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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. 

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Streaks over Alleman

Argus story....

ROCK ISLAND -- Alleman's absence from the Western Big 6 Conference title race the last few seasons fuels a desire to return to contender status.
However, state title-winning Pioneers' coach Jay Hatch said, to turn that goal into a reality this season, his girls' basketball team needs to start winning games like Tuesday's 54-48 Galesburg decision in the Big 6 opener at Alleman's Don Morris Gym.
The back-and-forth battle featured five ties and 12 lead changes until the Streaks' 6-foot-1 center, Shayli Florine, scored seven of her 12 points in the final 4 minutes and 4 seconds.
``We've been close for too long,'' Hatch said after Alleman's first loss in four starts. ``We need to get over the hump. ``We had several games like this last season where we were in the game but didn't pull out the victory. These are the kinds of games you need to win if you want to be a conference contender.''
Led by 19 points, five rebounds and two steals from Izzy Anderson, Alleman led by as many as seven points early, at 16-9 just inside the second quarter.
The Pioneers also got 13 points, five boards and four assists from Daria Guzzo, and boasted a five-point pad midway through the third period.
However, in the fourth quarter, when the lead changed hands five times, Galesburg (5-0, 1-0 Big 6) finally got its pick-and-roll offensive attack going for Florine.
Alleman limited the junior to one shot in the first half and two buckets before the deciding stretch. Florine also finished with a game-high 11 rebounds.
``We lost a little defensive discipline and sort of forgot what we were trying to do,'' Hatch said. ``I'm not trying to take away credit from them, but it's not like they discovered the screen-and-roll there. It's something they do a lot, and they know how to do it, and they kept working until they got it, and that's what good teams do. They're going to take advantage of when they get good shots.''
Alleman's last lead, at 46-45, disintegrated on back-to-back possessions when Florine cashed in pick-and-roll plays for baskets, missing a free throw to complete a three-point play in between, with Galesburg grabbing the rebound.
On the other end, the Pioneers suffered three turnovers late and misfired on all but two of 10 shots from the field in the final quarter.
``We did a lot of really good things, but we didn't execute on either end when we really needed to and Galesburg did,'' Hatch said. ``That was the difference.''
Raina Gulley (13), Lexi Daniels (12) and Casey Williams (11) also scored in double figures for Galesburg to make up for a two-point, foul-plagued night for Streaks star Sabrina Clay.

``I know these kids will continue to work,'' Hatch said, eyeing a pair of games Saturday in the Galesburg Thanksgiving Tournament. ``We just have to figure out a way to help them get to where they want to go and get over the hump.''

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Morton Basketball Blog

WB6 Capsules from QC Times



COACH: Jay Hatch (22nd year, 426-239)
LAST YEAR: 14-17 overall, 5-5 Big Six (4th), lost in regional semifinals
RETURNING STARTERS: Izzy Anderson, 5-7, sr., G (9.9 ppg, 2.3 apg, All-WB6); Daria Guzzo, 5-11, sr., C (6.3 ppg, 4.4 rpg)
PROMISING NEWCOMERS: Cassie Wales, 5-3, jr., G; Meaghan Verstraete, 5-6, jr., G; Anna Noe, 5-10, jr., F/C
OUTLOOK: The Pioneers, who have 12 multi-sport athletes on their roster, will be a work in progress as the season progresses and will lean upon the experience of Anderson and Guzzo.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Culture of Improvement

Talking to Bo Ryan in Sports Illustrated...

The way he sees it, his primary job next season will be to make sure they also don’t change his players. “I like the respect people have shown to our guys. That, to me, is rewarding,” Ryan said. “The only thing that matters is how much better we can be. If my guys stay coachable, keep their minds, ears and eyes open, I think we can be OK.”
That quote speaks to the culture of improvement that Ryan has established as well as any college basketball coach in recent memory.


Part of an article in the Chicago Sun-Times. Good words from Coach Thibodeau after the Bulls opening night win.

