Greetings - Hope this finds All having had a decent summer, with prep underway for the upcoming school year.. and/or for those embarking/continuing on other pursuits.  Just a friendly reminder (see recent e-mail) about the Special Olys annual fundraiser free lunch (donations accepted) at Texas Roadhouse in Crystal Lake, Fri., 7/28, 11a-2p. Sgt. Dennis Walker, past JHS Police liaison and now Spec. O. coordinator for Alg. Police Dept., has encouraged all of us to attend if we can. He recently participated (with other athletes/officers) in the LETR Torch Run throughout Illinois in his continued support of our programs.

This lunch event is a good time to catch up with friends/teammates, have a good meal, and get the new season off to a running start!    


Hey All -                                

Regarding Track & Field, kudos and congrats for efforts in preparing for (Thurs. Practices, etc.), traveling to, showing up, competing/& supporting competitors, keeping a spirit of patience and sportsmanship, and acknowledging the fact that all athletes at Summer Games State Championships were the tops in their state-wide divisions.

From 1st place to 7th place, whether individual or group, everyone has much to be proud of.. not to mention the fun and camaraderie shared by the team(s). Thank you for being a part of, and providing your kids the opportunity of this life experience.

Please forward to me some pictures/vids you or your family might have taken over the weekend - I'll try and get some on the d300 website, FB, and/or in the press - just to further show what our kids put into this.

You can either send them here on e-mail,,  or text/msg. me at my cell: 847-212-8617.

And a personal thanks to all involved - teammates, coaches, families, assistants/helpers, admin., fans, etc. -  for helping make my tenure as Track/basketball coach over the last 5 years a valuable, unique, and memorable experience. I'll treasure the relationships that have blossomed and grown along the way, as well as the witnessing of personal growth of many student-athletes. Even though I’m retiring from teaching and head coaching as of the close of Summer Games just passed, I'll hope to still see you down the road..

   To a good rest of the summer,

       Coach Allen

5/1/17 - Track families please see your e-mail. Thank you.

4/27 - Track & Field families, pls see your e-mail

4/22/17 - Have sent out (yesterday) to e-mails of Track team members more info about Sunday’s Track meet (4/23) @ Cary-Grove HS, 9:30a.  For map, see Track & Field calendar in drop down from above, click on event on 4/23/17.

Great Track practice Tues 4/11! Thx again for coming out to help ascertain final times/distances..

Next Tues. 4/18 will be the next practice before our first meet on Sunday 4/23 @ CGHS (Cary-Grove).

Hope to have the Spirit Wear info out by this weekend.. With a response needed from you by Wed. 4/19 at the latest, preferably by practice on Tues. the night before (4/18).  We’ll be needing to re-schedule practice on Tues. 4/25 to THURSDAY 4/20 because the Girls B’Ball team is invited to School Board recognition that Tues. - All are invited to show up and support the girls’ Board/Community recognition for their silver medal downstate this spring. Have a good Easter weekend! Coach A.

Hope all had a good break. Looking forward to our first track practice on this
Wed. 4-5-17 @ Jacobs in the fieldhouse. If you plan on running track/field this year, but can’t make this Wed., please let me know.

Thx, Coach Allen

Thanks to all who attended the Track & Field mtg. Last week. See you after break on Wed. 4-5-17 for practice @ 5pm in the field house @ Jacobs.

This Fri. 3/24, Jacobs is having an all-school pep-assembly 9th period (2:15p), including all Special Olympians! As the recent email sent out mentioned, please have athletes wear a Special Oly. shirt spirit wear.

Please see e-mail sent out Sunday 3/12/17. And Good luck to the Girls B’ball team at Illinois State Championships this week..!

Girls B’ball play their State Championship games at 8am, then again @ 12:30pm on Sunday March 19 @ The Shirk Center, Wesleyan University, near ISU Campus (see details on calendar - including map - under Schedules link  above).

Tuesday’s practice, 3/7, is confirmed for 7pm @ JHS.

Bowling dates are available on the calendar for next year… (see ‘schedules’ above -  & below!)

              Dear Parents and Students,


This year Jacobs High School will be having a bowling team again for Special Olympics.  We are looking for anyone interested in joining the team.  You do not need to have any bowling experience to join.  We will be practicing twice a month at the Algonquin Brunswick Zone starting October 19th.  Brunswick Zone has been nice enough to give us a great deal on practice costs.  They are only charging $1 per game and no charge for shoe rentals.  We will be playing 3 games each practice, which makes each practice $3 for each athlete.  Every athlete is responsible for the cost of their practice.

Practice Dates & Times - 2017

Thursday, October 19th               4 – 5:30pm          (We will try and start as close to 4pm as we can!)

Thursday, November 2nd             4 – 5:30pm

 Thursday, November 16th          4 – 5:30pm

Thursday, November 30th           4 – 5:30pm

Thursday, December 7th             4 – 5:30pm

Thursday, January 11th                4 – 5:30pm

Thursday, January 25th                4 – 5:30pm

Thursday, February 8th                4 – 5:30pm

Thursday, February 22nd             4 – 5:30pm

Thursday, March 8th                    4 – 5:30pm

Thursday, March 22nd                 4 – 5:30pm

Thursday, April 6th                           4 – 5:30pm

Thursday, April 20th                         4 – 5:30pm

Thursday, May 4rd                           4 – 5:30pm

Thursday, May 17th                     


Megan Placko –                    Cell: (847)404-9652

Another GIrls’ B’ball team practice - 3/7/17, 7pm, tentatively -  has been added to the calendar in prep for the State championship

Sat. 1/21/17, all b’ball players play during half-times of successive games (Soph., Varsity) beginning w/Soph. Game @ 2p, then Varsity game @ 3:30p.

