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Entries for December 2017

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Champaign-Urbana News-Gazette 2017 Girls Volleyball All-State Team
The Champaign-Urbana News-Gazette has released its 2017 Girls Volleyball All-State Team, which is the 36th annual season the newspaper has selected an All-State team. Mother McAuley senior Charley Niego (pictured below) was named the Player of the Year. The First Team and Second Team are liste... Read more
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Conferences To Host Officials Recruitment Event at Stevenson HS on March 3
The IHSA, and high school associations around the country, are need of more officials in all sports. The North Suburban Conference and Northern Lake County Conference are helping in those efforts, as they will host an Officials Open House at Stevenson High School in Lincolnshire on Saturday, Marc... Read more
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Holiday Hoops Tournaments In Illinois
When it comes to high school basketball in Illinois, the only thing that comes to close to America’s Original March Madness is December’s holiday tournament season. The Pontiac Holiday Tournament debuted in 1926 and is credited with being the first high school holiday tournament in the c... Read more
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2017-18 IHSA Distinguished Media Service Award – Greg Sapp
The radio voice of high school sports in the greater Effingham area for nearly four decades, the beloved play-by-play man of 97.9 XFM and KJ Country 102.3 FM, Greg Sapp, was honored with his IHSA Distinguished Media Service Award on Tuesday, December 12, 2017, at Effingham High School. Greg, who ... Read more
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Iconic York High School Cross Country Joe Newton Passes Away
NFHS National High School Hall of Fame member Joe Newton, one of the most successful high school coaches ever, passed away on December 9, 2017. Media stories on his passing, visitation, life and career will continue to be posted here: Chicago Tribune ... Read more
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Illinois Basketball Coaches Association Announces Hall of Fame Class, Annual Award Winners
Illinois Basketball Coaches Association Announces Hall of Fame Class, Annual Award Winners The Illinois Basketball Coaches Association (IBCA) has announced its annual award winners, including its Hall of Fame Class for 2018. High school coaches and players among the honorees included: HOF COAC... Read more
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Loyola Basketball Debuts Charge Chain
The University of Miami football team captured the imagination of sports fans around the country this fall when it introduced its “turnover chain”, which a player dons on the sideline immediately after creating a turnover.Not surprisingly, the concept trickled down to the high school gam... Read more
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State Champion Coach John Giesler Raising Money & Awareness As He Battles Cancer
On, December 1, 2017, Illini Central High School honored it’s 2013 IHSA Class 1A Boys Basketball State Championship team. The Illini Central community also paid tribute to since retired head coach John Giesler, who will be inducted into the IBCA Hall of Fame this spring. In late July, Coac... Read more
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One of State’s Winningest Football Coaches, Richards’ Gary Korhonen Passes Away
Legendary Richards High School football coach Gary Korhonen passed away on December 2, 2017 at the age of 77. Korhonen retired in 2007 as the winningest football coach in state history with 306 victories. Korhonen led the Bulldogs to IHSA state championships in 1988 (Class 4A) and 1989 (4A). ... Read more