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2017-18 IHSA Distinguished Media Service Award – Greg Sapp
The radio voice of high school sports in the greater Effingham area for nearly four decades, the beloved play-by-play man of 97.9 XFM and KJ Country 102.3 FM, Greg Sapp, was honored with his IHSA Distinguished Media Service Award on Tuesday, December 12, 2017, at Effingham High School. Greg, who ... Read more
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Illinois High School Wrestling Rankings
Illinois high school wrestling historian Rob Sherrill of Center Mat Press will be releasing the GEI Wrestling Apparel individual & team rankings via the Illinois Wrestling Coaches & Officials Association (IWCOA) each week. The Illinois Matmen will release their Go Earn It Wrestling Apparel T... Read more
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2017-18 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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Iconic York High School Cross Country Joe Newton Passes Away
NFHS National High School Hall of Fame member Joe Newton, one of the most successful high school coaches ever, passed away on December 9, 2017. Media stories on his passing, visitation, life and career will continue to be posted here: Chicago Tribune ... Read more
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Illinois Basketball Coaches Association Announces Hall of Fame Class, Annual Award Winners
Illinois Basketball Coaches Association Announces Hall of Fame Class, Annual Award Winners The Illinois Basketball Coaches Association (IBCA) has announced its annual award winners, including its Hall of Fame Class for 2018. High school coaches and players among the honorees included: HOF COAC... Read more
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2017-18 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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Loyola Basketball Debuts Charge Chain
The University of Miami football team captured the imagination of sports fans around the country this fall when it introduced its “turnover chain”, which a player dons on the sideline immediately after creating a turnover.Not surprisingly, the concept trickled down to the high school gam... Read more
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State Champion Coach John Giesler Raising Money & Awareness As He Battles Cancer
On, December 1, 2017, Illini Central High School honored it’s 2013 IHSA Class 1A Boys Basketball State Championship team. The Illini Central community also paid tribute to since retired head coach John Giesler, who will be inducted into the IBCA Hall of Fame this spring. In late July, Coac... Read more
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One of State’s Winningest Football Coaches, Richards’ Gary Korhonen Passes Away
Legendary Richards High School football coach Gary Korhonen passed away on December 2, 2017 at the age of 77. Korhonen retired in 2007 as the winningest football coach in state history with 306 victories. Korhonen led the Bulldogs to IHSA state championships in 1988 (Class 4A) and 1989 (4A). ... Read more
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Relive Top Moments From 2017 Football State Championship Games
Destination DeKalb produced some amazing games and endings as the 2017 IHSA Football State Championship games unfolded at Northern Illinois University’s Huskie Stadium on Friday and Saturday, November 24-25, 2017.The IHSA was in the middle of action during some of the the deciding moments: ... Read more
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Orr Basketball Documentary To Debut In February, 2018
A documentary film chronicling the Orr High School basketball team entitled “Shot In The Dark” will debut on FOX in February, 2018. Film crews for the movie were on-hand when the Spartans won the IHSA Class 2A Boys Basketball State Championship in Peoria in March, 2017. The film is pr... Read more
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Relive Classic IHSA Football Title Games Between 2017 State Final Broadcasts on NBC Sports Chicago
The Illinois High School Association (IHSA) will debut its new IHSA Greatest Games Championship Series as a part of the 2017 IHSA Football State Championship broadcasts on NBC Sports Chicago (channel finder) on Friday and Saturday, November 23-24. NBC Sports Chicago and NBC Sports Chicago Plus wi... Read more
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IHSA Football State Championship Games To Air On NBC Sports Chicago
For the seventh-straight year, NBC Sports Chicago, the television home of the Illinois High School Association (IHSA) State Championships, will be airing LIVE high-definition coverage of the 2017 IHSA Football State Championships on Friday, November 24 & Saturday, November 25 from Huskie Stadium... Read more
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Al Raby High School Punt Breaks The Internet
Al Raby High School fell to Morris 43-8 in the Semifinal round of the IHSA Class 4A Football Playoffs on Saturday, November 18, 2017, but the Raiders did manage to pull off a highlight that has garnered national attention from the likes of ESPN.An Al Raby punt in the game got a friendly roll from th... Read more
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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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East St. Louis Football Documentary To Debut on FOX on November 26
A documentary film chronicling the 2016 East St. Louis Senior High School football season, 89 Blocks, will debut to a national audience on FOX on November 26. 89 Blocks is scheduled to air at 4:30 PM following the Chicago Bears game. The Flyers 2016 season culminated with an IHSA Class 7A State C... Read more
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WSS’s Megan Schlechte Sets New State Final Single-Match Kill Record
Windsor/Stewardson-Strasburg Coop (WSS) junior Megan Schlechte made IHSA history while powering the Hatchets into the Class 1A Girls Volleyball State Championship match on Friday, November 10, 2017. Facing off against Durand in a Class 1A semifinal at Redbird Arena, Schlechte pounded a state fina... Read more
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MaxPreps Football, Soccer & Volleyball Athletes of the Week
MaxPreps, the online high school sports leader teams with USA Football, United Soccer Coaches,  and American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) to honor the state and nation's best each week: 9/18-9/24 Football:  No nominee Soccer:   Alex Chagoya, St. Anne High School V... Read more
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2017 Cross Country Honorary Officials
The following individuals will be honored for their contributions to the sport of high school cross country in Illinois as the 2017 IHSA Cross Country Honorary Officials at the State Final Meet on Saturday, November 4, 2017: PAUL BEIERSDORF Paul Beiersdorf is a swimmer by trade and a part of the... Read more
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 Before Football Stardom, IHSA Soccer Experience Made Lasting Impact On Jarrett Payton
As the son of Chicago Bear legend and NFL Hall of Famer Walter Payton, Jarrett Payton has long been associated with the gridiron, from delivering his father’s Hall of Fame induction speech at age 12 to a media career covering the game that continues today. Payton was introduced to the world... Read more
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NFHS Network Football Playoff Broadcast Schedule - SEMIFINAL ROUND - NOVEMBER 18
The NFHS Network is your home for IHSA State Series broadcasts in all sports, including an unprecedented number of IHSA Football Playoff Games. Visit this page each week to see all the Playoff Football games that will be video-streamed live, then subscribe to the NFHS Network to watch all the act... 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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Wheeling High School Coaches Save Officials Life With CPR & AED
Wheeling police officer Rick Richardson (above left) was off-duty on October 17, 2017, when he was coaching the Wheeling freshman football team in a game against Elk Grove Village. During the contest, one of the officials collapsed on the field. Richardson's training took over, as he performed CPR a... Read more
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Rich Herndon Completes 55-Year IHSA Football Officiating Career
Photo courtesy of the Belleville News-Democrat The man in the white hat. For 40 of his 55 years as a football official, Rich Herndon has been that guy — the referee and crew chief — working on high school gridirons all over Southern Illinois. But following Civic Memorial&rsquo... Read more
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Former IHSA Executive Director David Fry Dies at 77
The IHSA family is saddened to announce the passing of H. David Fry, former executive director of the Association, at his home in Chatham this morning (Oct. 23, 2017). Mr. Fry took an unusual route to his position on the IHSA staff. He grew up in Conrad, Montana, where he was a three-sport athlet... Read more
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Female Lineman Helps Madison Back To IHSA Football Playoffs
It’s been nearly 30 years since Madison High School last made the IHSA Football Playoffs, but the Trojans are back in the field for the first time since 1987. One of the players who helped Madison back to the Class 1A playoffs is female linemen, sophomore Tiana “Big T” Robinson. ... Read more
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NFHS #MyReasonWhy Campaign Begins Second Year of Showcasing Value of High School Activity Programs
The National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) is beginning the second year of the #MyReasonWhy campaign, which is designed to showcase the tremendous value that high school sports and activities offer to students. In the first year of the #MyReasonWhy campaign, more than 500 un... Read more
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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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Chicago Sports Broadcaster Laurence Holmes Facilitates Equipment Donations to CPS Schools
Laurence Holmes has been Chicago sports media mainstay in a variety of mediums for over two decades, including currently hosting a nightly show on WSCR’s The Score (670 AM) and Chicago Bears pre- and post-game shows on NBC Sports Chicago.The Homewood-Flossmoor grad, who called the IHSA Class 5... Read more
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WATCH the IHSA Playoff Pairing Show - October 21 at 8:00 PM
WATCH via TV: NBC Sports Chicago Channel Finder WATCH via Facebook Live: NBC Sports Chicago Facebook WATCH via Web: NBCSportsChicago.com/IHSAPairingShow  -  FAQ WATCH via App: NBC Sports App The Illinois High School Association (IHSA) Football Playoff Pairing Show returns to NBC Sports... Read more
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Watch the IHSA Football Playoff Pairing Show on NBC Sports Chicago Live on October 21
WATCH via TV: NBC Sports Chicago Channel Finder WATCH via Facebook Live: NBC Sports Chicago Facebook WATCH via Web: NBCSportsChicago.com/IHSAPairingShow  -  FAQ WATCH via App: NBC Sports App The Illinois High School Association (IHSA) Football Playoff Pairing Show returns to NB... 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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US Lacrosse & IHSA Announce Officiating Partnership
US Lacrosse and the Illinois High School Association (IHSA) announced a partnership centered around officials development efforts in the IHSA’s newest sports, boys’ and girls’ lacrosse, on October 4, 2017. “We’re excited to work together with the IHSA to help ensure ... Read more
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Kicking it with the boys: Maroa-Forsyth's Fitzpatrick a Success on the Gridiron
Photo by Clay Jackson, courtesy of Decatur Herald & Review On Wednesdays, the left side of Walter Boyd Field is filled with boys practicing punt coverage. The right of the field is occupied by Maroa-Forsyth High School football players like star running back Deondre Gregory boasting that he h... Read more
