IHSA Board Extends Three State Final Hosting Contrac

Staff Writer
Aledo Times Record

The Illinois High School Association Board of Directors approved a recommendation to extend three state final hosting contracts at its regularly scheduled meeting on Monday, Sept. 13, 2010.

Contract extensions were granted for the Bass Fishing State Finals at Carlyle Lake in Carlyle, the Dual Team Wrestling State Finals at U.S. Cellular Coliseum in Bloomington and the Girls Badminton State Finals at Eastern Illinois University in Charleston.

The IHSA conducted the first high school bass fishing state championship in the United States and likely the world in 2009 and its second state tournament last spring, with Carlyle Lake serving as the host for both. The initial contract spanned three years and Carlyle Lake will now host through 2016 with Monday’s extension.

“From the IHSA’s perspective, we could not have asked for a better start to the IHSA Bass Fishing State Finals,” said IHSA Executive Director Marty Hickman. “We are pleased that the City of Carlyle has looked upon the first two years favorably and would like to extend this contract. This is the most unique state final event that we conduct and it certainly has some very distinctive challenges. The City of Carlyle, Army Corp. of Engineers, Illinois Department of Natural Resources and so many others have worked tirelessly with us every step of the way to make this a first-class tournament. We look forward to the IHSA and the City of Carlyle continuing to be leaders nationally in the bass fishing community.”

U.S. Cellular Coliseum is entering its third year hosting the IHSA Dual Team Wrestling State Finals, while Eastern Illinois has hosted the girls badminton state tournament since 2005.

“We have enjoyed our relationship with U.S. Cellular Coliseum since the venue opened in 2006 and have expanded the number of State Series and State Final events we hold there,” added Hickman. “The Coliseum was able to accommodate our dual team wrestling state finals when it expanded to three classes and we are very happy with the result and the ability to continue holding it there.”

Hickman went on to comment on the IHSA’s long-standing relationship with Eastern Illinois, “Eastern Illinois University has long been a proponent of the IHSA and hosting our events. Their staff and facilities are superb and we are always excited about holding state final tournaments in Charleston.”