Even as good as the Bulls looked in the regular-season opener, coach Tom Thibodeau still tried to get the message across to his team that what they showed against the Knicks has to be a daily work ethic.
That hasn’t always been the case since training camp started.
“If you work hard one day and you improve, and then you don’t work hard for three days, well guess what? You’re not going to be very consistent,’’ Thibodeau said. “The good teams establish how they’re going to go about their business. They do it day after day. That’s how you build your mental toughness, that’s how you build your conditioning, that’s how you build your discipline, and that’s how you win.
“You start off the season, and you have everybody saying they want to win a championship, but very few are willing to pay that price every single day. When you study championship teams, you see the drive that they have. I know what Michael [Jordan] did when he was here. I know his mentality. I know what [Kevin] Garnett did in Boston, I know what Larry Bird did in Boston, I know what Isiah [Thomas] did in Detroit, I know what Magic [Johnson] did with the Lakers, and you don’t sneak around. You’ve got to earn it.’’

Thursday, August 21, 2014

ALS Bucket Challenge

I accepted the ALS bucket challenge from Coach Mike Reynolds. And I am choosing to pass the challenge on to Coach Ryan Hart, and to the entire varsity coaching staff of the Silver Streaks Football program.

Monday, August 4, 2014



"Success is not measured by what you do

 compared to others. It is measured by what 

you do with the ability God gave you."

- Zig Ziglar

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

College Quits Recruiting HS Player Because of His Twitter Acc't

From Bleacher Report....

Kyle Korver- Elite Teammate

Kyle Korver describing being invited to tryout with team USA- 

"I don’t consider myself an elite superstar player by any means. I’ve always tried to be an elite teammate. Someone you want. If you are going to build a team, you’d want me to be on it. That’s my biggest goal."


Monday, July 28, 2014

A Beautiful Game

This tape is a great tape that is a tribute to how the Spurs play the game of basketball. It is a tribute to the importance of TEAM over the individual.

Stephen Curry Working Out

Stephen Curry talks about HOW to work out...

Stephen Curry showing some of his workout drills...

Jump Rope for Basketball

Here are some great demonstrations of jump rope exercises a player could use. If a player (especially a young post player) would develop a simple daily 5-10 minute jump rope routine, they would be surprised about how much their quickness and agility improved.

Great Ladder Agility Drills

There are a lot of good ladder agility drills- here are 13 favorites of Coach King...

Mark Cuban

  1. Happiness doesn’t have anything to do with money. “I was happy when I was poor. I am happy now that I am rich.”
  2. Treat people like winners if you want them to perform like winners.When he took over the Mavs they were the worst team in the NBA.  The very first thing he did was up grade their locker room and travel accommodations.
  3. Always be the most prepared person in the room. Knowledge is power. Mark relentless studies everything before he gets involved.
  4. If everyone is zigging, make sure you zag.  Mark doesn’t jump on bandwagons; he creates them.  He doesn’t like doing what others do; he likes carving his own path.
  5. Focus on the present. “Today is the youngest you will ever be for the rest of your life – so live like it!”
  6. Success is a matter of effort. If you want something bad enough, you work and work and work until you get it. No excuses.
  7. Get paid to learn.  Most of your education will come after you are done with school.  Work as many jobs and try as many things as you can – they are all learning experiences.
  8. Speak your mind. Mean what you say and say what you mean.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Daily Dozen for Leader

1. Be the hardest worker at practice today. Without fail, one of the quickest ways to impact a team is with your own work ethic. Choose to be one of the hardest workers on your team today. Not only does it set the tone for the work ethic of your program, it is also one of the best and quickest ways to enhance your leadership credibility with your teammates and coaches.

2. Be a spark of energy and enthusiasm today. Let your passion for the sport shine through today. Spread a contagious energy and enthusiasm amongst your teammates. Think about how lucky you are to be able to play and compete. Remember back to when you were a young child and reconnect with the joy you played with back then. Make your sport fun again for yourself and your teammates.

Great Off-Season Workout

In off-season, it is easy for a player to say they are going to workout starting "tomorrow." It is easy to say that you don't have the equipment or you don't have the time to do a workout. 

