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Entries for February 2018

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2018 MARCH MADNESS: Class 3A & 4A Girls Basketball
America's Original March Madness is now in full swing and continues with the IHSA Class 3A & 4A Girls Basketball State Finals at Redbird Arena on the campus of Illinois State University in Normal on Friday and Saturday, March 2-3. The Country Financial Three-Point Sho... Read more
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2017-18 Associated Press/MaxPreps Weekly Boys & Girls Basketball Rankings
Please note that the Illinois High School Association (IHSA) does not conduct or vote in any rankings or polls for any sports, nor do polls or rankings factor into State Series assigning. The Associated Press produces statewide class-by-class polls throughout the season in Football, Boys Basketball ... Read more
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2017-18 IHSA Distinguished Media Service Award – Bill Stone
Bill Stone, who was covered high school sports for a number of publications in Illinois for over 30 years, was honored with his IHSA Distinguished Media Service Award on Friday, February 16, 2018 at the IHSA Girls Gymnastics State Finals at Palatine High School. Bill was nominated for the award b... Read more
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2018 MARCH MADNESS: Class 1A & 2A Girls Basketball
The calendar won't turn by tipoff, but America's Original March Madness is officially underway as the IHSA Class 1A & 2A Girls Basketball State Finals return to Redbird Arena on the campus of Illinois State University in Normal on Friday and Saturday, February 23-24. T... Read more
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2018 Boys Swimming & Diving
The 2018 IHSA Boys Swimming & Diving State Finals are set to take place inside Evanston Township High School’s Natatorium on Friday and Saturday, February 23-24. The prelims and finals of every event will be webcast live with full video and audio with a subscript... Read more
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2018 IHSA State Wrestling Grand March Video
Below is the 2018 IHSA Individual Wrestling State Final video that played on the jumbotron at the State Farm Center prior to the Grand March. The video is produced by Video Infinity: Read more
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One-Armed Bowen Basketball Coach Inspires With Perseverance
Photo courtesy of the Chicago Tribune Bowen High School girls' basketball coach Kennard Johnson's perseverance continues to inspire his players. The coach lost his arm in a tragic shooting as a high school senior, but hasn't let that hold him back. For more on his amazing story, read the Chic... Read more
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Memorable Senior Night Moments Emerge For Wethersfield & Ridgeview Boys Basketball Teams
Senior Nights are always special for a variety of reasons. Two great stories emerged from a pair of IHSA schools recently. Wethersfield High School honored respected senior Bryce Elias, who couldn’t play due to injury, while special needs student Lukas Miezal (above #12) came off the Ridgewood... Read more
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2018 Girls Gymnastics
The 2018 IHSA Girls Gymnastics State Finals will be contested on February 16-17 at Palatine High School (click here to listen to the history of PHS hosting state gymnastics). Friday’s action will determine an individual All-Around champion and factor into the team s... Read more
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Richards HS Wrestler Mia Palumbo Makes History, Becomes First Female To Match in IHSA State Meet
Richards High School (Oak Lawn) freshman wrestler Mia Palumbo made history on Thursday (February 15, 2018) at the State Farm Center, where she became the first female wrestler in IHSA history to win a match in the state final meet. Wrestling in the 106-pound weight division in Class 2A, Palumbo ... Read more
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2018 Girls Bowling
The 2018 IHSA Girls Bowling State Finals take center stage at The Cherry Bowl in Rockford on Friday and Saturday, February 16-17. The IHSA’s Wheelchair Division will feature four competitors this season in Elk Grove Village sophomore Sonia Sanchez-Corrillo, Masocutah... Read more
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2018 IHSA Individual Wrestling State Final Grand Marshals
Four Grand Marshals, who have combined to contribute more than 140 years to the sport of wrestling, will lead the annual Grand March of Finalists Saturday night before the championship bouts of the 80th IHSA Individual Wrestling State Final Tournament. First held in 1975, the annual March of Fina... Read more
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2018 IHSA All-State Academic Team Presented by Caterpillar Announced
