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Henry V. Porter, assistant executive secretary of the Illinois High School Association, was so impressed by the phenomenon that he wrote an essay to commemorate it. The term struck a chord with newspapermen, who used it throughout their pages. During the tournament's "Golden Era" of the 's and 's, "March Madness" became the popular name of the event. It was an era of some of Illinois' most legendary teams, including the undefeated Taylorville squad and Mt. Vernon's unstoppable back-to-back champions of and But the one champion remembered more than any other is tiny Hebron, a school of only 98 students, which won the tournament in The IHSA tournaments continued to grow and develop.

In , the tournament moved to the huge new Assembly Hall on the campus of the University of Illinois and fans witnessed the most famous finish in history, when Chicago Carver beat Centralia on a last-second shot by a substitute named Anthony Smedley. Beginning in , the IHSA began using the term officially in its programs and on its merchandise.

In , the organization enlisted veteran Chicago sportswriter and Big Ten basketball referee Jim Enright to write the official history of the boys basketball tournament. Both the book and video were sold nationwide. Today's March Madness is different from the original version. Nowadays an "Elite Eight" of teams advances to the state finals, but there are eight tournaments — Class 1A, 2A, 3A and 4A versions, from the smallest schools to the largest, for both boys and girls, played in Peoria and Normal.

And starting in , the "March Madness Experience," an exhibition hall full of fun, games, and good times, has allowed fans of Illinois high school basketball to join in the action. The popularity of these events now allows the IHSA to provide more than just good entertainment for its fans. A significant portion of the fees generated from the licensing of the unified marks "March Madness" and "America's Original March Madness" are used to fund college scholarships for Illinois high school boys and girls. It was coined by Henry V.

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Porter, who started his career as a teacher and coach at Athens High School in central Illinois. In , Porter led the Athens boys basketball team to a second-place finish in the state tournament. He later served as assistant executive secretary of the Illinois High School Athletic Association from to and executive secretary of the National Federation of State High School Associations from to Soon thereafter the nation was plunged into World War II. The drama of March Madness provided a unifying force that brought the entire state together, and Porter again commemorated the event, this time with a poem, "Basketball Ides of March," which appeared in the Illinois Interscholastic in March of Homo of the Hardwood Court is a hardy specie.

There are millions of him. He exists through summer and fall, shows signs of animation through the winter and lives to the utmost during March when a hundred thousand pairs of rubber soled shoes slap the hardwood in a whirlwind of stops and pivots and dashes on the trail to the state basketball championships. He is a glutton for punishment. When the March madness is on him, midnight jaunts of a hundred miles on successive nights make him even more alert the next day.

He will polish his pants on sixteen inches of bleacher seat through two games or three and take offense if asked to leave during the intermission between sessions. Hi Rodrigo! Truth be told, we are not a fan of all the roasting these days. What starts out as fun can quickly hurt someone's feelings. We would much prefer to build people up rather than tear them down for a laugh. That's a good guess, Go Warriors. Kentucky does produce some excellent players - is that your favorite college team? We did but thanks for reminding us!

Many of our Wonder Friends might not have known that, though so thanks for sharing, Simon! Go North Carliona Tar Heels, Kansas Jayhawks, Stephen curry is the best three point shooter this year, last year, and the year before that, he could also brake ankles, he went to davidson for college and his team made it to the final four but lost in march madness. Hi, Simo! Hi, Simon! Thanks for stopping by Wonderopolis! Actually, it's "cash me ousside howbowdah?

Right you are, Boi. Thanks for the lesson. Now let us show you how to play basketball Dreams like beating Wonderopolis in basketball. Someday you will wake up, though You spelled "splash" wrong. And yes, we would splash 3's on you so much you'd think it was raining. But thanks for stopping by and checking out this Wonder.

Uh ok, bud. Brook Lopez is going to drop 40 points on us or something? Iv'e been a Golden state warriors fan since , i live in new jersey, does this make me a bandwagon. I love March Madness because I love all the upsets and the underdogs beating the favorite. Honestly, we don't know. He's pretty amazing. Seems like you need a combination of some natural talent and lots, and lots and lots and lots of practice and hard work. Good luck! That's great, Tristan! Curry might be one-of-a-kind, though.

He certainly is breaking a lot of records in the NBA. But that's not to say with a lot of hard work you couldn't become a record breaker one day, too! That's awesome, Lily! It's pretty hard for anyone to know everything, but if you are constantly WONDERing and learning new things, that will definitely help you get better and better! Go Badgers!!!!! I was watching the end of the game when he made that buzzer beater.

I fill out a bracket every year. My family all does it. March Madness is the best! We love it too. Thanks for sharing your connection and your favorite team, Lucas! We're glad you commented, Jonah!

