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Cluver Resigns as Trojans Coach
    Chad Cluver has resigned as Maroa-Forsyth boys basketball head coach after 16 seasons as the Trojans head coach, the Decatur Tribune has learned.
    During his 16 seasons, his Trojans won 269 wins and 185 losses.  His last two seasons have not been what either he or his players wanted which followed six consecutive winning years after the state championship year.
    His 2005-06 and 2006-07 teams placed third and first in the state tournaments with the championship year coming in the last year of the two-class tournament.
    I will have more on this developing story in a future print edition of the Decatur Tribune.

State IHSA Tournaments To Stay in
Peoria, Redbird Arena
    Peoria--The Illinois High School Association announced this afternoon (Saturday) that the boys and girls state championship basketball tournaments will remain in Carver Arena in Peoria and Redbird Arena on the Illinois State University campus in Normal.
    “We have built strong traditions in Normal and Peoria,” said Wauconda High School Principal & IHSA Board President Dan Klett.  “There is incredible support from the venues, communities and volunteers for both of these tournaments.  We were grateful to have excellent alternatives, but it was clear to our Board that remaining at Redbird Arena and Carver Arena were the best options for the IHSA and its member schools.”
    The IHSA received boys basketball hosting proposals from the University of Illinois to host at the State Farm Center in Champaign, and for the Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates to host the Class 3A & 4A weekend of the tournament.  Bradley University’s Renaissance Coliseum in Peoria was the only other proposal for the Girls Basketball State Finals.
    “We are appreciative of the impressive proposals we received from the Renaissance Coliseum, Sears Centre, and State Farm Center,” said Klett. “We had thoughtful dialogue reviewing each site proposal.”
    Redbird Arena has hosted the IHSA girls basketball state finals since 1992, while the first boys basketball state finals were contested in Peoria in 1996.
    The new contract runs for the 2016 through 2020 tournaments.
    I will have more on this developing story in a future print edition of the Decatur Tribune.

Auburn Hires Broncos Bacon
    Auburn--Scott Bacon, who has coached the Cerro Gordo Broncos boys basketball team for nine seasons, is the new Auburn boys basketball coach where he will succeed the legendary Doug Graven.
    Graven is retiring after 27 years of coaching the Trojans.
    "I'm excited about coaching the Auburn Trojans," said Bacon after the Auburn Board of Education approved him as its next coach at tonight's (Monday) meeting.
    "I've always had my eye on Auburn since nine years ago I was an assistant at Illini Central and we always played Auburn and I always the school.  It is a financially sound school district and a great athletic community.
    He plans on meeting with his future players soon.
    Bacon said he will officially resign as the Broncos boys basketball head coach at Wednesday night's Cerro Gordo school board meeting.
    I will have more on this developing story in a future print edition of the Decatur Tribune. 

St. Teresa's Christian Williams
Commits To Play Basketball At Iowa

  Christian Williams today (Monday) committed to Iowa where he will play for the Iowa Hawkeyes.
    Williams received the Iowa offer earlier today and committed.
    He is Iowa's fifth 2015 commitment.
    Here's what he twitted, "Blessed to finally say that I have officially committed to the University of Iowa.
    Williams is 6-foot-5, 180 pounds and plays point guard, shooting guard and small forward for state runnerup St. Teresa, so he certainly fits into the mold of an Iowa 2015 commitment.     
    He joins a class that already has four signees, all who are versatile players who could play a few positions for Iowa. Three of those players—4-star Brandon Hutton, 3-star Isaiah Moss and 3-star Ahmad Wagner—were ranked as small forwards, so technically Williams would be the fourth. Iowa's 4th 2015 signee, 3-star Andrew Fleming, is a pure shooting guard.
    I will have more on this developing story in a future print edition of the Decatur Tribune.
Illini, Illinois State in NIT
    Illinois heads to Tuscaloosa Tuesday night to play Alabama at 8 o'clock in a first round NIT game.
    The Illini are headed back to the NIT for the second consecutive year which is the first time in school history that has happened.
    ESPN will televised the game.
    Illinois State hosts Wiscons-Green Bay Wednesday night at 8 o'clock in a game ESPNU will telecast.
    The Redbirds enter the post-season with a 21-12 record, Illinois with a 19-13 slate.
    I will have more on this developing story in a future print edition of the Decatur Tribune.    

Standing 'O's' Welcome Dawgs
    St. Teresa welcomed back its Class 2A runnerup boys basketball team with a rousing reception in Joe Venturi Gym.
    "It's a great day to be a Bulldog," said Principal and Chief Executive Officer Dr. Ken Hendriksen in his introductory remarks before turning over the podium to his coach, Tom Noonan.
    I will have more on this developing story, including pictures from Sunday's reception, in a future print edition of the Decatur Tribune.
Congratulations To St. Teresa For Its Historic 
Run In IHSA Basketball Tournament

Decatur Tribune Sports Editor J. Thomas McNamara was there and will have plenty of photos and observations about the St. Teresa team and the tournament in this week's print edition of the Decatur Tribune.

Dawgs Williams All-State
     Peoria--Despite missing much of the season, St. Teresa's Christian Williams was named all-state by the wire service Associated Press.
    Williams leads St. Teresa against Taylor Ridge Rockridge at 6:30 Friday night in the semi-finals of the Class 2A state tournament.
    I will be courtside for the semifinals and finals of the Class 1A and 2A Friday and Saturday afternoon and evenings.
    Turn to the Decatur Tribune next week for summaries of how the Bulldogs fared in their first ever appearances in the state boy basketball semi-finals.  They can't do any worse than fourth.

