketball All-State Teams
The Illinois Basketball Coaches Association (IBCA) has released its IHSA Boys Basketball All-State Teams for Class 1A/2A and Class 3A/4A. All-State honorees who were present at the Peoria Civic Center's Carver Arena for the state finals were recognized on the court. 1A/2A FIRST TEAM Noah Frederk... 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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2016-17 IBCA Girls Basketball All-State Teams
The Illinois Basketball Coaches Association (IBCA) has released its IHSA Girls Basketball All-State Teams for Class 1A, Class 2A, Class 3A and Class 4A. All-State honorees who were present at Redbird Arena for the state finals were recognized on the court. &... Read more
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2016-17 Associated Press Girls Basketball All-State Teams
The Associated Press has released its IHSA Girls Basketball All-State Teams for the 2016-17 season. The Class 1A and Class 2A Teams were released on February 23, 2017, by the AP the and Class 3A and Class 4A teams will follow on March 2, 2017. CLASS 1A FIRST TEAM NAME SCHOOL YR. HT. POS. PTS. J... Read more
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2016-17 Associated Press/MaxPreps Weekly Boys & Girls Basketball Rankings
Please note that the Illinois High School Association (IHSA) does not conduct or vote in any rankings or polls for any sports, nor do polls or rankings factor into State Series assigning. The Associated Press produces statewide class-by-class polls throughout the season in Football, Boys Basketball ... Read more
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COUNTRY Financial Presents Chicago Tribune Athletes of the Month – February 2017
COUNTRY Financial® is proud to be a sponsor of the Chicago Tribune Athlete of the Month. The passion and dedication these athletes show for their sport is the same as the passion and dedication our financial representatives provide for their clients. We live and work in the communities we suppor... 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 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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2017 IHSA All-State Academic Team Presented by Caterpillar Announced
IHSA Assistant Executive Director Stacey Lambert announced the 26 members of the 2017 IHSA All-State Academic Team presented by Caterpillar on Monday, February 14, 2017: "This group is the best of the best,” said Lambert. “They embody the IHSA’s mission, excelling in the cla... Read more
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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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GEI Wrestling Apparel/Illinois Matmen Rankings: February 8
Illinois high school wrestling historian Rob Sherrill of Center Mat Press will once again be presenting the GEI Wrestling Apparel/Illinois Matmen individual & team rankings for IHSA wrestling throughout the 2016-17 season. The  rankings are linked below and also available from Center Mat Pr... 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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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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COUNTRY Financial Presents Chicago Tribune Athletes of the Month – December 2017
COUNTRY Financial® is proud to be a sponsor of the Chicago Tribune Athlete of the Month. The passion and dedication these athletes show for their sport is the same as the passion and dedication our financial representatives provide for their clients. We live and work in the communities we suppor... 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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COUNTRY Financial Presents Chicago Tribune Athletes of the Month – November 2016
COUNTRY Financial® is proud to be a sponsor of the Chicago Tribune Athlete of the Month. The passion and dedication these athletes show for their sport is the same as the passion and dedication our financial representatives provide for their clients. We live and work in the communities we suppor... Read more
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CSN Chicago's EdgyTim Names 2016 All-State Football Team
CSN Chicago prep football expert, and IHSA TV pre- and post-game analyst, "Edgy" Tim O'Halloran has released his 2016 EdgyTim.com IHSA Football All-State Team. In addition, Edgy named Prairie Ridge junior quarterback Samson Evans (above) his Player of the Year and Peoria High School's Tim Thornto... Read more
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Champaign-Urbana News-Gazette 2016 Football All-State Team
The Champaign-Urbana News-Gazette has released its 2016 IHSA Football All-State Team, which is the 81st annual season the newspaper has selected an All-State team. East St. Louis senior wide receiver Jeff Thomas (above) was named the Player of the Year The First Team and Special Mention 100 a... 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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2016 Illinois High School Football Coaches Association All-State Teams