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Sacred Heart-Griffin Names Football Stadium in Honor of Head Coach Ken Leonard
Prior to its game against Springfield Southeast on Friday, September 29, 2017, Sacred Heart-Griffin High School surprised legendary head football coach Ken Leonard by announcing that the Cyclones home field will now be known Ken Leonard Field. Leonard has led Sacred Heart-Griffin to the IHSA stat... Read more
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October is National High School Activities Month
The National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) and its 51 state high school associations begin the annual celebration of National High School Activities Month next week with a focus on sportsmanship and a salute to the more than 500 million fans of high school sports. The NFHS ha... Read more
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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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Legendary Volleyball Coach Linda Oxby Passes After Lengthy Battle With Cancer
Linda Oxby, one of the winningest coaches in IHSA girls volleyball history, passed away on September 29, 2017 after a lengthy battle with cancer. Oxby started her coaching career at Coal City High School, where she posted a record of 90-39 in five seasons, including a third-place finish in Class ... Read more
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IHSA Announces Fifth Class of Distinguished Media Service Award Winners
The Illinois High School Association (IHSA) is proud to announce its fifth class of recipients of the IHSA Distinguished Media Service Award. The 2017-18 honorees include a Will County prep sports writing legend in The Herald-News sports editor Dick Goss, the voice of high school sports in the great... Read more
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FHSAA Hurricane Irma Relief Efforts - High Schools Who Need Help
Hurricane Irma has severely impacted high school athletics in the state of Florida. In an effort to serve member schools impacted by the storm, the FHSAA has launched a portal on its website to help schools affected connect with businesses, community members and others to aid in the replacement of e... 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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Central A&M and Meridian Raise Over $7,000 For Hurricane Harvey Relief
When Central A&M High School hosted Central Illinois Conference foe Meridian High School on the gridiron on September 8, 2017, fans in Moweaqua had Hurricane Harvey victims on their mind. The two schools, separated by six miles, made the decision to donate all gate receipts sold from the rivalr... Read more
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Raye McDonald Joins IHSA Staff as Coordinator of Special Programs
The IHSA Board of Directors met for their regularly scheduled meeting on Monday, September 11, 2017, where the Board announced the hiring of Raye McDonald (right) as the IHSA’s Coordinator of Special Programs. “I am extremely grateful for the opportunity to join the Illinois High Scho... Read more
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Naperville North Football 42-Point Comeback Is One For The Ages
On Saturday, August 26, 2017, the Naperville North football team opened its season with a comeback for the ages, one that will likely never be repeated, and is possibly the biggest of its kind in the history of the game at any level. It immediately appeared that the Huskies 256-mile trip to Edwar... Read more
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Carbondale & Murphysboro Celebrate 100th Football Game
Photo by Ryan Michalesko courtesy of the Southern Illinoisan On Friday, August 25, 2017, Carbondale High School and Murphysboro High School met for their historic 100th football contest between the two rival high schools who are separated by 11 miles. For more on the history of the rivalry an... Read more
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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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Bill Weick, State Champion Wrestler & Coach, Passes Away At Age 85
Before he was a legendary high school wrestling coach at Chicago Catholic League rivals Mt. Carmel High School and Brother Rice High School in Chicago, Bill Weick (above, right) was one of the nation’s top wrestlers. Weick, who won an IHSA state title at Tilden High School (1949, 155 lbs) and... Read more
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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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IHSA Solar Eclipse Facts
The Visual Image Photography photo above shows the sun rising over Carlyle Lake in Carlyle, Illinois at the IHSA Bass Fishing State Finals. The sun has been a hot topic in Illinois (no pun intended), and especially Southern Illinois, with the impending solar eclipse set to occur on August 21, 2017. ... Read more
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NFHS Resolution Regarding Friday Night High School Football
In an effort to re-emphasize that Friday nights in the fall should be reserved for high school football, the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) has adopted a resolution that urges schools and teams at the college and professional levels to honor that longstanding tradition ... Read more
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Cubs Pitcher Kyle Hendricks Surprises St. Charles North’s Hailey Rydberg With PepsiCo Showdown MVP Award
It’s safe to say Sunday will be a day St. Charles North’s Hailey Rydberg will never forget. The University of Iowa-bound girls soccer player, who recently earned All-American honors, was named MVP of the 14th Annual PepsiCo Showdown, which is the largest high school soccer tournament ... Read more
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National High School Sports Participation Grows Again, While Illinois Maintains Top 5 Rank
Led by the largest one-year increase in girls participation in 16 years, the overall number of participants in high school sports increased for the 28th consecutive year in 2016-17, according to the annual High School Athletics Participation Survey conducted by the National Federation of State High ... 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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Top 250+ Illinois High School Football Programs Historically Entering 2017
State historians Kev Varney and Tom Sikorski have updated their list of the winningest high school football programs in state history entering the 201 IHSA season. The Top 262 programs by wins are listed below: Read more
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"One of my proudest moments here"  Warren Student-Athletes Protect Their Home Turf From Flooding
LaMond Pope's story below was originally published by the Chicago Tribune on August 1, 2017: When Warren needed help to protect its football field during the recent floods, coach Bryan McNulty (pictured above after leading Warren softball to the IHSA state title in 2014) reached out to his play... Read more
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IHSA Spring Sportsmanship Stories
As a part of the IHSA Do What’s Right! Sportsmanship Program, member school personnel and licensed IHSA officials have the ability to recognize acts of exemplary sportsmanship and integrity that occur in IHSA events throughout the school year via the Sport A Winning Attitude Report (SAWA). Tho... 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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Crystal Lake South & Prairie Ridge Student-Athletes Help With Flood Relief Efforts
Sean Hammond’s story below was originally published by the Northwest Herald on July 24, 2017: Crystal Lake South assistant football coach Scott Busam needed help, so he had head coach Rob Fontana send out a group message to the entire football team. Busam’s uncle, Fred Prokop, a... Read more
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Illinois Coaches Association Joins Touchdowns Against Cancer
High school football coaches and their teams across Illinois are joining the fight against childhood cancer this fall. The Illinois Coaches Association has joined Touchdowns Against Cancer as an official partner of the national program, hosted by MaxPreps and Pledge It, which empowers high school fo... 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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The IHSA and MaxPreps Release 2017 Illinois High School Football Schedules
The Illinois High School Association and MaxPreps released the 2017 football schedules for this fall. The 2017 season culminates with Destination DeKalb, as the IHSA Football State Finals (November 24-25) return to Northern Illinois University's Huskie Stadium in DeKalb. But before the state game... 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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43rd Annual Illinois High School Football Shrine Game Set For June 17 at Illinois Wesleyan
The Illinois Coaches Association and the Shriners of Illinois will host the 43rd annual Illinois High School Shrine Game on June 17th at Tucci Stadium on the campus of Illinois Wesleyan University. Kick-off for the 43rd annual game is scheduled for Saturday, June 17th at 1:00p.m. The pregame festivi... Read more
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2016-17 IHSA Distinguished Media Service Award – Dave Bernhard
Dave Bernhard, who has covered high school sports in Illinois for nearly 40 years in print, radio and on television, was honored with his IHSA Distinguished Media Service Award on Saturday, June 10, 2017 at Slammer Stadium in Joliet as a part of the IHSA Class 3A/4A Baseball State Finals. All tol... Read more
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Morrison Softball Coach & IHSA State Champion Tammy Deter Retires
Tammy Deter’s decorated coaching career as the softball coach at Morrison came to a conclusion after the Fillies won the Class 2A third-place game at the 2017 IHSA State Finals. Deter announced her retirement following a career that included 518 victories, five state final appearances, and th... Read more
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Legendary Baseball Coach Dave Swisegood Makes Appearance at IHSA State Baseball
The all-time winningest baseball coach in IHSA history, Dave Swisegood, made a special appearance at the 2017 IHSA Baseball State Finals, as the retired coach presented the umpires with the official game balls prior to the Class 1A State Championship game on Saturday, June 3, 2017. Swisegood conc... Read more
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IHSA Bass Fishing State Finals Rescheduled for June 14-15 at Carlyle Lake
The Illinois High School Association (IHSA) announced today the 2017 IHSA Bass Fishing State Finals will be rescheduled for Wednesday and Thursday, June 14-15 on Carlyle Lake. The tournament finals were originally scheduled for May 19-20, but the IHSA announced on May 10 that the event would be p... Read more
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IHSA Crowns Inaugural Road Race Champions
The Illinois High School Association (IHSA) conducted its first-ever Road Race on Saturday, June 3 at Heartland Community College in Normal. The event is believed to be the first 5K road race held by a state high school association.The Road Race champions came from three different schools, as Pana H... Read more
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Homewood-Flossmoor Claims First IHSA Combined State Championship in Boys Track & Field
History was made at the 2017 IHSA Boys Track & Field State Finals on Saturday, May 27, 2017, as Homewood-Flossmoor (above) was crowned the first-ever IHSA Combined Team State Champion in Boys Track & Field, and the third overall in IHSA history. Combined team state champions are determine... Read more
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2017 Boys Track & Field Honorary Referees
The following individuals will be honored for their contributions to the sport of high school track & field in Illinois as the 2017 IHSA Boys Track & Field Honorary Referees at the Spring Spectacular on Saturday, May 27, 2017: KEVIN DOOLEY Kevin Dooley was a three-year varsity track &... Read more
