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Chiefs' Reid, Bills' McDermott to match wits for AFC title
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Ten years after firing Sean McDermott as his defensive coordinator, Kansas City Chiefs coach Andy Reid will stare across the field inside Arrowhead Stadium on Sunday and see his protégé trying to spoil his hopes of a Super Bowl repeat.
Friday, January 22, 2021

IHSA releases spring, summer update after move to Phase 4
IHSA Executive Director Craig Anderson provided an update for all high schools as Regions begin to move to Phase 4.

Website Update: We have added a new section at the top of our COVID-19 page (, which we will continue to populate with the most up-to-date information possible.

Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Area athletes earn spot at AAU Jr. National Volleyball Championship
Springfield Shock’s 17 Under Armour team won their division at the AAU Nashville MLK Grand Prix qualifier tournament and earned a free bid to the AAU Junior National Volleyball Championship in Orlando, Florida, in June. The team is now 20-0 on the season.
Tuesday, January 19, 2021

IHSA offers another update as regions shift back to tier 2
Illinois Governor JB Pritzker announced on January 15, 2021, that three regions in the state (1, 2, 5) are being rolled back from Tier 3 mitigations to Tier 2 mitigations.

The announcement allows further participation opportunities for IHSA schools located in Regions that are under Tier 2 mitigations.

Below are the allowances in winter sports for IHSA schools located in Regions under Tier 2 mitigations:

Saturday, January 16, 2021

IHSA holds meeting: Athletics remain paused
The Illinois High School Association (IHSA) Board of Directors met for its regularly scheduled meeting on Wednesday, January 13, 2021, where the Board announced that all IHSA sports not operating under an official IHSA season calendar may begin to conduct contact days as soon as they are allowable per Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) mitigations and local school guidance. Contact days normally exist within the IHSA as informal voluntary offseason workouts.
Thursday, January 14, 2021

Man called most prolific serial killer in US history dies
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The man authorities say was the most prolific serial killer in U.S. history, with nearly 60 confirmed victims, died Wednesday in California. He was 80.
Thursday, December 31, 2020

Junior high basketball, volleyball delayed again
ILLINOIS — Steve Endsley, Executive Director of the IESA, announced on Tuesday afternoon that junior high boys basketball and girls volleyball seasons have been delayed again.
Wednesday, December 30, 2020

IHSA Board of Directors Meeting Recap
The Illinois High School Association (IHSA) Board of Directors met for its regularly scheduled meeting on Monday, December 14, 2020, where the board provided an update on contact days and reiterated that a timeline on sport schedules for the remainder of the school year will be forthcoming following discussions with state officials.
Tuesday, December 15, 2020

HSA gives 2nd winter sports update
After the IHSA board meeting on Wednesday, December 2, the IHSA provided another winter sports schedule update. The statement by Executive Director Craig Anderson was as follows:

“Given Governor Pritzker’s current mitigations, the Board has no expectation of starting low risk winter sports prior to January. The Board and IHSA staff will continue to monitor the Tier 3 Resurgence Mitigation in effect currently. When there is a timeline for the state to emerge from these restrictions, the Board is prepared to restart lower risk winter sports quickly. In addition, the Board hopes to reestablish contact days in January for any winter sports that cannot begin, as well as spring and summer sports. The introduction of the contact days will be based on mitigations from the Governor and the Illinois Department of Public Health at that time. Further guidance on contact days limits will be established at a future Board meeting.

Thursday, December 3, 2020

IESA gives winter sports update
After Tuesday's announcement that Tier 3 mitigations will be back in place beginning on Friday, the IESA provided a winter sports update for all of its schools. IESA Executive Director Steve Endsley said the following:
Thursday, November 19, 2020

IHSA responds to Pritzker's November 17 update
After Governor J. B. Pritzker announced that Illinois will be seeing to increase COVID-19 mitigation efforts beginning on Friday, IHSA's Executive Director Craig Anderson issued a statement addressing their concerns about winter sports.
Wednesday, November 18, 2020

IHSA Board of Directors invite state officials to meet
On Wednesday afternoon, the IHSA Board of Directors met. The organization provided an update after their meeting, and it reads as follows:
Thursday, November 12, 2020

IESA gives winter sports update
The IESA sent out a press release on Tuesday evening to provide an update on their winter schedule. The full release is as follows:

"The IESA Board of Directors met on Monday, November 9 to address the  the winter and spring sports schedules after the announcement two weeks ago by the Governor's Office that basketball had been moved to the higher risk category of the Illinois All Sports Policy and the subsequent announcement by the IHSA that they are planning to move forward with their basketball season as scheduled in November. We all are trying to make decisions without knowing what the future holds. Truly, all we can do is attempt to give direction to our membership based on what we know today and somehow still plan for the future of the Association. Not an easy task.

Wednesday, November 11, 2020

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