2016 IllinoisHighSchoolSports.com Scholarship Winners


The Administrators of IllinoisHighSchoolSports.com have decided which applicants will be the benefactors of the $2,600 available. The $2,600 has been split into 4-$500 scholarships and the $600 Steve Rheinecker Memorial Scholarship.

We are honored, privileged, and proud to announce to the world the 2016 IHSS Scholarship Winners. We thank all applicants for making our decisions the toughest and most thought-provoking possible.

Since May of 2004, IllinoisHighSchoolSports.com has given out roughly $50,000 in college scholarships. We are also EXTREMELY PROUD of our IHSS members who generously support student athletes throughout Illinois. A BIG THANK YOU to you all, who ultimately provide the funds to award these winners with scholarships through our annual membership fees. Some may not think so, but all of our paid memberships go a long way toward making a difference in the future academic endeavors of six outstanding young people.


Trevor Fauss
Woodlawn, Illinois
Mascot: Cardinals
Conference: Midland Trail

IHSS Affiliation: Trevor is sponsored by IHSS Member 64runner

Trevor Fauss excelled on the links and with the buzzer. He was team captain for two golf seasons–making to the sectionals his junior and season seasons. Like golf, he participated all four years in Scholar Bowl–serving as captain his senior year. His Scholastic Bowl Awards reads like a short novel with multiple MVP and All-Conference awards.

In the classroom, Trevor made the ACT look easy with a 30 and was a previous Student of the Month and National Honors Society member. His senior year was capped off by an Illinois Principals Association Award.

Somehow Fauss has find time to volunteer–serving: Explore Your Mind Group, American Red Cross Blood Drives, Woodlawn High Freshman Orientation and Registration, Woodlawn High Open House, Rock-a-Thon, and Mount Vernon City Wide Clean-up. He was also active with the school website and Student Council.

Trevor will attend Southeast Missouri State University in the fall.


Brendan Held
Taylorville, Illinois
Mascot: Tornadoes
Conference: Apollo

IHSS Affiliation: Father is IHSS Member cardsfan33

Taylorville’s Brendan Held defined what it was to be a Tornado during his athletic career as a 3-year member of the golf team and 4-year member of the baseball team.

Outside of sports, Brendan was a member of the Key Club, Purple Reign Spirit Group, Student Council and National Honor Society. As an Illinois State Scholar, he also made the Dean’s List and President’s List at Lincoln Land Community College while taking extra courses.

Held has held his own in the community thanks to various services through THS Student Council including visiting memory care residents, working blood drives and food drives as well as helping with Angel Tree donations. He’s also very active in his church assisting with dinners, food and toy drives, mass, and serving on mission trips.

Brendan will attend the University of Illinois in the fall.


Dylan Miller
Waltonville, Illinois
Mascot: Spartans
Conference: Midland Trail

IHSS Affiliation: Father is IHSS Member tmtmtl

Waltonville’s Dylan Miller is the prototypical student-athlete with honors both inside and out of the classroom. Miller was twice a captain for Spartans Basketball and was All-Midland Trail (2 years), All-South and IBCA All-State Honorable Mention. He was also an Illinois State Scholar and Valedictorian of the southwestern Jefferson County School.

Miller has devoted countless hours to Highway 148 Trash Pick-up, Lifeboat Alliance Homeless Shelter Food Donation, and Centralia Humane Society Shelter. He also was a member of the Beta Club, WYSE, Math Team, Student Council, and Future Business Leaders of America.

Dylan will attend the University of Southern Indiana.


Braden Miller
Murphysboro, Illinois
Mascot: Red Devils
Conference: Southern Illinois River-to-River (Ohio)

IHSS Affiliation: Father is IHSS Member murphy4ever

Few applicants can match the athletic accolades collected by Murphysboro’s Braden Miller. Miller has been All-South and All-Conference in both basketball and football, but added more on the gridiron with All-State Academic and All-State Honorable Mention Honors. He was also the Southern Illinoisan’s Player of the Year and led his baseball team to a 4th Place Finish in 2016.

Miller was active in the National Honors Society, Key Club, Beta Club as well as his church.

Braden will attend Illinois Wesleyan University in the fall.


Steven Rheinecker Memorial Scholarship
Payton Woods
Champaign, Illinois
Champaign Central
Mascot: Maroons
Conference: Big Twelve

IHSS Affiliation: Payton is sponsored by IHSS Member maroon 93

Payton Woods had an exemplary athletic career as a Champaign Central Maroon–dominating in cross country, swimming, and track and field. As a runner, Woods was a 2-time sectional qualifier in cross country and a 3-time state qualifier in the spring. In the pool, Woods distanced himself from the rest.

As a 4-year letter winner and 2-time ALL-AMERICAN, Payton Woods was a 14-time state qualifier including multiple placings and a state championship. He holds school records in the 50 freestyle and 200 medley relay. He was 16-time All-Conference and 2-time team MVP.

His academics stood alone, but the time Payton found for community service is also impressive. Woods served the greater Champaign area as an adapted PE Volunteer, Indian Acres Day Camp Volunteer, swim coach for day campers, serving breakfasts at church and mowing lawns/shoveling snow for the elderly.

It’s now very easy to see why Payton Woods is the Steven Rheinecker Memorial Scholarship Winner.

Payton will attend Michigan State University in the fall.

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