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CSN to carry live coverage of the 2017 Iowa High School Athletic Association Wrestling State Championships

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CSN to carry live coverage of the 2017 Iowa High School Athletic Association Wrestling State Championships

CSN Chicago to Televise & Live Stream (via CSNChicago.com, IHSSN.com, and the NBC Sports app) LIVE HIGH-DEFINITION COVERAGE of the

IHSAA Individual Championship Wrestling Class 3A Semifinals (Friday, Feb. 17 at 3:30 PM), 1A & 2A Semifinals (Friday, Feb. 17 at 7:30 PM) and Finals (Saturday, Feb. 18 at 6:00 PM)

Iowa High School Sports Network (IHSSN) to Produce and Provide Live coverage of the Wrestling State Championships

featuring the announcing tandem of Iowa Wrestling Hall of Famers MARK IRONSIDE & legendary Olympic Gold Medalist DAN GABLE

Chicago, IL (February 14, 2017) -- CSN Chicago (CSN), the television and digital home for the most in-depth coverage of the local and regional preps sports scene, along with the Iowa High School Sports Network (IHSSN), will deliver LIVE high-definition coverage of the 2017 Iowa High School Athletic Association (IHSAA) Wrestling State Championships on Friday, February 17 & Saturday, February 18 from the sold-out Wells Fargo Arena in downtown Des Moines, IA.  Iowa wrestling fans can look forward to EIGHT HOURS of live individual championships action-packed coverage during the weekend beginning with the Class 3A Semifinals on Friday afternoon from 3:30-5:00 PM CT, followed by Friday night primetime coverage of the Class 1A & 2A Semifinals (7:30-10:00 PM CT), all of which leads up to four-straight live hours of the always-thrilling Class 1A/2A/3A Finals on Saturday night starting at 6:00 PM CT

In addition -- EVERY IHSAA Wrestling State Championship telecast on CSN will be accessible LIVE via CSNChicago.com and the NBC Sports app on tablets and smart phones.  Authenticated CSN subscribers can watch live IHSAA Wrestling State Championships action from anywhere in the United States.  Fans can also visit IHSNN.com to access the CSNChicago.com live stream.  For a full list of carriers and more information about CSN Chicago’s live streaming service, viewers are urged to visit the following link: csnchicago.com/live-faq.

Calling the action for CSN’s live coverage of the IHSAA Wrestling State Championships features Iowa/National Wrestling Hall of Famers Mark Ironside handling play-by-play, along with the legendary Dan Gable providing expert analysis.  Ironside captured two NCAA titles and four Big Ten titles for the University of Iowa, and was also a four-time All-American for the Hawkeyes, who was coached by Gable during his stellar collegiate run.  In 1998, Ironside won the Dan Hodge Trophy, wrestling’s equivalent to the Heisman Trophy, as the nation’s top collegiate wrestler.  Gable, considered by many as the greatest wrestler in United States history, won every major championship available to an American wrestler, climaxed by a Gold Medal in the 1972 Olympic Games.  Following three state high school titles at West Waterloo in Iowa, Gable captured three Big Eight titles and National Collegiate honors in 1968 and '69 at Iowa State, winning a stunning 100 college matches in a row.  Turning to coaching, Gable joined the University of Iowa staff in 1973 and became head coach in '77.  Starting in 1978, his Hawkeyes won a record nine consecutive NCAA team titles.  He stepped down in 1997 with a 355-21-5 dual meet record, 15 NCAA team trophies and 45 individual champions. His Hawkeyes won all 21 of their Big Ten meets.  He also was World Freestyle coach and the 1980 and '84 U.S. Olympic team coach.

This year’s roster of standout athletes includes 18 state champions from 2016, six of whom are attempting to win their third-straight state title, including seniors Marcus Coleman (Ames), Ryan Leisure (Clear Lake), Brody Teske (Fort Dodge) and Bryce West (Solon), along with juniors Chase Shiltz (Creston/Orient-Macksburg) and Alex Thomsen (Underwood).  In addition, there are 23 undefeated wrestlers heading into the state tournament (10 in Class 3A, 3 in Class 2A, 10 in Class 1A), including John Henrich (39-0) of Akron-Westfield and Dalton Nelson (25-0) of North Butler who could potentially meet in Class 1A (160 lb. group) and Sam Gregory (36-0) of Treynor and Daniel Bishop (34-0) of Hinton, who may battle in the Class 1A (182 lb. group).  Plus, Chase Shiltz (52-0) of Creston/Orient-Macksburg in Class 2A (182 lb. group) is the only 50-win undefeated wrestler in the entire state of Iowa.

