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NFHS #MyReasonWhy Campaign Begins Second Year of Showcasing Value of High School Activity Programs
The National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) is beginning the second year of the #MyReasonWhy campaign, which is designed to showcase the tremendous value that high school sports and activities offer to students. In the first year of the #MyReasonWhy campaign, more than 500 un... Read more
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Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library To Unveil IHSA Oral History
The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library’s Oral History Program is proud to release a new collection of interviews telling the story of high school sports in Illinois through the words of students, coaches, referees, broadcasters and administrators. "For more than a hundred years high schoo... 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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Updating List of IHSA Players Selected in 2017 NFL Draft
Several players from IHSA schools are expected to be selected during the 2017 NFL Draft, which begins Thursday, April 27 and concludes on Saturday, April 29 in Philadelphia. Continue to check the running tally below of drafted players, as well as those who are expected to be drafted or join teams... Read more
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Longtime Preps Writer Norm Sanders Moves On From Belleville News-Democrat
Norm Sanders has been a fixture of Southern Illinois high school sports in Illinois for over 30 years at the News-Democrat in Belleville. Sanders recently announced that he has accepted a new job outside of the newspaper business. Below is Norm's final column at the BND, as well as interview with hi... Read more
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Peoria Native & Harlem Globetrotter Legend Curley “Boo” Johnson Celebrated With New Peoria Riverfront Museum Exhibit
The achievements of Peoria native Curley Boo Johnson will be celebrated with a new exhibit now on display at Peoria Riverfront Museum. The “Curley Boo Johnson: Celebrating Achievement” exhibit features four cases of Johnson’s sports memorabilia, including Harlem Globetrotters unifo... Read more
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Roger Ebert, Urbana High School Class of 1960
"No good film is too long and no bad movie is short enough." It was pieces of cinematic wisdom like these that helped propel Roger Ebert (above right) to stardom as a world-renowned movie critic and writer for the Chicago Sun Times. The only child of a bookkeeper and an electrician, he was bo... Read more
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2016-17 IHSA Distinguished Media Service Award – Don Werntz
The radio voice of high school sports in the greater Freeport area for over 40 years, the renowned play-by-play man of Big Radio, Don Werntz, was honored with his IHSA Distinguished Media Service Award on Friday, October 7, 2016 at Forreston High School. Don, who was nominated for the award by Dura... Read more
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100 Years of IHSA Boys Golf: IHSA Marks a Century of Boys Golf
This is one in a series of stories celebrating 100 years of the IHSA Boys Golf State Finals. Click here to view the other stories and here to order commemorative 100-year state final gear and pin flags. IHSA Marks a Century of Boys Golf By: Robert Pruter High school golf in Illinois dates back ... Read more
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100 Years of IHSA Boys Golf: State Finals Have Hosted Many Greats
This is one in a series of stories celebrating 100 years of the IHSA Boys Golf State Finals. Click here to view the other stories and here to order commemorative 100-year state final gear and pin flags. State Finals Have Hosted Many Greats by: Jim Ruppert Back in the day, post-World War II, B... Read more
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100 Years of IHSA Boys Golf: Small’s Influence Felt Far and Wide
This is one in a series of stories celebrating 100 years of the IHSA Boys Golf State Finals. Click here to view the other stories and here to order commemorative 100-year state final gear and pin flags. Small’s Influence Felt Far and Wide by Fred Kroner Mike Small’s name is synony... Read more
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100 Years of IHSA Boys Golf: Interview with Coach Mike Nisen
This is one in a series of stories celebrating 100 years of the IHSA Boys Golf State Finals. Click here to view the other stories and here to order commemorative 100-year state final gear and pin flags. Interview with Coach Mike Nisen by Matt Troha Mike Nisen, affectionately known as “B... Read more
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100 Years of IHSA Boys Golf: Pieper Built Monmouth’s Golf Dynasty
This is one in a series of stories celebrating 100 years of the IHSA Boys Golf State Finals. Click here to view the other stories and here to order commemorative 100-year state final gear and pin flags. Pieper Built Monmouth’s Golf Dynasty by Barry McNamara From 1985 to 1995, the domina... Read more
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100 Years of IHSA Boys Golf: Interview with Coach Dick Lounsberry
This is one in a series of stories celebrating 100 years of the IHSA Boys Golf State Finals. Click here to view the other stories and here to order commemorative 100-year state final gear and pin flags. Interview With Dick Lounsberry by Matt Troha Dick Lounsberry began his high school golf co... Read more
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100 Years of IHSA Boys Golf: State Championship Reflections from Mason Jacobs, Massac County, Three-Time State Champion
This is one in a series of stories celebrating 100 years of the IHSA Boys Golf State Finals. Click here to view the other stories and here to order commemorative 100-year state final gear and pin flags. State Championship Reflections from Mason Jacobs: In 2007, Massac County senior Mason Jacobs ... Read more
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100 Years of IHSA Boys Golf: State Championship Reflections from Drew Pierson, Lockport, 2000 State Champion
