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Entries for July 2016

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NFHS Offers New Concussion Course For Students
In July, 2016, the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) announced its newest educational course as a part of its NFHS Learn series: Concussion For Students. Concussion for Students, developed in Partnership with the Barrow Neurological Institute, has been designed specific... Read more
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Lane Tech Soccer Player Honored For Work With Special Needs Children
When Lane Tech senior Larissa Seibt arrived for her lifeguard shift on Sunday morning at Leone Beach in Chicago, the Pepperdine University-bound standout thought it was going to be a quick check-in before starting her day.But the Chicago-resident had some special visitors waiting for her with a pair... Read more
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Peg Kopec Inducted Into NFHS National High School Hall of Fame
On Saturday, July 2, 2016, legendary St. Francis High School girls volleyball coach Peg Kopec was inducted into the NFHS National High School Hall of Fame during a ceremony at the NFHS Summer Meeting in Reno, Nevada. Kopec is the winningest coach in state history regardless of sport and led the Spar... Read more
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IHSA Spring Sportsmanship Stories
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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Downers Grove South's Caroline Hedgcock Named MaxPreps National Softball Player of the Year
Press Release courtesy of MaxPreps: Click here for 2016 MaxPreps All-American Softball Team Despite playing much of the season with a sore pitching elbow that limited her time in the pitching circle, Hedgcock averaged almost two runs batted in per game, belted 22 home runs and pitched Downers ... Read more
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State Champion Maine West Girls Basketball Coach Derril Kipp Passes Away
On July 5, 2016, legendary Maine West girls basketball coach Derril Kipp passed away after battling pancreatic cancer. Kipp leaves behind an incredible legacy that includes coaching the 1987-88 Maine West squad (pictured above, Kipp far left) to the IHSA Class AA state title. Kipp's squads from 1987... Read more
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Legendary Soccer Coach Brian Papa Surprised With Trip To ESPY Awards
For the past 38 years, legendary coach Brian Papa has helped thousands of student-athletes in the classroom, on the soccer field and also performed extensive charity work off the field. He retired from teaching at Lincoln-Way East High School on June 30.Papa was honored for Making A Difference On AN... Read more
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17th Annual IHSA Officials Conference Set For July 22-23 in East Peoria
The Illinois High School Association (IHSA) will hold its 17th annual Officials Conference on Friday and Saturday, July 22-23 in East Peoria. The event will unfold at the East Peoria Embassy Suites and East Peoria Community High School. The theme of this year’s conference is “Excellence ... Read more
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Chris Perry and Ron McGraw Honored By Peoria Area Convention & Visitors Bureau
On Monday, July 11, 2016 the Peoria Area Convention and Visitors Bureau (PACVB) held its annual awards and recognition program in Peoria, where a pair of individuals with strong ties to the IHSA were honored. Chris Perry (pictured right) and Ron McGraw (pictured left) were both recognized for their ... Read more
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Whitney Young Girls Soccer Player Surprised With New Car For Community Service Efforts
When Madison Ekern arrived at Whitney Young High School in Chicago on Monday, the senior thought she was attending a quick post-season girls soccer meeting. But that so-called meeting actually turned out to be a special presentation honoring Ekern for giving back to her community. In front of ... Read more
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Legendary IHSA Official Larry Wilcoxen Passes Away
  Legendary IHSA official Larry Wilcoxen (pictured above middle, photo courtesy of the Bureau County Republican) of Walnut, Illinois passed away on July 3, 2016. Below is a statement from IHSA Executive Director Craig Anderson on Wilcoxen's extraordinary service and a link to more on the life ... Read more