IHSSBCA All State Program
The IHSSBCA All-State Program is a program designed to annually recognize the best players in Illinois, as well as to encourage players and coaches to continually improve. It has been sponsored by the IHSSBCA since the 2001-02 season.
The All-State program dates back to at least 1998 when it was originally proposed by Tom Egan. Egan met resistance with some coaches serving on the Board of Directors who thought it would distract from the selection of Team Illinois, the all-star team sent each year to the Panasonic Academic Challenge. A team was selected in 1999 at the Team Illinois Selection Event, independent of Egan's specific plans. Egan had certificates made up, but neglected to use the terminology "All-State", instead labeling them as "Team Illinois". They were given to the players who made the team, with "honorable mention" certificates given to the players who gained the most favor with the committee, but did not make the team.
In 2001, the program was expanded to include some players who were not necessarily present at the selection event. They were the first group to be termed "All-State", but were drawn from very limited nominations, and were mixed Class A and Class AA players. As doubts began to surface about this methodology, Egan's plan was finally approved for the 2002 season.
Each of the eight sectionals in each of the two classes (A, small school and AA, large school) would vote for ten players in each sectional to comprise an “All-sectional” team. Players would be nominated by their coaches, with coaches restricted to nominating no more than two players-per-team. The top five players from each sectional would then have their nominating materials forwarded for All-State consideration.
Each sectional would also name one coach to serve on that class’ selection committee. Originally, coaches were barred from ranking players from their own sectional, though this rule was changed after one year.
When the IHSA experimented with splitting the sectionals into sub-sectionals, each sub-sectional was given six “All-Sectional” slots to vote for, with the top four advancing for “All-State” consideration.
Egan ran the program for seven years (2001-02 to 2006-07). The program was taken over by Matt Laird for the 2007-08. A non-unanimous vote of the Board expanded the number of All-Sectional slots to 15 for each sectional, and for each coach to now nominate 3 players from their team.
One rule, in place since the first year, allows coaches to appeal directly to the All-State coordinator, if they feel that a legitimate All-State player has not been advanced. Some problems had emerged earlier, such as coaches from a particular conference voting as a bloc, or coaches refusing to vote for a second, legitimate player from a team, in order to “spread the wealth”. Through 2008, this had only occured twice, and in one case led to a player being named All-State.
Until 2005, all coaches who appeared at the seeding meeting were permitted to vote for the All-Sectional teams. After which, only coaches who had coached in a minimum of six matches or who had nominated a player were eligible to vote. In 2014, the voting was moved online, so coaches who do not attend the seeding meeting can now nominate students and vote.
For three years (2002-2004), the All-State recipients were invited to the IHSA State Finals (if they were not already scheduled to appear) to receive their awards, which could involve driving several hours for seconds of recognition. In 2005, there was no formal recognition for the All-State players. Starting in 2006, All-State players were invited to attend the annual IHSSBCA banquet held at Illinois State University in Normal.
The All-State Team
At the Team Illinois Selection Committee Meeting in 2001, an "All-State" team was selected from among the players who had assembled. Selection was based on a small pool of players, and some top players were excluded, not having been in attendance for the tryout. The selection was limited to the coaches and officials already selecting Team Illinois. Even though the IHSSBCA does not recognize this group as being an "All-State" team, they are listed here:
- Eric Bellm, Carlinville
- Jim Davis, Latin School
- Chintan Desai, Downers Grove North
- Michael Feltes, Warrensburg-Latham
- Gary Leuty, Salem
- Matthew Marjan, Marist (IL)
- Shawn Peters, Streator
- Nick Poulos, New Trier
- Yogesh Raut, IMSA
- David Werner, Lake Zurich
- Robert Brown, Lake Forest
- Colby Burnett, Fenwick
- Toby Harris, Niles West
- John Keig, Moline
- Jason Konik, Lake Zurich
- Eapen Mathew, Sterling
- Stephen Moore, MacArthur
- Matthew Plunk, Blue Ridge
- David Raines, Richards
- Paul Rehder, Orion
- Mark Siegel, Stevenson
- Robert Weitzel, PORTA
At the sectional seeding meeting, the selection of the All-Sectional team occurs after the seeding of teams. Coaches review the nomination forms and letter of support for each player. They then rank the players, with the top ten (now 15) players named All-Sectional. The top players have their materials forwarded for All-State consideration.
The nomination forms and letters are copied and then forwarded to the selectors, who generally have three weeks to review the forms and letters, and then rank their top 20 players. After the votes are tallied, the top ten players in each class are named “First Team All-State” and the next ten are named “Second Team All-State”.
Each All-Sectional player receives a certificate. Each All-State honoree receives two certificates (one of which is given to the player’s coach) and a medal. The certificates included a handwritten citation of the player’s name and school. Since 2006, each All-State player also received free tickets to the annual IHSSBCA banquet.
Special Individual Award Groups
Honored as All-Sectional Four Times
|PLAYER||SCHOOL||YEARS & CLASSES|
|Mark Taylor||St. Charles East||2007-10 (AA)|
|Dylan Minarik||Belvidere North||2010-13 (AA)|
|Tristan Willey||Macomb||2010-11 (A), 12-13 (AA)|
|Stae Schipper-Reyes||Bloomington||2011-14 (AA)|
|David York||Litchfield||2011-14 (A)|
|Elliott Frankfother||Newman Central Catholic||2012-15 (A)|
|Kaeden Kessinger||Southwestern||2013-15 (A), 16 (AA)|
|Connor Reardon||St. Teresa||2013-16 (A)|
|Colin Vaughan||Riverdale||2013-16 (A)|
First Team All-State, Three Times
|AWARDS||PLAYER||SCHOOL||YEARS & CLASSES|
|4||Tristan Willey||Macomb||2010-11 (A), 12-13 (AA)|
|David York||Litchfield||2011-14 (A)|
|3||Charley Ault||Cumberland||2012-14 (A)|
|Justin Brooks||PORTA||2009-11 (A)|
|Ben Chametzky||Carbondale||2010-12 (AA)|
|Evan Daigle||Litchfield||2008-10 (A)|
|Andrew Deveau||Maine South/St. Ignatius||2009/10-11 (AA)|
|Elliot Frankfother||Newman Central Catholic||2013-15 (A)|
|Greg Gauthier||Wheaton North||2006-08 (AA)|
|Matthew Lehmann||Barrington||2015-17 (AA)|
|Jakob Myers||Naperville North||2015-17 (AA)|
|Michael Shereda||Riverton||2013-15 (A)|
|Siva Sundaram||Auburn||2007-09 (AA)|
|Lloyd Sy||Auburn||2010-12 (AA)|
|Cole Timmerwilke||Auburn||2014-16 (AA)|
|Nolan Winkler||Loyola Academy||2010-12 (AA)|
Special Team Award Groups
Teams with 25 or more All-Sectional Awards
|Wheaton Warrenville South||27|
School with 10 All-State Players
|All-STATE AWARDS||SCHOOL||FIRST TEAM||SECOND TEAM|
|10||Keith Country Day||6||4|