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#MyReasonWhy: IHSA Track & Field and Cross Country Official Jamero Rainey
As a part of the #MyReasonWhy campaign, IHSA Track & Field and Cross Country official Jamero Rainey shared the reason why he officiates high school track and XC: Read more
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Current IHSA Official, Shelbyville’s Jordan Sieger, Qualifies for IHSA Track & Field State Meet
While it is not a category that the Illinois High School Association (IHSA) formally tracks in its archives, the Association believes that Shelbyville High School senior Jordan Sieger (above left) is making a unique bit of history at the 2017 IHSA Boys Track & Field State Finals. Sieger becam... Read more
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As School Prepares to Close, Luther North Makes Lasting Memory With State Title
On February 24, 2017, Luther North College Prep in Chicago announced that the school would be ceasing its operations and closing for good at the conclusion of the 2016-17 school year. The school was in its 64th year, but noted that its enrollment had dropped from over 1,400 students in the 1960'... Read more
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Lora Boehne Kalka is the First Female Official to Work Boys Gymnastics State Finals
History was made at the 2017 IHSA Boys Gymnastics State Finals on the judging panel, as Lora Boehne Kalka was selected to work the event at Hinsdale Central High School. Lora became the first female official selected to work the boys’ state final meet in the 66-year history of the IHSA Sta... Read more
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2017 Girls Track & Field Honorary Referees
The following individuals will be honored for their contributions to the sport of high school track & field in Illinois as the 2017 IHSA Girls Track & Field Honorary Referees at the Spring Spectacular on Saturday, May 20, 2017: GLENN COTHERN Glenn Cothern is one of the most dedicated a... Read more
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Inaugural IHSA Road Race Set for Saturday, June 3 at Heartland Community College in Normal
The Illinois High School Association (IHSA) has announced that its inaugural Road Race will debut on Saturday, June 3, 2017 at Heartland Community College in Normal. The 5K race is free to all participants and will feature three divisions: the Wheelchair Division, the Boys Division, and the Girls... Read more
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Peoria TV/IHSA TV Icon Lee Hall Signs Off
Lee Hall is a recognizable face to high school sports fan in Illinois. Not only has Lee been on-the-air as a sportscaster in the Peoria area for WEEK and WHOI for over 30 years, but he has also been a part of the IHSA’s state final broadcasts in a multitude of sports throughout the years.Hall ... Read more
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Three Legendary IHSA Badminton Coaches Honored at State Finals
During the Opening Ceremonies of the 2017 IHSA Girls Badminton State Finals at Eastern Illinois University on May 12, 2017, the IHSA and the Illinois High School Badminton Coaches Association took the time to honor three legends of IHSA Badminton. Prospect High School head coach Jean Rezny (left)... Read more
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Peoria's Kendrick Green Earns 12 Varsity Letters In Football, Wrestling & Baseball
Kendrick Green helped lead Peoria High School to its first-ever IHSA Football State Championship in the fall of 2016, as the Lions outlasted Vernon Hills 62-48 in the Class 5A title game. As Green prepares to continue his football career at the University of Illinois, his impact on his high school's... Read more
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Illinois Basketball Coaches Association 2016-17 Girls Basketball Coaches of the Year
The Illinois Basketball Coaches Association (IBCA) has named its Girls Basketball Coaches of the Year for the 2016-17 season. The following individuals are being honored by the IBCA: Douglas Althoff, Nashville Community HS Amanda Aydt, Mattoon Bob Becker, Morto... Read more
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Illinois Basketball Coaches Association 2016-17 Boys Basketball Coaches of the Year
The Illinois Basketball Coaches Association (IBCA) has named its Boys Basketball Coaches of the Year for the 2016-17 season. The following individuals are being honored by the IBCA: Ron Ashlaw, Waukegan HS Nick Beard, Williamsville HS Dan Beebe, Aurora Christian HS Lee Bennet... Read more
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St. Joseph-Ogden Softball Coach Randy Wolken Collects Career Win 1,000
As the story goes, in 1979, Randy Wolken was essentially forced to take the softball head coaching job at St. Joseph-Ogden in order to secure the boys’ basketball coaching position. Nearly 40 seasons later, Wolken is now the winningest softball coach in state history, and added another mile... Read more
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Washington Wrestler Jacob Warner Named All-American by USA Today
Washington High School senior wrestler Jacob Warner was recently named a First Team All-American by USA Today. Warner concluded his prep career by winning the Class 2A 195-pound weight class at the IHSA Individual Wrestling State Finals, then, a week later to helped the Panthers to the Class 2A D... Read more
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Updating List of IHSA Players Selected in 2017 NFL Draft
Several players from IHSA schools are expected to be selected during the 2017 NFL Draft, which begins Thursday, April 27 and concludes on Saturday, April 29 in Philadelphia. Continue to check the running tally below of drafted players, as well as those who are expected to be drafted or join teams... Read more
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Sterling Wins NFHS Network Award For Best Highlight
The NFHS Network, the nation’s leading high school sports media company, recently hosted its third annual NFHS Network Awards, where Sterling High School's school broadcast program was named a category winner.Sterling won the "Best Highlight" category for its coverage of an amazing boys soccer... Read more
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Buffalo Grove's Tyler Lubbat Named Bassmaster High School All-American
The 2017 Bassmaster High School All-American Fishing Team presented by DICK’S Sporting Goods was released on on April 11, 2017, and contained a high school angler from Illinois. Buffalo Grove High School junior Tyler Lubbat was named to the All-American squad. He helped the Bison bass fishi... Read more
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Sacred Heart-Griffin Outfielder Robs Homerun, Makes #2 on SportsCenter Top 10
Sacred Heart-Griffin rightfielder Claire Dodson robbed a homerun during an IHSA softball game against Williamsville on April 24, 2017, and the catch is getting national attention. The third inning catch came during the Cyclones 2-1 loss to Williamsville and was the No. 2 play on Monday's SC Top 1... Read more
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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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Phoenix Military Academy Baseball Coach Carves Field Out of Vacant Lot
DNA Info Chicago found an amazing story, as Phoenix Military Academy Baseball Coach Craig Griffin carved a diamond into a vacant lot. The field has affectionately been called “Half-Mowed Field” and played host to the Firebirds 12-6 win over Crane on April 18, 2017. To read the full... Read more
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Carlyle/Nashville Boys Basketball Coach Brad Weathers Calls It A Career
Brad Weathers, who coached Carlyle to the 1989 Class A Boys Basketball State Championship, has announced his retirement following eight seasons at Nashville. Weathers coached 31 total seasons at Carlyle and Nashville, compiling a career record of 571-360. In addition to the state title at Carl... Read more
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Meet the 2017 IHSA All-State Academic Team Presented by Caterpillar
On Monday, April 17, 2017, the Illinois High School Association held its annual honors banquet to recognize some of the top high school students in the state who excel both in academics and extracurricular participation. The 2017 IHSA All-State Academic Team presented by Caterpillar featured 26 m... Read more
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Trio of IHSA Student-Athletes Up For Prestigious U.S. Army Award for Excellence
The Pro Football Hall of Fame and the U.S. Army announced the 25-highschool, student-athlete finalists for the U.S. Army-Pro Football Hall of Fame Award for Excellence. The program, now in its fifth year, highlights the achievements of student-athletes across the country. The prestigious program exp... Read more
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Longtime Preps Writer Norm Sanders Moves On From Belleville News-Democrat
Norm Sanders has been a fixture of Southern Illinois high school sports in Illinois for over 30 years at the News-Democrat in Belleville. Sanders recently announced that he has accepted a new job outside of the newspaper business. Below is Norm's final column at the BND, as well as interview with hi... Read more
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IHSA State Track & Field to Remain at EIU's O'Brien Field Through 2022
The Illinois High School Association (IHSA) Board of Directors approved a recommendation to extend the IHSA Track & Field State Final hosting contract at Eastern Illinois University in Charleston at their regularly scheduled meeting at the IHSA offices in Bloomington on Tuesday, April 18, 2017. ... 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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IHSA Girls Soccer Programs Donate Over 7,000 Books To CPS Schools
Over 3,000 girls’ soccer players representing 80 different IHSA high school programs contributed to a massive donation of books in early April. The books were collected in Schaumburg and then delivered to Chicago Public Schools elementary schools. Participating high schools included Loc... Read more
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Illinois Volleyball Teams Dig Pink, Raise Over $15K For Cancer Research
Through the IHSA’s partnership with Susan G. Komen For The Cure, IHSA girls’ volleyball programs have raised more than $1.5 million dollars for cancer research via its annual Volley For The Cure matches. Other similar initiatives (read Super Addison's story here) have emerged througho... 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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Oswego East Football Standout Tahj Oliver & Prom Date Evelyn Araujo Make National News
What a great way to kick the prom season off with my bestie I'm humbled and glad to say that I was her date and I had a great time 😍😍thx Eve pic.twitter.com/BFAcHTrrRC— tahj not taj (@T_Oliver_5) April 2, 2017Oswego East High School football standout Tahj Oliver did what many teens aroun... Read more
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Mekeel Family Makes More History, Father Don Is Joined By Sons Ryan & Chris In Officiating IHSA State DT Wrestling
The Mekeel family has cemented its status as trailblazers among the IHSA wrestling and officiating communities. The family first made history at the 2015 IHSA Individual Wrestling State Finals (click for story), when patriarch Don was joined by son Ryan in officiating the state tournament. The as... Read more
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#MyReasonWhy: Granite City's Isaiah Mizell
As a part of the #MyReasonWhy campaign, the mother of two-sport Granite City High School student-athlete Isaiah Mizell explains that her son participates in high school sports to better himself, and help inspire others to overcome adversity: I wanted to share my son Isaiah's story. Isaiah is a ju... Read more
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IHSA Officials Conference Brochure Posted
