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Entries for January 2017

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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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2017 Competitive Dance
The IHSA Competitive Dance State Finals turn five as they return to Bloomington Coliseum on Friday and Saturday, January 27-28. Friday’s prelims will feature 90 total teams (30 per class) and the Top 12 teams in each class based on Friday’s results will move on to perform again in Saturd... Read more
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2017 Boys Bowling
There will be no team or individual state title defense at the 2017 IHSA Boys Bowling State Finals when they return to St. Clair Bowl in O'Fallon on Friday and Saturday, January 27-28, but some familiar names return in both races. Hononegah and O’Fallon recorded pinf... 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’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