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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Going Beyond Tradition

Summer of 1994- picture in Michigan Stadium
In the summer of 1994 (preparing for the 1995 season), the Streaks went undefeated for the summer. But that was not their goal.

In the 7 years from 1998 to 1994, Galesburg had won 20 games every year. The Streaks had won the Regional every year. And GHS had won the WB6 four of the 7 years.

The 1994 team had gone 24-6, won the WB6, and the Regional. But, we had lost to IVC in the Sectional in Thiel Gym in the first round of the Sectional. We started two sophomores, two juniors, and one senior on that 1994 team.We had a good year- certainly a year to be proud of.

So we had high expectations for our 1995 squad. We didn't just have a good summer, we had a great summer of basketball. We did the usual things- Streaks Camp and Galesburg Summer League. We had two tourneys in Galesburg, and we made two trips to Maine West to play. Then the highlight of our summers in the 1990's, we went to University of Michigan for team camp. 

Future Streaks for Girls

This year the Future Streaks program will expand to include girls travel teams. 4th-6th grade signup/tryouts will be the week of October 16. 7th-8th grade signup/tryouts will be the week of November 1. More info to follow.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Lombard / Churchill Fall Basketball

This year, both Lombard & Churchill will be having their basketball seasons in the fall. It had gotten harder and harder for the schools to schedule games because most teams in the area were part of the IESA, which schedules basketball in the fall.

Tentative Tryout Schedules

Aug 16th / Aug 17th  3:30-5:00pm Open Gyms for 7/8th Girls
Fri Aug 18th- 3:30-5:30pm- 8th Tryouts, 5:30-7:30pm- 7th Tryouts
Sat Aug 19th- 8:00-10:00am- 8th Tryouts, 10:00-Noon- 7th Tryouts

Lombard's First Game- Sept 12th vs Macomb at Erickson Gym

Lombard 8th Grade

Lombard 7th Grade

Aug 17th- 3:15-4:30pm- 7th Open Gym, 4:30-5:30pm- 8th Open Gym
Aug 21st- 3:15-4:30pm- 7th Tryouts,  4:30-5:30pm- 8th Tryouts
Aug 22nd- 3:15-4:30pm- 7th Tryouts,  4:30-5:30pm- 8th Tryouts
Aug 24th- 5:30pm- Parent's Meetings

Churchill's First Game- Sept 12th vs Orion at Morgan Gym

Churchill 8th Grade

Churchill 7th Grade

Future Streaks will be organizing 7th & 8th Grade Travel teams. Tryouts / Signup for the Future Streaks will tentatively be held the week of Wednesday, November 1. These teams will be combined Churchill and Lombard teams. The Future Streaks will play and practice in November and December. the teams will then take off in January and February. They will pick up then play and practice in March and April again. More detailed info will become available at later date.

Carr With Big Summer

Chrislyn Carr of Rock Island has received multiple D1 offers this past summer. This article discusses her summer and her goals.

Trainer for the Pros

This is an interesting story on Rob McClanaghan, who is offensive trainer for a lot of the top pros. The description of the approach to the workouts is impressive. You sure get the point that the top pros don't rest- they are working to improve.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Leadership Playbook

Jamy Bechler in The Leadership Playbook gives great wisdom on how we can all improve as leaders. It is not just for players and coaches, it is for everyone. One of the points Bechler makes is that we are all leaders in whatever we do. The book is designed to help us become better leaders whether for our team, our business, or our family.

In each chapter, he brings out a specific principle of leadership. He then reinforces each principle with 100’s quotes which apply to the specific leadership concept, and numerous examples of people who have successfully or unsuccessfully applied the specific principle of the chapter.

As coaches, we work hard to develop skills specific to our sports. In basketball, we don’t expect a player to automatically be a great shooter. We design drills to practice skills of shooting. The basic theme of Bechler is that leadership is a skill that we need to work to develop. His book is indeed an effective playbook to develop leadership skills.