CSN Chicago is currently available throughout the entire state of Iowa in HD on DIRECTV (ch. 665), DISH Network (ch. 429), along with numerous cable providers across the state.  As noted earlier, authenticated CSN Chicago subscribers can also view the IHSAA Wrestling State Championships on CSNChicago.com, IHSSN.com, and the NBC Sports app.  In addition, CSN Chicago is also available on additional platforms including Playstation Vue and DIRECTV Now.  Viewers who currently do not receive CSN Chicago as part of their service are urged to contact their provider and ask that CSN be added to their service.  For a complete schedule and additional details about CSN’s coverage of the IHSAA State Championships, fans can visit csnchicago.com/iowa for more information.

IMPORTANT PROGRAMMING NOTE: CSN will carry and provide live stream coverage of the IHSAA Boys Basketball State Championships, featuring eight playoff semifinal match-ups (airing March 9-10), along with live coverage of the Class 1A-4A state title games (airing March 10-11).  Full details on coverage specifics will be announced the week of March 6.

More Iowa high school wrestling coverage:

By the Numbers: Iowa high school state wrestling tournament

Advice on how to win an Iowa wrestling state title from Dan Gable and Mark Ironside

Iowa high school wrestling triva: How many can you get right?

Cinderella stories live on in IHSA football

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Cinderella stories live on in IHSA football


For the past 24-plus seasons I've been blessed to cover IHSA football from one end of the state to the other. Every year I am able to see some amazing games and programs led by incredible coaches. But for some reason, the underdog/Cinderella stories always seem to stick with me.

One of my favorites stories over the years goes back to the 2016 season. 

I was getting ready to select a Week 9 game to go cover. I've always approached the regular season finale as a bonus playoff football week since so many teams seem to be on the postseason bubble-- a "must-win" to get in. If anything, these win-to-get-in games can either go one way or the other...they are either great, intense games or the opposing team just decided to not show up. 

I struggled to find a Week 9 game to attend. Joe Collins --my editor at NBC Sports Chicago-- suggested, "Hey, what about Larkin at Elgin?"  My initial thought: "So...what about it?" Larkin, under then-head coach Dragan Teonic was 4-4 and needed a win in the regular season finale to have a shot at a state playoff berth. All the Royals needed was a win over then-lowly Elgin (0-8). Why even bother covering this game? I assumed that Larkin would just roll over the Maroons and lock up a state playoff spot and I would be stuck covering a blowout. 

I gave Joe a lot of grief for "highly encouraging" me to check out Larkin at Elgin, with heavy emphasis on "a lot" of grief, yet off I went to Elgin's Memorial Stadium.

Well, turned out that the Maroons, led by head coach Anthony Mason, decided to show up and play. And did they ever. They stunned longtime rival Larkin 26-20 for their first win of the season, got the Town Jug trophy in the process and go the additional bonus of knocking the Royals out of state playoff contention. The game was an intense, hard hitting affaor. It was easily one of the biggest and best crowds I saw all season long. Remember, Elgin hadn't won a game all season long and was outscored 302-92 that season. But for (at least) one night Elgin, was the best team in Elgin. Heck, the way the Maroons played that night they might of been the best team in all of Chicago's western suburbs that Friday evening.

I will always remember the look on then-Larkin head coach Dragan Teonic's face after the loss to Elgin, a combination of shock and sadness. I'm sure the loss bothers Teonic-- even after three years. Teonic, who's since moved onto South Elgin (7-0) and is building the Storm into a power in the Upstate Eight, has had much better days since that fateful night. But it's always the hard losses you'll remember than any of the accomplishments. 

Covering Elgin's win over Larkin taught me a lot that night. Never assume a win. Never underestimate the power of what a group of highly-motivated kids and coaches can do on any given Friday night. And in some cases, you truly can throw out the records between two teams because, at least for one night, the records don't matter. 

So when you see teams like Elgin, East Aurora, Proviso East and LaSalle-Peru just having their own Cinderella moments in 2019, learn to appreciate them whether you're a fan of those schools or not. 

The many people involved from these schools deserve credit with sticking with it and never giving up. The personal struggles that several of these coaches have faced, both personally and professionally, can be overwhelming. In some cases many, many years have come and gone and finally after those years of struggle and sacrifice, they finally have a few minutes in the sun.

Illinois AP football rankings: Week 7

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Illinois AP football rankings: Week 7

The Illlinois high school football AP polls are out. Here are the latest rankings of Illinois high school football teams in each class, according to an Associated Press panel of sportswriters:

Class 8A

No. Team W-L Pts Prv
1. Lincoln-Way East (10) 7-0 100 1
2. Loyola 5-2 75 3
3. Warren 7-0 73 2
4. Notre Dame (Niles) 7-0 70 4
5.  Homewood-Flossmoor 6-1 51 6
T-6. Hinsdale Central 7-0 47 5
T-6. Neuqua Valley 6-1 47 7
8. Minooka 7-0 33 8
9. Oswego 7-0 19 9
10. Bolingbrook 6-1 15 10

Others receiving votes: St. Charles East 10, South Elgin 5, Huntley 3, Maine South 2.

