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Class 3A Girls State Championship Preview: Win, Place, Show May 21, 2015

The two-time defending state champion Frankfort Lincoln-Way East had a few hiccups during a trying 2015 season. They hired a new head coach Brian Evans. But he was not the problem. There was emerging and teams receiving predetermined hype but not living up to it when it counted. They were not the problem. There were pre-approved trips to pristine places like the Texas Relays and Arcadia Invitational. That wasn't the problem.

2015 Girls State Odyssey: The Full Monty May 24, 2015

Footage includes Bolingbrook 4x1, Naperville N 4x8, Daly Galloway, Emma Haugen, Anna Sophia Keller, Judy Pendergast, Maya Neal student worker, D'Jenne Egharevba, Jenny Kimbro, Michaela Hackbarth, LaJarvia Brown, Brittny Ellis, Kathleen Young, Jaimie Robinson, Jamari Drake, Lane Tech girls

The B-Side: Girls 2A/3A State Predictions by The B-Side May 21, 2015

It's that time again... whew time flew by quick when you are focused and set on your goals. The annual B-Side sprint flat races and relay predictions are in order. These are purely my picks and my thoughts alone. I hope you enjoy them and good luck to all of you this weekend!

IHSA Girls State 2015: Festive Day Brings Out Best May 22, 2015

The first day of track and field action was exactly what the experts had predicted in terms of dropping great performances and action packed excitement throughout the morning and afternoon sessions. The morning started with 2A Lombard Montini winning the opening heat of the 4x800 relay in 9:36.16. That time stood up as the top mark of the three sections. St. Charles East ended the long day in the 3A 4x400 relay clocking a tremendous 3:52.99. All in all the 73 degree day was filled with sunshine, smiles, laughter and of course disappointment and sadness.

Class A Girls State Preview: In a Class By Itself May 21, 2015

Every since the Illinois High School Association (IHSA) moved to allow Class A to have Thursday as their own featured showcase preliminary day the town of Charleston has become a small town festival. Things will begin on Wednesday morning when hotels and dorms of Eastern Illinois University swell up to capacity. As for the action itself there should be some very good performances.

Class 2A Girls State Recap: Cahokia Repeats With Hudson and Lewis May 25, 2015

f there was such a change for a reformat of the state championship, it could be now. The IHSA could reconstitute the scoring or elect some other method like individuals vs. individuals or team vs. team apart from the current system. Cahokia won their second consecutive state championship on the strength of two girls. Let's repeat this again. Cahokia won their state championship on the strength of two girls.

Class 2A Girls State Championship Preview: Operation Go Time May 21, 2015

As always the 2A classification is the hardest to figure out. But fortunately the preliminary round will sort things out well. The action at O'Brien Stadium on the campus of Eastern Illinois University will take place Friday morning with the field events slated to go off at 8am. The track events will commence at 9am.

1A Girls State Championship Recap: Illini West Takes Title On Final Event May 26, 2015

Illini West High School formerly known as Carthage won its first girls state championship. This is a big deal to the Hancock County community whose school which has only been in existence since 2007. The Chargers were trailing Jamaica (Sidell) 47-42 going into the final event (4x4 relay). They won in 3:59.92 and the 10 points propelled the well rounded Chargers attack to 52 points. Sullivan squeezed by defending champion Aurora (Christian) 40-29 to earn the third place trophy.

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