Bechler Uses Famous Quotes Applied to Leadership
Bechler uses 100’s of quotes to support his leadership concepts. Here are just a few of my favorites.

“A Year from now, you’ll wish you started today.”- Karen Lamb

“There is a choice you have to make in everything you do. So, keep in mind that in the end, the choices you make makes you.”- John Wooden

“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then is not an act but a habit.”- Aristotle


Sunday, August 13, 2017

Q/A with Mark Makeever

Mark guarding Bruce Douglas of Quincy.
I had a chance to have a Q/A with Mark Makeever. Mark is a great lesson on the value of being focused on the process. It doesn’t matter if you are a player or a coach, you have to enjoy the grind. You have to enjoy going to practice. Psychologists say this is true of any career or profession- to succeed you must have a passion for what you do.

Mark grew up in Galesburg and loved basketball. In JH and as soph and junior in HS, basketball did not return the love. He was a part time player. He describes himself as having been a “20/20 guy,” getting in if Galesburg was up 20 or down 20. He went onto to be a highly successful player as a senior and then in college- on very good teams. And from there, he has had an unbelievable coaching career in Oklahoma and Texas.

I could be wrong, but I don’t think Mark has “worked” a day in his life. He is someone who just loves what he is doing. When he was as a sophomore going thru a 2-3 hour practice, going home to eat, and then going to play basketball at the Knox County YMCA- he doesn’t seem to see it as having been work. And while he did want to get better so he could play, that doesn’t seem like it must have been his main reason. He just loved playing basketball.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

TBT-1990 Seniors

Senior year is an exciting time. It is a special feeling to be the top class in the school and in sports. Often it is a year players have looked forward to- "when we're seniors, we will ....."

In good years, the seniors take ownership. They have a sense of pride that this is going to be their legacy. They can be more focused and more determined. It is not unusual to find players make a real jump in performance from their junior to their senior years- senior pride!!

"Lebron James of Sportscasters"

Doris Burke has moved up the ranks covering basketball for ESPN. Jeff VanGundy refers to her as the "Lebron James of announcers." This is a story of her climb as woman to become one of the top analysts of NBA games. 

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Kaylah Townsell- On the Wall

We put pictures of our players who rank in the top 50 on an All-State team. Kaylah Townsell becomes our 25th All-State player. There were many pictures to choose form. Kaylah is such a great athlete and there were some spectacular pictures of her almost jumping over someone to score. But I chose a picture of Kaylah on defense. Kaylah was one of the best defenders to ever play for Galesburg.

Yoga for Workout Recovery

Here are six exercises designed to stretch and promote recovery after working out. With a little effort, an athlete can prevent tightening up after a workout, and increasing injury risk.

Bre Beal

The following article is talking about Bre Beals summer basketball, and her plans for the coming season and making a college decision.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

New Hoosiers Movie- Iowa Girls State Champions 1956

Brian Borland has written a book about his mother's 1956 Iowa State girls basketball championship team. His mother, Carolyn was the leading scorer on the team. The school was so tiny that it had never had enough girls to field a team until Borland's grandfather went to the school board and asked them to add girls basketball. The team was made up of sisters from several families.

The title of Borland's book is Maynard 8 Miles. The book has drawn attention from the screenwriter who put together both Hoosiers and Rudy. So for now, the book is available, but maybe later it will be a film to view.

Iowa HS Association Changing State Basketball Tourneys

Iowa HS boys basketball went to 4 classes in 1985. The Iowa boys and girls tourneys are run by separate state organizations. The boys state organization in an effort to build greater interest and avoid conflicts with the NCAA tourney has decided to go with a revised format where all four classes will be playing their state championships on the same Friday. This concept is similar to what the state of Wisconsin does with their tourney. 