The Illinois High School Football Coaches Association (IHSFCA) has released its All-State Football Teams in Class 1A through Class 8A for the 2016 season. The All-State teams are nominated by and voted on by IHSFCA member coaches, and the team members are honored by the IHSFCA prior to the IHSA Foot... Read more
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COUNTRY Financial Presents Chicago Tribune Athletes of the Month – October 2016
COUNTRY Financial® is proud to be a sponsor of the Chicago Tribune Athlete of the Month. The passion and dedication these athletes show for their sport is the same as the passion and dedication our financial representatives provide for their clients. We live and work in the communities we suppor... 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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COUNTRY Financial Presents Chicago Tribune Athletes of the Month – September  2016
COUNTRY Financial® is proud to be a sponsor of the Chicago Tribune Athlete of the Month. The passion and dedication these athletes show for their sport is the same as the passion and dedication our financial representatives provide for their clients. We live and work in the communities we suppor... Read more
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2016 Chicago Bears Weekly High School All-Star Player & Coach of the Week
Throughout the 2016 high school football regular-season in Illinois, the Chicago Bears will honor an IHSA football player and coach each week as a part of its “Bears High School All-Star” and “Bears Coach of the Week” programs, respectively. The Chicago Bears will make a $2,0... Read more
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2016 IHSA Football Weekly Rankings
Please note that the Illinois High School Association (IHSA) does not conduct or vote in any rankings or polls for any sports, nor do polls or rankings factor into State Series assigning. The Associated Press produces statewide class-by-class polls throughout the season in Football, Boys Basketball ... 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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#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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MaxPreps Weekly IHSA Leaderboard
IHSA official statistical partner MaxPreps compiles state and national stat leaderboards in all team sports based on team submissions. Below are the current 2016 Fall Sports IHSA leaders in Football, Boys Soccer and Girls Volleyball. It is important to note that these stats boards do not necessarily... Read more
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IHSA Announces Fourth Class of Distinguished Media Service Award Winners
The Illinois High School Association (IHSA) is proud to announce its fourth class of recipients of the IHSA Distinguished Media Service Award. The 2016-17 honorees include IHSA TV icon Dave Bernhard, a Southern Illinois prep sports staple in WQRL’s Jim Muir and the voice of high school sports ... Read more
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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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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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Chris Perry and Ron McGraw Honored By Peoria Area Convention & Visitors Bureau
On Monday, July 11, 2016 the Peoria Area Convention and Visitors Bureau (PACVB) held its annual awards and recognition program in Peoria, where a pair of individuals with strong ties to the IHSA were honored. Chris Perry (pictured right) and Ron McGraw (pictured left) were both recognized for their ... Read more
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Illinois High School Coaches Association Announces 2016 Class 3A/4A Softball All-State Teams
The Illinois Coaches Association (ICA) has released its IHSA Class 3A and Class 4A Softball All-State Teams for the 2016 season. The Class 3A and Class 4A All-State Teams are listed below. For the 2016 Class 1A/2A All-State Teams, click here. 3A FIRST TEAM Player, Year, School, Position Sydney... Read more
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Illinois High School Coaches Association Announces 2016 Class 1A/2A Softball All-State Teams
The Illinois Coaches Association (ICA) has released its IHSA Class 1A and Class 2A Softball All-State Teams for the 2016 season. The Class 1A and Class 2A All-State Teams are listed below. For the 2016 Class 3A/4A All-State Teams, click here. 1A FIRST TEAM Player, School Grace Baalman, Calhoun ... Read more
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Illinois High School Baseball Coaches Association Announces 2016 Class 3A/4A All-State Teams
The Illinois High School Baseball Coaches Association (IHSBCA) has released its IHSA Class 3A and Class 4A Baseball All-State Teams for the 2016 season. The Class 3A and Class 4A All-State Teams are listed alphabetically below. For the 2016 Class 1A/2A All-State Teams, click here: 2016 3A BASEBAL... Read more
