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WEDNESDAY'S ILLINOIS PREP ROUNDUP: Washington mourns loss of football coach

2014-02-19T22:45:00Z 2014-02-19T23:11:12Z WEDNESDAY'S ILLINOIS PREP ROUNDUP: Washington mourns loss of football coachTimes Staff nwitimes.com
February 19, 2014 10:45 pm  • 

Washington football coach Jimmy Smith died Monday due to health issues, said Washington athletic director Ish Jaquez.

"Our thoughts are with Mr. Smith’s family during this difficult time," Jaquez said in an email. "This loss is sure to raise many emotions, concerns, and questions for the entire school, especially our students. "

Smith was also a security guard at the East Side school. The Mount Carmel grad was the head football coach for four years, going 17-18. The Patriots were 5-4 in 2013.

"Jimmy worked endlessly trying to find colleges for his football players. He was actually sitting at his computer at home scouring the Internet in hopes of finding college matches for some of his senior players," Jaquez said. "He was a tough-nosed security guard when he had to be and was also a caring counselor to our students. He was a teacher and parent favorite." —Mike Nieto

Boys basketball

Mt. Carmel 50, St. Joseph's 48: David Nichols had a team-high 19 points and five rebounds to lead the Caravan to the semifinal win in the Chicago Catholic League tournament. Gabriel Grant had 15 points and four rebounds, while Christian Searles scored 14 points and had seven assists for the Caravan (20-6). Mt. Carmel will play De La Salle on Saturday at Chicago State for the championship.

Girls basketball

Marian's Millender, Murray earn ESCC honors: Marian Catholic's Ashton Millender was named the East Suburban Catholic Conference player of the year.

Spartans coach Dan Murray was named coach of the year.

Teniya Page also made the team.

IHSA action

IHSA changes point system, advancement step: A point system to determine if a school can receive a multiplier waiver and the addition of a success advancement step were approved by the Illinois High School Association (IHSA) Board of Directors on Wednesday.

An ad hoc committee representing 15 public and private schools recommended the change after meeting three times during the current school year according to an IHSA news release.

Under the new formula, a non-boundaried school will accrue one point for a Regional title and two points for a Sectional title, although a school that wins both a Regional and a Sectional in the same year will earn only two points. Schools that earn four points or more in a four-year span or qualify for the state finals will not be eligible for a waiver. As a part of Monday’s changes, the time frame for determining waivers was shortened from six years to four.

There were no changes in the application of the waiver system in football, where winning a first round playoff game will continue to be the threshold for determining waiver eligibility.

“I feel like we are moving in the right direction with these new rules,” said Gordon Tech Principal Jim Quaid, an IHSA Board member who served on the committee. “The original IHSA multiplier painted all non-boundaried schools with the same broad brush. The prior changes to the waiver and this success advancement policy are positive steps toward looking at each school’s programs individually. We believe that this formula is an accurate assessment of the overall strength of a program.”

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