Senior girls and boys from several area high schools got together to participate Tuesday evening in the fifteenth annual Jim Shaw All-Star Basketball Classic at EHS in Lanark.
The first game of the evening pitted the girls North All-Stars vs. the South girls All-Stars. The North team, coached by River Ridge/Scales Mound coaches Brian Wurster, Dave Wiegel and Jordan Williams wasted no time as they captured a ten to two first quarter lead. They extended their lead to a dozen points (18-6) at the half, led by three pointers from East Dubuque’s Emily Herbst and Stockton’s Sam Magee. The lead grew to fifteen points after three quarters (27-12). The North outscored the South fifteen to eleven in the final quarter to make the final score, North 42 and South 23.
The North squad was led in the scoring column by River Ridge/Scales Mound’s Tori Soat and Stockton’s Jaci Lawfer with each player dropping in eight points. River Ridge/Scales Mound’s Kaitlyn Pleau added seven for the winners. The South team was led by Fulton Unity’s Hannah Dykstra who scored seven points. Soat was named the MVP at the conclusion of the first game.
The next game featured the North and South boys squads. The North team was coached by Le-Win’s Dennis Huttenlocher and Ryan Hahne. The South team was coached by West Carroll’s Josh Knuth and Ron Bull. A tight first quarter saw the North squad take a nineteen to thirteen first quarter lead with the North’s Ryan Merkle from River Ridge dropping in six points. Forreston’s Tanner Bronkema had six points for the South squad in quarter number one. The second quarter saw the North squad raining three pointers as Galena’s Dalton Montgomery sank three from beyond the arc to give the North a forty seven to twenty five half time lead.
The lead grew to twenty four points (61-37) as the third quarter ended with Le-Win’s Ryan Wybourn and Scales Mound’s Greg Cox dropping in threes. The final quarter scoring edge again went to the North squad as they topped the South twenty to nineteen in the final quarter to make the final score, North squad 80 and the South 57.
Montgomery led the North scoring eighteen points and teammate Cole Schamberger from Stockton adding sixteen points. The South was led by Bronkema’s eight points with West Carroll’s Brady Edwards and Pearl City’s Jason Kurth adding seven points each. Montgomery and Schamberger were named Co-MVP’s of the boys contest.
North Team: Nikki Dubord 0 1-4 1; Aleisha Handel 1 1-2 3; Nicole Hayes 2 0-0 4; Emily Herbst 1 0-0 3; Jaci Lawfer 1 6-6 8; Sam Magee 2 0-0 6; Liz Moest 1 0-0 2; Kaitlyn Pleau 3 1-2 7; Tori Soat 4 0-0 8
The Lady Panthers Liz Moest dribbles the ball past Hannah Dykstra from Fulton Unity in the first game of the NISHF/Jim Shaw All-Star girls contest. Liz scored two of the North team’s forty-two points in the game.
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Eastland’s Abbey Grisham looks for an open teammate with Stockton’s Sam Magee defending during the girls game on Tuesday at EHS. Abbey and the South girls team fell to the North squad 42-23.
(PA photo/Craig Lang)
North Team: Greg Cox 2 0-0 6; Ryan Merkle 4 4-4 12; Dalton Montgomery 7 0-0 18; Cole Schamberger 6 4-5 16; Jason Schneider 3 1-2 8; Adam Werhane 5 0-0 11; Chase Wilhelms 3 0-0 6; Ryan Wybourn 1 0-0 3
(Top) Milledgeville’s Mitchel Rahn dribbles around Stockton’s Cole Schamberger during the boys game of the Jim Shaw All-Star Classic in Lanark on Tuesday evening. Mitchel scored two of the South team’s fifty seven points as the North took the twenty three point victory. (PA photo/Craig Lang)
East Dubuque’s Jason Schneider puts up a shot at the basket during Tuesday’s All-Star Classic in Lanark. Jason scored eight of the North squad’s eight points in their 80-57 win.
(PA photo/Craig Lang)
Highland Names New Head Basketball Coach
Following the resignation of head men’s basketball coach Zac Roman on May 3, Highland Community College officials announced today that Nathan Courtney has been chosen as the new head coach for the Cougars. He comes to Highland from Meridian Community College, Mississippi, where he recently served as head coach.
Courtney, also a five-year assistant coach for the nationally-recognized Indian Hills Community College basketball program in Ottumwa, Iowa, has an impressive winning record, including two National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Region XI Championships and two trips to the national tournament.
“We feel very fortunate that Nathan has accepted the head basketball coaching position. I have no doubt he will continue the tremendous success of Highland Cougar basketball on the national level of the NJCAA,” said Athletic Director Pete Norman.