Shayli Florine's First Year

Shayli Florine has finished her freshman year at McKendree in Lebanon, Illinois. She had an exciting and challenging first year. As a high school athlete, she was always an in-season athlete playing three sports. So one of the big challenges was the intensity of off-season weights and conditioning at McKendree. And from the sounds of things, they "hit the ground running." And as would be expected, Shayli is not afraid of hard work!
She played behind several experienced post players. The game I got to see, when she got in the game, she was ready to go. When she wasn’t on the floor, she was active and involved in the game. Quite simply, she was a good teammate.
It will be exciting to see how she develops over the next three years.
I had a chance to ask Shayli about her first year.
Massey- What attracted you to McKendree?
Shayli- What really got me was the way I clicked with the coaching staff.  I felt like we had a lot of the same ideas about basketball and like they genuinely cared about me on and off the court.  Also, I really liked the strength and conditioning program because I knew it would be hard but it would give me the chance to really improve my game and raise my potential. Also loved the small school environment.
Massey- How nervous were you when it came time to actually go to college?

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Shot Clock- Yes or No

The NBA, FIBA, and NCAA all use a shot clock. Now the Wisconsin HS Association is adding a shot clock. It certainly seems to be a trend.

Some feel it is only a matter of time before Illinois will add it. People in favor believe it will speed the game up and prevent end of the game stalling. Those opposed are concerned about the cost and the need for trained operators.

What are your thoughts? Fill out the survey on this page.

I asked some high school coaches there thoughts....

Jay Hatch, Hall of Fame Coach
I believe that a shot clock would be a bad idea for high school. I don't think there is a big issue with teams holding the ball, so I don't see the need. Here are the negatives, I believe:
1. Having played with a shot clock in college, what happens is the last 10 seconds of the clock are a time pressure, so it is an excuse for a player to take a bad shot.
2. Shot clock tends to make it so the more athletic team will win the game.  Basketball is not supposed to be the decathlon.
3. I think scoring will go down.  Taking rushed shots does not lead to more makes.
The far larger issue in my mind is getting more qualified officials.  Calling the game better will lead to more scoring.  Basketball has become far, far too physical.

Lexi Daniels

As an 8th grader at Lombard JH, Lexi Daniels was a dominant player. She was a point guard and was a scorer. She came to Galesburg HS, and made the varsity as a freshman. She never played freshmen or sophomore basketball. She played regularly for the varsity all four years. Lexi was one of the best three point shooters to ever play for Galesburg High School.

If people saw her play at Lombard, her high school success would have seemed predictable. But in athletics, it doesn’t always work out the way we might predict. Just because a player has great success early does not mean they are automatically going to have success later.

While a player may be a star in JH, to have the same success as a junior or senior requires a willingness to work on their individual skills. Being a 30% shooter is great in JH but it won’t cut it on the varsity level. A player must be willing to keep working and improving.

I read an article that said great pro shooters make 90% of open shots when shooting on their own. Great college shooters make 75% of open shots when unguarded, and great high school shooters will make 60% of their practice shots. By the time Lexi was a senior and shot on the Gun, she would consistently make 55-70% of her threes. She was a great high school shooter.

Thursday, July 27, 2017


This is our 1980 Streaks basketball team. They had an outstanding season....

- 21-4

- Ranked #7 in Illinois

- Undefeated WB6 champs

It was one of my most enjoyable years as a coach. Why? Yes, we won a lot of games. But look at the faces in this huddle. This was a group that competed but it was also a group who wanted to be coached.

My last year as an assistant in boys basketball, I remember trying to help a guy with his shot. His comeback, "That won't work." Clearly he didn't want to be coached. In order to be coached, you have to start with a certain degree of humility. You have to recognize the need to improve. The player I was trying to help either didn't recognize the need to improve or didn't see me as an effective instructor or was just lazy.

When I moved into girls basketball, I found girls who were eager to learn, willing to work, and wanting to compete. We could go upstairs and run repeats in the upstairs hallway. A lap was 300 yards and we would run a lap, rest 2 minutes, then run another. We would do this six times- it was a track workout. But the players never questioned, they just ran and competed. We were in great shape, we ran people and pressed people off the floor all year.

Are girls more coachable than boys? I will leave that to experts to research the topic. I have had the pleasure of coaching very coachable young men in cross country and basketball. So it is not a gender thing.