The 18th annual IHSA Officials Conference is slated for July 21-22 in East Peoria, with Embassy Suites in East Peoria serving as the host (reserve room here by June 29). On April 1, the IHSA released an informational brochure for the event, which is annually attended by over 500 IHSA officials, w... 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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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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#MyReasonWhy: Warren Township's Raven Townsend
As a part of the #MyReasonWhy campaign, Warren Township High School girls' lacrosse player Raven Townsend recently shared the reason why she competes in lacrosse: “I play lacrosse to feel the feelings of victory, hardship, determination, and the alliance of my teammates. There is nothing li... Read more
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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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Special Olympics Illinois & IHSA Team Up For First-Ever State Unified Basketball Tournament
Special Olympics Illinois athletes, Unified Partners and coaches from across the state will gather at the March Madness Experience inside the Exhibition Hall at the Peoria Civic Center, this Friday, March 17 and Saturday, March 18, as part of the IHSA State Basketball Tournament for the first ever I... Read more
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Okawville Wins IHSA Class 1A/2A Student Section Showdown
Okawville High School was named the winner of the third annual IHSA Class 1A/2A Student Section Showdown on Saturday, March 11, 2017.Representatives from each of the four Class 1A/2A finalists: Carmi-White County, Dwight, Olympia and Okawville (pictured above) – were on hand at the IHSA Class ... Read more
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Peoria Native & Harlem Globetrotter Legend Curley “Boo” Johnson Celebrated With New Peoria Riverfront Museum Exhibit
The achievements of Peoria native Curley Boo Johnson will be celebrated with a new exhibit now on display at Peoria Riverfront Museum. The “Curley Boo Johnson: Celebrating Achievement” exhibit features four cases of Johnson’s sports memorabilia, including Harlem Globetrotters unifo... Read more
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Chicago Cubs World Series Trophy Makes Appearance At Bureau Valley Baseball Practice
The Chicago Cubs World Championship Trophy Tour was a part of America’s Original March Madness on Thursday, as the trophy made an appearance at the Peoria Civic Center in the afternoon while Class 1A & Class 2A Boys Basketball State Final qualifiers were in the midst of their shootarounds ... Read more
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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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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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Sportsmanship Highlights Special Nights In Elgin & Normal
A pair of standout boys’ basketball players both had memorable nights on the hardwood last week thanks to great acts of sportsmanship from the opposing coaches and teams. Larkin High School’s Christian Negron (pictured right) will continue his basketball career at Loyola University in C... Read more
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IHSA Winter Sportsmanship Stories
As a part of the IHSA Do What’s Right! Sportsmanship Program, member school personnel and licensed IHSA officials have the ability to recognize acts of exemplary sportsmanship and integrity that occur in IHSA events throughout the school year via the Sport A Winning Attitude Report (SAWA). Tho... Read more
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IHSA Girls Soccer Programs Get Into National Random Acts of Kindness Week
On Sunday, February 12, 2,500 girls soccer players from 80 different Chicago-area high schools came together off the field to assist in making the lives of others better in the same amount of time it would take to play a game. Picture 80 high school teams of 30+ girls soccer players wearing cape... Read more
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Smiles & Cries: Dispatch/Argus Captures Quintessential High School Sports Moment
Brian Achenbach of the Dispatch/Argus (QConline.com) captured the essence of high school sports in the photo above when Sherrard and Byron met in the IHSA Class 2A Girls Basketball Super-Sectional on Monday, February 20, 2017 at Monmouth College.With Byron leading comfortably late in the fourth quar... Read more
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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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St. Rita’s Austin O'Connor Joins List of Four-Time IHSA Wrestling State Champions
St. Rita senior Austin O’Connor entered the 2017 IHSA Individual Wrestling State Finals with a distinguished career, and left with legendary status, as he etched his name into the list of four-time IHSA state champions on February 18, 2017. O'Connor (46-0) finished the year undefeated for the ... Read more
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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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Sandburg’s Sophia Jablonski & Triad’s Chenoa Stokes Make IHSA Girls Bowling History
History was made on Saturday, February 18, 2017 at the IHSA Girls Bowling State Finals at The Cherry Bowl in Rockford. Sandburg High School junior Sophia Jablonski and Triad High School freshman Chenoa Stokes became the first student-athletes in IHSA Girls Bowling history to participate in the sp... Read more
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2017 IHSA Individual Wrestling State Final Grand Marshals
Four Grand Marshals, who have combined to contribute more than 140 years to the sport of wrestling, will lead the annual Grand March of Finalists Saturday night before the championship bouts of the 80th IHSA Individual Wrestling State Final Tournament. First held in 1975, the annual March of Finali... Read more
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After AED Saves UHIGH Player’s Life, His Family Launches Fundraiser To Provide AEDs To High Schools
On February 9, 2017, Normal University High School varsity basketball player Kai Bates-Diop suffered from cardiac arrest during a basketball practice at the high school. Kai is alive today after being revived by the UHIGH Athletic Training Staff. Their use of CPR and an AED saved his life. Bates... Read more
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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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Hope Academy Makes IHSA State Wrestling A Family Affair
In 2016, history was made at the IHSA Individual Wrestling State Finals when Washington High School’s Punke brothers, all four of them, qualified for the state final tournament. Chicago’s Hope Academy high school takes the family participation award at the 2017 state meet thanks to th... Read more
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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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Legendary St. Joseph Boys Basketball Coach Gene Pingatore Wins 1,000th Career Game
St. Joseph (Westchester) head boys’ basketball coach Gene Pingatore added another milestone to his legendary career on February 11, 2017, when he won his 1000th career IHSA game with a 81-71 victory over St. Rita in the first round of the Chicago Catholic League Tournament. Pingatore was al... Read more
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2016-17 IHSA Distinguished Media Service Award – Jim Muir
A jack-of-all-trades media member in Southern Illinois, Jim Muir was known as the voice of high school sports at WQRL radio in Benton, where he retired as Sports Director at the conclusion of the 2016-17 school year. Muir's coverage went beyond radio, however, as he also spent time as a columnist... Read more
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Chicago Fire: Firefighter/Coach Ron Wilson Has Built Bowen Wrestling Into CPS Power
John Keilman, ChicagoTribune: Bowen High is a neighborhood school in a neighborhood that has seen better days. All the familiar urban ills can be found outside this stately South Chicago behemoth — long-shuttered factories, a shrinking population, unemployment, drugs and violence. But in... Read more
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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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St. Rita's Austin O'Connor Seeks To Become A Part Of IHSA Wrestling History
The Illinois Matmen story below republished with approval: Saying that Austin O’Connor has an edge to him is like saying Hawaii has nice beaches; the description doesn’t begin to do justice to the reality. What do you say about someone who watches video of one of his matches and ... Read more
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Illinois Wrestling Coaches and Officials Association Announces Hall of Fame Class
The Illinois Wrestling Coaches and Officials Association (IWCOA) has announced its 2017 Hall of Fame class, which will be honored at the 2017 IHSA Individual Wrestling State Finals at the State Farm Center in Champaign on Saturday, February 18 prior to the Grand March. 2017 IWCOA Hall of Fame Class... Read more
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#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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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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LaSalle-Peru’s Nate Stubler Sets Boys Bowling State Final Record With 3,116 Pinfall
On Friday, January 27, 2017, LaSalle-Peru senior bowler Nate Stubler became the second bowler in IHSA history to roll a pair of perfect games at the IHSA Boys Bowling State Finals. Just like the first player, Harlem’s Jacob Nimtz in 2015, Stubler followed up by winning the IHSA Individual Stat... Read more
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Illinois Wrestling Community Rallies Behind Medlin Family After House Fire
The Illinois Matmen story below republished with approval: Bryan Medlin couldn’t believe it. No way it was happening to him. As the Washington wrestling coach raced home on the afternoon of Dec. 22, nearly 15 minutes away from his house Medlin (standing in photo above) saw smoke off... Read more
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Teutopolis Girls Basketball Notches 1,000th Victory In Program History
On Monday, January 16, 2017, the Teutopolis High School girls’ basketball team notched a 74-31 victory against Wesclin High School that was also the 1,000th in program history. Teutopolis became the second girls’ basketball program in state history to achieve 1,000 program wins. M... Read more
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IHSA Announces 2016-17 Officials of the Year
The Illinois High School Association (IHSA) is proud to announce its 2016-17 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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Officiating Family: Chuck Rathert Works IHSA Basketball Game With Daughter & Son
On January 5, 2017, the Jerseyville High School vs. Carlinville High School girls’ basketball contest had a family feel to it, at least for the three individuals in the black and white striped shirts. The officiating crew that worked that evening’s game featured veteran official Chuck Ra... Read more
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Rock Island High School Football & Basketball Teams Score For Education
The high-scoring Rock Island football team, along with the continuing efforts of the three-point shooters for Rocky’s girls and boys basketball teams, have caused donations to pile up for the Rock Island-Milan Education Foundation, in QCSportsNet.com’s Score for Education program. Th... Read more
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Roger Ebert, Urbana High School Class of 1960
"No good film is too long and no bad movie is short enough." It was pieces of cinematic wisdom like these that helped propel Roger Ebert (above right) to stardom as a world-renowned movie critic and writer for the Chicago Sun Times. The only child of a bookkeeper and an electrician, he was bo... Read more