This is one in a series of stories celebrating 100 years of the IHSA Boys Golf State Finals. Click here to view the other stories and here to order commemorative 100-year state final gear and pin flags. State Championship Reflections from Drew Pierson Drew Pierson was the IHSA Class AA individua... Read more
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100 Years of IHSA Boys Golf: State Championship Reflections from Joe Carlson, St. Viator, 2008 State Champion
This is one in a series of stories celebrating 100 years of the IHSA Boys Golf State Finals. Click here to view the other stories and here to order commemorative 100-year state final gear and pin flags. State Championship reflections from Joe Carlson: Joe Carlson was a major part of two of St. V... Read more
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100 Years of IHSA Boys Golf: State Championship Reflections from Ryan Graff, Quincy, 1990 State Champion
This is one in a series of stories celebrating 100 years of the IHSA Boys Golf State Finals. Click here to view the other stories and here to order commemorative 100-year state final gear and pin flags. State Championship Reflections from Ryan Graff Ryan Graff won the IHSA Class AA individual st... Read more
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100 Years of IHSA Boys Golf: Records & PGA Tour Players
This is one in a series of stories celebrating 100 years of the IHSA Boys Golf State Finals. Click here to view the other stories and here to order commemorative 100-year state final gear and pin flags. Records & PGA Tours Players Compiled by IHSA Staff Most state titles by a team 9, W... Read more
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#MyReasonWhy: Share Your Story With The Nation
The Illinois High School Association (IHSA) is proud to take part in the National Federation of State High School Association’s (NFHS) new high school participation campaign #MyReasonWhy. There are countless benefits to participating in high school sports and activities, but a lot of concer... Read more
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#MyReasonWhy: New NFHS Initiative Uses Firsthand Accounts To Highlight Benefits of Participation
The National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) and its 51 state high school associations begin the annual celebration of National High School Activities Month today with the launch of the #MyReasonWhy campaign. The #MyReasonWhy campaign is designed to showcase the tremendous val... Read more
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Ronald W. Reagan, Dixon High School Class of 1928
Ronald Wilson Reagan was born in Tampico, Illinois and is a 1928 graduate of Dixon High School who went on to become the 40th President of the United States. Reagan won two terms, holding the office from 1981 to 1989, and exited with a sixty-eight percent approval, matching Franklin D. Roosevelt, an... Read more
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Stevenson Alum Jalen Brunson Joins Elite Company With IHSA & NCAA Titles
Villanova University won the 2016 NCAA Men’s Basketball National Championship on a buzzer-beating shot on Monday, April 4, 2016 at NRG Stadium in Houston. The victory helped starting freshman point guard Jalen Brunson join elite company back home in Illinois. Brunson completed a historic hi... Read more
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Heisman Trophy Winner, Legendary Fenwick High School Alum Johnny Lattner Passes Away
Fenwick High School lost a legendary alum, and one of just two Hesiman Trophy winners to play high school football in Illinois, Johnny Lattner on February 12, 2016, at the age of 83. Lattner graduated from Fenwick in 1950 and went on to play at the University of Notre Dame, where he won the Heism... Read more
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NFL & Wilson Sporting Goods Honor Super Bowl Alums From Illinois High Schools
The National Football League (NFL) will contest Super Bowl 50 this Sunday, February 7, 2016 in San Francisco. As a part of the buildup to the historic game, the NFL and official ball provider Wilson Sporting Goods are conducting the Super Bowl High School Honor Roll. The program recognizes any playe... Read more
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Naperville Central alum Sean Payton's Boys of Fall Speech
Naperville Central alum and current New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton addressed the football team at his alma mater before their game against rival Neuqua Valley in 2010. The speech was later used in the video for the Kenny Chesney hit "The Boys of Fall". 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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Deadspin Founder Will Leitch Reflects On Time At Mattoon High School
Before he went on to found Deadspin, which has grown into one of the most influential sports websites in the world, Will Leitch (right then & now) earned nine letters in baseball (4), scholastic bowl (4) and football (1) at Mattoon High School. Will is currently a senior writer at Sports On Eart... 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
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20 Years of "Rudy"
October 13, 1993 marked the world-wide release of the now iconic film “Rudy”. The movie had made its world premiere one week earlier at the Rialto Square Theater in Joliet, the hometown of the movie’s inspiration, Daniel “Rudy” Ruettiger. Rudy is a 1966 graduate of Joli... Read more
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Bolingbrook Soccer Takes The Lead In Conference Sportsmanship
In almost all sports, there are players or positions that are integral to a team’s success, but receive little to no credit in the grand scheme because they record minimal to no individual statistics. In the sports lexicon, those players are often crediting with doing the “dirty work.&rd... Read more
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Adam Amin, From Addison Trail To ESPN

Q & A with Adam Amin

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The following story on the life of Roger Ebert was featured in the May 2013 issue of the NFHS Magazine High School Today (photo courtesy of Chicago Sun-Times): "No good film is too long and no bad movie is short enough." It was pieces of cinematic wisdom like these that helped propel Roger Ebe... Read more