ST. JOSEPH — Head basketball coach Brian Brooks thinks St. Joseph-Ogden High School has the best fan community and the best student section in the state.
The team itself came up just a bit short — it placed fourth in the 2A state tournament in Peoria this weekend — but you wouldn't have guessed that by the reception the team got upon its return to its home court Sunday.
PEORIA — One team will always come to Peoria and lose two games.
It’s a given with the four-class system.
Teams, however, never want to become the only team in their respective class to end the season on a two-game losing skid.
PEORIA — A pep rally and community celebration to honor the St. Joseph-Ogden boys’ basketball team will take place at 1 p.m. today at the high school gym.
SJ-O athletic director Dick Duval said after consulting with SJ-O coach and principal Brian Brooks the decision was made to hold it today so it would not interfere with anyone’s work schedule during the week.
PLAINFIELD — Centennial senior Luke Vaughn set meet and school records in the shot put at Saturday’s action at Planfield East with the fifth-best effort recorded by an area athlete.
MOUNT ZION — There is a natural order to things.
In life, the cycle goes from birth to death.
In sports — which some fanatics consider equivalent to life and death — there are wins and losses.
Each team seeks the wins. Naturally, that translates into one fact: some team will be disappointed.
PEORIA — Most players stood, encircling St. Joseph-Ogden boys’ basketball coach Brian Brooks.
A few sat on the orange two-seat couch, playing with their sub sandwiches.
All wore dress clothes. Some had their maroon SJ-O letterman jackets on.
All barely uttered a word, their eyes locked in on Brooks.
PEORIA — Tom Michael won a Class A state championship in 1989 at Carlyle.
It’s safe to say, though, that the former Illinois forward under Lou Henson who is involved in the athletic administration at Illinois now was more nervous Friday night.
We asked prep sports coordinator Fred Kroner for his take on Centennial's opponent tonight in the sectional final at Mount Zion (7:30 start):
St. Joseph-Ogden vs. Harrisburg, 8:15 p.m. today