By Brad Spencer
A press release by the Illinois High School Association hit Wednesday Journal’s sports desk this morning and I, for some reason, find it humorous. It has nothing to do with anything sports related in our coverage area … thankfully.
There’s been a change in the Class 1A boys basketball regional hosted by Goreville. Goreville and Dongola will play Feb. 21 at Goreville, which hasn’t changed. But Cairo and Cobden will play at Anna-Jonesboro, while Mounds and Wolf Lake will play at Goreville. Eh? Don’t worry, this should clear things up: Tamms and Ullin will still play at Goreville.
It seems there’s some bad blood between Cairo and Goreville. On Valentine’s Day, of all days, two students from Goreville harassed the coaches, players and cheerleaders from Cairo as their bus began its trip home. Cairo won’t play at Goreville.
Goreville, Cairo, Cobden, Tamms, Ullin, Mounds and Anna-Jonesboro? I’m not Googling them.
What is newsworthy here right now is girls basketball.
OPRF girls basketball
The OPRF girls basketball team's season came to end with a 53-46 loss to Hoffman Estates in the first round of the playoffs on Wednesday night. Hoffman Estates' height advantage came into play in the fourth and the Huskies were unable to hold on. Stekara Hall led OPRF with 15 points, 12 of which came in the first half. The Huskies closed out the season with an overall record of 18-13 and won a share of the West Suburban (Silver) Conference title for the first time since 2003. For more about the season and the team's final game, see the Feb. 23 print edition of Wednesday Journal.
Fenwick girls basketball
With OPRF's loss, there won't be a rivalry match-up against Fenwick in the Hoffman Estate Regional title game Friday night. The Friars upended Schaumburg 62-44 in the first round on Tuesday night.
In its first round game of its own regional, Trinity cruised to a 71-36 win over Glenbard East. The Blazers, who will be seeking their ninth straight regional crown, had four players in score in double-digits. Megan Podkowa led with 22 points, 10 rebounds and had six steals. Others who scored for the Blazers included:
Taylor Nazon, 14 points
Alyssa Dengler, 13 points
Vickie Harris, 10 points