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Monday, December 31, 2012

Tom Wilson Describes a Thriller

Tom Wilson in the Register-Mail describes one of the most thrilling GHS girls finishes....

(It should be noted that he does not mention the injury of Coach Rux in this game. He was so excited and jumped so high, he pulled a calf muscle so he could hardly walk for a week after the game.)

One of the most exciting basketball games in Galesburg High School girls basketball history closed out 1997 in a blaze of glory. The miraculous shot occurred in the Shirk Center on the campus of Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington.
The event was the inaugural "Grand Championship" of the Bloomington-Normal Holiday Classic Tournament. The GHS girls reached the grand championship against Mendota after defeating Normal Community, Normal U-High and Olympia. Both teams entered the championship with 13 victories and only one blemish.
The Silver Streaks found a lid on the basket converting only three first quarter baskets on 17 attempts and trailed after the opening stanza 24-10. Although GHS picked up the tempo in the second quarter by scoring 27 points, the Streaks still trailed at half 41-37.

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Streaks Crush Charleston

In one of our most impressive outings of the year, the Streaks pounded Charleston. The Streaks forced 30+ turnovers on their way to a 30 plus lead in the early fourth quarter. This is the story from the Charleston newspaper....

Moving on to the evening game, a comeback wasn’t inevitable, but too far out of reach.
A basket by Mitzi Terry had the score tied at six, but turnovers allowed Galesburg to go on an 11-0 run.
In a game that featured a season high 36 turnovers for Charleston, the Lady Trojans had 25 turnovers just in the first half.
“Honestly, we have nothing to simulate that kind of pressure in practice,” said Miller. “You do with what you can, but we also made a lot of turnovers that were our fault.”

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Streaks over J'ville

From the Jacksonville newspaper....

The Jacksonville High girls took Galesburg to overtime Saturday evening at the 10th Annual Country Financial Prep Showcase at Illinois College. But not one inch further.
The Silver Streaks hit four of five shots, including three 3-pointers, and outscored the Crimsons 13-0 in the extra four minutes and rolled to a 79-66 victory.
Jacksonville (7-7) led by as many as 10 points as late as the middle of the third quarter, but playing only six regulars against a Galesburg team that kept substituting five-for-five all game long eventually caught up with the Crimsons.
Jacksonville committed 41 turnovers Saturday — 27 of them after halftime, compared to only seven by the Streaks (8-5) over the same length of time.

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Galesburg Thanksgiving Tourney

Our field for the 2013 GHS Thanksgiving Tourney is set. LeRoy left our field but we had two schools on our "waiting list." We chose to add Peoria Christian to the field. Christian is having a great year as they are undefeated at 11-0. So next year we think we will have another very good field with-

Illini West
East Peoria
Peoria Christian
Decatur Eisenhower

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Daniel Inouye- Courageous & Honest

Courage takes many forms. This is a story of a man who had the courage to join the army in WWII, and then had courage in battle. Upon returning to the US as an injured soldier, he began playing cards in the VA Hospital in Michigan with another wounded soldier- Bob Dole. Daniel Inouye had planned to go into medicine, but after talking with Dole, they both realized they could make a difference in politics. Eventually both were elected to the US Senate.

The following is a story from the LA Times about an inspiring American....

In the summer of 1987, Inouye rebuked Marine Lt. Col. Oliver North, a key figure in the Iran-Contra scandal, which involved the sale of embargoed weapons to Iran in order to divert the resulting profits to anti-communist rebels in Nicaragua.
"It was painful to all of us to sit here and listen to your testimony," the senator said. "It was equally painful that you lied and misled for what you believed to be a good cause."
"Everyone in the Senate not only admired Danny Inouye, but they trusted him," Vice President Joe Biden said in a statement. "We all knew he would do the moral thing regardless of the consequences — whether it was passing judgment on a president during Watergate or on another president in the Iran-Contra hearings. And Danny always remembered where he came from — and how hard his family had to struggle."

Sunday, December 16, 2012

What the heck?

Yesterday at 6:07pm, I got a text from an unkown number that simply said, "What the heck?" I had no idea who it was from and I guessed what they were asking about. I did not respond. A little later the person identified themselves a reporter who I am also friends with. They were asking what had happened at Manual.

