SIJHSAA Championships

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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. 

“We had to play games wherever we could and Rend Lake College bailed us out,” said 14-year SIJHSAA Executive Director Jim Burnes. “I guess everyone liked what they saw.” 
The event has been held at RLC ever since and has continued to grow larger each year, with more teams competing for the championship in classes S, M and L.   

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.”



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