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Illinois High School Baseball Coaches Association Announces 2016 Class 1A/2A All-State Teams
The Illinois High School Baseball Coaches Association (IHSBCA) has released its IHSA Class 1A and Class 2A Baseball All-State Teams for the 2016 season. The Class 1A and Class 2A All-State Teams are listed alphabetically below. For the 2016 Class 3A/4A All-State Teams, click here. 2016 1A BASEBAL... Read more
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2015-16 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 Footba... 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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COUNTRY Financial Presents Chicago Tribune Athletes of the Month – March 2016
COUNTRY Financial® is proud to be a sponsor of the Chicago Tribune Athlete of the Month. The passion and dedication these athletes show for their sport is the same as the passion and dedication our financial representatives provide for their clients. We live and work in the communities we suppor... Read more
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42nd Annual Illinois High School Football Shrine Game Set For Saturday, June 18 at Illinois Wesleyan
Press release courtesy of the Illinois High School Shrine Game: The Illinois Coaches Association and the Shriners of Illinois will host the 42nd annual Illinois High School Shrine Game on June 18th at Tucci Stadium on the campus of Illinois Wesleyan University. Kick-off for the 42nd annual game i... Read more
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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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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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2016 Illinois Coaches Association Softball Rankings
Please note that the Illinois High School Association (IHSA) does not conduct or vote in any rankings or polls for any sports, nor do polls or rankings factor into State Series assigning. The Illinois Coaches Association (ICA) produces a statewide class-by-class poll throughout the season in the spo... Read more
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Illinois Athletic Directors Association Announces 2016 Award Winners
The Illinois Athletic Directors Association (IADA) held its annual conference in East Peoria from April 29-May 2, culminating with its awards banquet at the Embassy Suites Hotel on the evening of April 30. Outgoing President, Champaign Central High School Athletic Director John Woods, presided over... Read more
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Benton Seniors Named Bass Fishing All-Americans By Bassmaster
For the second consecutive year, 12 standout high school anglers have been selected as members of the exclusive Bassmaster High School All-American Fishing Team. Two of those honorees hail from the same high school in Illinois, as Benton High School seniors Trevor McKinney (pictured left) and Dai... Read more
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Illinois Journalism Education Association Announces 2016 Award Winners
As a part of the 2016 IHSA Journalism State Finals on the Eastern Illinois University campus in Charleston on April 29, 2016, the Illinois Journalism Education Association (IJEA) held its annual advisers breakfast and awards program. IJEA President Sarah Doerner led the program, which recognized ... Read more
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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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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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COUNTRY Financial Presents Chicago Tribune Athletes of the Month – February 2016
COUNTRY Financial® is proud to be a sponsor of the Chicago Tribune Athlete of the Month. The passion and dedication these athletes show for their sport is the same as the passion and dedication our financial representatives provide for their clients. We live and work in the communities we suppor... Read more
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IHSA Celebrates National Athletic Training Month
The Illinois High School Association (IHSA), in conjunction with the National Athletic Trainers Association (NATA) and the IHSA’s Play Smart. Play Hard. sports safety education initiative, are proud to celebrate National Athletic Training Month throughout the month of the March. In March, t... Read more
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Ottawa Township Wins IHSA Class 3A/4A Student Section Showdown
Ottawa Township High School was named the winner of the second annual IHSA Class 3A/4A Student Section Showdown on Saturday, March 19, 2016. Representatives from each of the four Class 3A/4A finalists: Edwardsville, Lincoln-Way West, Ottawa & Prospect (pictured above) – were on hand at ... Read more
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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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Woodstock North’s Wolfgang Kemp Named Section Winner of NFHS Spirit of Sport Award