Here is a workout that can be done at home and will take only 18 minutes. 

Sunday, May 25, 2014

10 Skills Teens Need

1. Basic cooking skills. Make sure your child can prepare a few simple, healthy, economical dishes and understands how the high cost of dining out can destroy a budget and a waistline.
2. Budgeting and money management skills. Make sure your child knows how to live within a budget, and understands the pitfalls of using credit irresponsibly.
3. Personal healthcare knowledge. Ensure that your child knows how to self-diagnose simple illnesses, knows how to check his or her own temperature, and knows which over-the-counter medications to take for which symptoms.
4. Good social skills and manners. Knowing how to carry on a conversation with adults will help your child with college instructors and potential employers. Basic manners, such as saying ‘please’ and ‘thank you,’ will help your child make a good first impression with new acquaintances.

Memorial Day

On Memorial Day, we need to remember all of the soldiers gave up their dreams for us. These are the words of William Allen, GHS faculty member killed in WW2. He wrote this after finding a friend killed in action in April of 1945:

“I shall never forget late one afternoon when I discovered dead near his gun position the man whom I respected above all others as a soldier. I calmly reported the fact and got a good night’s sleep. It was not until several days later that his body slouched in his hole began to haunt me and I realized that I had lost my friend. He was every muscle a hero, and he should have died a hero’s death as he stormed an enemy emplacement.”

“He had displayed his ability and his guts often enough before. But he was far behind the lines when the artillery shell with his number on it landed in his hole. That’s another shocking thing about this war- a hero, contrary to fiction and Hollywood, seldom dies a hero’s death. It’s just an unlucky hit which gets him when he doesn’t even have a chance to fight back.”

William Allen was killed a little over a month later when his jeep ran over an Allied land mine designed to protect U.S. troops.

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Boydstun 6th Place

Streaks guard, Kailyn Boydstun advanced to the finals of the 4x200 relay at the State Track Meet. Her relay team finished in 6th place! Congratulations!!

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Five Ways to Improve

This is from Mano Watsa from PGC Basketball...

Like most people, a lot of basketball players are looking for that one thing that will create an immediate impact for themselves and their team. Let’s take a look at five things any player can do to gain immediate improvement:

1. Take Higher Percentage Shots
All basketball coaches love having a good shooter on their team. The way to instantly improve your shooting percentage is to eliminate shots that are difficult to make. If that seems simple, it is. It’s amazing how an athlete can appear to be a good (or better) shooter when they stop taking shots they don’t make very often.
To evaluate your shot, ask yourself these three key questions:
1. Was your shot on balance?
2. Was your shot within range?
3. Was your shot in rhythm?
If the answer is ‘no’ to any of these questions, you have attempted a shot that will make you a less efficient shooter. In addition, the shots you are taking will cause your teammates and coach to lose confidence in you. Earn your coach and teammate’s trust through your shot selection.
It’s been said that it doesn’t matter how beautiful a swing a baseball player has. If he always swing at bad pitches, his batting average will be embarrassingly low. The same applies in basketball. It doesn’t matter how sweet your stroke looks if you constantly shoot poor shots. Eliminating poor shots during a game can increase your shooting percentage significantly. Good coaches love that.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Recovery Shakes

Science is showing the importance of getting protein into the athlete after they work out. This helps not only with muscle recovery but in helping to build strength. Here are some recipes that sound interesting.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Where Championships Are Won

"The fight is won or lost far away from witnesses - behind the lines, in the gym, and out there on the road, long before I dance under those lights."
Muhammad Ali

Monday, April 7, 2014


"You'll forget wins and losses.  You'll forget stats and half-time talks. But you'll NEVER forget your teammates." (Zach Bohannon)

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Shooting Math

Luke Yaklich started out as a girls varsity basketball coach at LaSalle-Peru. Today he is an assistant men's basketball coach at Illinois State. 

Luke Yaklich, posted the following tweet--

Shooter's Math...
200 makes x 5 days per week x 4 weeks in month x next 7 months = 28,000 makes by November! 