We had lost our 4th straight game. We knew we had a tough week when we played Rocky and Maine South- state rated teams. So when we dropped both, we were disappointed but probably not shocked. But this week we had UT a .500 team and Manual a below .500 team on the schedule. It seemed like time to get back on track and time to get the bounce back in our step. Time to get that feel of being a state ranked team. Time to get that feel of a team ready to get back in the conference championship race.

To the surprise of not only the reporter, to the surprise of our players and our team- we did not get the bounce back in our step. We lost both games. Both games were similar in some ways. We started slow but seemed to have things in decent shape at half, and then in both games actually took 5+ point leads in the third quarter. But in both games the wheels came off in the fourth quarter. Some of it was foul trouble, some of it was poor choices on offense, some of it was ineffective pressing.

Thursday, December 13, 2012


It was not a good night. A time out was necessary in the first 30 seconds. For the third game in a row, we lacked focus on our game plan, dug a hole, and lost. Disappointing!

From the Argus....

By Terry Duckett,
It was a Western Big 6 Conference girls' basketball matchup featuring contrasting styles Thursday night.

With Galesburg bringing its prodigious 3-point shooting skills to the Panther Den, the United Township Panthers found that taking the inside track was ultimately the key to victory as they were able to outgun the Silver Streaks to earn a crucial 75-69 conference win.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Dani Teel- Q&A

1. I first started playing basketball seriously in 3rd grade, but ever since I was able to hold a basketball I have been playing.

2. Two people have inspired to play: my dad has always wanted me to play and has encouraged me, whether it was taking me to Illinois games or working every night at home on our court. The second person is my grandpa, Don Teel. One day he was talking to my dad and he said "Dan, this is going to be your ball player" & ever since my dad told my that, I have been motivated to play to my greatest potential.

3. My best memory was playing against my Jr. Streaks basketball teammates when I was on the Costa team, or beating playing against our biggest rivals Canton.

Wonderful World of AAU??

I don't know the inside story but one wonders if this is another story of the world of AAU basketball. The Davis' transferring to Annawan may be for all sorts of geographic or family reasons, but...

As I read this story from the Argus, I could not help but focus on the part at the end which says, "it will reunite her with her AAU teammates." This seems to be a common place occurence throughout high school athletics. IF indeed that is the case, it is sad.

From the Argus....

One of the top girls' basketball players in the Quad-Cities is on the move.

In the age of social media, news travels fast. So Tuesday morning, when Cierra Davis told her classmates that she, twin sister Dominique and sophomore brother Jalen were no longer going to attend Alleman High School, it became news. Stunning, in fact, to most involved.

Late Tuesday night, the speculation ended.

"I can confirm that we have had the release of records and that they will be starting school here (today),'' said Joe Buresh, Annawan principal and superintendent. "They have established residency in the Annawan School District.''

Monday, December 10, 2012

The Energy Bus

The following are some thoughts from the Energy Bus by Jon Gordon.

Rule #1- You're the Driver of Your Bus

"Always remember that you are the driver of your bus. It's the most important of the rules because if you don't take responsibility for your life and control of your bus hen you can't take it where you want to go."

"Of course you can seek directions and advice along the way, but remember it's your bus and your trip."

More people die Monday morning at 9:00am than any other time. "Think about it, people would rather die than go to work."

"Choice is your greatest gift. No one can choose your attitude. No one else can choose your energy."

Why Maine South?

Pizza at Pizza Villa in DeKalb on the way back.
Streaks lost a tough one to Maine South on Saturday, going down 55-45. It is really the first time all year someone was able to totally dominate the tempo vs. the Streaks. 45 points is our season low.

Maine South has a very nice team, and will be highly rated in the 4A polls. This game got MS to an impressive 10-1 record. They are talented and well coached. They have a 6'4" center with a full ride to the University of Illinois, and their point guard has a full ride to St.Louis University. So they have a tough inside-outside combo at work.

Friday, December 7, 2012

Streaks Loss to RI

Tough night for the Streaks last night, and it may have been an even tougher night for the fans. At first glance the 86-78 score would make it seem like it must have been an exciting game. But few fans who were there would have ranked it as an exciting game. The game took barely under two hours (normal games would be about 75 minutes).

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Argus- Rocks over Streaks

From the Argus-- sounds like the only question left is if the Rocks win the conference outright....

GALESBURG -- Before the high school girls basketball season started, Rock Island senior Shavonne Brewer said she wanted the Rocks basketball team to make history.

