The Illinois School for the Deaf football team will no longer participate in the Illinois High School Association.
The school’s athletic director, Ed Hoyt, presented a letter last Monday at a meeting of member schools of the Western Illinois Valley Conference indicating ISD is leaving.
The school competed in the conference’s north division for football and went 0-9 this year. They’ve won three games since 2007. Hoyt was not immediately available for comment yesterday. Department of Human Services spokesman Tom Green explains why the move is being made.
“Roster size, and also, many of the players on the roster did not have very much football experience, so it really did become a safety risk for some of the student athletes on the team,” Green says.
“Many of the teams that the school plays now are co-oping and bringing a couple of different schools together, and so they’re able to form competitive teams with a proper number of players, so it really had become a safety risk for the students at ISD.”
There were eighteen players on the football roster this past season.
Green says Hoyt is looking at possibly getting ISD into a situation where it can play seven or eight-man football in a Midwest-area conference that would include other deaf schools.
The move is leaving the rest of the conference scrambling.
Routt Catholic High School principal Gale Thoroman says he contacted officials with the Illinois High School Association last week who informed him that the conference’s schools will not be able to gain a forfeit-based win from their scheduled games against ISD next year or the year after.
Instead, Thoroman says the IHSA is urging the schools to find a new opponent, and he says that’s not an easy task.
“The number of schools of similar size in this area, they’re pretty well all scheduled, and the way conferences are set up, most conferences go ahead and they do schedule as much as possible where it’s all conference games,” he says.
Thoroman says Routt does have a tentative contract set up to play West Hancock next year as a replacement, and he says that school did express interest in joining the conference, but he says the other WIVC schools objected to the travel distance.
Thoroman says he was contacted by officials from the Sangamo Conference this week. That conference also has had schools leave, creating an odd number, but Thoroman believes most teams in his conference are hesitant to play schools that are twice as big, as is the case with Sangamo schools.
Besides Carrollton High School’s discussion with eastern Illinois-based Fithian-Oakwood, Thoroman says no other WIVC school has a replacement for ISD at this point.
The other problem, he says, is that if WIVC schools do find an opponent, they’ll have to agree to be scheduled for two years, not just one.
“The opponents that we play and when we play them all changes in two years, so it’ll be different than next year, and so it makes it almost impossible to get anybody to the two year contract,” explains Thoroman. “So, we’re hopeful that we can resolve this in the conference in two years.”
Virginia High School was the last school to leave the WIVC, which happened in 2011. Virginia forfeited its games that year and joined a co-op last year with Triopia and Meredosia High Schools. Mendon Unity and Camp Point have since joined the WIVC in the north and south divisions, respectively.
There are currently eleven schools, with six in the WIVC South, and Thoroman says the north division will not have an automatic playoff qualifier next year because of the number of schools.
The next meeting for WIVC school representatives will be April 2014.
IHSA records indicate the Illinois School for the Deaf has played football since 1885 and has won 404 games while losing 396 and tying 31 times. They’ve qualified for the 1A playoffs five times.
Green adds that other Illinois School for the Deaf athletic teams, including basketball, will not be affected by this move.
[Source from WLDS.com]
Fund established for mother of eight
Guadaloupe Phillips of Alton is hoping to have happy holidays with her family but is struggling with an unheated home and no means of providing Christmas gifts for her children.
Guadaloupe is a deaf stay-at-home mom whose children range from age 3 to 16. Her children are Zekia, 16, Reggie, 15, Antonia, 9, Antonine, 8, Duronda Jr., 6, Davion, 5, D-adrian, 4, and Dayza, 3. Dayza has been sick recently because of the cold conditions in the house and it has been a concern for the family. The family huddles together each cold night under blankets by a wood-burning stove. Wood has to be added throughout the night to keep the temperature bearable.
Hearing impairment interpreter Charlene Edwards, of Godfrey, is attempting to help the family by establishing an account for them at 1st Mid-America Credit Union, 5301 Godfrey Road in Godfrey, 62035. Edwards, a longtime friend of Guadaloupe, sincerely wants to help.
She said the family definitely needs assistance during the holiday season and has to find a way to get the electricity and heat turned back on with cold weather ahead in December, January and February.
“Guadaloupe exudes love that no money can buy,” Edwards said. “Her kids are first in her life and her whole world. Two of her kids are in middle school and three of them are also deaf.”
For Edwards, the thought of the children huddled under blankets with only a wooden stove for heat was enough to try to get them public help, plus Christmas is approaching and Phillips has no means to buy presents for her children.
“Their furnace went out and there is no way they can light it,” she said. “She also can’t cook because of the lack of electricity.”
For Thanksgiving, a relative came up with enough money for Guadaloupe and her children to go to a relative’s home in Chicago. Also, it was a reprieve for the family from the cold conditions of the home.
Jared, the manager at Home Depot, made an extremely kind gesture and donated two heaters for Guadaloupe’s family to use.
“It was a way for her to keep her children from being freezing cold,” Edwards said.
The single mother receives government help through Social Security assistance for children. She is separated from her husband.
The key way the public could help, Edwards said, is to help her get her electricity and heat back on, which would enable her to prepare warm, home-cooked meals for the children. The family also could use quilts and firewood, she added, and any Christmas items for her children.
Guadaloupe told Edwards through sign language that “you couldn’t put it into words how much a blessing it would be” if she could get her electricity back on and receive help during the holiday season.
“She would be forever thankful,” Edwards said.
For more information about the Guadaloupe Phillips fund at 1st Mid America Credit Union in Godfrey, call (618) 258-3168.
[Source from The Telegraphy]
The video talks about:
- Special price for Combo
- Review through ISDAA 175th Anniversary Reunion brochure
- Class Luncheon
- ISDAA Museum
- Group and Class decade picture
- Hotel and campground
- Sponsors (Orange, Black and White)
- Advertisement for program book
- Illinois Lotto
Do you want to look at the brochure about 175th Anniversary Reunion that Bob showed it to you? Sure, here is the link [http://www.isdaa.org/information-about-isdaa-175th-anniversary-reunion/] You can print it as the file is PDF.
For more information about Crazy Horse campground, contact Lloyd Ballinger, firstname.lastname@example.org
If you have any questions, concerns, clarifications, contact Bob Dramin, Chairperson, email@example.com or 217-408-0542 vp.
Saturday, February 22, 2014
Jacksonville Country Club
100 Country Club Road
Jacksonville, IL 62650
Start ordering on September 20th
To order ticket, email your request to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Payable to IFDC/175th
Tickets will be confirmed by email when payment is
received and in the order of receipt.
Tickets will be picked up at the banquet.
5:00p – Cocktail Hour & Cash Bar
6:00p – Dinner
$35.00 per ticket – ticket limit: 175
First Come First Served
Au Gratin Potatoes
Wild Rice Blend
Green Beans w/ Bacon & Garlic
Chicken Cordon Bleu
Sliced Roast Beef
Baked Mostaccoli w/Red Sauce & Mozzarella
Apple & Coconut Cream Pie
Lemon Cake & 175th Celebration Chocolate Cake
Iced Tea and Dinner Rolls are included
Visit the site to see the list of ISDAA Hall of Fame Inductees, http://www.isdaa.org/isdaa-hall-of-fame-inductees/ There is three different sections of years (1990-1999, 2001-2009 and 2010-present) Click the names to see the pictures.
*Please let us know if there is missing pictures or the link is not working*
Have a good weekend,