Monday, January 31, 2011
Dorothy Dralle was one of the most thoughtful people I have ever met. She possessed so many wonderful qualities, it is hard to know where to begin in describing her personality. She simply made everyone’s day better. It was sad to hear of the passing of Dorothy Dralle on Sunday.
When I started as a coach and teacher at Galesburg High School, Dorothy was the secretary for George Lundeen, the Athletic Director. She was stuffed into a tiny little room not much bigger than a closet, along with 2-3 file cabinets. I quickly learned that she was more than the athletic secretary. She was really a combination of administrator and counselor.
Sunday, January 30, 2011
- Vince Lombardi
"One of life's most painful moments comes when we must admit that we didn't do our homework, we are not prepared."
- Merlin Olson
"You will never know how a horse will pull until you hook him to a heavy load."
- Bear Bryant
Billy Packer was talking about time outs. We never call time outs. We don’t have anything to say. Deeper than that, if a team is scoring on us, the worst thing for us to do is to call timeout because we need the clock running to do our thing. Dead time hurts us. So, we never, never call timeout.
Illinois- Most 3- Point Field Goals Made, Game
1. 22 Galesburg vs. Bloomington Jan. 29, 2011
2. 21 Galesburg vs. Paris Dec. 28, 2010
21 Galesburg vs. Rantoul Dec. 28, 2010
21 Galesburg vs. Quincy Jan. 13, 2011
5. 20 Galesburg vs. Bloomington Jan. 30, 2010
20 Mason City vs. Mt. Pulaski 2001-2
20 Herscher vs. Plano Dec. 5, 2007
Years ago, I was looking for an assistant coach for girls basketball. Bill Allison had told me to talk to Peachey (he does not like it when I call him Steve). I really didn’t think he would be interested. As we talked, and it became apparent he was indeed interested, I was very excited about the possibility. The two characteristics that stood out for me were his unbridled enthusiasm and the strong values he brought as a role model.
Saturday, January 29, 2011
We hit 22 threes in our win over Bloomington today. The final was 88-47. All fifteen players played, as a result the most anyone played was 13 minutes. Jessica Howard hit 7 threes despite only clocking 13 minutes and not playing in the fourth quarter.
Friday, January 28, 2011
14 games vs. #1 Seeds
6 games vs. #2 Seeds
4 games vs. #3 Seeds
2 games vs. #4 Seeds
1 games vs. #5 Seeds
1 games vs. #6 Seeds
Thursday, January 27, 2011
Chloe Anderson has always been involved in sports. It is tiring to think about all of the things she has done as a youth. Her ability to do a lot of different sports growing up is a tribute to athletic ability and also to her drive. Fortunately for us, she chose to continue in basketball at the high school.
Jamie Johnson and Sadee Hamilton came up REALLY big tonight. They combined for 27 points (Jamie 19) and 22 rebounds (Sadee 12).
Tuesday, January 25, 2011
Dad said,"Son, don't ever think you're better than somebody else, but never forget you're just as good as anybody. No better, but just as good." That is how he taught me about equality. Blacks, whites, men, women- everybody equal. He was pretty advanced.
I am branching out a little. I thought it would be interesting to get the perspective of someone who was a GHS student and now has a GHS student-athlete. Knowing how willing Megan Young is to express her opinions, I thought Megan's mother Chris would be a good candidate.
John Thiel was finishing his last year as coach when I student taught at GHS in 1973. The three strongest, most demanding coaches/teachers at GHS at that time were John Thiel (the basketball coach), Sally Rynott (band director), and Bev Rosine (cheerleading coach). All three of them ran a tight ship and demanded excellence.
Chris Young was a basketball cheerleader (long after 1973) for Bev Rosine. Her perspective on her experiences at GHS, changes in GHS thru the years, and dealing with an athletic daughter are enjoyable to read.
Monday, January 24, 2011
Sunday, January 23, 2011
Field Goal Attempts
Total Offensive Possessions
Needless to say, this may have been our best half of the year!
Saturday, January 22, 2011
Friday, January 21, 2011
Rocky edges back into Big 6 girls lead
By Steve Tappa
|Surveying the local girls' basketball landscape Thursday night, and looking ahead to the final frantic weeks of the best Western Big 6 Conference race in years, Rock Island coach Thad Hoover forwarded a history-making thought. |
Thursday, January 20, 2011
In 1997, Galesburg played Taylorville in the semi-finals at State. That session set an IHSA record for largest attendance. (It should be noted since going to four class system and the resulting lower attendance, the IHSA no longer releases attendance figures.) This game was a huge draw for several reasons. By teams were highly rated teams from one school communities with rich basketball tradition. Galesburg had been to State the year before, so there had been a build up of excitement. And both teams obviously were solid with lots of good players. But the added factor was Molly Watson (Molly Fordyce today).