The National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) recently announced one National winner and eight Section winners for the 2016 NFHS Spirit of Sport Award. The Illinois High School Association’s (IHSA) nominee, Woodstock North senior student-athlete Wolfgang Kemp (right with ... Read more
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2015-16 Associated Press Boys Basketball All-State Teams
The Associated Press has released its IHSA Boys Basketball All-State Teams for the 2015-16 season. The Class 1A and Class 2A Teams were released on March 10, 2016, by the AP the and Class 3A and Class 4A teams followed on March 17, 2016. CLASS 1A FIRST TEAM NAME, SCHOOL (HT., YR., POS.) POINTS ... Read more
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Holy Trinity’s Cristian Camarillo is 2016 Country Three-Point Showdown King of the Hill
Holy Trinity High School (Chicago) senior Cristian Camarillo knocked down 11 three-pointers to be crowned the 2016 King of the Hill in the Country Financial Three-Point Showdown. Williams won the Class 2A field as a part of the IHSA Boys Basketball State Finals at the Peoria Civic Center’s Car... Read more
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2015-16 IBCA Boys Basketball All-State Teams
The Illinois Basketball Coaches Association (IBCA) has released its IHSA Boys Basketball All-State Teams for Class 1A and Class 2A. All-State honorees who were present at Carver Arena for the state finals were recognized on the court. 1A/2A FIRST TEAM ... Read more
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Breese Central High School was named the winner of the second annual IHSA Class 1A/2A Student Section Showdown on Saturday, March 12, 2016. Representatives from each of the four Class 1A/2A finalists: Breese Central, Dwight, Frankfort and Olympia (pictured above) – were on hand at the IHSA ... Read more
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Grenadiers or Pretzels? Choose Best IHSA Mascot By Thursday, March 17 at Noon #MascotMadness
CSN Chicago recently announced its Mascot Madness contest to crown the best high school nickname in Illinois. Use #MascotMadness on social media to help spread the word to support your favorite school nickname. Rounds run from Monday at Noon until Thursday at 4 p.m. each week until the champion i... 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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Lincoln's Hailie Williams is 2016 Country Three-Point Showdown Queen of the Hill
Lincoln High School junior Hailie Williams knocked down 11 three-pointers to be crowned the 2016 Queen of the Hill in the Country Financial Three-Point Showdown. Williams won the Class 3A field as a part of the IHSA Girls Basketball State Finals at Illinois State University's Redbird Arena on Friday... Read more
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2015-16 IBCA Girls Basketball All-State Teams
The Illinois Basketball Coaches Association (IBCA) has released its IHSA Girls Basketball All-State Teams for Class 1A, Class 2A, Class 3A and Class 4A. All-State honorees who were present at Redbird Arena for the state finals were recognized on the court. CLASS 1A/2A - IBCA FIRST TEAM ALL-STATE... Read more
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2015-16 Associated Press Girls Basketball All-State Teams
The Associated Press has released its IHSA Girls Basketball All-State Teams for the 2015-16 season. The Class 1A and Class 2A Teams were released on February 25, 2016, by the AP the and Class 3A and Class 4A teams followed on March 3, 2016. CLASS 1A FIRST TEAM NAME SCHOOL YR. HT. POS. PTS. ... 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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2015-16 Associated Press/MaxPreps Weekly Boys & Girls Basketball Rankings
Please note that the Illinois High School Association (IHSA) does not conduct or vote in any rankings or polls for any sports, nor do polls or rankings factor into State Series assigning. The Associated Press produces statewide class-by-class polls throughout the season in Football, Boys Basketball ... 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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Class 3A/4A 2016 IHSA Student Section Showdown Entries
CLASS 3A/4A School Entries Click for Class 1A/2A entries BATAVIA DOG POUND BROTHER RICE CRUSADER CRAZIES DOWNERS GROVE SOUTH EDWARDSVILLE HIGH SCHOOL - FINALIST GLENBROOK NORTH HIGH SCHOOL HOFFMAN ESTATES HIGH SCHOOL LAKES ROYAL RUSH LASALLE-P... Read more
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Class 1A/2A 2016 IHSA Student Section Showdown Entries
CLASS 1A/2A School Entries Click here for 3A/4A entries BREESE CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL - FINALIST DWIGHT TOWNSHIP HIGH SCHOOL - FINALIST FRANKFORT COMMUNITY HIGH SCHOOL - FINALIST OLYMPIA HIGH SCHOOL - FINALIST Read more
