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Entries for January 2016

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“I am proud of my country and I am proud to wear this patch.” - IHSA Official George Hass
Fairview Heights native George Hass is not only a veteran IHSA official with over 35 years of experience, he is also a United States military veteran. George served in the United States Navy from 1956 to 1960, serving as an aircraft mechanic and training Naval cadets out of Pensacola flight school. ... Read more
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Chicago Tribune Names Its Top 20 High School Basketball Gyms In Illinois
The Chicago Tribune has picked its top 20 high school gyms in Illinois in its Gym Dandies series. Click here to read more about the historic hardwoods that made the cut. The Tribune's list includes: -Argo -East Aurora -Elgin -Evanston -Quincy -Farragut -Glenbrook South -Hinsdale Central&n... Read more
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2016 Competitive Dance
The fourth annual edition of the IHSA Competitive Dance State Finals returns to U.S. Cellular Coliseum in Bloomington on Friday and Saturday, January 29-30. Friday’s prelims will feature 90 total teams (30 per class) and the Top 10 teams in each class based on Friday’s results will move ... Read more
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2016 Boys Bowling
A bevy of individual and team talent returns to the 2016 IHSA Boys Bowling State Finals at St. Clair Bowl in O'Fallon on Friday and Saturday, January 29-30. That talent starts with Harlem High School junior Jacob Nimtz, who rewrote the state final record book last year en ... Read more
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Mascoutah’s Fletcher Hopkins To Become Four-Time IHSA Bowling State Champion
In 2013, West Central High School’s Zack Bundy and Mascoutah High School’s Fletcher Hopkins made history when they became the first two student-athletes to compete in the IHSA Athletes with Disabilities division of the IHSA Boys Bowling State Finals. Fletcher rallied that day to best ... Read more
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Compassion Shown in Face of Tragedy During Girls Basketball Contest Betwenen Kewanee & Princeton
The story below and photo above are provided courtesy of the Bureau County Republican and reprinted with their consent. The story originally ran on January 15, 2016: KEWANEE — Sport gave way to life and death Thursday, Jan. 14, at Kewanee High School. The Boiler Girls were up 46-14 on th... Read more
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Area Coaches Honor Former Limestone Softball Coach Molly Hardesty With Coaches Clinic
Former long-time East Peoria High School softball coach Deb Neff and current Metamora High School softball coach Deric Linder will hold the first-ever Molly Hardesty Softball Clinic at Eureka College on Saturday, February 6, 2016 to keep the name of their friend alive. Hardesty, who attended Ric... Read more
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Hononegah Bowler Nick Sommer Sets National Scoring Record
Press Release below courtesy of Hononegah High School Bowling: South Beloit, IL: On Jan 12th, 2016 Nick Sommer (16) , a sophomore on the Hononegah Boy’s Bowling Team, helped lead his team to an undefeated conference bowling season and in the process ended up setting a new local conference a... Read more
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Handing Off The Future of High School Football In Illinois by Marty Hickman
Marty Hickman joined the IHSA staff in 1991 and became the organization's sixth Executive Director in 2002. After 25 years at the IHSA, he will retire on January, 15, 2016. In the fall of 1972, I started my high school athletic career on a football field at New Berlin High School in New Berlin, ... Read more
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IHSA Announces 2015-16 Officials of the Year
The Illinois High School Association (IHSA) is proud to announce its 2015-16 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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Glenbrook South Boys Tennis Coach Larry Faulkner Named NFHS National Coach of the Year
Legendary Glenbrook South High School Boys Tennis coach Larry Faulkner has been named the National High School Boys Tennis Coach of the Year by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS). Faulkner is the 15th coach in state history to win national honors (complete list) and the... Read more
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COUNTRY Financial Presents Chicago Tribune Athletes of the Month – December 2015
COUNTRY Financial® is proud to be a sponsor of the Chicago Tribune Athlete of the Month. The passion and dedication these athletes show for their sport is the same as the passion and dedication our financial representatives provide for their clients. We live and work in the communities we suppor... Read more
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SAWA – Sportsmanship Is The Norm On The Hardwood Early In The 2015-16 Basketball Season
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