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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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Study Indicates Higher Injury Rates for Athletes Who Specialize in One Sport
A study conducted by the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health and funded by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Foundation revealed that high school athletes who specialize in a single sport sustain lower-extremity injuries at significantly higher... Read more
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George Washington High School Soccer Players Spread Holiday Cheer At Senior Center
The boys and girls soccer teams from Washington High School in Chicago got in the holiday spirit, as student-athletes gave back to their community. On December 18, 2016, about 15 team members from Washington High School visited Perlman Senior Center in Evanston, where they surprised more than 50 ... Read more
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Curie High School’s Dr. Sandra Leconte Honored By NFHS With Music Educator Award
Curie High School’s Dr. Sandra Leconte was recently recognized with the Music Educator Award presented by the NFHS Music Association. On Tuesday, December 13, 2016, IHSA Assistant Executive Director Susie Knoblauch took part in a ceremony at Curie where she presented the award to Dr. Lecont... Read more
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Ryan Meents Fullcourt Shot Is The Talk Of Fisher
Fisher High School junior guard Ryan Meents recently drained a near fullcourt shot to beat the halftime buzzer in a varsity boys' basketball game. See the viral shot below and hear about how it has made Meents the talk of the town via a story from WCIA-TV Champaign by clicking here. Read more
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Holiday Hoops Tournaments In Illinois
When it comes to high school basketball in Illinois, the only thing that comes to close to America’s Original March Madness is December’s holiday tournament season. The Pontiac Holiday Tournament debuted in 1926 and is credited with being the first high school holiday tournament in the c... 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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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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IHSA To Host Free Lacrosse Event For Potential Officials January 15 at Glenbard West
The Illinois High School Association (IHSA) has announced that it will hold a free educational event for potential lacrosse officials at Glenbard West High School’s fieldhouse on Sunday, January 15, 2017 from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. The free event will feature IHSA boys’ lacrosse clinici... Read more
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IHSA Baseball Pitch Count Guidelines Set By Board For 2017 Season
The Illinois High School Association (IHSA) Board of Directors met at its regularly scheduled meeting at the IHSA office in Bloomington on Monday, December 12, 2016, where the Board voted to implement a pitching regulation Policy in the sport of baseball. The pitch limitations are effective immediat... 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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Six-Time State Champion Football Coach Dan Sharp Retires From Joliet Catholic Academy
On December 5, 2016, Dan Sharp announced his retirement as the head football coach at Joliet Catholic Academy following 20 seasons, 199 victories, and six IHSA state championships. Joliet Catholic Academy owns a state-best 13 football state championships. Sharp concludes his career with a record... Read more
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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 Fall Sportsmanship Stories
As a part of the IHSA Do What’s Right! Sportsmanship Program, member school personnel and licensed IHSA officials have the ability to recognize acts of exemplary sportsmanship and integrity that occur in IHSA events throughout the school year via the Sport A Winning Attitude Report (SAWA). Tho... 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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Montini Football Coach Chris Andriano Retires After Six IHSA State Titles
At the conclusion of the 2016 season, Montini football coach Chris Andriano announced the conclusion to his legendary 38-year coaching career. Andriano will retire after leading the Broncos to six IHSA football state titles, while winning 300 total games in his career. Montini recently enjoye... Read more
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LegendsPlayHere.com: Tent City & IHSA State Football Information From Visit Champaign County
The IHSA Football State Championships return to Memorial Stadium on the University of Illinois campus in Champaign-Urbana on Thanksgiving weekend, as the Class 1A-4A title games unfold on Friday, November 25 and the Class 5A-8A state championship games follow on Saturday, November 26. Making it to ... Read more
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IHSA Football State Championship Games To Air On CSN Chicago & NFHS Network
For the sixth-straight year, CSN Chicago (CSN), the television home of the Illinois High School Association (IHSA) State Championships, will be airing LIVE high-definition coverage of the 2016 IHSA Football State Championships on Friday, November 25 & Saturday, November 26 from Memorial Stadium ... 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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New Trier Takes Home First Girls Swimming Combined State Title in IHSA History
History was made at the 2017 IHSA Girls Swimming & Diving State Finals on Saturday, November 19, 2016 at Evanston High School, as New Trier (above) was crowned the first-ever IHSA Combined Team State Champion in Girls Swimming & Diving, and the second overall in IHSA history following Glenba... Read more
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St. Anthony’s Anna Sophia Keller Becomes Third XC Runner In State History To Four-Peat
St. Anthony High School (Effingham) senior Anna Sophia Keller (338 above) made history at the 2016 IHSA Cross Country State Finals at Detweiller Park in Peoria on Saturday, November 5, 2016. The senior crossed the finish line first in the Class 1A Girls State Final race, completing her legendary ... Read more
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Morrison’s Fischbach Sets IHSA Single-Season & Career Kickoff Touchdown Return Record
Morrison High School senior Ethan Fischbach quietly became one of the best kick returners in high school football history during the 2016 season, as Fischbach set the single-season IHSA state and NFHS national record for kickoffs returned for touchdowns. “It's an incredible feeling, like I'... Read more
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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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Wilson Introduces New Training Footballs Designed To Help Adjust To Weather & Tempo
The Illinois High School Association (IHSA) is proud to partner Wilson Sporting Goods, as the Chicago-based company is the Official Ball of the IHSA. The Wilson GST football has been a fabric of high school football in Illinois and across over the country for decades, but Wilson continues to show... Read more
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Knudsen Father-Son Combo Make History At IHSA State XC
History, some 30-plus years in the making, was made at the 2016 IHSA Cross Country State Finals at Detweiller Park in Peoria on Saturday, November 5, 2016. Minooka High School senior Soren Knudsen crossed the finish line first in the Class 3A race with a time of 14:02. Knudsen became the first st... Read more
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SAWA - Volleyball Super-Sectional Features Super Sportsmanship
As a part of the IHSA Do What’s Right! Sportsmanship Program, member school personnel and licensed IHSA officials have the ability to recognize acts of exemplary sportsmanship and integrity that occur in IHSA events throughout the school year via the Sport A Winning Attitude Report (SAWA). Tho... 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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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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Argenta-Oreana Rallies For Special Season To Honor Coach
Argenta-Oreana High School played the 2016 season in memory of long-time volunteer coach Duane Hupp, who passed away suddenly during a vacation in July. The Bombers and head coach Chad Eisenmenger completed the regular-season 8-1 after winning just three combined games the previous two seasons, a... Read more
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Heyworth, GCMS Football Coaches Work Together To "Score One For The Good Guy"
Photo courtesy of the Champaign News-Gazette There is a famous scene in the movie RUDY (read IHSA State interview with Rudy), where Rudy finds out that his coach, Ara Parseghian, has left Notre Dame, and he is left wondering if the new coach will keep Parseghian's promise to let him suit-up for ... Read more
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2016-17 IHSA Distinguished Media Service Award – Don Werntz
The radio voice of high school sports in the greater Freeport area for over 40 years, the renowned play-by-play man of Big Radio, Don Werntz, was honored with his IHSA Distinguished Media Service Award on Friday, October 7, 2016 at Forreston High School. Don, who was nominated for the award by Dura... Read more
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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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Crystal Lake Central Runner Puts Sportsmanship, Friend Ahead of Victory
Shauna Becker was in attendance at the Fox Valley Conference Cross Country Championship Meet on Saturday, October 15, 2016, to cheer on her brother, Crystal Lake South junior Jack Becker. She ended up capturing a picture that encompasses the very essence of sportsmanship and selflessness. Becker&... Read more
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Charleston’s Lauren Chappell Becomes First Girls Golfer To Win Three Individual State Championships
Charleston High School senior Lauren Chappell made history on Saturday, October 15, 2016 when she won the individual medalist honors at the 2016 IHSA Girls Golf State Finals. The individual state crown was the third of Chappell’s career, marking the first time in state history since the tou... Read more
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PLAY 2: Prairie Ridge & Barrington Athletic Directors Take The Lead On Encouraging Multi-Sport Participation
As evidence continues to mount that sport specialization can be detrimental to the overall development of high school athletes, several IHSA schools are actively trying to promote multi-sport participation. “I have always held the belief that playing multiple sports is important for an athl... Read more
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CSN Chicago is Your Home for IHSA Football Playoff Pairings on October 22
The Illinois High School Association (IHSA) Football Playoff Pairing Show returns to CSN Chicago for its sixth season in 2016. CSN Chicago, the home for the most games and the most comprehensive coverage of the Chicago Blackhawks, Bulls, Cubs and White Sox, will air the show live from 8 p.m. to 10 p... Read more
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Schaumburg Swimming & Diving Team Represents Pediatric Cancer Organization In The Pool
During the month of September, the Schaumburg girls swimming & diving team represented a group called Cal's Angels by wearing special swim caps bearing the Cal's Angels logo on them. Cal's Angels is an organization that provides support and awareness for pediatric cancer patients. Schaumbu... Read more
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100 Years of IHSA Boys Golf
The Illinois High School Association (IHSA) is proud to celebrate 100 years of the IHSA Boys Golf State Final Tournament in 2016 with a series of stories chronicling the history, memorable players, and storied programs that have made the last 100 years so special.Fans and players past, present and f... Read more
