James "Hummer" Waugh Gymnasium at Rend Lake College has been the site of the Southern Illinois Junior High School Athletic Association Boys and Girls Championship Tournaments since 1978. The tournament dates back to 1928 when it was played as sub-states at various locations in southern Illinois, particularly high schools. A significant snow storm hit the region in 1978 causing officials to scratch game after game in regional tournaments throughout the area. The Lake provided a central location.
Over the months of January & February, numerous regional winners across southern Illinois will converge on the Ina campus and compete for the right to be called “STATE CHAMPS.”