I was just very lucky to fall into the GHS girls coaching position when a group of very talented group was coming thru, and a group who wanted to be coached. Nothing could be better for a coach. One of my most enjoyable experiences!!

Sunday, July 23, 2017


Jamy Bechler is the author of the book, "The Leadership Playbook." It is a book looking at how players and coaches can develop better leadership skills. 

On June 28, 2016, Bechler wrote an outstanding essay about creating legacy. It was written upon the death of Coach Pat Summitt. It challenges the reader to look at Coach Summitt's legacy, and reflect on what our personal legacies will be. 

Saturday, July 22, 2017


Tough- Loyal

Cassidy Hardin is a high school player who has committed to play at Purdue. She is in the class of 2018. She also won the Indiana State title in tennis doubles- impressive- more impressive is that she won it playing on a broken foot. 

The story continues on....

It is a story of loyalty to teammates and a story of toughness.

Brea Beal

The following is from the Dispatch- Argus on July 20, discussing the recruitment of Brea Beal of Rock Island. It talks about what she has been doing this summer and about how she and her father are handling the recruiting process.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017


Strength Training

“I have worked hard in the weight room, I don’t want to lose it, what do I do now?”

Why Is Strength Training Important for Athletes?
1-    Strength training will help the athlete prevent injuries.
2-    Strength training will improve athletic performance- the athlete will be able to move better and jump higher.
3-    Strength training will help athletes to be able to perform specific skills of their sports better.
4-    Strength training will help athletes be able to perform for longer periods of time.

What Are Basics of Weight Training?
1-    Lifting three to four days per week is needed to build strength.
2-    Rest days are important for muscle building.
3-    Diet is important for muscle building.
4-    When starting, it is important to use light weight and develop proper lifting techniques. Weight lifting is not the reason athletes “get hurt” in the weight room, it is improper technique being used.
5-    Always have a spotter who helps you with the weight but who also helps you identify if your technique is getting sloppy.
6-    You improve strength by lifting to muscular exhaustion. If the weight is lifted with ease, you are not challenging the muscle.
7-    Lifting two days per week will not be building muscle, it will be maintaining your strength.

Monday, July 17, 2017

Sara Wood- Leadership

Sara Wood was a starting guard on the Streaks varsity teams in 1994, 1995, and 1996. During that time the Streaks went 82-15, won two WB6 titles, three Regionals, two Sectionals, finished 3rd in State.

Sara was one of the toughest and most competitive players to ever play for Galesburg HS basketball.

Sara was a relentless worker in high school. She stayed after EVERY practice for 30-45 minutes to do a ball handling and shooting routine. She went from being a below average shooter as a sophomore to being an exceptional shooter as a junior and senior.

Sara worked so hard to improve her ball handling that she go right or left with equal skill. When we played Stevenson HS in the State Semi-finals in 1996, the opposing team’s scouting report listed Sara as being left handed.

The IHSA rules did not allow coaches to coach players during summer games until after 2000. Sara served as coach for our varsity team during the summer games when she was in college. Sara was a tough, no nonsense type leader. Once when we were playing at Maine West, the varsity team lost and played with little energy or competitiveness. When the game ended, Sara took them outside and for a good 15 minutes gave them a stern lecture on competing and toughness.

Sara has gone onto have a career in the military. She just recently moved from active duty in the Marines, and is now in the Marine reserves. Having known Sara’s competitive nature in high school, it is not surprising to know she has had a successful career in the Marines.

I had a chance to ask her questions about her career in the Marines.   

Massey- You played, competed as a freshmen and sophomore in basketball, but somewhere along the line- you took things to another level in terms of your work and your commitment. You worked hard but at some point just took things to another level.
Do you remember was there a moment, a game, an event that caused a change in your approach?

