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Hinckley-Big Rock guards Jacqueline Madden and Lauren Paver, as well as Indian Creek forward Josie Diehl were unanimous selections on the Little Ten all-conference girls basketball team.
Madden averaged 11.2 points per game, 5.2 rebounds, 3.6 assists and 4.3 steals per contest for the Royals this season. The junior makes her second appearance on the team. Paver, a senior, averaged 12.1 points and 4.2 rebounds for the Royals, who made a run to a super-sectional.
Diehl, a sophomore, averaged 10.4 points and 8.9 rebounds for a Timberwolves team that won its first regional title since 1998.
Indian Creek senior forward Samantha Mosley, who averaged 8.8 points and 9.1 rebounds, was also an all-conference pick.
The IHSA has instituted a "Success Advancement" policy that will move schools up one classification if they meet certain criteria.
“Illinois is the largest state in the country that is still playing state championships with all of its member schools under one umbrella,” said committee member and University High School of Chicago Athletic Director Dave Ribbens in a news release. “I believe that is important to the tradition of the state and I applaud the IHSA and member schools for being able to keep that together.”
The criteria are as follows:
In football over four years:
1. Participated in two state championship games.
2. Starting with the 2015 season, schools would be moved up two classes from their enrollment classification if, over a four year period, the school participated in three championship games.
3. Starting with the 2016 season, schools would be moved up three classes from their enrollment classification if, over a four year period, the school participated in four championship games.
4. Schools that move up more than one class due to the implementation of the above criteria will move down one class per year until they reach their appropriate classification for their enrollment should they stop meeting the advancement criteria outlined above.
In Bracketed Team Sports/Activities (baseball, basketball, scholastic bowl, soccer, softball, volleyball, water polo, wrestling) over four years:
1. Participated twice in the final four of a particular sport/activity.
In Non-Bracketed Sports over four years:
1. Won two trophies at the state finals in a particular sport/activity.
Sycamore earned the top seed at the Class 3A Plano Regional when seedings were announced Thursday afternoon. Kaneland is the No. 3 seed and will take on Plano in the regional semifinals.
Rochelle is seeded fourth and Sandwich is the fifth seed. The Hubs-Indians winner will play Sycamore in the semifinals.
Elsewhere in 3A, Genoa-Kingston is the fourth seed at its own regional, and will take on fifth-seeded Harvard in the play-in game. The winner will play top-seeded Rockford Lutheran.
In 4A, DeKalb is seeded second at Rockford Jefferson. Huntley, the team which knocked the Barbs out of the postseason last year and has just three losses, is the top seed.
DeKalb will take on No. 3 Belvidere North in the semifinals. The Barbs defeated the Blue Thunder earlier this year. Rockford East is seeded fourth while Rockford Jefferson is the fifth seed.
The Class 3A and 4A postseasons begin the week of Feb. 17. Dates and times will be announced Friday.
Hinckley-Big Rock graduate and Loras College sophomore guard Kaitlin Phillips was named the Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Athlete of the Week on Monday.
Phillips, a sophomore point guard on the Loras College women’s basketball team, averaged 14.0 points, 3.0 rebounds, 2.0 steals and 1.5 assists as the Duhawks posted a pair of victories to remain undefeated in league play at 8-0.
She had 13 points, two rebounds, two assists and three steals in 37 minutes as Loras defeated Wartburg, 89-75, on Jan. 29. Phillips added 15 points and four rebounds in a 58-42 win over Central (Iowa) on Sat.
The DeKalb-Sycamore basketball double-header on Friday drew 3,700 fans to the Convocation Center, according to DeKalb athletic director Bryon Houy.
DeKalb swept the double-header for the first time since 2012 as the girls team won, 46-42, and the boys team won, 59-51.
The attendance figure is more than double the highest attendance total for any Northern Illinois men's basketball game at the Convocation Center this season. NIU drew 1,667 fans for a home game against Ohio on Jan. 18
For some, high school football can't come soon enough. In 2014, it will come even earlier than usual.
On Wednesday, the IHSA announced that a proposal moving up the start of high school football practice was approved by its membership schools. Instead of starting on Wednesday, Aug. 13, practice may now start on Monday, Aug. 11.
The proposal passed with a 336-120 vote count.
Ten other proposals on the ballot were also approved by the IHSA schools. They can be found here.
North Park freshman basketball player and DeKalb graduate Rachel Torres was named the College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin Women's Basketball Player of the Week on Monday.
Torres, the 2012-13 Daily Chronicle Girls Basketball Player of the Year, helped lead the Vikings to a 2-0 record last week.
She finished with 12 points, six rebounds, five assists and three steals during a 78-66 win against Dubuque on Dec. 31 to conclude the nonconference portion of the season.
Torres followed up with 14 points, 11 rebounds, seven assists and six steals in a 92-71 win at North Central on Saturday in the CCIW opener for both teams.
The first IHSA state football finals held in DeKalb drew almost 30,000 fans to Northern Illinois' Huskie Stadium over two days, according to IHSA spokesman Matt Troha.
Troha also said the Friday attendance to watch the Class 1A-4A finals was just more than 10,000.
One of the main reasons NIU was able to secure the bid for the state football finals in odd-numbered years through 2021 was its proximity to Chicago and the potential for more fans to attend if the finals were closer.
That proved to be true in 2013.
Troha said the attendance for last year's state finals in Champaign at Illinois' Memorial Stadium was "around 26,800". The Friday attendance was a little more than 8,000 in 2012.
The state finals will return to Champaign in 2014, but come back to DeKalb in 2015, alternating between the two sites through 2021.