ST. JOSEPH — The shed in the backyard of the Michael household outside St. Joseph spanned 48 by 80 feet, and Tom Michael’s horses took up half of it. In the other half, a basketball hoop stood, where Nick and Nate, Tom and Shana Michael’s sons, practiced shooting hoops year-round before the duo graduated from St. Joseph-Ogden in 2009 and 2013.
Why he’s Coach of the Year: For the second straight year, Landon guided the Timberwolves to Class 1A state. This year, Cissna Park made it one step further than its 2014 third-place finish, dominating Clay City to make it to the title match, in which the Timberwolves fell to Lanark Eastland.
RANK, TEAM REC. COMMENT
1. Cissna Park 33-6-1 Seniors led in kills, digs and assists
2. St. Joseph-Ogden 29-4 Underclassman led in kills; senior led in digs
NAME SCHOOL YR. HT. POS.
Addison Stoller Cissna Park Sr. 5-11 MH
Anna Kaeb Cissna Park Sr. 5-6 S
CHAMPAIGN — Parkland College volleyball coach Cliff Hastings noticed a theme when talking to area athletes a few years ago — many of them wanted an area all-star game. Hastings and Parkland appeased, creating the Parkland Area All-Star Volleyball Game, in which 26 area players will play in front of fans and several college coaches at 5 p.m. today.
Cissna Park, senior, middle hitter
Why she made it: The Valparaiso basketball commit helped the Timberwolves to a state runner-up finish. She led Cissna Park with 296 kills, 99 blocks and 359 digs.
(Minimum 2.00 average)
Player, School Kills Avg.
Shelby Mascari, Oakwood 305 4.84
Alicia Claunch, LeRoy 296 4.55
Dana Westfield, Ch. Central 353 4.53
Watseka, IW tip off holiday tournaments
The first holiday tournaments involving boys’ basketball teams begins tonight with the 14th annual Watseka Holiday Tournament.
Hoopeston Area, Iroquois West, Milford and Watseka are the area schools in the eight-team tournament, which is divided into two pools of four teams.
— Senior Chelsea Blaase, from St. Joseph-Ogden, placed 14th at the NCAA Cross-Country Championships, becoming only the third runner in Tennessee women’s program history to earn multiyear All-America honors. The former Spartan posted 13 consecutive top-10 finishes, 10 top-three finishes and four wins from 2013 to ’15.