Wednesday, January 19, 2011
Tuesday, January 18, 2011
I asked Dan Sullivan, this is your first year as a retired basketball coach. What has been good about that and what is bad about that?
Things i don't miss bus rides, selfish players, losing, crappy practices...the feeling I had the day of a game especially after school til tip off. I worried too much about stuff I think. This season I've enjoyed not having that feeling. I miss competing and winning so I guess you cant have one without the other...I've not once regretted my decision though.
Read the whole QA in Dan Sullivan- Coach's Son
Sunday, January 16, 2011
Sadee Hamilton has been a two year regular for the varsity. Last year she played inside all the time. When Sara Baker graduated, I was not sure who could fill her spot of playing on the perimeter on offense but inside on the boards on defense. Coach Rux was the one who pointed out that Sadee had been a great passer for him as a freshman. And he was right!
|In real life Hoosiers, the coach was young.|
I have found it wise not to read comments on the internet about our team, and for that matter I try to avoid reading articles about our team. It is not meant as anything negative toward the area reporters, I like most of them and when I have read their articles they are fair and accurate. I just don’t think in coaching you want to hear a lot of “voices” when you are trying to make decisions. My assistants provide the perspective I need and want, I don’t want in a game to have any hesitation because I am thinking about something a critic on the internet said.
Saturday, January 15, 2011
Dear Mr. Massey,
I am recommending your election to the position of coach and science instructor to the board of education at a salary of $185 per month for 9 1/2 months. I shall not require a personal interview this time. Mr. Mino Flikkema, Secretary will send the contract for your signature. Hoping this is satisfactory and that we may have a pleasant and profitable school year. I am,
E.E.Liljequist, Supt. of Schools, Fulton, Illinois
I am not sure how Neil Myer graduated from high school. I had him in class and he got straight A’s, I encouraged him to relax a little more and get some B’s. He was probably involved in more outside activities than any other student. He worked for the radio station, did stats for the boys basketball team, played tennis, heavily involved in church youth group, plus like me- he watched about 20 hours of sports on TV each week. When I had him in sociology class, it was a dream come true for me. When we started class and I asked if anyone had any current events to contribute, Neil always had 2-3 sports stories to start class with. He was like my own personal ESPN update. If it was on a vote, he would have been my GHS academic hall of fame!
Friday, January 14, 2011
Tai Peachey has been around the basketball program since she was little. Tai, her two brothers, and Allen used the gyms as their playground during our practices. Today when some of the former players ask who is on the team, when I mention Tai Peachey, they all have an alarming look that comes with realizing you are getting old.
Thursday, January 13, 2011
Wednesday, January 12, 2011
What were the worst things about coaching?
The worst thing about coaching is dealing with selfishness. Selfish players, selfish parents anything that detracts from coming together and doing what you are suppose to as a team.
- excerpt from Q/A with Dan Sullivan. See entire interview for more! May be best interview I have had!!
What does he miss from coaching? What is the best part of coaching? What was game day like as a coach? Much more.....
I would describe Dan Sullivan as a coach’s son, and as old school coach. I say both of those as total compliments. Because he was a coach’s son, he learned the game at an early age. I would have described him as a veteran coach when he was 25. And in saying he is old school, he quickly gets to the heart of things with his players and with other coaches. There are comments he makes in this Q&A about the coaching profession that REALLY get to the heart of the experience. If you want to understand the world of a coach, Dan Sullivan describes it as well as anyone I know.
Jeff Janssen is a sports psychologists based in North Carolina. He has done work with UNC for decades. He publishes a public coaching website-
He also has a program where coaches can becomes members and receive more detailed studies and reports. It is always very interesting stuff. If you go to his website, there is sports-psych stuff of interest to players, coaches, parents, and fans. The following is article after spending four days with Coach Summitt:
Pat Summitt and the Lady Vols All-Access PassJeff Janssen, Janssen Sports Leadership Center
Tuesday, January 11, 2011
The Galesburg girls are off to a great start. Today I heard someone’s reaction to our success. They commented, “It won’t keep working, it is a gimmick. It is bastardizing the game of basketball.”
When I first heard the term “bastardizing”, I was smart enough to know the person evidently had strong negative feelings. Before writing, I went to several religious internet sources to make sure if I wrote this I would not have problems later down the road- I am satisfied this is not the thing that will get me in trouble.
Monday, January 10, 2011
- Johnny Unitas, Baltimore Colts
Sunday, January 9, 2011
For some defeat discourages and makes them quit.
For some success wets their appetite and makes them hungrier.
For some success satisfies them and makes them content and lazy.
* Taken from 1995 Streaks Summer Notebook
When it comes to team chemistry, Jamie Johnson is our team leader. She sets an example for everyone- players and coaches- with her ability to interact and be interested in all of her teammates. When they are just hanging out before a game, she will interact with anyone. She is not only someone we all enjoy being around, she clearly expresses to her teammates that they are all important to her.