Sara- The summer before my freshman year I played with the sophomore team and would sometimes play with the varsity as a practice player (Ann Henderson, Christy Hickey…) and noticed how much stronger and faster those girls were than I was at the time.  That’s when I started dedicating myself more to the weight room and played more pickup ball at both the YMCA and Carver Center.  Ami (Pendry) and I both played on the sophomore team that year and I knew that if I didn’t get better, both in terms of shooting and playing defense that I wouldn’t make the varsity the following year so that summer before my sophomore year was really focused on getting better.  We had a good team that year but I also knew that Molly Watson would probably start as a sophomore at point guard and that if I wanted to start my junior year I would have to be someone that could basically play any of the guard positions, meaning I would need to get better with my left hand and also be in better shape.  I really just wanted to play and didn’t really care what position (1,2,or 3) so I thought that being more versatile would give me a better shot in terms of playing time.

Massey- As a high school athlete, did you have an athlete who you looked up to?

Sara- When I was a younger and going through Streaks camp I always looked up to Cammi Heiman, The Hickey Sisters, Ann Henderson, Shannon Johnson, Linda Carlson, Tiffany Sibley… I loved watching Duke basketball, especially Bobby Hurley and Grant Hill.  I also looked up to a lot of my teammates.  Steph Mitchell was a great shooter and Ami, Molly, and Jen Bulkeley worked really hard in the off season so they were great models to follow. 

Massey- Your dad had been a successful high school and college player, how did that impact your goals, work ethic, approach?

Sara- My Dad has always been very supportive of whatever I wanted to do but told me that I had to put in the time and work if I wanted to play.  Natural ability can only take you so far and that there are always going to be people that are stronger and faster.  Learning the game, studying both my opponents and my teammates was always emphasized.  Practice, practice, practice…always practice harder than you play the game so when game time does come you are used to operating a higher level when you are tired.  Know your teammates and put them in good positions, recognize opportunities on the floor not just for yourself but for others.  He always emphasized being a good teammate and when you make mistakes move on. 


Monday, June 26, 2017

Purdue Motivation

 Purdue Women's basketball had short phrases on their practice gear, practice gym wall, and weight room wall. All of the phrases were reminding them what the Purdue Basketball culture has as a foundation!!

Friday, May 26, 2017

Energy Wins

Streaks Camp 2017

Streaks Camps for grade school and junior will start on Tuesday, May 30.

Grade School- (next year in 2nd thru 5th Grade)- 8:00-9:30am in Thiel Gym
Junior High- (next year in 6th thru 8th Grade)- 9:30-11:00am in Thiel Gym

Camp will run May 30 thru June 2 and then June 5 thru June 8.

Cost is $75- players can still enter the first day of camp. Entry forms will be available.

For further info- contact Coach Massey at

Galesburg Summer League- 2017

Galesburg Summer League will start the 30th season on Tuesday, May 30. Games will be played in Thiel Gym, Wicall Gym, and the Field House.

This is the second oldest girls basketball summer league in Illinois, and the largest league in downstate Illinois with over 50 teams participating.

Refer to the following page for the schedule--

Sunday, April 23, 2017

New Shoes for Summer?

High school age players should look at the condition of the basketball shoes they used during the past winter season. In most cases, they should seriously consider getting new basketball shoes to use for the off-season, especially during summer camps, leagues, and tourneys.

While a shoe may still look good, the problem is the support has probably broken down with four months of regular use. In the past, we find too often players starting up for the summer begin to experience issues with their feet and legs, which often are attributed to wearing shoes which lack support.

While none of us want to spend more money, a person can go to Eastbay or local stores and find a reasonably priced shoe to wear for the summer. The player may want to get the latest and the most expensive shoe- that most certainly is not necessary.

Another concern as players go into the summer, is whether they bring feet or leg issues from their spring sport activity. It is not unusual to have girls who ran track in the spring come into summer basketball with shin splints. We have found an effective way to avoid feet/leg problems or overcome feet/leg problems is for the athlete to get an arch support to put into their basketball shoe. In local stores, you can get Dr. Scholl's arch supports which seem to have helped many of our athletes deal with leg/feet problems.

Off-Season Work