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Fairfield Mules
Fairfield, Illinois
Coaches Tammy Austin
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Fairfield High School is a public high school located in Fairfield, Illinois; a town located in southeastern Illinois. It currently competes as a member of the Black Diamond Conference (BDC). It also competes in Class A, the "small school" division, of the Illinois High School Association's (IHSA) State Championship Series.


As a class A team in Illinois, Fairfield has had a history of distinction, being among the winningest programs since 1987. However, despite success in matches and their ability to consistently advance to the State Championship Tournament, it is noted that Fairfield has only once placed in the tournament, and fourth place at that, in 1997. Fairfield has been called "the New Trier of southern Illinois", though this analogy is decreasingly valid.

In 2008, former head coach Linda Monge was inducted into the IHSSBCA Hall-of-Fame Class of 2008.

Fairfield at the NAC

Fairfield remains the last Illinois team to regularly attend the NAC, and in 2008 notably refused to consider attending the HSNCT even when money was offered for that purpose. Fairfield has been attending the NAC since at least 1997 with fair regularity. Most of its early years saw the team relegated to being ranked somewhere after 100th place, though recent years have seen the team rank much higher, reaching 14th place in 2006.

Noted Team Accomplishments

  • IHSA Regional Titles (14): 2002-10, 2012, 2014, 2017-19
  • IHSA Sectional Titles (11): 1992-93, 95-97, 2002, 2004, 2006-08, 2010
  • IHSA Championship Tournament Fourth Place: 1997
  • NAC Appearances (29): 1991-2019

IHSSBCA Individual Awards

The following were honored by the Illinois High School Scholastic Bowl Coaches Association (IHSSBCA) for outstanding play through their All-Sectional/All-State Program:

All-Sectional Honorees

  • 2001-02: Joe Monge
  • 2002-03: Kevin Cates, Jon King
  • 2003-04: Brandon Bozarth
  • 2004-05: Kendall King, Nicholas Vest
  • 2005-06: Kendall King, Nicholas Vest
  • 2006-07: Isaac Etheridge, Lian States
  • 2007-08: Lian States
  • 2008-09: Aaron Donoho, Nhan Nguyen
  • 2009-10: Hayden McDuffee, Jeff Vaughan, Kinsey Hilliard
  • 2010-11: Collin Dunn
  • 2011-12: Collin Dunn
  • 2012-13: Kyle Ellis, Clay Hoskins
  • 2013-14: Kyle Ellis
  • 2014-15: Alex Brake
  • 2015-16: Ashley Strand, Holden August
  • 2016-17: Sam Beach, Brice Todd
  • 2017-18: Sam Beach
  • 2018-19: Amber Clark, Jason Wright

All-State Honorees

  • 2003-04: Brandon Bozarth (2nd team)
  • 2004-05: Kendall King (2nd team)
  • 2005-06: Kendall King (2nd team); Nicholas Vest (2nd team)
  • 2006-07: Isaac Etheridge (1st team); Lian States (1st team)
  • 2007-08: Lian States (1st team)
  • 2011-12: Collin Dunn (1st team)
  • 2012-13: Kyle Ellis (2nd team)
  • 2013-14: Kyle Ellis (1st team)
  • 2016-17: Sam Beach (2nd team)
  • 2017-18: Sam Beach (2nd team)