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Entries for October 2013

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Joliet Township Finds "Faith" in Pink
The name doesn’t change the mission. Whether it is Volley For The Cure, Dig Pink, Spike Out Cancer or some other variation, thousands of high schools and student-athletes around the country will play in pink-themed volleyball matches this season aimed at raising awareness and funds for defeat... Read more
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2013 Class 1A Boys Soccer
The 2013 IHSA Class 1A Boys Soccer State Finals return to the Corn Crib in Normal for the third time on Friday and Saturday, November 1-2. The 2013 tournament marks the 42nd annual season of the Boys Soccer State Finals and the sixth year of the three-class system. Since the move to three classes, C... Read more
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Chicago Bears To Honor IHSA Football State Champions At December Packers Game
The Illinois High School Association’s (IHSA) eight state championship football teams will get the opportunity to experience football’s greatest rivalry. The Chicago Bears have invited the head coach and player representatives from each state championship team to Solider Field to see t... Read more
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Team Nancy: Sesser-Valier Dedicates Season To Coach’s Daughter
When the Chester High School football team took the field on September 20, they may have momentarily wondered if the team bus had taken a wrong turn and ended up in Eldorado or Harrisburg. When the visitors entered the field that night, the home stands were filled with a sea of purple, an unusual s... Read more
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2013 Girls Tennis
The 2013 IHSA Girls Tennis State Finals are slated for Thursday, Friday and Saturday, October 24-26. The 42nd annual edition of the tournament will unfold on the courts of a number of high schools (see right sidebar) throughout the northwest Chicago suburbs on Thursday and Friday, before all champio... Read more
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Saturday's IHSA Football Playoff Pairing Show Returns To Comcast SportsNet Chicago
The Illinois High School Association (IHSA) Football Playoff Pairing Show will return to Comcast SportsNet Chicago again in 2013. Comcast SportsNet Chicago, the television home for the most games and the most comprehensive coverage of the Chicago Blackhawks, Bulls, Cubs and White Sox, will produce t... Read more
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Nashville’s Jordan Harre Honors Dad’s Wish On The Golf Course
Jordan Harre’s father Kevin had told him several times over the course of the last few months that no matter what happened to him, he wanted Jordan to play golf. Diagnosed with terminal cancer just over two years ago, he sensed that his time was short. The two were playing darts at their h... Read more
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2013 Boys & Girls Golf
The 2013 IHSA Boys & Girls Golf State Final Tournaments will unfold in the Bloomington-Normal and Decatur areas, respectively, on Friday and Saturday, October 18-19. GIRLS GOLF PREVIEW Red Tail Run Golf Course will serve as the host of the Class A State Fi... Read more
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20 Years of "Rudy"
October 13, 1993 marked the world-wide release of the now iconic film “Rudy”. The movie had made its world premiere one week earlier at the Rialto Square Theater in Joliet, the hometown of the movie’s inspiration, Daniel “Rudy” Ruettiger. Rudy is a 1966 graduate of Joli... Read more
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2013-14 IHSA Distinguished Media Service Award – Lanny Slevin
Lanny Slevin, the long-time radio voice of WLPO and Miller Media in the LaSalle-Peru area, was honored with his IHSA Distinguished Media Service Award at halftime of the St. Bede Academy football game on October 5, 2013. Lanny was inducted into the St. Bede Athletic Hall of Fame prior to the contest... Read more
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Marty Hickman on the post-game handshake
The traditional post-game handshake in high school sports has been in the news of late in the face of high school events around the country ending in controversy or altercations. In the wake of these discussions, IHSA Executive Director Marty Hickman reiterated that the post-game handshake is here t... Read more
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2013 IHSA Student Leadership Conference
The Illinois High School Association (IHSA) held its Student Leadership Conference on Monday, September 30, as over 700 students from around the state descended upon the Peoria Civic Center to attend. The conference featured keynote speaker Harvey Alston, a nationally renowned motivational speake... Read more
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Bolingbrook Soccer Takes The Lead In Conference Sportsmanship
In almost all sports, there are players or positions that are integral to a team’s success, but receive little to no credit in the grand scheme because they record minimal to no individual statistics. In the sports lexicon, those players are often crediting with doing the “dirty work.&rd... Read more