Randy Wolken moved closer to 1,000 career wins with St. Joseph-Ogden softball’s 9-4 triumph at Mattoon on Monday, his 998th while leading the Spartans. Before SJ-O plays at Unity on Tuesday, a look at five ex-area coaches who shined at their respective schools:
Edwardsville guard Mark Smith is set to announce his college decision at 6 p.m. Wednesday. But recruiting is always churning. How five of the Illini’s Class of 2018 targets fared last weekend on the Nike EYBL and Under Armour Association circuits:
Ayo Dosunmu, Mac Irvin Fire (EYBL)
6-5, Guard, Morgan Park
DANVILLE — St. Joseph-Ogden’s Brandon Trimble scored 16 points and Player of the Game Kevin Williams, from Rantoul, hit 14 as the Eastern Illinois Senior All-Stars defeated their counterparts from Western Indiana Sunday afternoon at Danville Area Community College, 63-48, in the final game of the Battle of the Border.
TUSCOLA — In the day after Tuscola boys’ basketball and golf coach Matt Franks told athletic director Ryan Hornaday he was leaving to take the boys’ hoops position at Morton, Hornaday began receiving inquiries Thursday about the Warriors’ post.
“Word of mouth — well, I guess word of social media — has really got it rolling,” Franks said.
DANVILLE — Vikings boys’ basketball assistant coach Demetric Hightower was nervous two years ago when he received a text from athletic director B.J. Luke, saying he’d like to speak with the 2004 Danville graduate.
“When your boss sends you a text you’re like, ‘Ah, man,’ ” he said. “I thought maybe I did something wrong.”
COVINGTON, Ind. — Most Valuable Player Brandon Trimble, from St. Joseph-Ogden, scored a game-high 18 points to lead the Eastern Illinois senior All-Stars past their counterparts from Western Indiana 87-69 Friday night in the seventh annual Battle of the Border boys’ basketball game.
It was neat enough to attend the Final Four. But what made Centennial senior Kam Reaves' trip to the Phoenix area even better was his time with NBA legend Kobe Bryant.
Every other Sunday in the offseason, college basketball writer Scott Richey provides a page of news and analysis. Want more? Richey chats at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday at IlliniHQ.com.
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