In honor of my son’s upcoming birthday — how is it possible he will be 32 on Monday? — some reflections on how sports and family occasionally became intertwined.
I was never a parent who forced his child to do a sport, although I wanted Devin to experience a sport firsthand before he made his own decision to continue it or not.
NORMAL — Iroquois West’s girls’ basketball program will win more games in the future, but it will never achieve a first like it did this weekend.
Seniors Taylor Cultra and Elena Sanchez left their mark at a school that won 89 games after they entered the building, helping Iroquois West secure its first team trophy in any girls’ sport.
NORMAL — Kristy Arie wasn’t happy with Friday’s state tournament outcome for her Iroquois West girls’ basketball team, but she found satisfying aspects.
Before the unranked Raiders dropped a 49-36 decision to third-rated Hardin Calhoun at Illinois State University’s Redbird Arena, they held their own in a Class 1A game that was within two possessions with 31/2 minutes left.
NORMAL — Shayne Smith is going to need time to get used to her new title: state champion.
“It’s crazy,” the Shiloh High School sophomore said. “I was shaking. Really nervous.”
She hit seven consecutive treys in the Class 1A three-point shooting finals Friday and wound up making 11 of her 15 attempts.
None of the other three finalists made more than seven shots.
Iroquois West girls will face Prophetstown in Saturday's 3rd-place 1Astate game after 49-36 semifinal loss to Hardin Calhoun at Redbird Arena in Normal Friday Feb. 27, 2015.
(Minimum 9.0 ppg)
Player, School FG FT TP AVG HG
A. Scott, Sch. Acad. 172 103 512 22.3 35
McCoy, STM 68 13 149 21.3 33
Neuhauser, Sullivan 203 116 57 21.1 43
Boyer, Sullivan 214 134 562 20.8 32
Buzan, Monticello 133 45 350 20.5 30
Maynard, PBL 162 98 428 19.5 37
L. Wallen, STM 222 92 557 18.6 26
GILMAN — Kristy Arie has been mystified this season when she thinks about her Iroquois West girls’ basketball team.
The Raiders had no seniors on a 22-win team a year ago, and yet her current squad never once made the top 10 in this year’s Class 1A state poll.
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To celebrate Throwback Thursday, we’ll step back in time to hone in on a noteworthy moment. With the Iroquois West girls’ basketball team bound for the Class 1A state semifinals this weekend, we look back at the IW football team earning the school’s last state title:
Nov. 28, 2003
FAIRBURY — Two wins before he reached No. 100 in his career as Prairie Central’s football coach, Brian Hassett has resigned to accept a similar position at Streator.
In 16 years with the Hawks, Hassett’s teams were 98-68 and reached the playoffs 10 times. PC is coming off a 2-7 season in 2014.