Mac on Sports

Dr. Ken Hendriksen's Wife, Kathy, Passes Away
    The Mount Zion and St. Teresa communities are mourning the Monday night passing of Kathy Hendriksen, wife of retired Mount Zion administrator and present principal and chief executive officer of St. Teresa High School.
    Kathy JHendriksen, 62, of Mt. Zion passed away at 11:36 p.m. Monday, Jan. 19, in Heritage Manor, Mt. Zion with her family by her side.
    Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 Friday, January 23, 2015, at Holy Family Catholic Church with Father Joseph Molloy, celebrant. Burial will be in the Mt. Zion Township Cemetery. A vigil prayer service will be held at 4:30 p.m., Thursday evening and visitation will follow from 5 until 8 at the church. Dawson & Wikoff Funeral Home, Mt. Zion is assisting the family with services. In lieu of flowers memorials are suggested to St. Teresa High School or the Mt. Zion Foundation for Quality Education or Alzheimer's Association. Messages of condolence may be sent to the family at
    I send my condolences and sympathies to Dr. Hendriksen, his entire family and their many friends in the Mount Zion and St. Teresa communities.  We'll miss Kathy's infectious smile.

Jarod Oldham Named Director of
Buffalo's Basketball Operations
    Jarod Oldham, a former Eisenhower and Buffalo basketball standout, has been named Buffalo's director of basketball operations by head coach Bobby Hurley.
    Oldham concluded his Buffalo basketball career last season.  
    "I am so happy to have Jarod around and he is going to bring a winning attitude to the program," said the second year head coach.  "I loved coaching him last year and he is a great competitor.  
    "As our point guard last season, he was very instrumental in our success and I think he is going to have a great impact with our players, especially the young guards in our program."
    Oldham started all 29 games last season at point guard for the Bulls.  He averaged 8.5 points per game, while leading the Bulls with 153 assists and 50 steals.  Oldham averaged 31.2 minutes per game and he finished second in the MAC in assists and third in assist/turnover ratio.
    The Decatur Eisenhower native finished his four-year Buffalo career with 562 points, 332 rebounds and 409 assists which is the fourth most in school history. 
    Over the summer he signed a professional contract to play with ETHA Engomis, a basketball club based out of Cyrpus.  He returned to Buffalo this winter.
    "Jarod has a great knowledge and understanding of the game," said Hurley.  "He has a terrific attitude and he is a natural on the floor.  He understands the game at a high level and he is going to transition into a great coach in the near future."  
    I will have more on this story in a future print edition of the Decatur Tribune.

Williams Now Eligible at St. Teresa
    Shortly before 6 o'clock tonight (Friday), St. Teresa principal and chief executive officer Dr. Ken Hendriksen received an email from Dr. Martin Hickman, IHSA executive director.
    "It's a great night to be a Bulldog," exclaimed Hendriksen after reading Hickman's email that said Marla Williams, Christian's mother, has signed off on her son's attending St. Teresa.
    As part of the agreement, Williams moves back home to Springfield to live with her with him commuting to St. Teresa each day.
    "I want to commend Dr. Hickman for his handling of this because he has been first class throughout," said Hendriksen about the head of the state's athletics governing body.
    And there was no rust on Williams layoff as he scored 14 points, including draining his first two three's, and grabbing five rebounds.
    I will have more on this developing story in a future print edition of the Decatur Tribune.

IHSA Issues Final Ruling
    Decatur MacArthur and Springfield Lanphier administrators have received a formal letter from the Illinois High School Association that says both schools receive losses.
    In effect, they ruled the game was a double forfeit.  Springfield Lanphier led at the time the fight broke out with less than two minutes remaining in the game.
    Jason Crutcher, MacArthur's Athletic Director, said that was his recommendation in conversations with the IHSA officials following Dec. 19 debacle.  "I told them 'after what happened, there isn't any winner."
    I will have more on this developing story in a future print edition of the Decatur Tribune.

Beckman Fires 2, Retains Banks
    Illinois football head coach Tim Beckman announced Thursday that assistant coaches Tim Salem and Greg Colby are not being retained.
    In a Department of Intercollegiate Athletics release, Beckman said,  “This is the toughest thing you have to do as a head coach.  Both Tim and Greg are very good coaches, but I felt we needed to make these changes to help our football program move forward.  I want to thank Tim and Greg, along with their outstanding families, for all they did during their time as part of the Fighting Illini football family.  I wish both of them the best of luck in their next career step. We’ll move forward with replacing them on the staff as soon as possible.” 
    Salem, the Illini special teams coordinator in 2014, joined the Illini staff in 2012, coaching running backs during his first two seasons, in addition to his special teams duties. 
    Colby served as the Illini defensive line coach the last two seasons, which was his second stint on the Illinois staff. He was a defensive coach for John Mackovic and Lou Tepper from 1988-95. A native of Danville, Colby is a 1975 graduate of the UI who lettered in both football and baseball.
    Without question, Salem is taking the fall for the Illini's terrible kicking game this fall and Colby for the play of the defensive line.
     This apparently means defensive coordinator Tim Banks will return next fall.
     I will have more on this developing story in a future print edition of the Decatur Tribune. 

J. Thomas McNamara
Sports Editor
Decatur Tribune

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