Class 7A

No. Team W-L Pts Prv
1. (Chicago) Mt. Carmel (9) 7-0 99 1
2. Nazareth (1) 6-1 85 2
3. Glenbard West 7-0 79 3
4.  Hersey 7-0 65 5
5.  Phillips 6-1 56 6
6. Rolling Meadows 7-0 48 T-7
7.  Batavia 5-2 41 4
8. Benet 6-1 22 T-7
9. Willowbrook 6-1 21 NR
10. Normal Community 6-1 15 NR

Others receiving votes: Andrew 5, DeKalb 4, Glenbard East 4, Grant 3, Conant 2, Brother Rice 1.

Class 6A

No. Team W-L Pts Prv
1. Chatham Glenwood (9) 7-0 108 1
2.  Crete-Monee (1) 7-0 95 2
3.  Simeon (1) 5-1 81 3
4. Cary-Grove 6-1 68 4
5. Richards 6-1 62 5
6. Prairie Ridge 6-1 57 6
7. Antioch 6-1 41 8
8. Providence 5-2 34 9
9. Yorkville 6-1 22 7
10.  Lemont 6-1 15 NR


Others receiving votes: Normal West 10, Kaneland 9, Peoria Central 3.

Class 5A

No. Team W-L Pts Prv
1. East St. Louis (12) 7-0 120 1
2. Sterling 7-0 102 2
T-3. Hillcrest 6-1 81 4
T-3.  Boylan Catholic 7-0 81 3
5.  Montini 5-2 65 5
6.  Sycamore 6-1 62 2
7. Marion 7-0 46 7
8. St. Rita 4-3 34 8
9.  Kankakee 6-1 29 9
10.  Carbondale 6-1 17 10

Others receiving votes: Dunlap 8, Cahokia 6, Joliet Catholic 6, St. Laurence 3.

Class 4A

No. Team W-L Pts Prv
1. IC Catholic (11) 7-0 119 1
2. Rochester 7-0 106 2
3. Coal City (1) 7-0 99 3
4. Richmond-Burton 7-0 80 4
5. Stillman Valley 7-0 64 5
6.  Mt. Zion 7-0 52 6
7.  Effingham 7-0 39 8
8. Columbia 7-0 35 7
9. Genoa-Kingston 7-0 23 10
10.  St. Francis 6-1 19 9

Others receiving votes: Illinois Valley Central 16, Bishop McNamara 5, Benton 2, Fairbury Prairie Central 1.

Class 3A

No. Team W-L Pts Prv
1. Wilmington (9) 7-0 124 1
2. Williamsville (4) 7-0 121 2
3. Byron 6-1 93 3
4. Beardstown 7-0 85 4
5. Vandalia 7-0 72 5
6. Nashville 7-0 62 6
7. Fairfield 7-0 50 7
8. Pana 7-0 43 8
9. Princeton 6-1 33 9
10. Eureka 6-1 18 10

Others receiving votes: DuQuoin 9, Breese Mater Dei, 3, Mt. Carmel 2.

Class 2A

No. Team W-L Pts Prv
1. Fieldcrest (7) 7-0 122 1
2. Clifton Central (5) 7-0 116 2
3. Maroa-Forsyth (1) 6-1 100 3
4. Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley 6-1 90 4
5.  St. Teresa 6-1 73 5
6.  Knoxville 7-0 67 6
7. Newman Central Catholic 6-1 58 7
8. Bismarck-Henning 6-1 46 8
9. Auburn 5-2 24 9
10. West Carroll 5-2 15 10

Others receiving votes: Flora 2, Orr 2.

Class 1A

No. Team W-L Pts Prv
1. Lena-Winslow (11) 7-0 119 1
2.  Moweaqua Central A&M 7-0 103 3
3. Annawan-Wethersfield 7-0 88 4
4.  Morrison 7-0 78 5
5.  Ottawa Marquette 7-0 64 6
6. Forreston 6-1 55 2
7. Aquin 7-0 53 7
8. Hope Academy (1) 6-1 44 10
9. Camp Point Central 6-1 31 8
10. Athens 5-2 7 9

Others receiving votes: Tuscola 6, Carrollton 5, Fulton 2, Arcola 2, Kirkland Hiawatha 2, Princeville 1.