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100 Years of IHSA Boys Golf: IHSA Marks a Century of Boys Golf
This is one in a series of stories celebrating 100 years of the IHSA Boys Golf State Finals. Click here to view the other stories and here to order commemorative 100-year state final gear and pin flags. IHSA Marks a Century of Boys Golf By: Robert Pruter High school golf in Illinois dates back ... Read more
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100 Years of IHSA Boys Golf: State Finals Have Hosted Many Greats
This is one in a series of stories celebrating 100 years of the IHSA Boys Golf State Finals. Click here to view the other stories and here to order commemorative 100-year state final gear and pin flags. State Finals Have Hosted Many Greats by: Jim Ruppert Back in the day, post-World War II, B... Read more
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100 Years of IHSA Boys Golf: Small’s Influence Felt Far and Wide
This is one in a series of stories celebrating 100 years of the IHSA Boys Golf State Finals. Click here to view the other stories and here to order commemorative 100-year state final gear and pin flags. Small’s Influence Felt Far and Wide by Fred Kroner Mike Small’s name is synony... Read more
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100 Years of IHSA Boys Golf: Interview with Coach Mike Nisen
This is one in a series of stories celebrating 100 years of the IHSA Boys Golf State Finals. Click here to view the other stories and here to order commemorative 100-year state final gear and pin flags. Interview with Coach Mike Nisen by Matt Troha Mike Nisen, affectionately known as “B... Read more
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100 Years of IHSA Boys Golf: Pieper Built Monmouth’s Golf Dynasty
This is one in a series of stories celebrating 100 years of the IHSA Boys Golf State Finals. Click here to view the other stories and here to order commemorative 100-year state final gear and pin flags. Pieper Built Monmouth’s Golf Dynasty by Barry McNamara From 1985 to 1995, the domina... Read more
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100 Years of IHSA Boys Golf: Interview with Coach Dick Lounsberry
This is one in a series of stories celebrating 100 years of the IHSA Boys Golf State Finals. Click here to view the other stories and here to order commemorative 100-year state final gear and pin flags. Interview With Dick Lounsberry by Matt Troha Dick Lounsberry began his high school golf co... Read more
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100 Years of IHSA Boys Golf: State Championship Reflections from Mason Jacobs, Massac County, Three-Time State Champion
This is one in a series of stories celebrating 100 years of the IHSA Boys Golf State Finals. Click here to view the other stories and here to order commemorative 100-year state final gear and pin flags. State Championship Reflections from Mason Jacobs: In 2007, Massac County senior Mason Jacobs ... Read more
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100 Years of IHSA Boys Golf: State Championship Reflections from Drew Pierson, Lockport, 2000 State Champion
This is one in a series of stories celebrating 100 years of the IHSA Boys Golf State Finals. Click here to view the other stories and here to order commemorative 100-year state final gear and pin flags. State Championship Reflections from Drew Pierson Drew Pierson was the IHSA Class AA individua... Read more
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100 Years of IHSA Boys Golf: State Championship Reflections from Joe Carlson, St. Viator, 2008 State Champion
This is one in a series of stories celebrating 100 years of the IHSA Boys Golf State Finals. Click here to view the other stories and here to order commemorative 100-year state final gear and pin flags. State Championship reflections from Joe Carlson: Joe Carlson was a major part of two of St. V... Read more
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100 Years of IHSA Boys Golf: State Championship Reflections from Ryan Graff, Quincy, 1990 State Champion
This is one in a series of stories celebrating 100 years of the IHSA Boys Golf State Finals. Click here to view the other stories and here to order commemorative 100-year state final gear and pin flags. State Championship Reflections from Ryan Graff Ryan Graff won the IHSA Class AA individual st... Read more
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100 Years of IHSA Boys Golf: Records & PGA Tour Players
This is one in a series of stories celebrating 100 years of the IHSA Boys Golf State Finals. Click here to view the other stories and here to order commemorative 100-year state final gear and pin flags. Records & PGA Tours Players Compiled by IHSA Staff Most state titles by a team 9, W... Read more
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IHSA Board Targets Spring of 2017 for Inaugural Road Race
The Illinois High School Association (IHSA) Board of Directors met at its regularly scheduled meeting at the IHSA office in Bloomington on Wednesday, October 12, 2016, where the Board announced that it has directed the IHSA staff to proceed with conducting an IHSA Road Race this spring. The IHSA ... Read more
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Neuqua Valley High School Renames Stadium For Longtime Athletic Director Barb Barrows
On Friday, October 7, 2016 Neuqua Valley High School honored the only Athletic Director in the school’s history by renaming Wildcat Stadium to Barb Barrows Stadium. Barrows started as the school’s athletic director when it opened in 1997 and will retire at the conclusion of the 2016-1... Read more
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Andrew HS Student Stars On NFHS Broadcasts, Draws Big Names To Podcast
Victor J. Andrew High School’s school broadcasting program, VJA TV, has created a storied tradition in a short time and may have found its next star in current junior broadcaster Jon Zaghloul. Former student Nate Szynal laid the program’s foundation, using grants and a partnership wit... Read more
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#MyReasonWhy: Share Your Story With The Nation
The Illinois High School Association (IHSA) is proud to take part in the National Federation of State High School Association’s (NFHS) new high school participation campaign #MyReasonWhy. There are countless benefits to participating in high school sports and activities, but a lot of concer... Read more
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#MyReasonWhy: New NFHS Initiative Uses Firsthand Accounts To Highlight Benefits of Participation
The National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) and its 51 state high school associations begin the annual celebration of National High School Activities Month today with the launch of the #MyReasonWhy campaign. The #MyReasonWhy campaign is designed to showcase the tremendous val... Read more
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Rockford Auburn Student Orintho Farris Is Goal-Focused IHSA Official
The story below is courtesy of Mary Kaull, communications coordinator for Rockford Public Schools. Click here to subscribe to the RPS blog, and follow RPS on Facebook and Twitter and Instagram. Photo courtesy of Alan Leon. Less than 5 percent of referees for the Illinois High School Association... Read more
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DNA Info Explores The Most Popular High School Nicknames In Chicago
DNA Info Chicago's Justin Breen has delved into Chicago Public School high school nicknames and found that Eagles is the most common nickname, followed up closely by anthers, Warriors and Wildcats. The Windy City is also home to several unique mascots that include Challengers (Carver), Cristeros ... Read more
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Under Armour and Deion Sanders Challenge
As a part of the NFHS Network's partnership with Under Armour, the NFHS Network has launched a new initiative called the It Comes From Below Challenge. IHSA school teams have a chance to win custom designed Cleats and Gloves from Under Armour and Deion Sanders. For details on how to enter th... Read more
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Chicagoland Students Donate Over 3,000 Pairs Of Shoes To Homeless
A pair of shoes is something most take for granted. But to some, a pair of shoes can represent so much.On Saturday, September 10, 2016, students from 64 different high schools collected 3,000 pairs of shoes.The next day they displayed the 3,000 pairs of shoes to serve as an educational and visual in... Read more
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Joliet Central Ends Long Gridiron Losing Streak
Joliet Central put an end to the state’s longest football losing streak on Saturday, September 17, 2016, when the Steelmen edged Plainfield Central 38-35 at home. The Steelemen had lost their previous 57 contests. Joliet Central junior quarterback Zach Wisneski threw a 30-yard touchdown pas... Read more
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NATA and Gatorade Team To Honor Top High School Athletic Trainers
The National Athletic Trainers Association (NATA) and Gatorade have announced that as a part of their ongoing partnership, the two group’s will once again honor top high school athletic trainers around the country. The Gatorade Secondary School AT Award recognizes a certified athletic train... 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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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 To Participate In “Team Up, Speak Up To Fight Concussions” On September 13
The Concussion Legacy Foundation has created the first ever national concussion education day, scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 13. On Team Up Day, millions of athletes will hear a speech from their coach, captain and medical team that encourages them to Team Up & Speak Up to Fight Concussions, with... Read more
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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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Hall of Fame Marian Catholic Football Coach Dave Mattio Passes Away
Hall of Fame football coach and long-time Marian Catholic (Chicago Heights) Athletic Director Dave Mattio passed away on September 7, 2016. The Illinois High School Association (IHSA) would like to express its condolences to the family, friends, former players and Marian Catholic community as a whol... Read more
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64 High Schools Join Together To Help On National Senior Citizen Day
Many senior citizens tend to believe they have been pushed to the side and forgotten about. On Sunday, August 21, 2016, more than 300 male student-athletes from 64 Chicago-area high schools (list below) came together to recognize and bring awareness to social, health and economic issues that aff... 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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Former IHSA Executive Director Marty Hickman Takes New Role With Special Olympics Illinois
Former IHSA Executive Director Marty Hickman has taken a position with Special Olympics Illinois. Read more on his new role from the Bloomington Pantagraph story: Former Illinois High School Association executive director Marty Hickman has joined Normal-based Special Olympics Illinois as Chief Op... Read more
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Sangamo Becomes First High School Conference In The Nation To Form Broadcast Network
The Sangamo Conference is ready to join the likes of Big Ten Conference, SEC and ACC. While that statement may cause a double-take initially, it’s true, as the 11-team conference in the greater Springfield area is following in the footsteps of its collegiate brethren on the broadcasting front.... Read more
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IHSA Launches Free Smartphone App On iTunes, Google/Android, Microsoft
The IHSA has introduced a new mobile app designed to bring you the latest IHSA news, updates, and scores while you are on the go. The app features include: IHSA Today: A blog in the style of a “school bulletin,” updated every weekday with news and reminders. Stay on top of c... Read more
