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IHSA announces 2018-19 Distinguished Media Service Award winners, honors WMBD's Kurt Pegler

PEORIA - The Illinois High School Association (IHSA) announced its sixth class of recipients of the IHSA Distinguished Media Service Award Wednesday, including WMBD's very own sports director Kurt Pegler. 

The 2018-19 honorees also include sports director Chris Duerr of Quincy’s KHQA-TV, Daily Herald sportswriter Marty Maciaszek and Cass County Gazette sports editor Don Chipman.

"Thanks to IHSA for the honor," Pegler said. "Thank you to the athletics directors in our area that have made things so much fun to cover all these years. And of course, the sports fans."

The IHSA Distinguished Media Service Award was created to recognize media members who have covered high school sports and activities in Illinois for a significant period of time, while maintaining perspective on the amateur events they report on.

IHSA member schools submitted nominations for the award, with Duerr and Chipman being nominated by Warsaw High School and Beardstown High School, respectively. Maciaszek was nominated by two schools, north suburban Hersey High School and Wheeling High School, while all eight members of the Mid-Illini Conference jointly nominated Pegler.

Each winner will be honored at a high school event of their choosing during the 2018-19 school year.

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