Whether it is basketball or wrestling, the Ida Crown Jewish Academy Aces are known locally and nationally as formidable competitors. And at national sports tournaments, parents, teachers and students travel far distances to support our men and women athletes. In 2012, two varsity athletic teams, the wrestlers and the varsity girls’ basketball team, became Illinois High School Association (IHSA) Regional Champions in the same week. This is the first time in the school’s history that any team won the regional championship game and likely the first time that any Jewish day school took that title twice in the same season. Later in that same year, the wrestlers won the YU Henry Wittenberg Wrestling Invitational for the 8th time, scoring more points than any team had ever scored in tournament history.

We currently offer many interscholastic athletic teams, including: boys’ and girls’ cross country, girls’ soccer, boys’ baseball, wrestling, girls’ and boys’ junior varsity and varsity basketball teams, boys’ fencing. For more information contact Brittany Peters, athletic director at bpeters@icja.org

Click here for away game addresses

Athletic Department Programs

In order to participate, you will need to complete the following forms. No student/athlete may participate in an open gym, tryout, or practice in any sport until the athletic office is in receipt of the completed Permit Card, the signed IHSA sports medicine consent, the participation form and the registration form.

Athletic Manual When it becomes available, please read and check acknowledgement boxes below.

Athletic Manual Confirmation Form

Athletic Permit Card  This Permit Card is a matter of safety and must be signed by a doctor, guardian and student.

IHSA New Sports Medicine Consent and Acknowledgement

ICJA Athletic Registration Form

SportStarting & Open Gym DateTry-Out Date
Cross CountryAug 12, 2019No Try-outs
Girls BasketballOct 24, 2019Nov 3, 5 & 7, 2019
Boys BasketballOct 23, 2019Nov 10, 11 & 13, 2019
WrestlingSept 3, 2019Nov 10, 11 & 13, 2019
BaseballFeb 16, 2020Mar 1 & 2, 2020
SoccerFeb 16, 2020Mar 1, 3 & 5, 2020

Check the calendar for athletic schedules or click here to find a list of addresses and directions to away games.

Cross Country

Boys’ Coach: Ezra Jaffe, ezra.jaffe@gmail.com

Girls’ Coach: Dana Hunter, dana.n.hunter@gmail.com

Try-Out Dates: No tryouts

Schedule:  ICJA Cross Country Schedule

Boys’ Basketball

Boy’s Varsity Coach: Lee Gruen, lee@chaiathletics.com

Boy’s Varsity Assistant Coach: Robert Duling, srduling@hotmail.com

Sophomore Coach: William Boatright, will238756@yahoo.com

Boy’s Sophomore Assistant Coach: Rodney Montgomery, rodneymontgomery@hotmail.com

Try-Out Dates: Nov 10, 11 & 13, 2019


Basketball Sophomore Schedule 2020

Basketball Varsity Schedule 2020


Girl’s Basketball

Girls’ Varsity Coach: Brittany Peters, bpeters@icja.org

Girls’ Jr Varsity Coach: Zach Appel, ziappel@gmail.com

Try-Out Dates: Nov 3, 5 & 7, 2019


Girls Varsity Basketball Schedule 2020 Updated

Girls JV Basketball Schedule 2020 NEW UPDATE


Coach: Doug Klein, jdouglasklein@yahoo.com

Assistant Coach: Ellie Saltzman, leieio77@gmail.com

Assistant Coach: Bill Porter, bporter@mortongroveil.org

Try-Out Dates: November 10, 11 & 13, 2019

Schedule: Wrestling Varsity Schedule ’20 UPDATED 

Boys’ & Girls’ Fencing

Fencing Coach: TBD

Try-Out Dates: TBD

Schedule: 2019-2020 Athletic Schedule-Fencing: TBD

Girls’ Soccer

Head Coach: Leo Rodriguez, leorodriguez989@gmail.com

Try-Out Dates: Mar 1, 3 & 5, 2020

Schedule: Girls Soccer 2020 UPDATED

Boys’ Baseball

Coach Steve Greenberg, steven@chicagotailgators.com

Assistant Coach Dr. Preston Wolin, pw@athleticmed.com

Try-Out Dates: Mar 1 & 2, 2020

Schedule: Boys Baseball Schedule