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IHSA in the Olympics
As the 2016 Summer Olympics unfold in Rio from August 3 through August 21, the IHSA will compile results regarding former IHSA student-athletes who are competing in the games: MENS BASKETBALL Kevin Lisch, Althoff Catholic (2004) *Competing for Australia Pool Play 1: Australia 87, France 66 P... Read more
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IHSA & MaxPreps Announce Expanded Partnership to Provide Unified Sports Information Platform
The Illinois High School Association (IHSA) and MaxPreps, the online high school sports leader, have announced an expanded partnership agreement that will enable the IHSA to provide a customized sports information platform across all team sports for its member schools. MaxPreps and the IHSA will o... 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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National High School Sports Participation Grows Again, While Illinois Maintains Top 5 Rank
Led by an encouraging report in football participation nationwide, the number of participants in high school sports increased for the 27th consecutive year in 2015-16 according to the annual High School Athletics Participation Survey conducted by the National Federation of State High School Associat... Read more
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Top 250+ Illinois High School Football Programs Historically Entering 2016
State historians Kev Varney and Tom Sikorski have updated their list of the winningest high school football programs in state history entering the 2016 IHSA season. The Top 262 programs by wins are listed below: RANK WINS  S... Read more
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Iconic York Cross Country Coach Joe Newton Announces He Will Retire After 2016 Season
NFHS National High School Hall of Fame member Joe Newton, one of the most successful high school coaches ever, has announced that the 2016 season will be his last leading the York High School boys cross country team. York High School’s press release announcing the news is listed below, whil... Read more
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NFHS Offers New Concussion Course For Students
In July, 2016, the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) announced its newest educational course as a part of its NFHS Learn series: Concussion For Students. Concussion for Students, developed in Partnership with the Barrow Neurological Institute, has been designed specific... Read more
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Lane Tech Soccer Player Honored For Work With Special Needs Children
When Lane Tech senior Larissa Seibt arrived for her lifeguard shift on Sunday morning at Leone Beach in Chicago, the Pepperdine University-bound standout thought it was going to be a quick check-in before starting her day.But the Chicago-resident had some special visitors waiting for her with a pair... Read more
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Peg Kopec Inducted Into NFHS National High School Hall of Fame
On Saturday, July 2, 2016, legendary St. Francis High School girls volleyball coach Peg Kopec was inducted into the NFHS National High School Hall of Fame during a ceremony at the NFHS Summer Meeting in Reno, Nevada. Kopec is the winningest coach in state history regardless of sport and led the Spar... Read more
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IHSA Spring Sportsmanship Stories
As a part of the IHSA Do What’s Right! Sportsmanship Program, member school personnel and licensed IHSA officials have the ability to recognize acts of exemplary sportsmanship and integrity that occur in IHSA events throughout the school year via the Sport A Winning Attitude Report (SAWA). Tho... Read more
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Downers Grove South's Caroline Hedgcock Named MaxPreps National Softball Player of the Year
Press Release courtesy of MaxPreps: Click here for 2016 MaxPreps All-American Softball Team Despite playing much of the season with a sore pitching elbow that limited her time in the pitching circle, Hedgcock averaged almost two runs batted in per game, belted 22 home runs and pitched Downers ... Read more
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State Champion Maine West Girls Basketball Coach Derril Kipp Passes Away
On July 5, 2016, legendary Maine West girls basketball coach Derril Kipp passed away after battling pancreatic cancer. Kipp leaves behind an incredible legacy that includes coaching the 1987-88 Maine West squad (pictured above, Kipp far left) to the IHSA Class AA state title. Kipp's squads from 1987... Read more
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Legendary Soccer Coach Brian Papa Surprised With Trip To ESPY Awards
For the past 38 years, legendary coach Brian Papa has helped thousands of student-athletes in the classroom, on the soccer field and also performed extensive charity work off the field. He retired from teaching at Lincoln-Way East High School on June 30.Papa was honored for Making A Difference On AN... Read more
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17th Annual IHSA Officials Conference Set For July 22-23 in East Peoria
The Illinois High School Association (IHSA) will hold its 17th annual Officials Conference on Friday and Saturday, July 22-23 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 “Excellence ... 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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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 IHSA Official Larry Wilcoxen Passes Away
  Legendary IHSA official Larry Wilcoxen (pictured above middle, photo courtesy of the Bureau County Republican) of Walnut, Illinois passed away on July 3, 2016. Below is a statement from IHSA Executive Director Craig Anderson on Wilcoxen's extraordinary service and a link to more on the life ... Read more
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Legendary Coach Pat Summitt Interview on 2011 IHSA Girls Basketball State Final Broadcast
The sports world mourned the passing of legendary University of Tennessee Women's Basketball coach Pat Summitt on June 28, 2016. Summitt won the recruiting war for Naperville Central’s Candace Parker, a two-time IHSA state champion, in 2004, as Parker went on to win two national titles with... Read more
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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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The IHSA and MaxPreps Release 2016 Illinois High School Football Schedules
The Illinois High School Association and MaxPreps released the 2016 football schedules for this fall.The IHSA Football State Finals (November 25-26) return to the University of Illinois' Memorial Stadium in Champaign/Urbana in 2016. Click the link below to view the schedules by conference and school... 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 Introduces New Heat Safety Policy For State Series Events
The Illinois High School Association (IHSA) Board of Directors voted to enact new heat safety guidelines for all IHSA postseason contests beginning with the 2016-17 school year. The new comprehensive policy, which can be viewed by clicking here, was approved at the Board of Directors meeting on Mond... Read more
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Romeoville Girls Soccer Players Olivia De La Rosa & Betsy Ramirez Honored For Making A Difference On & Off The Field
Romeoville High School girls soccer players Olivia De La Rosa and Betsy Ramirez were surprised with Dell laptops for “Making A Difference On and Off The Field” earlier this June. Betsy, a senior, takes care of children during service at her local church and also volunteers at multip... Read more
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IHSA Honors 10th Distinguished Service Award Class
On June 13, 2016, the Illinois High School Association (IHSA) conducted its recognition ceremony for its 10th annual class of IHSA Distinguished Service Award winners. Members of the IHSA staff, Board of Directors and past honorees gathered to recognize the honorees and their families. The 2016 hono... Read more
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Providence's Tom Kelley With Sportscenter Top 10 Throw In IHSA State Championship Baseball Game
The Providence Catholic baseball team became the first program in IHSA history to win three consecutive state titles in 2016, and senior rightfielder Tom Kelley put the exclamation point on the victory with a throw that would be ranked as the No. 3 play on Sportscenter's Top 10. With Providence l... Read more
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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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Extreme Heat Alters Friday, June 10 Baseball/Softball State Final Schedules
Release below updated at 10:00 AM on June 10, 2016: With temperatures expected to reach or exceed 100 degrees this weekend, Illinois High School Association (IHSA) Executive Director Craig Anderson announced schedule changes to the IHSA Class 3A and Class 4A Baseball and Softball State Finals for F... Read more
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Illinois Basketball Coaches Association All-Star Games Set For June 11 at Pontiac High School
The Illinois Basketball Coaches Association (IBCA) has announced the rosters and coaches for its  annual All-Star games, which will be held on Saturday, June 11, 2016 at Pontiac Community High School. Admission for one session (either both girls or both boys games) is $5 and admission for both ... Read more
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Calhoun Pitcher Grace Baalman Makes History With 39 Strikeouts In IHSA State Semifinal Win
Calhoun High School junior pitcher Grace Baalman made history at the 2016 IHSA Class 1A Softball State Finals at the Eastside Centre in East Peoria on Friday, June 3, 2016. Facing Trico High School in the semifinals, Baalman set an overall IHSA and IHSA state final single-game record by striking ... Read more
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Lake Zurich Boys Volleyball Honors Teammates Mother By Playing For DA
The Lake Zurich High School boys’ volleyball team gathered at an early season practice in 2016 and was charged by head coach Lesly Ravencraft with coming up with team goals and mottos for the season. One of the ideas submitted by senior captain Nick Meyer was the motto “Play4DA”... Read more
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Murphysboro Athletic Director Recognizes Sportsmanship By Teutopolis Baseball Team & Fans
Murphysboro is heading to the IHSA Baseball State Finals for the first time since 1966 after a Super-Sectional win over Teutopolis on Monday. Amidst the postgame excitement, the moment that stood out to Murphysboro Athletic Director Len Novara was the sportsmanship displayed by the "T-Town" team and... Read more
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Susie Knoblauch Returns “Home” To IHSA Staff
Following a conference call by the Illinois High School Association (IHSA) Board of Directors to approve the appointment, IHSA Executive Director Craig Anderson announced today (May 31, 2016) that Susie Knoblauch will return to her position as IHSA Assistant Executive Director in July. Knoblauch ... 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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Glenbard West Girls Track & Field is First-Ever IHSA Combined State Champion
History was made at the 2016 IHSA Girls Track & Field State Finals on Saturday, May 21, 2016, as Glenbard West (above) was crowned the first-ever IHSA Combined Team State Champion. Combined team state champions are determined by taking the traditional IHSA state final scoring system and combi... 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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First IHSA Combined State Champion to be Crowned at Girls Track & Field State Finals on May 21
