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(NICK)NAME GAME - The Stories Behind Unique Nicknames

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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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DNA Info Explores The Most Popular High School Nicknames In Chicago
DNA Info Chicago's Justin Breen has delved into Chicago Public School high school nicknames and found that Eagles is the most common nickname, followed up closely by anthers, Warriors and Wildcats. The Windy City is also home to several unique mascots that include Challengers (Carver), Cristeros ... Read more
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Elk Grove Grenadiers Crowned State’s Top Nickname in CSN Chicago Mascot Madness Contest
The GRENADIERS of the Elk Grove High School were named the top nickname among IHSA member high schools in Illinois, as they emerged as state champions via online fan voting among a 64-school field in the inaugural CSN Chicago Mascot Madness contest. See the CSN Chicago videos below announcing the... Read more
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Grenadiers or Pretzels? Choose Best IHSA Mascot By Thursday, March 17 at Noon #MascotMadness
CSN Chicago recently announced its Mascot Madness contest to crown the best high school nickname in Illinois. Use #MascotMadness on social media to help spread the word to support your favorite school nickname. Rounds run from Monday at Noon until Thursday at 4 p.m. each week until the champion i... Read more
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Genoa-Kingston COGS
The Story of the Cogs courtesy of Genoa-Kingston High School: Genoa-Kingston is very proud of our mascot and logo as it is extremely unique and serves multiple purposes for us. The COGS name has been a part of the Genoa-Kingston Community since 1946 and it has since become synonymous with our sc... Read more
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IHSA Mascot Madness Coming To Comcast SportsNet Chicago
Comcast SportsNet Chicago, the television and online home of the Illinois High School Association (IHSA) State Championships, has announced the launch of a brand new online tournament entitled “Mascot Madness,” which will enable fans to determine the state’s top high school sports ... Read more
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Hampshire WHIP-PURS
One of the most unique nicknames among Illinois high schools is Hampshire High School's "Whip-Purs." Per Hampshire High School... "The story behind the name of the Whip-Purs is that sometime in the 1940’s, there was a contest within the school to decide what the Hampshire High School masco... 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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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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Hoopeston Area CORNJERKERS
In a time before modern machinery, sweet corn was pulled or jerked from the stalk. The leaves were shucked off and the golden ears were thrown in a wooden wagon pulled by a team of mules. This was "Cornjerking". In other parts of the United States, this harvesting process may have been known as corn... Read more