Chairman, David Kinsinger

President, James Kroll

Vice Presidents:

Grade School Programs,
Steven Moeller

High School and Adult Programs,
Jeffrey Miller

Secretary, Christina Houck

Treasurer, Jeffrey Miller

Kurt Bimler
Andrew Crouse
Sue Domeier
Andrew Fritz
John Kelm
David Laabs
Ronald Moll
Shannon Schmidt
Mary Staehlin

The LSA thanks you for your support.


In 1975, six laymen formed the Lutheran Sports Association of Illinois in order to declare a champion for high school youth basketball and men’s division. In 1976, the first championship was held at Bradley University. It was the first state Lutheran championship in the country. In 1985, the LSA expanded into the elementary schools and started the first state Lutheran basketball championships for grade schools in the nation. Twelve boys‘ and eight girls’ teams participated, and Saint Peter in Arlington Heights has been a host of grade school basketball event ever since. In the following years, the LSA has added state championships for Volleyball, Cheerleading, Track and Field, and Cross Country.

The LSA is comprised of a Board of Directors who are elected by current directors. It has no salaried employees, and income comes from entry fees, advertisements in program books, ticket sales, donations, and souvenirs such as T-shirts and photos. The only fees the schools or congregations pay are entry fees. Each event has a committee which is comprised of LSA Directors and dedicated volunteers. Without volunteer support, the LSA simply could not run our events!

The volunteers who serve on the Board of Directors are comprised of educators and laymen. The LSA only runs the state events and their play-in games. Regular season games and tournaments are not under the jurisdiction of the LSA. The LSA and the state basketball tournaments are independent of the National Basketball Tournament run by the Lutheran Basketball Association of America (LBAA). We are not affiliated with any particular Lutheran synod. Other states have started similar associations using the LSA as a model.

Here is a list of our “firsts”

1976 . High School Varsity and Mens’ Basketball Tournament.

1985 . Grade School Basketball Tournament

1988 . Girls’ Grade School Volleyball, Frosh/Soph Basketball, and publication of Directory of Illinois Lutheran Schools

1990 . Grade School Track and Field Meet

1992 . Grade School Cheerleading Competition

1995 . Boys’ Grade School Volleyball Tournament

2005 . Grade School Cross Country Meet


Winning Edge . Joan's Trophies . BBM Photo . Athletico
Concordia University . Chicago Host of the website and the Track Meet
Lincoln Land Community College . Host of Championship Matches of the Grade School Volleyball Tournament