History will be made at the 2016 Illinois High School Association (IHSA) Girls Track & Field State Finals this weekend (May 19-21) at Eastern Illinois University in Charleston. For the first-time in state history, the IHSA will crown a Combined Team State Champion, which is determined by comb... 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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Trio of Female Officials Make Southern Illinois Soccer History
The photo above and story below are printed with permission from the Journal Gazette & Times Courier in Charleston/Mattoon: Charleston graduate Megan Hjort was happy to be one of the three officials to work Thursday's Mattoon-Charleston girls' soccer game since she knows how big the rivalry i... Read more
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Lincoln-Way East Coach Brian Papa Earns 800th Career Soccer Victory
Brian Papa is a legendary name in Illinois high school soccer and he added another milestone to his storied career on April 16 when his Lincoln-Way East squad defeated St Viator 2-1 in the PepsiCo Showdown at Olympic Park in Schaumburg. The victory marked the 800th total win in Papa’s storied ... Read more
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Cahokia’s Ja’Mari Ward Sets National Record In Triple Jump
Cahokia senior Ja’Mari Ward (pictured above with head coach Leroy Millsap) set the National Federation of State High School Association’s (NFHS) national record in the triple-jump with a leap of 53 feet, 7 1/2 inches, at the St. Clair County Meet at Belleville West High School on April 2... Read more
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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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Prospect High School’s McDermott Speech Trio Receives National Recognition
The National Federation of State High School Associations publishes its magazine High School Today to highlight great achievements of high school sport and activity participation around the country, while also offering professional development for students, teachers, coaches, administrators, parents... Read more
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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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IHSA Boys & Girls Lacrosse State Series to Begin in Spring of 2018
The IHSA Board of Directors met for their regularly scheduled meeting at the IHSA office in Bloomington on Tuesday, April 19, 2016, where the Board announced that the IHSA will debut its Boys Lacrosse State Series and Girls Lacrosse State Series in the spring of 2018. “The addition of lacro... Read more
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Galesburg Girls Basketball Coach Evan Massey Selected To National High School Athletic Coaches Association Hall of Fame
One of the winningest high school coaches in Illinois state history, regardless of sport, has received national recognition, as Galesburg High School girls' basketball coach Evan Massey will be inducted into the National High School Athletic Coaches Association (NHSACA) Hall of Fame. For more on ... Read more
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Ronald W. Reagan, Dixon High School Class of 1928
Ronald Wilson Reagan was born in Tampico, Illinois and is a 1928 graduate of Dixon High School who went on to become the 40th President of the United States. Reagan won two terms, holding the office from 1981 to 1989, and exited with a sixty-eight percent approval, matching Franklin D. Roosevelt, an... Read more
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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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SAWA - Altamont Basketball Provides Senior Night Moment That Will Be "Remembered Forever"
As a part of the IHSA Do What’s Right! Sportsmanship Program, member school personnel and licensed IHSA officials have the ability to recognize acts of exemplary sportsmanship and integrity that occur in IHSA events throughout the school year via the Sport A Winning Attitude Report (SAWA). Tho... Read more
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Stevenson Alum Jalen Brunson Joins Elite Company With IHSA & NCAA Titles
Villanova University won the 2016 NCAA Men’s Basketball National Championship on a buzzer-beating shot on Monday, April 4, 2016 at NRG Stadium in Houston. The victory helped starting freshman point guard Jalen Brunson join elite company back home in Illinois. Brunson completed a historic hi... Read more
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Sportsmanship on Display In Winter IHSA Sports
As a part of the IHSA Do What’s Right! Sportsmanship Program, member school personnel and licensed IHSA officials have the ability to recognize acts of exemplary sportsmanship and integrity that occur in IHSA events throughout the school year via the Sport A Winning Attitude Report (SAWA). Tho... Read more
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Dwight Student-Athletes Good Deed For Homeless Man Results in $10K For School Years Later
An amazing story garnering national media attention (including from the likes of ABC News) has been developing at Dwight Township High School throughout the past week, although in actuality, it has been developing for over three years. On March 4, 2013, Wayne Herter was in Dwight in the midst of ... Read more
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Zeigler-Royalton Tops Illinois High School Fundraising Efforts For Coaches vs. Cancer
Sarah Pooler, the Senior Community Manager for the Lakeshore Division of the American Cancer Society announced in March that for the sixth consecutive year Zeigler-Royalton High School's Coaches vs. Cancer program has led all schools in Illinois for funds raised in support of the American Cancer Soc... Read more
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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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Mother’s Letter Highlights Monticello Football Coaches Impact Off The Field
On March 22, 2016, the Champaign-Urbana News Gazette published a moving letter from Karen Snook about Monticello High School football coach Cully Welter. Snook writes about her son's experience as the Sage football team's manager, highlighting that Welter's impact goes beyond X's & O's and the s... Read more
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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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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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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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"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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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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IHSA March Madness Experience 2016: March 17-19 at Peoria Civic Center
The Illinois High School Association’s March Madness Experience is a fun-fueled interactive family basketball fest held in the exhibit halls of the Peoria Civic Center adjacent to Carver Arena, which is the home of America’s Original March Madness, the IHSA Boys Basketball State Final to... 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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“I’m too big to cry, but it hurts too much to laugh.” – Leo President Dan McGrath On Amazing Basketball Season
Current Leo High School President Dan McGrath was a long-time writer, including 13 years at the Chicago Tribune, prior to taking the head position at his high school alma mater in 2010. After the Lions came up just short and placed second in the IHSA Class 1A Boys Basketball State Finals, McGrath to... Read more
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Centralia Boys Basketball Once Again the Nation’s Winningest Program
The Centralia High School boys' basketball program is one of the most storied in the state, having reached the IHSA State Finals 24 times (the first coming in 1909), which has resulted in three state championships. That type of long-term success led the school to become the winningest high school pr... 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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"March Madness"  by Henry V. Porter
The annual tournament of high school boys basketball teams in Illinois, sponsored by the IHSA, grew from a small invitational affair in 1908 to a statewide institution with over 900 schools competing by the late 1930's. A field of teams known as the "Sweet Sixteen" routinely drew sellout crowds to t... 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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Comcast SportsNet is the Television Home for the IHSA Boys Basketball State Finals
Comcast SportsNet, the television home of the IHSA State Championships, will be airing LIVE on-air/digital coverage of the 2016 Illinois High School Association (IHSA) Boys Basketball State Championships on Friday, March 11 & Saturday, March 12 (Class 1A & 2A) and Friday, March 18 & Satu... 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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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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SAWA - Coal City Wrestling Supports Rival Wrestler In Need
As a part of the IHSA Do What’s Right! Sportsmanship Program, member school personnel and licensed IHSA officials have the ability to recognize acts of exemplary sportsmanship and integrity that occur in IHSA events throughout the school year via the Sport A Winning Attitude Report (SAWA). Tho... Read more
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Rockridge’s Gabe Stanforth Named IHSA Nominee For NFHS Heart of the Arts Award
Gabe Stanforth is the 2015-16 IHSA nominee for the NFHS Heart of the Arts Award: Rockridge High School principal Katy Hasson occasionally forgets some of the details regarding her students. That is understandable when you consider that all told, over 600 students from grades six through twelve ... Read more
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Photo Of Champaign Central Basketball Player’s Leap Goes Viral
The photo (below) of Champaign Central High School basketball player Walker Stillman, taken by local photographer Liz Brunson, has gone viral. Stillman leapt for a potential rebound during Friday’s (February 19, 2016) game against Danville High School, but gave up on the ball when it careen... Read more
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IHSA & IWCOA Honor Outgoing Wrestling State Final Manager Dr. Joseph Pedersen
The Illinois High School Association (IHSA) and Illinois Wrestling Coaches & Officials Association (IWCOA) took time out to honor Dr. Joseph Pedersen during the 2016 IHSA Individual Wrestling State Finals at the State Farm Center on the University of Illinois campus in Champaign/Urbana. Joe has ... Read more
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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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IHSA Wrestling’s Most Dedicated Fan? Libby Johnsen Hasn’t Missed State Tourney Since 1970
If Libby Johnson isn’t the biggest high school wrestling fan in the state of Illinois, she may be the most dedicated. Sitting in Section 140 of the State Farm Center, Libby celebrated her 91st birthday on Saturday, February 20, 2016 watching the IHSA Individual Wrestling State Finals, just as ... 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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Washington’s Punke Family Makes State Wrestling History As Four Brothers Qualify For State In Same Year
The Punke family made history at the 2016 IHSA Individual Wrestling State Finals, as the four brothers from Washington High School all qualified for the state tourney in the same year, marking the first time that has occurred in state history. The Punke brothers include (pictured from left to rig... Read more
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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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Heisman Trophy Winner, Legendary Fenwick High School Alum Johnny Lattner Passes Away
Fenwick High School lost a legendary alum, and one of just two Hesiman Trophy winners to play high school football in Illinois, Johnny Lattner on February 12, 2016, at the age of 8