Small improvements over time...

The good news for us is that we have 12 players coming back from last year's team. The great news is that many of them are very committed to working and improving. Coach Yaklich-- (1) challenges us to work even harder, (2) shows consistent work adds up to something impressive!

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

There Are Still STUDENT-Athletes

This is a great story on how the Badgers spent the day between games in California. It is entitled- "Celebrate? Sorry, We're Studying." It is from the New York Times.

Bo Ryan- You Think You Have Problems

Story from USA Today on Bo Ryan methods....

When Sam Dekker tried — and failed — to catch a pass with one hand the other night, Saul Phillips knew what would come next. The buzzer sounded. Another Badger entered the game. Dekker went to the bench. Bo Ryan followed him to his seat.
"Anybody who ever played for Bo knew what Bo was gonna tell him," said Phillips, who played for Ryan at Wisconsin-Platteville and now is the head coach at North Dakota State. " 'Catch the ball with two hands!' There are a lot of people out there who've experienced the exact same message."

Monday, March 31, 2014

John Wooden's Awards

John Wooden gave the following awards at the end of the season....

1- Service to team and university.

2- Bench Award

3- Most Unselfish Player

4- Scholastic Attainment

5- Competitive Spirit

His philosophy simple-- reward the qualities that count. What you want more of- reward.

Just Keep Working

What do you do when it appears you are not going to reach your goals? Just keep working!!

Frank Kaminsky is the star of Wisconsin's Final Four team. It would be easy to look at him, and think he is good because he is 7'0".  But he is a great story about the value of perseverance

Frank entered Lisle Benet closer to six foot than seven foot. He started out playing some point guard. According to Bo Ryan, Frank had trouble even getting on the court for his AAU team between his sophomore and junior year. 

In this day of McDonald's All-Americans, ESPN Top 100 recruits, and Rivals,com evaluations. Frank did not show up on their lists after his junior year. He received offers from Bradley, Illinois State, Southern Illinois, Northern Illinois, DePaul, Northwestern, and Wisconsin. He chose to sign with Wisconsin. (Note he was not offered by Illinois.)

Paul Konerko- Team Leader

How does a player earn the respect of his teammates as a leader? Simple- he puts the team first!!

Paul Konerko will not start for the White Sox on Monday. It will break a string of 15 straight opening day starts for Konerko, who is headed into his last season.

It seems pretty harsh-- but it is Konerko's idea.

"I just think it's the way it should be," Konerko said. "It's just not part of the blueprint of what we're going to do here. So, no emotion. Just what's right is right, and that's the way I see it. I mean, if there was a lefty throwing (Monday), I would probably play."

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Just Compete

This is a great story about Josh Gasser, who plays for the Badgers. He is not normal when it comes to his desire to win. In this article from JIM POLZIN | Wisconsin State Journal, his parents and high school teammates describe his drive. Some things are more important than talent when it comes to winning!!

ANAHEIM, Calif. — Pat Gasser would pile up the pillows at one end of the room before dropping to his knees and acting as a human roadblock in front of them.
He knew he had to brace for contact when his 4-year-old son came running at him, football in hand, because the boy rarely tried to go around him. To get to that imaginary end zone line in front of the pillows, little Joshua Patrick Gasser was either going to attempt to dive over his father or, more likely, lower his head and try to ram through him.
“This might embarrass Josh, but he’d end up in tears sometimes because my husband wouldn’t just automatically let him win,” Joan Gasser said. “He’d just be slamming into Pat and grunting and groaning the whole way to get the necessary yards. It was a ridiculous game.

Monday, March 24, 2014

Fred Hoiberg- Classy

After the Iowa State vs. North Carolina game, everyone was talking about the terrific sportsmanship shown by Roy Williams. I would agree completely. Roy Williams stood at half court in front of the arena crowd and on national TV to have the refs explain to him that the game was over. He could have gone nuts and claimed the refs should have granted him a time out because he had signaled for one, and he would have been right. But he didn't. He could have stormed by the Iowa State coach, Fred Hoiberg but he didn't. And after the game he could have taken a shot at the refs but he didn't. Roy Williams was very classy in a losing situation.