On Thursday night they did, beating Galesburg in Thiel Gymnasium for the first time in 20 years, outrunning the Streaks, 86-78.

At times it was ugly, the teams combining for 60 fouls and 73 turnovers in the 32-minute game.

Great Quotes

(Excerpt from Great Quotes from Great Leaders)

1. "The best thing about the future is that it comes only one day at a time."
Abraham Lincoln

2. "Life is a series of experiences, each of which makes us bigger, even though it is hard to realize this. For the world was built to develop character, and we must learn that the setbacks and griefs which we endure help us in our marching onward."
Henry Ford

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

WB6 History and More

Galesburg has a winning record vs. each of the WB6 schools- barely.

Vs. Quincy     53-22
Vs. Rocky      59-28
Vs. UT           54-28
Vs. Alleman   52-27
Vs. Moline     46-45

Vs. schools Galesburg has played 15 or more teams, the Streaks have a winning record vs. all of them except one school.

Chloe Anderson- Q&A

Chloe Anderson has played for the varsity the last three years. She only has one gear- all out. This fall she had a tremendous impact on our team during fall open gyms and workouts. Her tremendous work ethic during Insanity, in the weight room, and with basketball self-improvement was contagious. She raised the bar and helped a lot of players work harder they might have if she had not been around.

When did you first start playing basketball?
I played biddy basketball at the YMCA when I was four.

Is there someone or some event that got you fired up about playing basketball?
My mom coached me during YMCA basketball. She used to play and we had a lot of fun doing that together.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Three Daily Fights

This was passed onto me by Coach Dougherty. It is from Bo Schembechler, the former Michigan coach.

3 Daily Fights

1.   Division From Within

2.   Public Perception

3.  Daily Fatigue

Lexi Daniels- Q&A

Lexi is a freshmen on the varsity. She has made a nice transition from junior to the varsity level because of her unselfishness- low ego combined with a good work ethic. She quickly earned the respect of the older players with her approach, and her ability to play. She is off to a great year, and I anticipate she will just keep getting better and better!
When did you first start playing basketball?
When I was in 2nd grade at the YMCA.
Is there someone or some event that got you fired up about playing basketball?
When I got to jr.streaks and I met Sami,Kailyn,Marissa, Shayli etc. and we worked really well together!
What is your favorite basketball memory from grade school travel bb or from jh basketball?
My favorite memory would be 8th grade when we only lost to churchill by 4 points because our 7th grade year we got demolished.

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Streaks Over Dunlap

Galesburg defeated Dunlap 80-66 on Saturday. Dunlap came out early and made it clear they were not going to be a push over as they lead for most of the first quarter. The Streaks took the lead in the late first quarter and held the lead the rest of the game before opening up the game in the fourth quarter.

Dunlap's strategy was to play extremely aggressively on the defensive end. As a result, they got into foul trouble.

Just like last year, it appears our defense is our strength. We forced 40 turnovers with Diggins getting 8 steals, Williams 5, Kelso 3, and Lieber 3.

Sharron Diggins came up huge with 29 points, 9 rebounds, and 8 steals. Casey Williams had 10 points, 6 rebounds, and 5 steals. Jessica Lieber and Allison Mangieri each had 9 points.

Next up for the Streaks will be the undefeated Rocks on Thursday night at Thiel Gym.

Sabrina Clay-Q&A

Sabrina Clay is a sophomore on the varsity. She was on the freshmen team last year and jumped clear to the varsity. She made an impression on the coaches this spring because she never missed anything, she worked hard, and she was pretty good!!

In preseason one day at practice we were doing alot of conditioning at the end of practice. Sabrina came to us and said she felt light headed like she was going to faint. We told her to step out. At that point we were almost done with the workout. I told her to stand with Coach Allison. Later Coach Allison said Sabrina was upset about not running, she didn't want to let her teammates down. Guess that is one of the reasons Sabrina is on the varsity- she gets it- she is committed to her teammates!!

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Allison Mangieri- Q&A

Allison is a senior, captain for the Streaks. Allison has the ability to play multiple positions for us because of her athleticism, intelligence, and attitude. She is a GREAT team player!!

When did you first start playing basketball?
3rd grade

Is there someone or some event that got you fired up about playing basketball?
My older sister Dorothy got me fired up about playing basketball.

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Streaks Win

Was it a good night or a bad night? It was a good night in which the girls were able to win when not everything was clicking. There are going to be nights when you are able to execute what you practice, and there are going to be nights when your opponent does not let you execute so you have to find other ways to win. Tonight was a night we found other ways to win.

