Interesting & Informative Web Sites
*The Voice of the Coalers – authored by Donald Phillips and is a great bit of insight to Coal City High School sports. In 2017 Don became only the second announcer in the 55 year history of the Plano Christmas Classic as well!
*Northern Illinois Sports Beat – authored by IHSGD’s own Cody Cutter, this site provides a forum and articles regarding high schools sports in Northern Illinois. (http://www.northernillinoissportsbeat.com/)
*Illinois High School Sports Network – authored by IHSGD’s own Beau Spencer (the voice of Western Illinois University sports), this site provides information regarding high school sports. (http://www.ihssn.net/)
*Illinois High School Association – The official web site for the Illinois High School Association, filled with historic information regarding high school athletics in Illinois. (www.ihsa.org)
*Illinois Basketball Coaches Association – The official web site for the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association. (www.ibcaillinois.org)
*Illinois High School Football Coaches Association – the official website of high school football coaches of Illinois. (http://www.ihsfca.com/)
Many Bits of Information For This Site Come From:
www.mapquest.com – Great source for layouts of towns and their surrounding land.
http://genealogytrails.com/ill – Great source for information all over the state of Illinois. To look at information on other states throughout the nation check out http://genealogytrails.com
http://www.mchistory.org/McLean_county_schoolhouses.html – interesting site regarding country schools in McLean County created by Jason Smith.
http://sites.google.com/site/xtmi2000/ – Good source for information about the Illinois state basketball tournament in most years from 1922-1986, especially in years that include regional scores prior to the two-class system in 1972.
www.teicharchives.org – A wonderful source of some of the school photos found on our site.
http://ltcbasketball.tripod.com/ – An incredible source of information regarding the history of the Little Ten Conference in northern Illinois. Brian Hoxsey has done a great job researching the great existence of this conference, still in operation today.
The History of Catholic Secondary Education in the Archdiocese of Chicago by Sr. Mary Innocenta Montay, Washington, D.C.: The Catholic University of America, 1953.
The Expansion and Decline of Enrollment and Facilities of Secondary Schools in the Archdiocese of Chicago, 1955-1980: A Historical Study by George V. Fornero, Chicago: Loyola University of Chicago, May 1990.
(NOTE: both of these books helped provide significant information about some of the former Catholic high schools in the Archdiocese of Chicago, which allowed us to write more pages about certain schools, while posting other tidbits on the Former Archdiocese of Chicago schools page.)
A Livingston County Scrapbook: 1855-1975 by Lucille Goodrich, former county superintendent of schools in Livingston County from 1947-71. This book is an excellent resource of educational histories within a rural setting, giving the earliest known history of schools that were created in the county, then showing how public schools were formed with the 1855 Free School Law and School Code of Illinois all the way to the consolidations of the late 1940’s and beyond. Some of the information and photos from the book were used to tell the stories of high schools in Flanagan, Long Point, Saunemin, Cornell, Chatsworth, Forrest, Strawn, Wing, Fairbury, Odell, and Cullom on this site.
Legends of the Gridiron: 120 Years of High School Football in the St. Louis “Metro” Area by Don Greco. This look back at the history of prep football in the St. Louis area from 1887-2008 gives a chronological look at some of the top stories each year on both sides of the Mississippi by the former prep, college, and pro football player who later coached in the St. Louis area. Find out more about his books at http://stllegends.tripod.com.
MascotDB.com – For information regarding mascots, nicknames, and references to high school, college, and professional sports teams. Interesting website developed by Terry Borning of Minnesota. Here is the link:
OTHER SITES OF INTEREST
The following are sites that you might be interested in visiting if you enjoy history and nostalgia.
Macomb Radio – for information on happenings in the Macomb area and western Illinois please check out this website:
Havana, Illinois Area – www.62644.com – for information regarding happenings in the Havana, Illinois area.
The Greater Peoria Sports Hall of Fame – an excellent website covering the great accomplishments in sports for the Peoria area:
*Henson Broom Shop & General Store – fun place to visit – check it out at www.hensonbrooms.com
*State Farm Holiday Classic – one of the top holiday prep basketball tournaments in the nation with 32 boys and 32 girls teams competing in four days of hardwood action in Bloomington-Normal. Visit them at http://www.theclassic.org/ for details.