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Entries for December 2015

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SIBOA Officials Association Members Volunteer Time For Salvation Army
Members of the Southern Illinois Basketball Officials Association (a group that has since expanded to provide officials for area high school contests in football, volleyball, baseball, and softball in addition to boys’ and girls’ basketball) made time during the busy holiday season to gi... Read more
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Chicago Bears & Hall of Famer Dan Hampton Honor IHSA Football State Champions & Weekly Honorees
The Chicago Bears honored the 2015 IHSA Football State Champions, as well as the Chicago Bears Weekly High School All-Star Players & Coaches from 2015, with a special moment of recognition during halftime of their December 13 game against Washington at Soldier Field. The moment was elevated even... Read more
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Champaign-Urbana News-Gazette 2015 Girls Volleyball All-State Team
The Champaign-Urbana News-Gazette has released its 2015 Girls Volleyball All-State Team, which is the 34th annual season the newspaper has selected an All-State team. St. Francis senior Molly Haggerty, a four-time state champion, was named the Player of the Year. The First Team and Second Team... Read more
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Pekin Volley For The Cure Match Raises Over $15,000 As Illinois Total Passes $60,000 In 2015
Since the IHSA began endorsing pink-themed Volley For The Cure volleyball matches for member schools in 2008 to help raise awareness and funds for breast cancer research, IHSA girls’ volleyball teams have raised over $1.5 million dollars for Susan G. Komen For The Cure. While the total donatio... Read more
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House of Representatives Honors Retiring IHSA Executive Director Marty Hickman With Congratulatory Resolution
On Sunday, December 13, 2015, friends, family and colleagues of retiring IHSA Executive Director Marty Hickman gathered at the Peoria Riverfront Museum to recognize the career and accomplishments of Dr. Hickman’s 25-year tenure at the IHSA. Among those in attendance were State Representativ... Read more
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IHSA Board Welcomes Kraig Garber & Sam Knox To IHSA Staff In Assistant Executive Director Roles
The Illinois High School Association (IHSA) Board of Directors met at its regularly scheduled meeting at the Pere Marquette Hotel in Peoria on Monday, December 14, 2015, where the Board voted to accept recommendations from IHSA Executive Director-Elect Craig Anderson to hire current Mt. Zion High Sc... Read more
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Lemont High School's Taylor Campos Wins National Wendy's High School Heisman Award
Lemont High School's Taylor Campos, a cross country & track and field standout, has been named the national winner of the Wendy's High School Heisman award. Taylor was announced as the winner at a ceremony a in New York City on December 11, 2015. Below is a press release on Taylor courtesy o... Read more
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2015-16 IHSA Distinguished Media Service Award – Tim Schweizer
The radio voice of high school sports in the greater Springfield area for nearly 40 years, the renowned play-by-play man of WFMB 1450 AM, Tim Schweizer, was honored with his IHSA Distinguished Media Service Award on Saturday, December 5, 2015 at the Prairie Capitol Convention Center in Springfield. ... Read more
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Retiring IHSA Executive Director Marty Hickman Talks About His Career With WRMJ
IHSA Executive Director Marty Hickman will retire in January, 2015, concluding a 25-year run with the Association. During the 2015 IHSA Football State Finals at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Hickman talked with WRMJ radio in Aledo about his time at the IHSA. Click the link below to listen ... Read more
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SAWA – IHSA Football Teams Display Sportsmanship, Character & Integrity During 2015 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
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Speech Hub Talks High School Speech With Homewood-Flossmoor Alum & IHSA State Champ Donyae Lewis
The YouTube channel Speech Hub recently caught up with Homewood-Flossmoor graduate Donyae Lewis to reflect on his high school speech experiences. Donyae was the IHSA Speech-Individual Events state champion in the Informative Speaking category in 2013. See the interview with Donyae below, ... Read more
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New Trier Athletic Director Deb Ofcky Receives Award From NIAAA
Press release below courtesy of NIAAA & NFHS: Nine individuals who have made outstanding contributions to interscholastic athletics have been named recipients of the 2015 Distinguished Service Awards given by the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association (NIAAA), including ... Read more