You have to go back to 1974-75 to find another Sages team that finished the regular season with just one loss. The 1965-66 team is still the only one to finish the regular season unblemished. That of course was in a one class system. Although I don’t remember either of those teams (or the two teams in the 1930s that took one loss into the post-season), a solid argument could be made that the 2017-18 Sages team was the greatest in school history. Continue reading “After historic regular season, Sages prepare for state tournament series”
NCAA women’s basketball crowned a new champion over the weekend when South Carolina defeated Mississippi State to claim its first national championship. Both combatants’ fan bases were in full force in Dallas to support two teams whose coaches took their programs from the ground floor to the pinnacle of the game. Continue reading “Fahey brings impressive resume to Illini basketball”
Although it’s too soon the paint hasn’t even dried on Monticello’s thrilling 41-32 overtime win over PBL, as seasons pass in Sages basketball history, fans could simply refer to it as “The Bank.” Trailing most of the game and down 32-29 with 1:25 left in the game, Monticello’s Calvin Fisher lined up for a three-pointer from just right of the key. The ball sailed over the rim, off the glass and through the hoop to tie the score.
It’s often referred to as “Catching Lightning in a Bottle.” A program gets a new coach who has a ton of promise, perhaps yields a big recruiting class at the onset, but finds long-term it can’t keep up with the giants of the sport. What starts out as a can’t-miss upward trend slowly (or sometimes quickly) fizzles, forcing the program to essentially start over.
But for every 20 or 30 of those that fall as fast as they climb trying to break through into that elite group, there are those that have become what I like to call paradigm shifters, ones that provide a don’t-look-back change on the landscape.
Matt Bollant has a 315-92 overall record in 12-plus years as a head coach (photo courtesy University of Illinois)
Anna Dorn was the No. 6 ranked national recruit in the Class of 2010.
It was a day after posting one of the most significant regular season victories in school history, a dominating straight sets win at No. 2 Texas, ending the Longhorns 25-match non-conference winning streak. With his club well on its way to defeating Florida A&M, Illinois head coach Kevin Hambly inserted highly-regarded freshman middle Anna Dorn into the line-up, hoping to get her feet wet at the collegiate level. Unfortunately in just her second appearance of the year, Dorn suffered an ACL tear in a play at the net and was lost for the season. Continue reading “Dorn sees silver lining in injury preparing for fifth season with Illini”