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2016 IHSA 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 79th IHSA Individual Wrestling State Final Tournament. First held in 1975, the annual March of Fina... Read more
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2016 IHSA All-State Academic Team Presented by Caterpillar Announced
IHSA Assistant Executive Director Stacey Lambert announced the 26 members of the 2016 IHSA All-State Academic Team presented by Caterpillar on Tuesday, February 16, 2016: “This group is the best of the best,” said Lambert. “They embody the IHSA’s mission, excelling in th... Read more
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GEI Wrestling Apparel/Illinois Matmen Rankings: February 10
Illinois high school wrestling historian Rob Sherrill of Center Mat Press will once again be presenting the GEI Wrestling Apparel/Illinois Matmen individual & team rankings for IHSA wrestling throughout the 2015-16 season. The  rankings are linked below and also available from Center Mat Pr... Read more
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IHSA Mascot Madness Coming To Comcast SportsNet Chicago
Comcast SportsNet Chicago, the television and online home of the Illinois High School Association (IHSA) State Championships, has announced the launch of a brand new online tournament entitled “Mascot Madness,” which will enable fans to determine the state’s top high school sports ... 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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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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COUNTRY Financial Presents Chicago Tribune Athletes of the Month – December 2015
COUNTRY Financial® is proud to be a sponsor of the Chicago Tribune Athlete of the Month. The passion and dedication these athletes show for their sport is the same as the passion and dedication our financial representatives provide for their clients. We live and work in the communities we suppor... Read more
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Champaign-Urbana News-Gazette 2015 Girls Volleyball All-State Team
The Champaign-Urbana News-Gazette has released its 2015 Girls Volleyball All-State Team, which is the 34th annual season the newspaper has selected an All-State team. St. Francis senior Molly Haggerty, a four-time state champion, was named the Player of the Year. The First Team and Second Team... Read more
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Lemont High School's Taylor Campos Wins National Wendy's High School Heisman Award
Lemont High School's Taylor Campos, a cross country & track and field standout, has been named the national winner of the Wendy's High School Heisman award. Taylor was announced as the winner at a ceremony a in New York City on December 11, 2015. Below is a press release on Taylor courtesy o... Read more
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New Trier Athletic Director Deb Ofcky Receives Award From NIAAA
Press release below courtesy of NIAAA & NFHS: Nine individuals who have made outstanding contributions to interscholastic athletics have been named recipients of the 2015 Distinguished Service Awards given by the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association (NIAAA), including ... Read more
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2015 Illinois High School Football Coaches Association All-State Teams
The Illinois High School Football Coaches Association (IHSFCA) has released its All-State Football Teams in Class 1A through 8A for the 2015 season. The All-State teams are nominated by and voted on by IHSFCA member coaches, and the team members are honored by the IHSFCA prior to the IHSA Football S... Read more
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COUNTRY Financial Presents Chicago Tribune Athletes of the Month – October 2015
COUNTRY Financial® is proud to be a sponsor of the Chicago Tribune Athlete of the Month. The passion and dedication these athletes show for their sport is the same as the passion and dedication our financial representatives provide for their clients. We live and work in the communities we suppor... Read more
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2015 Chicago Bears Weekly High School All-Star Player & Coach of the Week
Throughout the 2015 high school football regular-season (August 31 - October 26) in Illinois, the Chicago Bears will honor an IHSA football player and coach each week as a part of its “Bears High School All-Star” and “Bears Coach of the Week” programs, respectively. The Chica... Read more
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2015 Associated Press/MaxPreps Weekly Football Rankings
Please note that the Illinois High School Association (IHSA) does not conduct or vote in any rankings or polls for any sports, nor do polls or rankings factor into State Series assigning. The Associated Press produces statewide class-by-class polls throughout the season in Football, Boys Basketball ... Read more
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The IHSA Student Section Showdown is Back!!!
