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Sacred Heart-Griffin Names Football Stadium in Honor of Head Coach Ken Leonard
Prior to its game against Springfield Southeast on Friday, September 29, 2017, Sacred Heart-Griffin High School surprised legendary head football coach Ken Leonard by announcing that the Cyclones home field will now be known Ken Leonard Field. Leonard has led Sacred Heart-Griffin to the IHSA stat... Read more
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Play Smart. Play Hard.   Welcome to the 2017-18 IHSA School Year!
Today (August 7, 2017) marks the start of the 2017-18 season for football and golf at IHSA member schools. Later this week, other fall sports will begin their seasons. As this new school year begins, the IHSA hopes everyone will take the necessary precautions to ensure the safest playing environment... Read more
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Phoenix Military Academy Baseball Coach Carves Field Out of Vacant Lot
DNA Info Chicago found an amazing story, as Phoenix Military Academy Baseball Coach Craig Griffin carved a diamond into a vacant lot. The field has affectionately been called “Half-Mowed Field” and played host to the Firebirds 12-6 win over Crane on April 18, 2017. To read the full... Read more
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IHSA State Track & Field to Remain at EIU's O'Brien Field Through 2022
The Illinois High School Association (IHSA) Board of Directors approved a recommendation to extend the IHSA Track & Field State Final hosting contract at Eastern Illinois University in Charleston at their regularly scheduled meeting at the IHSA offices in Bloomington on Tuesday, April 18, 2017. ... Read more
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The IHSA Football State Championships return to Memorial Stadium on the University of Illinois campus in Champaign-Urbana on Thanksgiving weekend, as the Class 1A-4A title games unfold on Friday, November 25 and the Class 5A-8A state championship games follow on Saturday, November 26. Making it to ... Read more
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Neuqua Valley High School Renames Stadium For Longtime Athletic Director Barb Barrows
On Friday, October 7, 2016 Neuqua Valley High School honored the only Athletic Director in the school’s history by renaming Wildcat Stadium to Barb Barrows Stadium. Barrows started as the school’s athletic director when it opened in 1997 and will retire at the conclusion of the 2016-1... Read more
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IHSA March Madness Experience 2016: March 17-19 at Peoria Civic Center
The Illinois High School Association’s March Madness Experience is a fun-fueled interactive family basketball fest held in the exhibit halls of the Peoria Civic Center adjacent to Carver Arena, which is the home of America’s Original March Madness, the IHSA Boys Basketball State Final to... Read more
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Get Ready for State Wrestling at Renovated State Farm Center at
Visit Champaign County has put together a one-stop shop for high school wrestling fans in Illinois who will be attending the State Finals in Champaign on February 18-20, 2016. Visit for helpful information on the renovations at State Farm Center, as well as visitor informat... Read more
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Chicago Tribune Names Its Top 20 High School Basketball Gyms In Illinois
The Chicago Tribune has picked its top 20 high school gyms in Illinois in its Gym Dandies series. Click here to read more about the historic hardwoods that made the cut. The Tribune's list includes: -Argo -East Aurora -Elgin -Evanston -Quincy -Farragut -Glenbrook South -Hinsdale Central&n... Read more
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Drone Stadium Tour: St. Joseph-Ogden’s Spartan Field
Under long-time head coach Dick Duvall, St. Joseph-Ogden High School’s football program has grown into a perennial state power. The team qualified for the IHSA state playoffs in 2015 for the 25th consecutive season and has five runner-up finishes since 1989. It is clear from the drone footage ... Read more
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IHSA Launches Play Smart. Play Hard. Campaign to Enhance Student-Athlete Safety
The Illinois High School Association (IHSA) announced  on May 12, 2015 the launch of the Play Smart. Play Hard. campaign focused on furthering the IHSA’s commitment to enhancing the safety of Illinois’ student-athletes and collaborating with others who share that mission. The campai... Read more
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Paris High School's Ernie Eveland Gymnasium
The conclusion of the 2014-15 high school basketball season in Illinois brought about the end of an era for one of the state most historic and scenic gymnasiums. When the 2015-16 school year rolls around, Paris High School students will be attending school in a new state of the art building on th... Read more
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IHSA State Basketball Tournaments Will Return to Redbird Arena & Carver Arena
The Illinois High School Association (IHSA) Board of Directors met for their regularly scheduled March meeting on Saturday, March 21 at the Peoria Marriott Pere Marquette in Peoria. The Board reviewed the host proposals for the IHSA Boys & Girls Basketball State Final tournaments as a part of... Read more
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Mount Pulaski Names Gym After Legendary Coach Ed Butkovich
In early December 2014, Mount Pulaski High School posthumously named its gym after former boys basketball coach Ed Butkovich. Former players, friends and family attended the ceremony, which unveiled a sign underneath the scoreboard. His widow, Pat, also received a plaque to commemorate the event.... Read more
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Aerial Tour of Football State Championship Home Memorial Stadium
In 2013, the IHSA Football State Finals began a yearly rotation between the University of Illinois’ Memorial Stadium in Champaign, and Northern Illinois University’s Huskie Stadium in DeKalb. NIU hosted for the first time in 2013, meaning the games revert to Champaign, their home sinc... Read more
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Maroa-Forsyth High School's WALTER BOYD FIELD
Walter Boyd Field literally rises out of the cornfields for motorists heading south on Route 51 toward Decatur. The stadium is home to the Maroa-Forsyth High School football and track & field teams (the school's soccer coop with Warrensburg-Latham also uses the field). The field, which runs east... Read more
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Before we make our way around the state to highlight your facilities, we thought we would start by showing you our office. At its core, it is not all that different from your average office building, but there are certainly some very unique historic elements that any fan of high school sports or act... Read more