We gave up a school record 73 rebounds, but Casey Williams had a career high 13 rebounds.

We made only 5 of 35 threes but we took it to the hoop and shot 40 free throws.

Streaks over Quincy in OT

In a tough fought battle, the Streaks beat Quincy in OT- the story frm the Reg-Mail....

Nail biter is a word that definitely describes the Galesburg High School girls basketball teams Western Big 6 conference game against Quincy High School Thursday night at John Thiel Gymnasium.
The contest was a battle of attrition to the very end, as Quincy found themselves down 65-62, with four seconds to play in regulation, when Arai’ya Dade hit a three to send the game into overtime tied at 65 apiece.
That is where the Silver Streaks, ranked at No. 5 in Class 3A, took over, as tough defense and clutch free throw shooting, led to them outscoring Quincy 10-2 in the extra four minutes and escape with the 75-67 win.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Streaks Ranked #5 in Illinois

The Streaks are ranked #5 in the first Illinois basketball poll. We all know polls are more meaningful at the end of the season than at the beginning of the year. We all know that polls are not always accurate.

Despite all of that- our girls should be proud to be rated in the first poll. It is a reflection on several things. It is first a reflection that our present group has worked hard and are seen to have great potential.  And it is also a reflection that our program has a nice tradition.

Jessica Lieber- 1000 Points

Jessica Lieber went over 1000 points for her career in last Saturday's game vs. Freeport. While Jess played a little as a freshmen with the varsity, she has reached 1000 in two seasons and 6 games.  Jess becomes the 14th Streaks girls basketball player to reach 1000 points.

Monday, November 26, 2012

Thanksgiving- Part II

Jessica Lieber
What things are you thankful for this T'giving?
 I am thankful for my friends, family,coaches and especially my teammates!
How and who did you spend T'giving with?
I went to Springfield to my cousins and had lunch and then played family games!
What is the best food and who cooked it for you?
The best food is pumpkin pie and cranberries, my aunt cooked it!

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Streaks Big Win & Lieber Hits 1,000

Great night for the Streaks- we defeated Freeport to go 5-1 on the season. Despite not being consistent from 3 point arc, we exploded for 77 points.

Jessica Lieber capped the night by getting to 1000 points for her career. Jess is only the 14th player to reach this milestone for the Streaks girls. Jess has had a great career but has most of her senior year yet to go!!

Alumni NIght

Wow- what a fun night. Lots and lots of good stories to share.

I was especially impressed with '97 team's memories. First thing Sarah Larson said to me,"Remember Freeport game when you pulled us all out and yelled at us." Sadly I do remember that.

Then when I went to take a picture they laughed at me for having an iPhone. Some things don't change- that is what the present players do!!

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Basketball, Basketball, Basketball

Thanksgiving in Galesburg means lots of basketball,
everybody in town gets excited about basketball!!
Thanksgiving in Galesburg means basketball. Girls and boys basketball bring about 20 teams to Galesburg for about 75 games.

Our estimate would be that the visiting teams and visiting fans bring about $20-30 thousand dollars in revenue to the Galesburg community over the two weeks.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Hall of Fame & Reunion

The schedule of the Hall of Fame will be dependent on how the tourney games earlier in the day go. So the following is my best estimate of times.

4:00pm  Reception in Learning Center for 1997 team
5:00pm  Hall of Fame Ceremony
6:00pm  Streaks vs. Freeport
7:30pm  Reception at Side Trax for 1997 team, other alums, and families

Note the Hall of Fame Ceremony and the game might start 20-30 minutes earlier or even 20-30 minutes later.

Bits & Pieces

Shooting- I was asked after the game if I was surprised how we came out offensively. The reality is that I have been surprised how we had played offensively the first 4 games. I get to see the girls a lot in the off-season and then in the preseason practices. I know we are not going to come out on fire every game, but from what I see in practice- last night is more typical of how we practice than the first four games are.

Monday, November 19, 2012

1997 Undefeated Streaks- Part III

So what did the 1997 team do to stand out?

Won first 33 games before losing to Taylorville in the Semi-Finals.

Completed the regular season a perfect 27-0.

15 of 35 games were won by 30+ points.

23 of 35 games were won by 20+ points.

28 of 35 games were won by 10+ points.

