Sunday, August 20, 2017
I coached Casey Williams more years than any player at GHS. She was on the varsity all four years in high school. And she was on a YMCA team I coached when she was in 2nd or 3rd grade. When she was at the YMCA, all of the players fought over who took the ball out of bounds, and then who got to dribble the ball up the floor. Our solution was to give a black wrist band to the player who got to take it out, and then a red wrist band to the player who would dribble the ball up the floor. By the time Casey got to the high school, we didn’t need the wrist bands.
Casey has always had good basketball skills. She was skilled enough to play on the varsity as a freshman. She was an outstanding defender for GHS. Her senior year, there were times she guarded point guards, shooters, and even post players. But what stands out about Casey is that she is just so competitive. There was no one Casey would back down from.
Now Casey attends Benedictine University in Lisle. She jumped in and was a regular for the team her first season, and Benedictine plays in a tough conference. This past year, as a sophomore, Casey had to have surgery on her leg. But as one would expect, Casey competed in rehab and worked herself back into playing condition. Now she is headed into her junior year.
Wednesday, August 16, 2017
|Summer of 1994- picture in Michigan Stadium|
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.
Tuesday, August 15, 2017
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
PARENTS / PLAYERS SHOULD CHECK TO CONFIRM
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
PARENTS / PLAYERS SHOULD CHECK TO CONFIRM
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.
Chrislyn Carr of Rock Island has received multiple D1 offers this past summer. This article discusses her summer and her goals.
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
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
|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
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!!
Wednesday, August 9, 2017
Tuesday, August 8, 2017
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.
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?