As a part of the 2015 IHSA Student Leadership Conference, the IHSA announced that the IHSA Student Section Showdown will return for its second installment during the 2015-16 school year. The inaugural contest took place in 2014-15, with Central A&M High School in Moweaqua and Prospect High Sc... Read more
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2015-16 IHSA Distinguished Media Service Award – Jim O'Boye
Jim O’Boye spent 16 years producing IHSA State Series and State Final action, including America’s Original March Madness the IHSA Boys Basketball State Finals, on television via his Elmhurst-based production company, KOST Broadcast Sales. In a recent Chicago Tribune story, O’Boye ... Read more
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COUNTRY Financial Presents Chicago Tribune Athletes of the Month – September 2015
COUNTRY Financial® is proud to be a sponsor of the Chicago Tribune Athlete of the Month. The passion and dedication these athletes show for their sport is the same as the passion and dedication our financial representatives provide for their clients. We live and work in the communities we suppo... Read more
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IHSA Announces Third Class of Distinguished Media Service Award Winners
The Illinois High School Association (IHSA) is proud to announce its third class of recipients of the IHSA Distinguished Media Service Award. The 2015-16 honorees include Decatur Tribune Sports Editor J. Thomas McNamara, KOST Broadcast Sales President and long-time IHSA TV producer Jim O'Boye, forme... Read more
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IHSA Football Teams Unite In Name Of Safety With Play Smart. Play Hard. Helmet Decals
The Illinois High School Association (IHSA) announced today that varsity high school football teams throughout the state will wear Play Smart. Play Hard. helmet decals (shown above) throughout the season in a show of solidarity amongst coaches and players. “Communities throughout Illinois r... Read more
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Highland Park’s Sam Brief Named Best Student Broadcaster at NFHS Network Broadcast Academy
The NFHS Network, the nation’s leading high school sports media company, hosted the inaugural NFHS Network Broadcast Academy in Atlanta, Georgia on July 17-18, 2015. The event culminated with an awards ceremony that recognized the top high school broadcasts, broadcast programs and broadcasters... Read more
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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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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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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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Glenbrook South Athletic Director Steve Rockrohr Honored With NIAAA State Award of Merit
Press release below courtesy of the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association (NIAAA): Steven Rockrohr (right), CAA, Athletic Director at Glenbrook South High School, will be presented the 2015 State Award of Merit by the Illinois Athletic Directors Association (IADA), during t... Read more
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Illinois Coaches Association Announces Rosters for 41st Illinois High School Shrine Football Game
The Illinois Coaches Association and the Shriners of Illinois will host the 41st annual Illinois High School Shrine Game on June 20th at Tucci Stadium on the campus of Illinois Wesleyan University. Kickoff for the 41st annual game is scheduled for Saturday, June 20th at 1:00 p.m. The pregame f... Read more
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Wilson Recognizes Jersey High School Basketball Programs, State Champs In Legion of Champions Program
Wilson Sporting Goods, Co., in collaboration with the Illinois High School Association (IHSA), announced today it has named eight Illinois high school basketball teams to its “Legion of Champions” program. The Legion of Champions program, started in late 2014, is designed to acknowledge ... Read more
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Belleville East's Carol Harms Honored With NFHS Speech, Debate, Theatre Educator Award
Belleville East teacher Carol Harms (right) has been named the recipient of the NFHS Outstanding Speech, Debate, Theatre Educator Award for NFHS Section 4. The NFHS’s membership consists of state high school associations and affiliate members in all 50 states and the District of Columbia whic... Read more
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Prospect Wins IHSA Class 3A/4A Student Section Showdown
Prospect High School (Mt. Prospect) was named the inaugural winner of the IHSA Class 3A/4A Student Section Showdown on Saturday, March 21, 2015. Representatives from each of the four Class 3A/4A finalists – Morton (Berwyn/Cicero), Normal Community, Ottawa Township & Prospect (pictured a... Read more
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Central A&M Wins IHSA Class 1A/2A Student Section Showdown
