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Entries for September 2014

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October is NFHS National High School Activities Month!
The National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) has designated October as National High School Activities Month. The NFHS created National High School Activities Week in 1980 to increase the public’s awareness of the values and needs of interscholastic activity programs. The p... Read more
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Legendary Basketball Coach Chuck Rolinski Passes Away
Legendary Toluca High School basketball Coach Chuck Rolinski (right in his coaching career & in 2006) passed away on September 23, 2014 in Peoria at the age of 82. Chuck was head coach at Toluca from 1956-90, where he became one of the winningest coaches in state history with a career record of ... Read more
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SAWA - Springfield Southeast Football
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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Jim Quaid On Serving Nine Years On IHSA Board
Current DePaul College Prep Principal Dr. Jim Quaid completed his term-limit of serving nine years on the IHSA Board of Directors at the meeting on September 15, 2014. Quaid is one of 14 Board members to serve nine years the IHSA board in a history that dates back to 1903. Dr. Quaid served on the Bo... Read more
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IHSA Official Makes Special Call For Ailing Family
Veteran officials will tell you that the majority of calls that occur during a contest fall within the 50-50 variety. Meaning that when the whistle blows, one half of the gymnasium will be critical of the result, while the other fanbase celebrates it. IHSA volleyball official Sharon Walker (r... Read more
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Former IHSA Administrator Susie Knoblauch Honored By IJEA
The Illinois Journalism Education Association (IJEA) honors a Friend of Scholastic Journalism every year at its annual conference. On Friday, September 12, 2014 the IJEA named former IHSA Assistant Executive Director and Journalism administrator Susie Knoblauch as its 2014 Friend of Scholastic Journ... Read more
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Rockford Jefferson Coach Susie Nelson Dances "The J-Hawk"
Dave Schmidt of the Stateline Sports Hub and his crew at WROK 1440 AM in Rockford recently had some fun with Jefferson High School Volleyball coach Susie Nelson. Training a camera on Nelson during a match this fall, they noted that the coach’s mannerisms during the match oft look like dance mo... Read more
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IHSA Announces Second Class of Distinguished Media Service Award Winners
The Illinois High School Association (IHSA) is proud to announce its second class of recipients of the IHSA Distinguished Media Service Award. The 2014 honorees include Champaign News-Gazette Executive Sports Editor and writer Fred Kroner, Daily Herald Fox Valley edition Editor and writer John Radtk... Read more
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Comcast SportsNet Chicago & the IHSA Announce Expanded Broadcast Partnership
Comcast SportsNet Chicago, the television and online home for the most in-depth coverage of local and regional preps sports coverage, along with the Illinois High School Association (IHSA) and PlayOn! Sports, have announced a long-term partnership agreement making the regional sports network the off... Read more
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Marty Hickman, Kap and Haugh Talk IHSA Partnership With Comcast SportsNet Chicago
David Kaplan and David Haugh break the news on the expanded broadcast partnership between the IHSA and Comcast SportsNet Chicago on the Kap & Haugh Show on 87.7 FM The Game in Chicago; and later that evening Kaplan interviewed IHSA Executive Director Marty Hickman, PlayOn Sports! President Tim E... Read more