Courtney recruited, developed and coached 35 student-athletes that later went on to Division I programs, several of which become professional players. Additionally, the players on Courtney’s teams have an academically-sound reputation with a 98 percent graduation rate during his 12 years of coaching.
“Coach Courtney’s experience fits with our tradition of excellence both in the classroom and on the basketball court,” said Norman. “Nathan, his wife and family are anxious to join our community and Cougar nation.”
Courtney attended the University of Dubuque where he was a member of the men’s basketball team. During this time, he started for the team during three of his four years, and served as team captain and representative on the college’s student-athlete advisory committee. He also possesses a Master of Arts in Physical Education with a teaching and coaching emphasis from the University of Northern Iowa.
2012 Upstate Illini East All-Conference Baseball
*Denotes a unanimous selection
First Team: * Nick Ludwig, Forreston; *Adam Lawson, Dakota; *Rob Wilson, Orangeville; *Patrick Schmelzle, Freeport Aquin; Eric Gibbs, Milledgeville; Taylor Burns, Dakota; Sawyer Shaw, Freeport Aquin; Brock Stearns, Dakota; Tanner Bronkema, Forreston; Drew Truckenmiller, Dakota; Pete Basile, Durand/Pecatonica; Adam Akins, Forreston; Ian Stemper, Durand/Pecatonica; Chris Sander, Forreston
Honorable Mention: Jordan Harris, Milledgeville; Colton Meyer, Forreston; Ryan Mairs, AFC; Brandon Lizer, Dakota; Robert Cornelius, Forreston; Nick McClanahan, AFC; Lucas Diemer, Freeport Aquin; Lance McCauley, Dakota; McKenzie Mazeika, South Beloit; Adam Feiner, Freeport Aquin; Darren Misner, South Beloit.
2012 Upstate Illini West All-Conference Baseball
First Team: *Tyler Giedd, Eastland; *Joey Sullivan, West Carroll; *Evan Heer, Le-Win; *Cole Logemann, Le-Win; *Casey Schroeder, Le-Win; *Jared Hess, Warren/Stockton; Ty Hartman, Eastland; Cole Theill, East Dubuque; Jack Miller, Warren/Stockton; Matt Steele, River Ridge; Blake Freese, Warren/Stockton; Dylan Riggle, Warren/Stockton; Dakota Cain, Le-Win; Patrick Hatfield, Warren/Stockton
Second Team: Devin Hartman, Eastland; Trey Ertmer, River Ridge; Colton Bastian, Pearl City; Zach Moyer, Pearl City; Nick Hughes, West Carroll; Brett Brown, River Ridge; Adam Werhane, Le-Win; Mitch Paramore, East Dubuque; Andrew Ertmer, River Ridge; Colt Radford, Pearl City; Cole Crenshaw, East Dubuque; Gavin Leverton, Warren/Stockton
Honorable Mention: Chase Wilhelms, Eastland; Austin Sargent, Eastland; Ramsey Truckenmiller, Eastland; Austin Weaver, Eastland; Nathan Falk, Pearl City; Ryan Merkle, River Ridge; Josh Christ, River Ridge; Caleb Buss, Galena; TJ Hesselbacher, Galena; Tim Larson, East Dubuque; Chris White, Galena; Austin Long, Galena; Ryan Wybourn, Le-Win; Colton Broshous, Warren/Stockton; Jordan Fox, Warren/Stockton; Aaron Krause, Galena
Northwest Upstate Illini West Division All-Conference Softball
First Team: Delanie Giedd, Eastland; Laura Melville, Pearl City; Jenna Canon, Pearl City; Tygan Cole, West Carroll; Allison Thulen, West Carroll; Ashley Brant, Scales Mound/River Ridge; Kourtney Larson, East Dubuque; Brianna Bautsch, Galena; Becca Diffenderfer, Galena; Rachel Cassens, Stockton
Second Team: Haley Miller, Eastland; Michaela Heinrich, Pearl City; Halle Fransen, Pearl City; Korissa Blasing, Pearl City; Kim Durward, West Carroll; Shannon Speer, Scales Mound/River Ridge; Abby Berryman, East Dubuque; Emily Herbst, East Dubuque; Amy Miller, Galena; Bri Diffenderfer, Le-Win; Catie Kuckes, Le-Win; Angelique Goswick, Stockton; Morgan Rhyner, Stockton
Player of the Year: Tygan Cole, West Carroll
West Division Sportsmanship Award: Scales Mound/River Ridge