Category: Basketball

A few images from the weekend’s  Original March Madness and host of the IHSA Class 3A & 4A boys State basketball finals held at Carver Arena in Peoria, IL. Congratulations to Class 3A champions Chicago Morgan Park High School (24-6) led by Josh Cunningham (13 pts.), Lamont Walker and Charlie Moore with 12 points each, defeated the Lincoln Railers (34-3) 59-49 led by junior sharpshooter Gavin Block. In the Class 4A  championship game Whitney Young (28-5) held on to beat a tough opponent from Lisle Benet Academy (25-8) 46-44. The game had several high profile athletes. The Dolphins had three Division one college players on the floor, Jahlil Okafor, Paul White and Miles Reynolds. The Redwings  were led by Sean O’Mara and Collin Pellettieri.

-Bob

Washington High School defeated Peoria Notre Dame (16-15) 65-42 to capture the IHSA Class 3A Chillicothe Sectional title at IVC High School Thursday night. Washington was led in scoring by junior Jess Learned with 19 points and senior guard Hayley Reneau with 14. The lady panthers won its first sectional title since 1977. The 5th rated Panthers (26-3) faces #3 Joliet Catholic (26-2) in the Romeoville Supersectional 7 p.m. Monday at Lewis University. Notre Dame was led in scoring by seniors Bridget Bill with 13 points and Matti Bielfeldt added 12 points.

-Bob

In this special video edition of Meet the Braves, Hall of Fame Voice of the Braves Dave Snell introduces viewers to Bradley University’s new gargoyle mascot, Kaboom! Watch the video:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CQgigKPXraY. Bradley Athletics teams have been known as the Braves since the 1920s when then baseball/men’s basketball/football coach and athletic director A.J. Robertson determined too many schools used the Indians nickname and wanted something more distinctive. In 1992, however, the school removed all Native American imagery in reference to its athletics teams while introducing a bobcat mascot. Kaboom! is a gargoyle modeled after The Thinker, which sits atop the Hayden-Clark Alumni Center and watches over the Alumni Quad on the west side of the Bradley University campus. Gargoyles have had a presence on the Bradley University campus from the school’s beginning as part of the architecture of the school’s signature building, Bradley Hall. A new collection of gargoyles was added to the campus community when the Hayden-Clark Alumni Center was completed in 2011.

-Bob


Bradley (12-17, 7-9 MVC) used a season-best 14 steals to force 23 Loyola-Chicago turnovers in a 55-38 victory Saturday night at Carver Arena. Bradley limited the Ramblers (9-19, 4-12 MVC) to the fewest point total by a Braves opponent since a 76-35 win against Oakland Dec. 6, 1997. For the second time this year, a Bradley opponent did not produce a double-digit scorer and Loyola shot just 26.5 percent (13-49) from the field, including 1-for-18 (.056) from 3-point range. Walt Lemon, Jr. finished as the game’s only double-digit scorer with 16 points, pushing him into the top 50 (49th) in Missouri Valley Conference history with 1,659 career points. He also registered five of Bradley’s 14 steals, moving past Daniel Ruffin into fourth place in school history with 211 career steals. Lemon is one of four Bradley seniors who will play their final Bradley Basketball home game Tuesday night when the Braves host #3 Wichita State (29-0, 16-0) in a nationally-televised game at Carver Arena. The nation’s lone unbeaten team, Wichita State is trying to unseat the 1985-86 Bradley Braves (16-0) as the last undefeated Valley regular-season champion.

-Bob


Washington High School catered the Metamora Class 3A Regional basketball title Thursday night with a 62-51 victory over rival Morton High School (26-5). The Panthers (24-3) ended a eight-year regional title drought to advance to the Chillicothe IVC Sectional to meet Galesburg (17-14) or Geneseo (16-13) in a semifinal scheduled for 6 p.m. Monday. Leading scorers for Washington were Jess Learned 17, Hayley Reneau 14, Maddie Lee 11 points, 6 rebounds, and Tia Sherman added 10 points. Chandler Ryan led Morton with 28 points, Brandi Bisping and Emma Heisler added 7 for the Potters.

-Bob

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