Did you know we have a Wonder of the Day about terrapins? Check out Wonder ! Hi, a! Be sure to search for more Wonders about basketball to explore! Absolutely, carter! Check out these Wonders about hockey! Hi, Zach! Thanks for sharing your thoughts about this Wonder! We have many Wonders about baseball you can explore! The part I found the most interesting was that it is nearly impossible to predict which teams are winning because the first 8 teams battling to get in, I chose the winning teams.

Hi, Rahil! You're right, it is difficult to predict the March Madness bracket. Congrats on choosing the winning teams! March madness is a tournament that only college teams could join and then its the final four and then the champion round. I like this article because I love basketball and I am really in to March Madness this season. My favorite teams is the North Carolina Tar Heels. Unfortunately they lost in the finals but I still love them. Also thanks for the really cool facts.

Hi, Wonder Friend! We're sorry your favorite team didn't win. Maybe next year! We're glad you learned a lot from this Wonder, paige! March Madness is an amazing time of year. There's so much excitement in the air, and it would be so cool to witness it in person! I didn't believe that fact that you have a 1 in 9. That's so cool!!!! I hope you make more articles like this!!! We think March Madness is fun, too, Siddarth! We encourage you to use the search feature to find more Wonders about sports and basketball!

Thanks for sharing your opinion, Benny! FIFA is cool, too! We encourage you to use the search feature to find Wonders about soccer! Hi, Braden! Thanks for sharing who you're cheering for during March Madness! Wisconsin is playing well! Happy belated birthday to your dad, lily! March Madness is fun, Caleb! Those are both popular teams! Have fun cheering them on in the tournament! Hi, Ava! Thanks for sharing who you are cheering for in the tournament! Oklahoma is going to win!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I really like March Madness. But I think you should try and upgrade the speaker that reads to you, like maybe get some one to read the article. But other than that Wonderopolis is awesome and I think you guys are doing great. Keep up the good work. And I think you should do an article about when and how color was made, if you did not already do that.

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Thanks for the suggestion, Breanna! We appreciate the feedback! Check out Wonders related to colors! Hi, Ariana! We're glad you learned more about March Madness! While March Madness is centered around basketball, other sports have their tournament seasons, too! Great point, zaniyah! Even better when you're learning, too! We hope you share this Wonder with them!

I have no question do any of you think that North Carolina is gonna win? I do They are my favorite team. Great question, Adam! You can see the Men's Basketball tournament bracket here! Why is it only a 1 game elimination? Why do they put the 1 teams against the 16 teams? Their is a lot of great upsets in NCAA basketball!

I liked this story a lot because it tells us a lot about March Madness! We're glad you liked this Wonder, Travis! We hope you share it with your Mom and other basketball fans! We encourage you to keep researching about the history of the NCAA tournament! Yes, they do, Drew! Most collage sports have a tournament of some kind.

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You can learn more by researching NCAA sports! Sometimes, kyle! It can be very emotional! Players have been working very hard for their turn in the tournament! Great, Elizabeth! We're glad this relates to what you learned in school! Do you know when Los Angeles will get beat for the record of national titles with 11 or will they beat it their self. Welcome, Lincoln! Are you wondering about men's basketball? They won in , , and ! Thank you for teaching me so much about march madness. It was so nice listening to march madness:.

Great question, aidan! For men's basketball 15 players can dress for the game and the school is limited to 13 scholarships. The school is limited to 15 scholarships for women's basketball! March Madness is only basketball. However, other sports have tournaments, too at the end of the season! I liked this article because I am really in to basketball season, especially March madness. I love the team KY, I go for them. I will admit that they are not as good as they where last year. We have new players, that aren't that good.

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But all together they are not to bad. We are seed 4 and last year we were seed 1. Thanks for the KIND words, madison! We're glad this Wonder sparked your interest! Check out Wonder Who Invented Basketball? We're glad you learned something new, paige! Basketball is just one thing that happens during march!

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Want to add a little wonder to your website? Help spread the wonder of families learning together. We sent you SMS, for complete subscription please reply. Follow Twitter Instagram Facebook. What is March Madness? When did March Madness begin? Which college basketball team has won the most national championships? Wonder What's Next? Hop in! Be sure to explore the following activities with a friend or family member: Are you ready to participate in March Madness? The first thing you'll need to do is fill out your very own bracket with your picks for the NCAA basketball tournament.

You can find brackets in local newspapers, as well as printable brackets online each year. Click here to access 's. Ask a friend or family member to help you print and fill out a bracket. Then watch the games to see who wins! If you're really into March Madness, plan and host a Final Four party! You'll need a television to watch the games, as well as some tasty and healthy snacks. You might also want to plan some fun games you can play as a group at halftime and between games.

Make sure you get permission and help from an adult friend or family member. Have fun! Want to learn more about the origins of March Madness? Do you think the people back in had any idea what a spectacle their creation would become? Why or why not? Did you get it? Test your knowledge. Thy word is truth. Image: Hulu. Hulu subscribers, check this out. Nothing but net! Good luck! Time to make your picks! Image: Getty Images. For the non-sports fan or if you have no idea what else to do.