But what gets lost in all of it is that Fred Hoiberg, the Iowa State coach, also showed tremendous class. At center court before Williams arrived, the refs first told Fred what had happened. In other words, he knew his team had just won and was advancing to the Sweet Sixteen. But he also knew Roy Williams did not know this yet. So did Hoiberg start the celebration, nope. He stood with a deadpan look and waited to allow the refs to explain to Roy Williams what had happened. This was really, really classy. It was one coach in their moment of joy recognizing the need to show respect to the opposing coach. Well done Fred!!

Transfer Season Begins

Two days after playing for Morgan Park in the state championship game, a player transfers. He will be playing alongside one of the top players in Illinois. It just doesn't end does it.

This is from Michael O'Brien of the Chicago Sun-Times....

Junior Kain Harris has confirmed that he’s transferring from Morgan Park to St. Rita. Harris plans to enroll at St. Rita sometime this week.
The move comes just two days after winning the Class 3A state championship with the Mustangs. 
“He’s gone,” said Morgan Park coach Nick Irvin. “I don’t know why he’s doing that. His parents were probably upset that he wasn’t starting. I haven’t talked to either one of his parents.”
The 6-3 guard is considered one of the top ten players in the state’s junior class. Harris, the cousin of former Crane star and current NBA player Tony Allen, showed a great deal of potential this season. He had an impressive stretch of games in December where he put up some serious scoring numbers.
Harris will join Kentucky recruit Charles Matthews on St. Rita’s squad next season, which should be one of the area's best.
“It’s pretty wild,” said Irvin. “You win a state championship and then you leave. But that’s what they wanted to do."
According to a St. Rita spokesperson, Harris has not been accepted into the school for this semester or any future semester. 

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Tyra Buss- Illinois' All-Time Scorer

By David Woods of

MOUNT CARMEL, Ill. – Either you believe in Tyra Buss, or you don't.
Someone who averages 47 points a game? Who is a champion in tennis, track, baseball, and punt, pass and kick? Who ranks No. 1 in her class? Who attends Catholic church on Sunday and signs autographs for adoring little girls after each game?

Buss' own father, Tim, conceded it all strains credulity."Sometimes you look at it, 'Am I in this dream here?'" he said. "It's mind-boggling when you talk about the numbers and look at some of that stuff. It's just hard to imagine that that's your daughter."

Monday, March 17, 2014


Often coaches walk a fine line between trying to make their players accountable for their actions and performance, and of making them "over-accountable" for their actions and performance.

Bob Knight always said the greatest motivator was the bench. And coaches often use the bench to get a point across to their players. When a player makes a mistake or error in a game, a coach can make a point by taking them out. Sometimes the player is brought over and is given a chance to "reflect" on their play. Other times, the coach may bring them out to give them quick instruction and send them back into the game.

High School Basketball Has Been Hijacked.

From the Chicago Sun-Times...

High school basketball has been hijacked

Leo's Martez Hampt(5) drives toward basket as Joliet Central's Jailen Jones (35) Jaylen McGee (20) defend December 26 2013. |
Leo's Martez Hampton (5) drives toward the basket as Joliet Central's Jailen Jones (35) and Jaylen McGee (20) defend, December 26, 2013. | Allen Cunningham/For Sun-Times Media
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I’d hoped to begin this screed with a PEORIA dateline and would have if the Leo Lions had reached the Class 2A state finals, but the slightly older, bigger and better Hales team we ran into last week in the Robeson Sectional final put an end to our season.
Disappointing, sure, but the kids I work with at Leo shouldn’t hang their heads. Our win total improved by 13 over the previous season, and let’s not delude ourselves — winning games is what matters in high school basketball, right? Why would a coach play an entire season with more than half a roster of academically ineligible kids if there were any other objective? Why else would a school hire a coach who promises to deliver a ready-made state contender with girls from outside the district?
Integrity? Play by the rules? Are you nuts? Just win, baby.