Central A&M High School was named the inaugural winner of the IHSA Class 1A/2A Student Section Showdown on Saturday, March 14, 2015. Representatives from each of the four Class 1A/2A finalists - Central A&M, Dwight, Hinckley-Big Rock & Olympia (pictured above) – were on hand at ... Read more
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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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2015 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 78th IHSA Individual Wrestling State Final Tournament. First held in 1975, the annual March of Fina... Read more
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Tri-Valley’s Austin Spencer & Basketball Coach Jon Nelson Named Spirit of Sport Nominees
Tri-Valley senior Austin Spencer and varsity boy's basketball coach Jon Nelson are the IHSA's nominee for the 2015 NFHS Spirit of Sport Award. Tri-Valley High School boys’ basketball coach Jon Nelson (pictured right) sums up his commitment to his players in simple, but serious terms: &l... Read more
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St. Rita Honors Heart of the Arts Nominee Ethan Gray
Chicago’s St. Rita High School honored senior Ethan Gray during its monthly all-school awards ceremony on Tuesday, February 3, 2015 in the school chapel. Ethan was named the IHSA’s nominee for the 2015 NFHS Heart of the Arts Award. A talented musician, actor and artist, he has overcome s... Read more
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Fieldcrest's Tina Fortner Accepts NFHS National Spirit Coach of the Year Award
Fieldcrest competitive dance coach Tina Fortner was recently named the NFHS National Spirit Coach of the Year. On Friday, January 30, 2015, she was recognized by the IHSA at the 2015 IHSA Dance State Final prelims at U.S. Cellular Coliseum in Bloomington. Fortner is introduced by PA announcer Der... Read more
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St. Rita’s Ethan Gray is the IHSA's Nominee for the 2015 NFHS Heart of the Arts Award
Ethan Gray of St. Rita High School is the IHSA's nominee for the 2015 NFHS Heart of the Arts Award. Click here for more on St. Rita's ceremony honoring Ethan. With its tradition-rich roots on Chicago’s south side, St. Rita of Cascia High School has built a legacy of athletic excelle... Read more
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IHSA Staff Member Scott Johnson Honored With Prestigious NFHS Citation Award
On January 29, 2015 the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) announced its annual list of NFHS Citation recipients. The list of 12 honorees includes IHSA Assistant Executive Director Scott Johnson (right). “This is quite an unexpected honor, and I thank the folks... Read more
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IHSA Announces 2014-15 Officials of the Year
The Illinois High School Association (IHSA) is proud to announce its 2014-15 Officials of the Year in 20 IHSA sports. To be considered for this honor, an official must first be nominated by an Officials Association recognized by the IHSA. IHSA staff members then vote on the winners based on factors ... Read more
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IllinoisBowling.net Boys & Girls Bowling Rankings: January 22
IllinoisBowling.net will be producing statewide team rankings for IHSA Boys & Girls Bowling throughout the 2014-15 season. To see the IllinoisBowling.net rankings as they are updated throughout the season, click the links below: Boys Team Bowling Rankings Girls Team Bowling Rankings Read more
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NFHS Recognizes Illinois Coaches of the Year, Names Fieldcrest’s Tina Fortner the National Spirit Coach of the Year
The National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) has named Fieldcrest High School Competitive Dance Coach Tina Fortner its National Spirit Coach of the Year. Fortner is the 15th coach from Illinois to win the National Coach of the Year honor and the first in the Spirit category. &... Read more
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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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IHSA Student Section Showdown to Determine the Best Student Section in Illinois
The IHSA Student Advisory Committee (SAC) is holding the Student Section Showdown contest to determine the student section in the state with the best spirit and sportsmanship. Student sections will have the remainder of the 2014-15 basketball season to submit a video (up to three minutes) that shows... Read more
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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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2014 Illinois High School Soccer Coaches Association Boys All-State Team
The Illinois High School Soccer Coaches Association (IHSSCA) has released its 2014 Boys Soccer All-State Team. The IHSSCA also named Hinsdale Central senior defender Evan Floersch (right, red jersey) its 2014 Player of the Year, while Fremd head coach Steve Keller was named the Coach of the Year... Read more
