IHSA sticks Hinsdale Central with host duties for lacrosse state finals
Hinsdale Central High School will be in Illinois' inaugural state finals for both boys and girls lacrosse in at least one way: as host.
The Illinois High School Association (IHSA) has chosen Hinsdale Central as the site for the finals for its first three seasons, according to a press release.
“We had three good options to host the inaugural IHSA boys and girls lacrosse state finals this spring, and are appreciative to all the groups for their interest and efforts during the hosting selection process,” Craig Anderson, executive director of the IHSA, said in the release. “We believe Hinsdale Central is a great state final venue to begin the IHSA lacrosse era. Not only do they have topnotch facilities and a central geographic location based on the majority of participating schools, but their athletic director Dan Jones and his staff have experience hosting IHSA state final events."
Lacrosse will now be recognized as an official high school sport and not a club sport in Illinois. Schools have been trying since 2009 to have the sport legitimized by the state governing athletic body. The IHSA said that once a certain threshold -- 65 boys teams and 40 girls teams -- was reached it would host a state finals event. The number of boys and girls programs has reached 83 and 59, respectively.