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State Champion Maine West Girls Basketball Coach Derril Kipp Passes Away

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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 1987-1989 also established the state's longest winning streak in the sports history with 65 consecutive wins.

Click the photo below to see more on the streak from a graphic commemorating the record in the 1988-89 IHSA Girls Basketball State Final program.

Read more about Kipp's incredible career and legacy here:

Maine West High School Press Release

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