Sunday, November 18, 2012

1997 Undefeated Streaks- Part II

After winning the Sectional championship over Rocky at Wharton Fieldhouse, we were headed to DeKalb to play Belvidere in the Supersectional. The game was to be played at DeKalb High School.

Belvidere was the team we had beaten in the Super the year before. They were led by Amanda Leavens who was headed to Old Dominion. She had been very good the year before, and she was only better. I think the atmosphere at the Supersectionals when we went to DeKalb and later to NIU were the most exciting atmospheres in high school basketball. The gym was not huge but it was absolutely packed. I don't remember all the details but I remember...

Be Thankful- Great Week of Bball

With all the basketball being played this week in Galesburg, there certainly is a lot to be thankful for!!! Without leaving town, you can see 10 games of bb this week.

Tues- Streaks vs Moline (girls) 530/7pm

Wed- Knox vs Augie (womens) 6pm

         Streaks vs EPeoria (boys) 7:30pm

5 Days + 4 Games= Learning & Growing

So far this year's team has shown the ability to work, listen, and learn. It is great to get wins in November but the key to a successful season is to be the team who improves the most from November to January and then can take it to another level in the month of January. Growth is the key.

Playing four games in just five days forces us to react to a lot of different situations. This week we played vs. 1-2-2 zone, 2-3 zone, 1-3-1 zone, and man to man. We played vs. great guards and some very good post players. The more things you see, the more you have to work to adjust.

Galesburg Tourney Observations

Alleman and Springfield have emerged after week #1 as the leaders in the tourney. It is no surprise Springfield would be in that position but it is impressive for Alleman considering their two best players are out with torn ACL's. It is a tribute to the depth of Alleman. They will play next week at 6:00pm at Knoxville.

After losing to Galesburg and Springfield, East Peoria bounced back with two solid wins over Decatur and LeRoy. EP has certainly turned eyes with the quality of the young players on their roster.

It is clear many of the teams are working to develop consistency. It is good to see as many competitive games as there have been.

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Streaks Over Metamora

Streaks beat Metamora 70-40 on Friday night. Balanced scoring the key with Lieber 14, Diggins 13, Teel 10, and Williams 9. Again the Streaks were good for over 10 threes so Threediculous shirt owners got triplecheesburgers from McDonalds.

Saturday the sophs play Springfield at 4:30pm in Thiel. The varsity plays Springfield at 7:00pm. Springfield and Galesburg will enter the game both at 3-0 in the tourney. Springfield has been one of the top 5 teams in 3A the last 4 years, they are moving up to 4A this year and will again be a factor come state time.

Friday, November 16, 2012

Keeping Ego in Check

My son looked thru the season previews in different newspapers. His only comment,"Man, you have lost 272 games a coach. Not many coaches keep their jobs with that many losses."

Reg-Mail- Streaks over EP

This is Robb Stracks story in the Register-Mail....

The Galesburg High School girls basketball team picked up its second straight win to open the season by posting a 64-46 win over East Peoria in the Streaks annual Thanksgiving Tournament on Thursday at Thiel Gym.
The Silver Streaks jumped to an 11-2 lead in the first quarter and never were threatened.
Assistant coach Andie Allison, who had to sub for head coach Evan Massey, who lost his voice early in the game, said, “Overall we played much better than we did Tuesday night. Tonight we had more composure on the offensive end and made much better decisions.”

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Streaks Beat E.Peoria

Streaks won over East Peoria 64-46. Streaks were led by Jessica Lieber with 24 points & 7 rebounds. Sharron Diggins also had 11 points. Chloe Anderson & Sabrina Clay each had 5 rebounds. Diggins led the Streaks w 6 steals and Clay had 5 steals. The Sophs also beat East Peoria this evening. Tomorrow night the Streaks will play Metamora with an 8pm tip off. 

East Peoria did a nice job defensively. They had good height and made it hard to get good looks on the perimeter. 

Highlight of the night was the Streaks got 11 threes so everyone with the Threediculous t-shirts got their McDonald's triplecheesburger. The 10th three to get it done was put in by junior Katee Lingafelter. 

I would write more but I have lost my voice.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Register-Mail- Streaks Open with Win

From the Galesburg Register-Mail article by Tyler Tingley on our opener....