Monday’s b’ball practice (1/23)  has been cancelled, but stay tuned for upcoming Girls practices in prep for their Downstate Championship games the weekend of March 17 (see calendar) Be thinking about hotel rooms if you haven’t yet! They fill up quickly..

Great night Thurs. vs. Jacobs’ Staff! Lots o’ effort and good energy - and spirited sportsmanship.. Good crowd w/the band & cheerleaders leading the way!

Time correction: Please arrive at 5:45-5:50p Thursday eve. (1/19/17) for the B’ball game vs. Staff at Jacobs (see below).

Good luck to Boys b’ball team at state qualifying tourney this Sunday, 1/16/17, at HOFFMAN ESTATES HIGH SCHOOL!! (changed venue) (see map on ‘details’ of event on the website calendar) Opening Ceremonies at 8am, 1st game at 8:30..  

Here’s to a good start to 2017, including a new school term - may it continue into a positively based year round experience..!

Please mark/remind the calendar for a fun night of basketball when ALL Spec. O. B’ball players/teams take to the court vs. the Jacobs’ staff in the evening of Jan. 19th (around 6:30p)! The band’s coming out to play, the cheerleaders will be there, the fans will show! More info to come right here on this website..

Happy New Year!


CANCELLED! Sunday, 12/11/16 B’ball Tourney at St. Charles - due to approaching winter storm!

Look for Spirit Wear arrival this next week of 12/12/16!

12/8/16 - Correction on B’ball calendar: This Saturday, 12/10/16, the game at New Trier is all girls, not co-ed. Good luck!

And good luck to the boys b’ball team the next day at St. Charles! (see calendar for particulars)

Good game last night (11/30/16) vs. Barrington! Team-work & sincere effort by all ruled for an impressive victory!

Reminder (on the calendar) - The Naperville game on 12/14 has been cancelled.. There might be a replacement game - stay tuned here. And regarding the New Trier game on 12/10, this will be a combined team game - contact Blaseck for info on who’s going.

Girls’ Team State Qualifying game @ Hersey High this Sunday, 12/4.

Correction: Wednesday’s (11/30/16) B’ball game with Barrington is only the BOYS team. Girls are playing the following Sunday, 12/4,  8am at Hersey High for a chance to go Downstate! Please see drop-down calendar under Schedules here on the website. For more details, click on the info on calendar date.  

Thank you to all who purchased Spirit Wear recently from our first ‘on-line’ attempt at doing this..! Your patience is appreciated and we should have shirts by the X-mas Holidays. Any feedback about this, good or bad, please let Coach Allen know - 

Visit our online Special Olympic Spirit Shop using the Connect Tab on the scroll to the << left over there!<<   

Our new Spirit Wear is available online through Monday 11/14/16 ONLY!

Please see email sent out lately. Get your orders in ASAP! Shirts should be available before the holidays.

Again  (see e-mail), thanks to parents/helpers who helped chaperone/coach our game/night at the United Center..! And for affording  the kids a lifetime experience! Thanks to Coach Blaze for setting it up.

BULLS GAME MONDAY NIGHT, 11 /7/16!! - If riding the bus, it LEAVES at 4:15p from outside the Athletic entrance (circle drive). Coach Blaseck will have athletes’ tix in hand. Bus should arrive back at JHS around 11p or so.

If you’re meeting the team at the United Center, please be at Gate 3 by 6:15p, or sooner!

Please check calendar under Basketball on website    for updated schedules for b’ball practices and games.        sa - 10/17/16

Hello Golden Eagles Fans,  (<-- Please see info/link on ‘scroll’ to the left here for tickets)


Our Golden Eagle Special Olympics Basketball Team will be playing Vernon Hills Special Olympics Team at the United Center on Monday, November 7th.  That’s correct, the “House that Mike built”.

The Bulls have a special price where for the price of a ticket, we play on the United Center court at 6 or 6:30 and then stay for the 7 pm game that follows. The tickets are $30 per ticket, and we have some available for our Golden Eagle fans who are interested in attending!

If you are interested in purchasing tickets and attending, please complete the attached form and return it with payment to the HDJ main office. (Tickets are available on a first come, first served basis.) Checks should be payable to CUSD 300 with “Special Olympics” on the subject line.

We are also asking if people would be interested in taking a bus for a nominal fee, so please make sure you complete that part of the attached form.

Please feel free to reach out to me with any questions.


Please see practice schedule on calendar under Basketball ‘drop-down’ . Also, more info found by clicking twice on each calendar entry.

Same can be found for bowling schedule under ‘Bowling.’




First B’Ball practice this next Tues., 9/20/16 - 6pm Fieldhouse, JHS

Reminder: School Board Recognition night for State participants is Tues. 9/13/16 at the Admin. Bldg., 6pm. Please see e-mail!

Welcome back everybody! Please stay tuned here for further updates as the year progresses.