IHSA Assistant Executive Director Stacey Lambert announced the 26 members of the 2018 IHSA All-State Academic Team presented by Caterpillar on Tuesday, February 13, 2018: "This group is the best of the best,” said Lambert. “They embody the IHSA’s mission, excelling in the cl... Read more
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2018 Individual Wrestling
State champions will be crowned across 14 weight classes in Class 1A, 2A and 3A, respectively, at the State Farm Center on the campus of the University Illinois in Champaign-Urbana at the 2018  IHSA Individual Wrestling State Finals. The three-day tourney will begin on Thursday, February 15 and... Read more
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Foreman High School’s Damari Hendrix Named IHSA Nominee For NFHS Spirit of Sport Award
Damari Hendrix is the 2017-18 IHSA nominee for the NFHS Spirit of Sport Award:Brian Rose will never forget the first time he met Damari Hendrix (below right). It followed a meeting in April 2016 introducing Rose as the new boys’ basketball coach at Foreman High School in Chicago. Talking with ... Read more
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GoFan Named Official Digitial Ticketing Partner of the IHSA
The Illinois High School Association (IHSA) Board of Directors announced that is has chosen to partner with GoFan, a product of Huddle Tickets, as the official digital ticketing provider for IHSA State Series and State Championship events. The NFHS Network recently designated GoFan as its exclusi... Read more
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2018 Speech-Individual Events
The 2018 IHSA Speech-Individual Events State Finals will be held on Friday and Saturday, February 16-17 at the Peoria Civic Center in Peoria. The 2018 state meet marks the 78th annual edition of the state final and the ninth year that the Peoria Civic Center has hosted the event. ... Read more
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Class 3A/4A  2018 IHSA Student Section Showdown Entries
Class 3A/4A  2018 IHSA Student Section Showdown Entries: Click here for 1A/2A entries ANDREW HIGH SCHOOL BELLEVILLE WEST HIGH SCHOOL BRADLEY-BOURBONNAIS HIGH SCHOOL BUFFALO GROVE HIGH SCHOOL EDWARDSVILLE HIGH SCHOOL GRANT HIGH SCHOOL GRANITE CITY HIGH SCH... Read more
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Class 1A/2A 2018 IHSA Student Section Showdown Entries
Class 1A/2A  2018 IHSA Student Section Showdown Entries: Click here for 3A/4A entries ELMWOOD HIGH SCHOOL OKAWVILLE HIGH SCHOOL Read more
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Illinois High School Wrestling Rankings
Illinois high school wrestling historian Rob Sherrill of Center Mat Press will be releasing the GEI Wrestling Apparel individual & team rankings via the Illinois Wrestling Coaches & Officials Association (IWCOA) each week. The Illinois Matmen will release their Go Earn It Wrestling Apparel T... Read more
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NFHS Recognizes IHSA Coaches of the Year
Earlier this year, the IHSA staff selected the individuals listed below as the Illinois Coaches of the Year in their respective sports. Coaches of the Year are selected based on the results of the 2016-17 school year, as well as other elements such as career success, sportsmanship and contributions ... Read more
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Glenbrook South Teacher Tara Tate Named Recipient of Prestigious NFHS Citation Award
Twelve leaders in high school activity programs across the country have been selected to receive National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Citations. An award designed to honor individuals who have made contributions to the NFHS, state high school associations, athletic directo... Read more
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2018 Chess
The 44th annual IHSA Team Chess State Tournament returns to Peoria Civic Center on Friday and Saturday, February 9-10. A total of 128 teams from across the state are entered in this year’s competition. The field was narrowed down from original 151 entries who played at Sectional tournaments ar... Read more
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Monmouth-Roseville High School Teacher Kevin Ferry Named IHSA Nominee For NFHS Heart of the Arts Award
Monmouth-Roseville High School Teacher Kevin Ferry is the 2017-18 IHSA Nominee For NFHS Heart of the Arts Award: Kevin Ferry (below right) isn’t defined by his vision impairment, but rather by the unique vision he has developed in how to build a successful high school music program, and m... Read more
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Behind the Routine at IHSA State Dance with St. Francis High School
On Saturday, January 27, 2018, the St. Francis High School (Wheaton) dance team allowed the IHSA to follow them from warm-ups through their final performance of the season at the 2018 IHSA Dance State Finals at Grossinger Motors Arena. Thanks to the Spartans dance team for allowing us the access,... Read more