The Galesburg High School girls basketball team opened up the 2012-13 season Tuesday evening, tipping off their Thanksgiving Tournament at Thiel Gym against Illini West.
Even with “The System” fully in place, things didn’t go smoothly, as the Silver Streaks shot under 18 percent (6-of-34) from behind the arc and even trailed at one point in the fourth quarter. But a late scoring run and clutch free-throw shooting propelled Galesburg to a 70-64 win.
“I thought defensively we came out and had good energy, we didn’t foul and Illini West did a good job breaking pressure and getting some easy shots,” Galesburg coach Evan Massey said.
“I thought offensively for us, shots didn’t drop and then it looked like offensively we played frustrated.

Friday, November 9, 2012

Meet the Streaks History

Some of my most memorable Meet the Streaks experiences (in no particular order).....

1- My first experience was as a boys assistant basketball coach. I am not sure we even had an intrasquad scrimmage at my high school. At GHS, both balconies were open- the main floor seating was nearly filled, and people were spilled into the balcony. There were probably 2000 people at the intrasquad scrimmage- pretty impressive.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

1997 Undefeated Streaks- Part I

With the 1997 Streaks going into the GHS Hall of Fame, it has caused me to want to go thru some memories.

In 1996 we had the greatest year in the history of Streaks girls basketball, and maybe to that point, the history of girls sports at GHS. The Streaks led by seniors Sara Wood, Jen Bulkeley, Ami Pendry, and  Jen Wright (hope not missing someone), went on a terror at the end of the year. They made it to State, and captured third place. It was a special year. As we left the floor after getting our third place medals, our two freshmen on the '96 squad were walking in front of me. Jenny Zolper and Sarah Larson were walking arm in arm as they left the floor. Zolp turned to Stork and said,"We're going to do this three more times." I thought, "Oh no, that is unrealistic." I shared with Coach Peachey what I had heard and expressed how unlikely that would be.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

1997 Streaks

This is a picture of the 1997 Streaks. They were undefeated during the regular season,
took 4th in State, finishing with 33-2 record.

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Chocolate Milk

The first week of the season our team has gone through four gallons of chocolate milk. It is their post-workout drink.

Here are some reasons it is a good post workout drink:


Friday, November 2, 2012

3 Point Club

Each year we give the girls an off-season workout booklet. It challenges them to make 5,000 three point shots in the off-season. They can also earn points with other workouts.

This year our Three Point Club members are:

Rainee Sibley
Allison Mangieri
Chloe Anderson
Jessica Lieber
Dani Teel
Micayla Eisele
Emily Weaver
Macy Steck
Alyssa Carl

Thursday, November 1, 2012

1st Team Dinner of the Year

The Lieber's hosted the varsity for their first team dinner and a sleep over. Jennifer Lieber reports they finished off 8 pizzas, a lot of chips, 2 pans of brownies, and some cookies. Sounds good!!!


Tomb of Unknown Soldiers during Hurricane Sandy- committed to do the job- no excuses, no exceptions.

Read This & You Will Become a Taj Gibson Fan

Taj Gibson agrees to four-year contract extension

Nov 1
The contents of this page have not been reviewed or endorsed by the Chicago Bulls. All opinions expressed by Sam Smith are solely his own and do not reflect the opinions of the Chicago Bulls or their Basketball Operations staff, parent company, partners, or sponsors. His sources are not known to the Bulls and he has no special access to information beyond the access and privileges that go along with being an NBA accredited member of the media.
Taj Gibson. Now, that someone you can feel proud about rooting for. And that’s not counting Gibson’s subtle contribution Wednesday with four points, five rebounds and four blocks in the Bulls 93-87 opening night victory over the Sacramento Kings.
Sure, Gibson worked hard and competed, as he usually does. But it was in the minutes after the game where Gibson stood up and declared his love for his team, his teammates and his adopted basketball city.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Register-Mail First Practice

The following is the RM article on our first practice.....

The Galesburg High School girls basketball team began their season on Monday with an early morning and an evening practice.

Galesburg coach Evan Massey, who is entering his 35th season at the helm of the Silver Streaks, said this year’s team should have more offense than last year’s team, which finished with an overall mark of 27-6 and advanced to the sectional semifinals.

“We return a pretty athletic group,” he said. “Last year, our greatest strength was we were a better defensive team than offensive team and this year we’ve improved offensively.

“Hopefully, we are a deeper group this year,” Massey added. “This fall, we happened to have a lot of girls not involved in fall sports and there was enough of them that they got to play.”