TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) – Illinois athletes have to be commended, not only was their season delayed but many teams like Casey-Westfield were required to wear masks during the games. That didn’t stop the Warriors from winning the LIC for the 4th consecutive season.
In Indianapolis Loogootee and Linton both advanced to the state championship games in February, the Lady Lions came oh so close to winning back to back titles but came up just short. Meanwhile the Lady Miners won the school’s 2nd state title… defending their championship from 2020… Here’s Vanessa Shafford on why they were emotional after the win.
“Bittersweet is a better word for it like being with this team last year and then the freshmen coming in this year just like we’re all so close it’s crazy how close we are how well we get along I thin it hit all of us that like this was the last time we’d all be together on the court,” Shafford said.
In April it was the boys turn. Parke Heritage and Barr Reeve both advanced to the championship, while the Wolves lost their game Fort Wayne Blackhawk Christian, it’s Christian Johnson who may lead them back next season.
And Barr Reeve was dominant with Curt Hopf leading the team with 23 points and 19 rebounds. The 19 rebounds are a state championship game record. “The points just started coming in like I mean it was pretty spread out but the rebounds I mean.. that was the main focus is they shoot a lot, so we had to get a lot of rebounds. I mean I just kept rebounding and as the game went on, just kept going and they started to tell me about it and it wasn’t the main focus it just came,” Hopf said.
From the hardwood to the football field many Illinois schools finally got their chance to play. Football in the Spring was a nice change of pace but that may be the only time that happens.
On the courts the Sullivan Golden Arrows girls squad set all kinds of records. They took an undefeated mark all the way to the state finals. A 25-1 season record is very impressive and we’ll watch out for Wes Kirk and the girls to build on this success in the coming years.
The boys golf regional returned to Country Oaks after a year off. Logan Schuld from Terre Haute North ended his season on a positive note with a par on 18 and Ryan Lieberman from South reminds us why golf is a cruel game sometimes.
On to softball the Clay City Lady Eels advanced to the school’s first state finals appearance in any sport… but unfortunately they were beaten… and sharing in the heart break… the Sullivan Golden Arrows did as well but will always have this memory of Jocey Wible’s home run to send them there.
And we’ll finish with the Shakamak Lakers who were the last team left standing. They made it all the way to Victory Field for the state title but there will be better days for the Lakers.