Fred Kroner's Feb. 6 prep sports chat

Thursday, February 6, 2014 - 12:30pm

Just a few days remain in the regular season for Class 1A and 2A girls' basketball teams. Wrestling regionals start on Saturday. Want to know about area teams or individuals who have a chance of advancing far? Ask Executive Sports Editor Fred Kroner, who does a weekly chat about area prep athletics. Submit questions at any time.

Fred Kroner (moderator) — 12:16 PM on Thu, 02/06/2014

Chat is starting a few minutes early this week due to another afternoon commitment which will keep me from staying as long. Looking forward to the postseason, which starts on Saturday with regional wrestling and then next week with 1A and 2A girls' basketball regionals.

Lyle Egelston — 12:22 PM on Thu, 02/06/2014

Fred,A Great Article on Conner Gremer.It shows with hard work and determination with a big family involvement what a kid can do.With Great Coaching from Vashon Russell and Family influence what an average kid can do to be better.I am sure his Grandfather is looking down over him and is very proud.He will be a 3 Sport Athlete where he probably will Play Baseball at the next level.May be even Basketball.Always good to read your articles about kids.

Fred Kroner (moderator) — 12:30 PM on Thu, 02/06/2014

Hi Tom. It is indeed a testimonial to what hard work, effort and determination can help a young persona ccomplish. Conner Gremer's success story should be used as a reminder for anyone. There is no substitute for putting the time in. I'm sure there's more to it than that, too. He has paid attention to his diet and spent time in the weight room. It's not just a matter of spending the time on a basketball court. More impressive, too, is the fact that he does participate in three sports, which automatically limits the amount of available time for any one of the sports. I believe Conner's grandfather John was on the football staff at Urbana when Vashoune Russell was playing, so the connection goes back a number of years.

Lyle Egelston — 12:30 PM on Thu, 02/06/2014

Fred what local basketball teams boys and girls can make it to State Finals?

Fred Kroner (moderator) — 12:36 PM on Thu, 02/06/2014

Good question. There's almost always a surprise team that's not on the radar when the postseason starts, but then gets hot and carries the momentum all the way to state.

I see two boys' teams and one girls' team from the area that have the ability to make a deep postseason run. The boys' basketball teams include St. Joseph-Ogden in 2A and Arthur-Lovington in 1A. Both programs have the same traits: a veteran squad, a veteran coach and they don't rely on just one or two players to be successful. The particular teams that SJ-O and A-L have now are ones who come from successful backgrounds and don;'t have to imagine what it would be like to play on a big stage. They've been in the limelight recently and have continued to build.

The same thing applies to the St. Thomas More girls' basketball team. The Sabers played for a 2A state championship last year and are a more improved team now. The way the "luck of the draw" worked out, STM's toughest state game could well occur in the semifinals when the opponent could possibly be Nashville or Breese Central. The Sabers have a tremendous starting five that is unselfish and skilled. What a combination that is! If they avoid injuries and don't get caught looking ahead, I see great things happening over the next several weeks.

Fred Kroner (moderator) — 12:41 PM on Thu, 02/06/2014

That's a wrap for this week. Off to do a prep podcast, which will be posted online later this afternoon. Please check it out. Back next week for more questions.