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Jacksonville teams sweep IDTA State

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The Jacksonville J’ettes and Winterguard flag teams had another strong showing at State-level contest this weekend. The teams competed in the Illinois Drill Team Association’s (IDTA) state finals hosted in the Bank of Springfield Center.

The Jacksonville teams took first place in every event they competed in. Winter Guard took firsts in Tall and Lyrical Flags. The JV J’ettes took first in Lyrical and Poms, and the Varsity J’ettes took first in Pom dance and Hip Hop. Overall the JV squad were the Grand Champions, while the Variety team was second Grand Campion.

There were also strong individual performances. Anna Bezler was a top 10 soloist, and Emilie Bezler won Miss IDTA for dance.

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Video games may soon join scholastic bowl, football, and bass fishing

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The organization that manages everything from football and volleyball to bass fishing and scholastic bowl at Illinois’ high schools could soon add video games to its list.

A number of Illinois high schools already have e-sports teams. Those are teams that play video games competitively. E-sports across the globe was worth $1.5 billion last year.

Craig Anderson with the Illinois High School Association, which oversees high school sports and activities in Illinois, said e-sports are becoming very popular, almost popular enough to see a high school season.

“I think we have more than the number of schools that have identified on a list,” Anderson said. “But, to date, we think we have about 25 schools that have indicated to us that they have a team that is competing.”

It will take time for e-sports to become an official IHSA activity.

Anderson said IHSA recently hosted its first lacrosse state championship after years of exploring the sport.

Although some people may not consider video games a sport, Anderson said there’s always value in teamwork and giving young people a sense of pride in anything they do.

“Some people would argue that gaming, and just sitting at a computer lab or a monitor is not healthy,” Anderson said. “But I think that it’s competition. And there’s a benefit to competition, even at that level.”

Anderson said the IHSA is exploring e-sports as an activity. Member schools would have to push to make it official, then the organization would vote on a season, rules, teams and the like.

Article by Benjamin Yount, Illinois News Network. For more INN News visit ILnews.org 

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Jacksonville J’ettes place 5th at state

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The JHS J’ettes dance team competed at the state contest in Bloomington this weekend. The team finished 5th with their “Thunder” routine. This was the first year that the J’ettes competed in the IHSA contest.

Photo was taken from the J’ettes’ Facebook page.

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City Tournament: Lanphier and Southeast both win big in opening night

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No matter how hard Springfield High tried to outpace the Lanphier Lions to start the game, they were outmatched early 21-5 in the first quarter. The Lions never let up and finished with a 80-48 win in the second game Thursday in the 70th Boys City Basketball Tournament at the Bank of Springfield Center. James Jones went for a team high 17 points and six rebounds for Lanphier and Cardell McGee added 15 points. Zaire Harris lead the Springfield scorers with 15 points on the night.

Southeast wins big over SHG 59-31 in the opening game. Lanphier plays SHG on Friday night. And Southeast plays Springfield High.

Southeast is the No. 5 ranked team in Class 3A in the state and Lanphier is the No. 2 ranked team, currently.

The anticipated Saturday night matchup is between the No. 1 Seeded Lanphier and Southeast the No. 2 Seed at City Tournament.

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