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IHSA & COUNTRY Financial Teamup to Handout State Basketball Hardware

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As a part of the IHSA’s #WeAreInThisTogether initiative, the IHSA and COUNTRY Financial made special deliveries (while maintaining proper social distancing) to eight Illinois high schools on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, May 14-16, 2020.

IHSA staff delivered the state final qualifier trophies to the eight teams who reached the 2020 COUNTRY Financial IHSA Class 1A & 2A Boys Basketball State Finals, however, the tourney was unable to be completed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Local COUNTRY Financial agents joined IHSA staff at several sites to present the official COUNTRY Financial autograph basketball that most teams showcase alongside the hardware in the trophy case.

Participating COUNTRY Financial agents included Larry Benard (Goreville HS), Mike Huschen (Roanoke-Benson HS), Mike O'Brien (Sacred Heart Griffin HS), Sean Quirk (Timothy Christian HS), Cristian Saenz (Aurora Christian HS), Matthew Stearns (Madison HS), and Keith Wilken (Mater Dei HS).

Below are some sights and sounds from the trips…

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