State Stories

Entries for March 2014

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Whitney Young's Jahlil Okafor First From Illinois To Win Morgan Wootten Player of the Year Award
One week after guiding Whitney Young to the 2014 IHSA Class 4A Boys Basketball State Championship, Whitney Young senior Jahlil Okafor was named the Morgan Wootten Player of the Year. Okafor, who committed to play basketball for Duke University in 2015, is the first player from Illinois to win the... Read more
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Lincoln is the only town in the United States to be named for Abraham Lincoln before he became president. The future 16th President of the United States practiced law there from 1847 to 1859. The town was originally founded in the 1930’s, and was renamed in 1953 when it enjoyed a population su... Read more
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Basketball History Comes To Life With New Caterpillar Visitors Center Exhibit
Caterpillar leaders and former Caterpillar basketball players recently unveiled a new exhibit at the Caterpillar Visitors Center. The Caterpillar Diesels/Peoria Cats Basketball Exhibit gives a rare glimpse into one of the most dominant teams in the National Industrial Basketball League and, at one t... Read more
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MARCH MADNESS: 2014 Class 3A/4A Boys Basketball
The final weekend of the Illinois high school basketball season is upon us, as the Class 3A and Class 4A state final contests take center stage at Carver Arena inside the Peoria Civic Center. The state semifinals will unfold on Friday, March 21 with the third-place and state championship games to fo... Read more
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MARCH MADNESS: 2014 Class 1A/2A Boys Basketball
The March Madness action shifts 38 miles to the west down Route 74, as the IHSA Class 1A and Class 2A Boys Basketball State Finals take center stage this weekend at the Peoria Civic Center’s Carver Arena. The state semifinals will unfold on Friday, March 14 with the third-place and state champ... Read more
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Rolling Meadows' Alexis Glasgow on the bond "that will keep team together"
Following Rolling Meadows’ state semifinal victory over Geneva, Mustang senior guard Alexis Glasgow, who is committed to continue her basketball career at Northwestern University, closed the press conference with an eloquent statement on the bond her team will share in the future over their a... Read more
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MARCH MADNESS: 2014 Class 3A & 4A Girls Basketball
The madness continues at Redbird Arena on the campus of Illinois State University in Normal this weekend. Redbird Arena will host the IHSA Class 3A and Class 4A Girls Basketball State Finals on Friday and Saturday, March 7-8, marking the 37th annual edition of the tourney, the 22nd consecutive year ... Read more
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Playing For Patsy: Carrollton's Emotional Ride To State Basketball
On February 20, the Carrollton High School Girls Basketball team won the North Greene Sectional, advancing to the Super-Sectional round of the IHSA Class 1A State Tournament, one win away from the school's first-ever state final appearance. The following evening Patsy Coonrod, the team’s to... Read more
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In April 2006, the IHSA announced its list of "100 Legends of the IHSA Boys Basketball Tournament". Fans selected the first 82 Legends in an online election that ran from November through March. The remaining 18 legends were selected by a blue-ribbon committee. The 100 individuals were honored... Read more