State Stories

Entries for April 2014

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#MCstrong - UHIGH Baseball Coach Michael Collins Leaves Lasting Legacy
In 2009, Normal Community West assistant baseball coach Jim Collins offered an assignment to the dozen or so players who gathered at a voluntary book study the coach had organized. He asked those in attendance to write their own obituaries, and as you can imagine with a group of teenagers, he receiv... Read more
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2014 All-State Academic Team Video Interviews
Each year, the IHSA and presenting sponsor Caterpillar honor 26 of the most well-rounded high school students in the state of Illinois. In order to be nominated for this honor, individuals must possess a 3.5 grade point average and participate in at least two IHSA sports and activities. Caterpillar ... Read more
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Shawn Rennegarbe: "Somewhere in the stands is a little girl who wants to be just like you..."
Nashville High School senior Shawn Rennegarbe, one of the 26 members of the 2014 IHSA All-State Academic Team, shared the following words of wisdom she attributes to Mia Hamm in her application essay for the All-State Academic Team: "Somewhere in the stands is a little girl who wants to be just l... Read more
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The 1944 Unofficial Wrestling State Tournament
The IHSA Wrestling State Final Tournament dates back to the 1936-37 school year and was held annually until the 1943-44 school year. In 1944, the IHSA did not hold a state final tournament due to a low numbers of participants, something that can be partly attributed to War World II. Regardless, a... Read more
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Orion Grad Kayci Woodley Takes Fast Lane To Career With NCAA
Kayci Woodley is a 2008 graduate of Orion High School. She attended Iowa State University and was one of 19 individuals to receive a prestigious postgraduate internship at the NCAA national offices in Indianapolis, Indiana upon graduating from ISU. After completing her internship, she shifted gears... Read more