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Entries for January 2018

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2018 Competitive Cheerleading
The IHSA Cheerleading State Finals return to Bloomington's Grossinger Motors Arena on Friday and Saturday, February 2-3 A total of 100 schools will perform in Friday's prelims, with twenty-five qualifying in each of the four classes: Small, Medium, Large, and Coed. The Top 10 teams in each class on ... Read more
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Stay Connected, Become a High School Official – By Bob Gardner
National Federation of State High School Associations Executive Director Bob Gardner penned the following op-ed on the need and benefits of high school officiating: They don’t make the headlines, their names are not in the box scores and they don’t make the all-star teams, but perha... Read more
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Evanston’s Blake Peters Delivers a Buzzerbeater For The Ages
Despite its proud tradition, many anticipated that Evanston High School’s boys’ basketball program would take a step back during the 2017-18 season after graduating several key players from last year’s team that lost to eventual Class 4A IHSA state champ Whitney Young in the Super-... Read more
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2018 Boys Bowling
The 2018 IHSA Boys Bowling State Finals will unfold on Friday and Saturday, January 26-27 at St. Clair Bowl in O'Fallon. Eight of the Top 12 teams from the 2017 field return to the 2018 championships, but the story of the weekend starts firmly at the top with the trophy t... Read more
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#MyReasonWhy: Freeport Dancer Davida Sanders
As a part of the #MyReasonWhy campaign, Freeport High School dancer Davida Sanders recently shared the reason why she loves dance:
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2018 Competitive Dance
The sixth annual IHSA Competitive Dance State Finals return to Grossinger Motors Arena on Friday and Saturday, January 26-27. 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 ... Read more
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Growth in Participation Spurs First IHSA Chess Sectionals
The Illinois High School Association (IHSA) Chess State Series will forge new ground on Saturday, January 27, when the Association conducts its first-ever Sectionals in the activity. The eight Sectionals will be hosted at Belleville (East), Chicago (De La Salle), Hinsdale (Central), Mahomet (M.-... 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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St. Charles East Tops Rival North On Amazing Buzzerbeater
St. Charles East and St. Charles North added another chapter to their rivalry on Friday, January 12, 2018, as East edged North 53-50 on an amazing buzzerbeater.With the game tied at 50-50 in regulation and 3.3 seconds on the clock, North was looking for the win, when an improbable deflection led to ... Read more
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Buffalo Grove’s Jeff Siegal Named National Spirit Coach of the Year by the NFHS
Twenty-three high school coaches from across the country have been selected as 2017 National Coaches of the Year by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Coaches Association. The NFHS, which has been recognizing coaches through an awards program since 1982, honors coach... Read more
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IHSA Announces 2017-18 Officials of the Year
The Illinois High School Association (IHSA) is proud to announce its 2017-18 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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Lincoln High School Names Basketball Court in Honor of Legendary Coach Neil Alexander
Lincoln High School honored legendary boys’ basketball coach Neil Alexander on January 6, 2018, when the school dedicated its gymnasium court in his honor. Alexander coached the Railsplitters to a 45-25 win over Harlan High School that evening. Since taking over the Lincoln program in 1990-... Read more
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Pekin Wrestler Hunter Beasley Returns To The Mat After Spinal Stroke
Pekin wrestling coach John Jacobs took to Facebook to highlight a special moment for the Dragons program that occurred on January 5, 2018. Aided by a crutch and unbelievable determination, senior Hunter Beasley made his senior season debut. Hunter pushed his opponent to the third period, before ulti... Read more
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IHSA Official Kirk Wessler Selected for Induction in the United States Basketball Writers Association Hall of Fame
Photo courtesy of the Peoria Journal Star Long-time Peoria Journal Star Sports Editor Kirk Wessler (above left) will be inducted into the United States Basketball Writers Association Hall of Fame as a part of the festivities at the 2018 NCAA Final Four. While he is being honored for his work ... Read more
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NFHS Network & Facebook Team To Broadcast Games At Highland Shootout
As a part of a partnership between the NFHS Network and Facebook, the NFHS Network will broadcast a pair of high school basketball games on the social media network featuring IHSA schools on Saturday, January 6, 2018. Both contests unfolding at Highland High School will feature Illinois vs. Misso... Read more