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Champaign-Urbana News-Gazette 2014 Football All-State Team
The Champaign-Urbana News-Gazette has released its 2014 Football All-State Team, which is the 79th annual season the newspaper has selected an All-State team. Providence Catholic wide receiver Miles Boykin was named the News-Gazette Player of the Year.   FIRST TEAM QUARTERBACKS Dewayne Co... Read more
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Champaign-Urbana News-Gazette 2014 Girls Volleyball All-State Team
The Champaign-Urbana News-Gazette has released its 2014 Girls Volleyball All-State Team, which is the 33rd annual season the newspaper has selected an All-State team: FIRST TEAM Lauren Anderson Deer Creek-Mackinaw Sr. 5-10 OH Lipscomb recruit had team-high 419 kills and 376 digs for 36-3 Class ... Read more
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Wilson Announces Inaugural Members of the Legion of Champions Program
Wilson Sporting Goods, Co., in collaboration with the Illinois High School Association (IHSA), announced today the first eight Illinois high school football teams inducted into its “Legion of Champions” program. This new annual program acknowledges and celebrates the achievements of high... Read more
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Wheeling Athletic Director Steve May Honored By NIAAA
Ten individuals who have made outstanding contributions to interscholastic athletics have been named recipients of the 2014 Distinguished Service Awards given by the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association (NIAAA). The group included Wheeling Athletic Director Dr. Steve May (rig... Read more
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2014 Chicago Bears Weekly High School All-Star Player & Coach of the Week
Throughout the 2014 high school football regular-season (Sept. 1 through Oct. 27) in Illinois, the Chicago Bears will honor an IHSA football player and coach each week as a part of its “Bears High School All-Star” and “Bears Coach of the Week” programs, respectively. The Chic... Read more
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Former IHSA Administrator Susie Knoblauch Honored By IJEA
The Illinois Journalism Education Association (IJEA) honors a Friend of Scholastic Journalism every year at its annual conference. On Friday, September 12, 2014 the IJEA named former IHSA Assistant Executive Director and Journalism administrator Susie Knoblauch as its 2014 Friend of Scholastic Journ... Read more
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Five IHSA Schools Recognized By PrepVolleyball.com
PrepVolleyball.com released its preseason national rankings for the 2014 season and five IHSA schools were listed among the 100 squads. Illinois teams represented in the poll include: #3  Mother McAuley (Chicago) #8  St. Francis (Wheaton) #80  Benet (Lisle) #84  Glenbard West... Read more
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Illinois Ranks Fourth In High School Sports Participation As National Numbers Continue To Grow
Press Release courtesy of the NFHS: The number of participants in high school sports increased for the 25th consecutive year in 2013-14 with a record total of almost 7.8 million, according to the annual High School Athletics Participation Survey conducted by ... Read more
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2013-14 IHSA Officials of the Year
The 2013-14 IHSA Officials of the Year at the IHSA Officials Conference in Peoria. OCTAVIO HERRERA JR. - FOOTBALL Octavio has been an IHSA football official for nearly 30 years, while also officiating basketball, baseball, softball and lacrosse for the IHSA. A Brother Rice alum, he serves as ... 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 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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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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Meridian High School's Jordan Brewer is the IHSA's Nominee for Inaugural NFHS Heart of the Arts Award
In society, and especially in sports, we love the underdog. On a basketball court, we almost universally bestow that title on the game’s smallest player and root for them to be the hero when the ball unexpectedly lands in their hands in a game’s waning seconds. In activities howeve... Read more
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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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Sacred Heart-Griffin Earns National Accolade For Efforts In Helping Washington After Tornado
Around 8:30 a.m. on Sunday, November 17, 2013, Sacred Heart-Griffin High School (SHG) football coach Ken Leonard placed a call to Washington High School football coach Darrell Crouch. The two men, who have known each other since the early 1980’s when Crouch was assigned to student-teach at Che... Read more
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Illinois Ranks Fourth In Total HS Sports Participation
Illinois ranked fourth in the country in total participation with 339,944 participants, behind only Texas, California and New York. Read more