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Saturday, January 3, 2015

Kobe Bryant's View of AAU Basketball

LOS ANGELES -- Kobe Bryant believes European basketball players are more skillful than American basketball players, and says it's a growing trend that can be blamed on the greed and coaching at the AAU level.
"I just think European players are just way more skillful," Bryant said Friday night after the Los Angeles Lakers109-106 loss to the Memphis Grizzlies. "They are just taught the game the right way at an early age. ... They're more skillful. It's something we really have to fix. We really have to address that. We have to teach our kids to play the right way."

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Galesburg in 1960's

Jim Wyman gave a tremendous introduction for Roger Coleman into the GHS Athletic Hall of Fame. I don't think I have heard a more impressive HOF speech than Jim's. The speech gives a great description of Roger but it is a sociology lesson on the role of radio, small towns and sports in the 1960's. It is MUST READING----

Roger Coleman Hall of Fame Speech

            It is an honor for me to represent the former employees of WGIL Radio who worked for Roger Coleman between 1954 and 1976 and to induct Roger Coleman into the Galesburg High School Hall of Fame as a “Friend GHS Athletics.”  This is a happy day for all of us who worked with Roger when he was general manager of WGIL.
            Roger Coleman is all Galesburg all the time.  He was born at St. Mary’s Hospital in Galesburg on November 27th, 1930.  His father, Haven Coleman, was the first basketball coach at Corpus Christi High School in Galesburg.  Haven Coleman was also an athletic director, who had worked at Wheaton College,Western Illinois University and at Hedding College in Abingdon until becoming sick with encepalitis and becoming an invalid.  Haven Coleman died in 1939.
            Roger loved two things in life:  sports and radio.  Although not a gifted athlete, he did run track for Galesburg High School and spent a lot of time watching the great football and basketball teams of C. C. Van Dyke and Gerald Phillips. 

Friday, December 5, 2014

Mattoon loses to Mt. Zion

MOUNT ZION—Mattoon’s girls’ basketball team dropped its Apollo Conference opener to Mount Zion in overtime Thursday 54-49.
Avery Jackson led the Lady Wave with 13 points and four steals.
Abe Lee had a double-double with 11 points and 11 rebounds.
Sierra Thompson grabbed 15 rebounds.
Mattoon falls to 2-4 and travels to Marshall for a non-conference game Saturday.

Sycamore over Sterling

SYCAMORE – Sometimes, a team is just hot.
The Sterling girls basketball team faced such a team Tuesday night, as Sycamore knocked down eight 3-pointers in a 52-32 win.
“We just got beat by a great team today,” Sterling coach Ryan Vasquez said. “It’s a team that’s in sync right now. They were playing well together today, and they hit some big-time shots.
“When you’re knocking down shots like that, it’s a good thing on their part and a bad thing on ours we need to fix. Kudos to them.”

U-High over Prairie Central

Two teams in our King Tourney...

University High School's girls basketball team capitalized on a number of early turnovers to race to a 17-2 first-quarter lead en route to a 63-40 Corn Belt Conference win over Prairie Central on Thursday night at Normal.
"Defensively, we came out with a lot of intensity and had a few easy, layup baskets as a result," said U High coach Laura Sellers.
Chante Stonewall scored 15 points while pulling down eight rebounds and dishing out five assists to lead the Pioneers (5-1, 2-0). Amber Nanni also scored 15 points for the Pioneers.
Linnea Johnson had 11 points for Prairie Central.

Lincoln over Jacksonville

Lincoln 56, Jacksonville 45: Faith Smith scored 15 of her team-high 17 points in the second quarter to help Lincoln to a 32-22 halftime lead en route to the Central State Eight Conference victory at Lincoln. Kaelyn Froebe added 15 points for the Railsplitters (4-2).

Salem over Taylorville

Salem Wins Apollo Conference Opener Over Taylorville

SALEM - The Salem Lady Wildcats (5-1) shook off a slow start and used a 19-7 third quarter to turn a 19-19 halftime score to a 38-26 advantage after three quarters and cruised to a 50-34 win over Taylorville.

Monday, December 1, 2014

QND Wins

By MAT MIKESELL
Sports Writer | 217-221-3365
mmikesell@whig.com | @MikesellWHIG
QUINCY -- His first victory as Quincy Notre Dame coach might have come later than he wanted, but Kevin Meyer is happy to get it.
And after the 58-46 victory over Calhoun on Saturday night, he's looking forward to getting more.
"It's not relief because I still think this team has high expectations," Meyer said. "There's still a lot of things we can build on tonight. But we definitely get some confidence."
QND's three losses to start the season nearly matched the four it lost all of last season while finishing third in Class 3A after defeating Burlington Central in the third-place game at Redbird Arena in Normal, Ill.
The previous two losses this season to Macomb and Kankakee McNamara came by double digits, and things looked shaky again Saturday as Calhoun opened the game on a 9-4 run. QND responded, though, with a 6-0 run to take the lead.

Rock Falls Beats Sterling

ROCK FALLS – With arch rival Sterling looming in the Sauk Valley Shootout finale, Rock Falls senior Bailey Schrader didn't want to put herself in a position to play too careful when it matters most.
Schrader, who had struggled with foul trouble for most of the tournament, improved on her discipline, and in turn was able to become enjoy the freedom of not having to play so timid.
Schrader poured in 25 points and pulled down eight rebounds to push the Rockets ahead after a second-quarter deficit, and played a key role in the paint in turning Golden Warrior turnovers early in the third quarter into points en route to a 54-48 win at Tabor Gym on Tuesday. With the win, the Rockets (3-2) took third place.