Final week, I used this area to speak in regards to the native soccer gamers who’re concerned with this week’s forty seventh Illinois Excessive Faculty Shrine Sport.
It’s time to modify sports activities however persist with the all-star theme, because the Illinois Basketball Coaches Affiliation introduced this previous Tuesday the rosters for its annual all-star video games.
These video games will likely be held this coming Saturday at Pontiac Excessive Faculty, beginning with the 1A/2A women’ sport at 11 a.m. The 1A/2A boys’ sport follows at 1 p.m., earlier than the 3A/4A women’ sport at 4 p.m. and the 3A/4A boys’ sport at 6 p.m. spherical out the day’s festivities.
Earlier than we get into the gamers, it’s price noting that longtime Gibson Metropolis-Melvin-Sibley boys’ basketball coach Ryan Tompkins will oversee the 1A/2A North boys’ roster. He guided the Falcons to a 2A third-place end in 2019.
Now, on to the gamers — all of whom had been seniors in the course of the 2020-21 faculty 12 months.
Two space representatives will likely be concerned within the 1A/2A women’ sport that suggestions off the day’s slate of video games. Villa Grove/Heritage’s Kyleigh Block and Tri-County’s Tayler Barry will signify the South Workforce.
Block will attend Illinois Central Faculty to maintain enjoying basketball, whereas Barry is headed to Lake Land Faculty to proceed her hoops profession. No native women will likely be concerned within the 3A/4A sport.
On the boys’ aspect, one native athlete will play within the 1A/2A sport and one other will swimsuit up for the 3A/4A sport.
Iroquois West’s Jack McMillan is a part of the 1A/2A North Workforce, and Danville’s Nate Hoskins is concerned with the 3A/4A South Workforce.
McMillan was a 1A IBCA all-state first-team choice for his last prep season, whereas Hoskins is attending Lawrenceville Faculty in New Jersey starting later this 12 months. All 4 of those athletes stood out on the courtroom all through their highschool tenures, and it’s good to see they’ll have yet another likelihood to play at that degree. Particularly in a storied health club like Pontiac and particularly after not having the IBCA All-Star Video games final summer time due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
In a separate however essential piece of stories, we’ll quickly start our 2021 All-Space protection from the condensed summer time sports activities seasons which have taken place since mid-April. That’ll kick off subsequent Sunday after we spotlight one of the best and brightest of the native women’ soccer scene. It’s the primary of seven All-Space groups we’ll unveil by way of July.
Colin Likas covers Illinois soccer and highschool sports activities at The Information-Gazette. He will be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org, or on Twitter at @clikasNG.