Illini NIT-Bound After Loss
     Chicago--Probably playing its worst game of the season, Illinois fell 73-55 late this morning/early afternoon (Thursday) in the first of four games in the Big Ten men's basketball tournament in the United Center.
    Michigan and Illinois had split their first two games this season which found the Wolverines winning in overtime in Crisler Arena in late December and Illinois winning in overtime in the State Farm Center.
    As a result, John Groce's Illini probably are bound for the NIT for the second straight year where they will be on the road because of the renovations that are underway at the State Farm Center which makes it unavailable to host.
    Malcolm Hill scored 13 points, Rayvonte Rice and Leron Black 10 each for the Illini, who fell to 19-13.
    I will have more on this developing story in a future print edition of the Decatur Tribune.

MacArthur Generals Bow Out
In 50-49 Loss
    After leading by three, 40-37, entering the fourth quarter, MacArthur saw its boys basketball season came to an end tonight (Wednesday) in the Champaign Centennial sectional in a 50-49 loss to Mahomet-Seymour.
    As a result, the Generals are still looking for their first sectional tournament championship in their 58-year existence.  They've won 12 regionals, but have not had the fortune of lady luck smiling on them in this round.
    I will have more on the Generals rewarding season with 21 victories and the Team Soy Decatur Thanksgiving tournament championship in a future print edition of the Decatur Tribune. 
St. Teresa Bulldogs Advance to State
   Springfield--Behind Christian Williams 26 points and 11 rebounds, St. Teresa dethroned last year's Class 2A champion, Bloomington Central Catholic, with its 56-35 win in the Illinois-Springfield super-sectional.
    Tom Noonan's Bulldogs trailed after one 10-6, let by six at halftime, 22-16, and then broke the game open in the third quarter and extended their lead in the final quarter.
    The win avenged St. Teresa's regular season 55-40 loss at Bloomington Central Catholic in January when Williams did not play.
    St. Teresa's 2-3 zone once again proved effective against an opponent as they continue to frustrate them with their length, quickness and athleticism.
    St. Teresa plays at 6:30 Friday night against the winner of the Elgin St. Edward/Taylor Rock Ridge game which was in the first overtime, tied at 39 at the end of regulation.
    I will be courtside Friday and Saturday nights as the Bulldogs are going to bring back their first trophy in Illinois High School Association boys basketball history Saturday night as they can finish no worse than fourth.
    Noonan's team has gone where no other Bulldogs squad has gone.  His team is in the Bulldogs history books forever.
    I will have more on this developing story with this weekend's results in a future print edition of the Decatur Tribune.

Dawgs Head to Supers,
Generals Win Regional
    Tonight was a great night for Decatur basketball as St. Teresa defeated St. Joseph-Ogden, 48-35, to advance to the Illinois-Springfield super-sectional to play Bloomington Central Catholic, a team that beat the Bulldogs by 15 in January, 55-40, without Christian Williams.
    Williams scored 24 to lead all scorers in the Bulldogs victory which avenged an earlier two-point, 42-40, loss to the Spartans in January when Williams was serving the second game of his two game suspension.
    MacArthur advanced to the Champaign Centennial sectional after beating Lincoln, 57-38, in the Mount Zion regional.
    Dallas McClain led the Generals in scoring with 18 points.
    I will have more on these games in a future print edition of the Decatur Tribune, including comments from winning coaches, Tom Noonan and Ron Ingram.
    This writer will also be courtside in Springfield for the super-sectional where the Bulldogs lost in 2010 to Robinson, who was led by Meyers Loenard.  Robinson went on from there to win the state championship.
    At this time of year everyone in Decatur and Macon County should be pulling for the Bulldogs and the Generals, the same as they were for Central A&M lady Raiders 10 days ago and we all know how that turned out with a Raiders state championship.

Glidewell New Bulldogs Volleyball Coach
    Rhonda Glidewell has been named St. Teresa’s head volleyball coach for the 2015-16 school year. Mrs. 
    Glidewell has coached at MacArthur since 2012, having served as the Generals head coach during the 2014 season.  She has also coached volleyball at Our Lady of Lourdes since 2007, and has coached in various capacities throughout the Decatur area since 2000. 
    Ken Hendriksen, Principal/Chief Executive Officer at St. Teresa said, “Rhonda is an outstanding candidate and will help carry-on the long and proud tradition of Girls’ Volleyball here at St. Teresa.” 
    Todd Vohland, Athletic Director, stated, “We’re happy to have Rhonda Glidewell here at St. Teresa. She plans to meet with her team in the near future and outline summer activities.”
    Glidewell replaces Karen Wooden, who resigned her position last November. 
    I will have more on this developing story in a future print edition of the Decatur Tribune.

Central A&M Names New Grid Coach
    Brent Weakly was approved at Monday night's Central A&M school board meeting as the Raiders new football head coach, said Superintendent Dr. Kyle VonSchnase.
    Weakly has assisted former Raiders head coach at Shelbyville and did the same when the legend roamed the Raiders Country sidelines.
    I will have more on this developing story in a future print edition of the Decatur Tribune. 

Central A&M State Champs
    Normal--Central A&M is the Class 1A girls Illinois High School Association state champions.
    Tom Dooley's lady Raiders defeated Hardin-Calhoun 51-41.
    Central A&M overcame a two-point, 27-25, hafltime deficit for the victory.
    I will have more on their state championship in a future print edition of the Decatur Tribune. 

J. Thomas McNamara
Sports Editor
Decatur Tribune

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