Mac On Sports

MAC ON SPORTS: JOE DOOLIN REFLECTS ON PASSING OF COACH RON WISHER

  By J. Thomas McNamara Tribune Sports Editor      Joe Doolin played halfback and served as captain on Lakeview’s 1965 undefeated football team that Ron Wisher coached. “I played for him for three years, and the thing I remember most about Coach Ron is his compassion. He coached everyone differently; each one of us had different…

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MAC ON SPORTS: IHSA CANCELS SPRING SPORTS, NO SUMMER CONTACT DAYS

The Illinois High School Association Board of Directors met this morning (Tuesday, April 21) by conference call where the board made some major announcements, regarding cancellation of all spring sports and summer contact days.    Following is the IHSA complete statement:    “The Illinois High School Association (IHSA) Board of Directors met for their April…

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MAC ON SPORTS: IHSA BOARD MEETS TUESDAY TO DECIDE SPRING SPORTS

Shortly before 3 this afternoon (Friday, April 17), the Illinois High School Association released this statement to the media.    At that meeting, the Illinois High School Association (IHSA) Board of Directors is scheduled to meet via video conference on Tuesday, April 21.    “The Board will make a final determination on the IHSA’s spring…

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MAC ON SPORTS: COLLEGE HEADS SAY NO FOOTBALL WITHOUT STUDENTS ON CAMPUS FIRST

   There will NOT be any college football until students are allowed on campus.    That’s what the Power Five and Group of Five, plus Notre Dame, told Vice President Pence in a conference call today (Wednesday, April 15).    Vice President Pence was on a conference call with the College Football Playoff Management Committee…

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MAC ON SPORT: KYLE TUTT TAKES OVER STREATOR GRID PROGRAM

             Kyle Tutt is the new Streator Bulldogs football head coach.      Tutt has been quarterbacks coach for Josh Jostes’s Maroa-Forsyth Trojans since 2015 where he has helped guide them to three consecutive championship game appearances in 2016, 2017 and 2018.      Jostes says, “between Luke Hockaday, Ryan Wilkey, Aaron Ennis and myself we are fine…

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MAC ON SPORTS: NCAA CREATES WORKING GROUP

         The NCAA has established a Coronavirus-19 (COVID-19) Playing and Practice Seasons Working Group to address potential challenges that college football and other fall sports could face this year due to the coronavirus outbreak.      According to a statement sent to administrators by the NCAA today (Friday, April 10), the internal working group will assist…

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MAC ON SPORTS: HEATON, BURFORD WILLIAMS ARE NOMINEES FOR MR. BASKETBALL AWARD

Darius Burford of Bolingbrook, D.J. Williams of Harvey Thornton and Connor Heaton of Central A&M were among the candidates for the Chicago Tribune’s Mr. Basketball award. Williams helped Harvey Thornton get past Burford’s Bolingbrook team for the championship of the 50th annual Caterpillar Decatur Thanksgiving tournament last November. Heaton led Central A&M to the super-…

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MAC ON SPORTS: RUNNIN’ REDS BASKETBALL STANDOUT LARRY PHILLIPS PASSES AWAY

    Stephen Decatur Runnin’ Reds basketball standout, Larry Phillips, passed away recently in Decatur Memorial Hospital. The 72-year-old Phillips was a member of the 1964 third place Runnin’ Reds and fourth place 1966 team. He didn’t score in the ’64 state tournament, but in the ’66 event he totaled 21 in the four games…

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MAC ON SPORTS: ILLINOIS HIGH SCHOOL ASSOCIATION UPDATES ITS SPRING SPORTS PLAN

   There will be spring sports for Illinois High School Association members, if Governor J.B. Pritzker removes the shelter-in-place order April 30 and schools reopen May 1st.    The Illinois High School Association this afternoon (Wednesday, April 1), released this statement:    “First and foremost, the IHSA continues to encourage all Illinois residents to heed…

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