By Al Zipsie

With the football season starting Friday and with all other sports to follow. Schools are all hoping for the dream state championship. Here is a look at the NUIC and state hardware in their trophy case. Top four finishes, first through fourth in all boys and girls sports.

Dakota and West Carroll (including before Consolidation Savanna, Mt Carroll and Thomson) lead with 15 state hardware each. Dakota has the most state championships with nine, and all since 2005.
Here is a list of all NUIC schools and state hardware. School. Total won. 1st-2nd-3rd-4th.
Dakota. 15. 9-3-2-1.
1st-Football. 2005, 2007, 2011. Wrestling. 2006, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016. Volleyball 2011.
2nd-Volleyball. 2012, 2014. Wrestling 1994.
3rd-Wrestling. 2005, 2007.
4th-Wrestling. Wrestling 1989.
West Carroll. Combined.  15. 6-3-4-2.
West Carroll 1. 0-0-0-1.
4th-Softball. 2009.
Savanna. 10. 6-1-3-0.
1st-Wrestling. 1974, 1975, 1977, 1979, 1980, 1982.
2nd-Boys track. 1985.
3rd-Wrestling. 1962, 1978, 1983.
Mt. Carroll. 3. 0-2-1-0.
2nd-Boys basketball. 1911, 2003.
3rd-Boys basketball. 1909.
Thomson. 1. 0-0-0-1.
4th-Boys basketball. 1972.
Eastland. 12. 4-3-1-4.
1st-Football. 2014. Volleyball. 2008, 2009, 2015.
2nd-Softball. 1999. Volleyball. 2016. Baseball. 2011.
3rd-Girls basketball. 2014.
4th-Volleyball. 2013. Boys basketball. 2010, 2013. Baseball 2009.
Stockton. 10. 3-5-1-1.
1st-Football. 1978. 1991. Wrestling. Coop with Lena-Winslow. 2017.
2nd-Football. 1975, 1977, 2004, 2012. Wrestling Coop with Lena-Winslow. 2012.
3rd-Girls basketball. 2001.
4th-Girls basketball. 1993.
Lena-Winslow. 8. 3-2-0-3.
1st-Football. 2010, 2013. Wrestling. 2017..
2nd-Wrestling. 2012. Boys track. 1993.
4th-Baseball. 2012. Boys basketball. 1984. Volleyball. 2002.
Forreston. 7. 2-1-3-1.
1st-Football. 2014, 2016.
2nd-Girls track. 1995.
3rd-Boys track. Coop with Polo. 2017. Girls track. 1996. Boys cross country. 1987.
4th-Boys basketball. 2015.
Aquin. 5. 5-0-0-0. All five are state championships.
1st-Football. 1981, 1986, 2005. Girls basketball. 2012, 2013.
Galena. 4. 3-1-0-0.
1st-Football. 1997, 2003, 2007.
2nd-Football. 1999.
Amboy. 4. 1-2-0-1.
1st-Football. 1984.
2nd-Football. 1979, 1980.
4th-Softball. 2014.
Milledgeville. 2. 1-0-1-0.
1st-Softball. 2013.
3rd-Softball. 2012.
Orangeville. 1. 1-0-0-0.
1st-Football. 1989.
Pearl City. 1. 1-0-0-0.
1st-Football. Coop with Eastland. 2014.
Durand. 1. 0-1-0-0.
2nd-Football. 1985.
River Ridge. 1. 0-1-0-0.
2nd-Girls basketball. 2011.
Scales Mound. 1. 0-1-0-0.
2nd-Volleyball. 2010.
Polo. 1. 0-0-1-0.
3rd-Boys track. Coop with Forreston. 2017.
East Dubuque. 1. 0-0-0-1.
4th-Volleyball. 1979.
0. Pecatonica. Warren. Ashton/Franklin Center.
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With the football season upon us, the NUIC dominates small school football in the state. While no NUIC boys basketball team has yet to win a state championship. The NUIC has won many football state championships. Here is the list.
State Championships.
3. Aquin 1981, 1986, 2005. Dakota 2005, 2007, 2011. Galena 1997, 2003, 2007.
2. Forreston. 2014, 2016. Stockton. 1978, 1991. Lena-Winslow. 2010, 2013.
1. Eastland/Pearl City. 2014. Orangeville. 1989. Amboy. 1984.
Runner-up.
Stockton. 4. 1975, 1977, 2004, 2012. Amboy. 2. 1979, 1980. Durand 1. 1985. Galena. 1999.