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8 All-Star Team 2006
Steve Howard Sr. Braidwood (Reed Custer)
Matt Olinger Sr. Braidwood (Reed Custer)
Austin McDowell Sr. Coal City
Jon Shodipo Sr. Lisle
Will Brown Sr. Plano
Alex Jensen Sr. Plano
Mike Meyer Sr. Sandwich
Garrett Callahan Sr. Seneca
Marty Hetelle Sr. Seneca
Robert Rexroade Sr. Seneca
8 All-Conference Team 2006
Steve Howard Sr. Braidwood (Reed Custer)
Brett Smith Jr. Coal City
Curt Perschnick Jr. Dwight
Matt Schmitz Sr. Lisle
Dan Wenclawski Jr. Lisle
Alex Jensen Sr. Plano
Mike Meyer Sr. Sandwich
Garrett Callahan Sr. Seneca
Griffan Callahan Jr. Seneca
Robert Rexroade Sr. Seneca
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Feb. 17 , 2006
City 43, Wilmington 36,
Lisle 56, Sandwich 44
Reed-Custer 60, Plano 55, OT
Seneca 72, Dwight 45
Standings as of FEB. 13, 2006
I-8 2005 Ovr. Confernce
Team W L W L Pct. PF PA PF PA
1. Seneca 27-0 14-0 1.00 1394 709 65 32
2. Lisle 18-7 12-2 .857 1403 1245 55 50
3. Reed-Custer 14-11 9-5 .643 1045 1085 49 51
4. Sandwich 12-13 7-7 .500 1094 1289 53 61
5. Coal City 10-13 7-7 .500 1314 1319 55 57
6. Plano 11-16 5-9 .357 1389 1592 53 60
7. Dwight 5-18 1-13 .071 680 816 46 51
8. Wilmington 3-22 1-13 .071 835 1135 41 55
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Plano Boys Basketball Preview
Chicago Sun Times - Frank Rusnak
Outlook: Seneca returns four Starters and will be hard to beat.
Usually tough Lisle returns only one starter.
Top 5 Players:
Garrett Callahan, Seneca, G, 6-2, sr.
Robert Rexrode, Seneca, C, 6-6, sr.
Griffin Callahan Seneca, G, 6-4, Jr.
Shamon Cherry Lisle, G, 5-9, sr.
Alex Jensen Plano, G, 6-1, sr.
Player to watch:
Obinna Agomo Plano, G, 6-3, Jr.
Did you know? Lisle has four graduates within the last
four years still playing.
Quote: Lisle coach Mark D'Amico:
"Seneca should be far and away the class of the Conference."
8. Coal City
hoops waiting in the wings
Reaper basketball prepares quietly in football shadow
By Bill Lidinsky-Plano Record
It’s usually not a good thing when a high school varsity basketball program tips off a new year and for the first two weeks half of the team is unavailable for nary a dribble or a shot.
But in the case of the 2005-2006 Plano Reaper hoop squad things are all smiles in the absence of seven players who are fully entrenched in the IHSA Class 3A State championship football run. By virtue of their quarterfinal victory last Saturday the Plano gridiron group assured varsity basketball head coach Nate Spriggs of yet a second full week of practice without the majority of his key personnel.
“Despite not having some of our guys it’s great for the kids, the school, and the community just to be in this winning atmosphere,” Spriggs said. “I just tell the guys that we need to hold down the fort and wait for the football players to come back, hopefully after a state championship. We’re practicing basketball right now, but we are undoubtedly football fans. It wouldn’t be right at all if we said we wish they were with us instead of winning football games.”
The unselfish attitude is admirable for Spriggs and company in light of the remarkable success they achieved in 2004-2005.
Last year the Reapers attained great success on the hard court capturing an IHSA Regional Championship and posting an impressive 20-10 record. Plano finished third in the tough Interstate Eight Conference with a record of 10-4, losing only to Lisle twice and two times to Seneca who ended up capturing third place on the Illinois Class A level in 04-05. The Reapers basketball aspirations for their own state championship came to an end in the sectional semifinals with a loss to St. Anne.
This year Plano will return the majority of the squad from 04-05. Gone is Reaper all time leading scorer Victor Mendez and battler Gregory Gould. But the head coach feels his team can surpass the great accomplishments that were achieved last season despite the loss of Mendez and Gould.
“Obviously there are parts of Victor’s game that we will miss a lot. Usually when we went into the post with Vic we were guaranteed at least a foul or a bucket,” Spriggs said. “That’s where the guys from this years team really have to step up and I think they will.”
Two players that were starters in 04-05 and are not part of football are seniors Matt Priesman and Will Brown. Priesman was Plano’s second leading scorer behind Mendez last year with 346 total points, while Brown was fourth with 219 tallies. Both are preparing patiently in anticipation of the football player’s return, but are surely hoping it’s not for another two weeks.
“We definitely miss them. But hopefully they’ll win a state championship and bring home a banner for us,” Brown said. “Then we’ll hang another regional banner for basketball when we complete our season. Who knows, maybe it will be a lot more than that.”
Priesman echoes his teammate’s assessment.
“Will and I have been teaching the new guys the system so far in practice. We want to be leaders and prepare everyone who is here right now to be ready for when the football players return after winning a state championship,” Priesman said.
Plano was blessed with the arrival of two transfer students for the upcoming year. Juniors Obina Agomo and Mohammed Kebbeh will be welcome additions to the Reaper hoop squad. Agomo comes from Lake Park High School in Roselle where he saw action as a sophomore on the Class AA level in 04-05. The 6’2” high flyer will be counted on heavily to pick up some of the rebounding and scoring void that is anticipated with Mendez’ departure.
“Coming from a school of about four thousand to a school of four hundred is quite a change for me, but I like it,” Agomo said. “Everybody has made me feel at home especially Will (Brown) because he has my back in the post.”
Spriggs realizes he has a “diamond in the rough” in Agomo and he can’t wait to see how he develops with an already strong squad.
“Obina came from a double A program and is very athletic and very long. He’s got a tremendous wing span and will help out a lot playing in the post and on the wing,” Spriggs said. “He’ll definitely help out also with the rebounding so there won’t be so much pressure on Will to get all the boards. He’ll surely contribute in that facet.”
But the key to the Plano hoops success in 05-06 certainly points to the return of the football players. Seniors Alex Jensen, and Jake Wilson, along with juniors Brook Bott, Eric Nelson and Victor Diaz is inevitable and much anticipated.
Jensen was an I-8 all conference point guard in 04-05 and is generally considered one of the premier players in the area. Wilson and Bott were spot starters last year for Plano and figure to carry the bulk of the starting minutes this season. Two sophomores who are also playing football are Brian Green and Matt Smith. They will also be called on by Spriggs to contribute along with senior Shawn Gwilt who did not play basketball in 04-05.
“We’re blessed to have our backcourt back with Al and Matt. Will, Jake and Brook will also be here to make up what was the majority of our staring lineup last season,” Spriggs said. “With the addition of the transfer students, we have a very, very good team. We will run a lot and be fast. We’ll press and play the full length of the court. It should be some very exciting basketball again in 2005-2006 for Plano.”
The Reapers open up the new campaign in a new tournament. Instead of the Somonauk Shootout that Plano has traditionally attended in previous years, the Reaper hoopsters will be involved in the six team Sandwich Thanksgiving Tourney that starts on Monday Nov. 21. Plano opens the tournament at 5p.m. on Monday versus LaSalle-Peru followed by an 8p.m. contest on Tuesday against Oswego East. On Wednesday the Reapers will battle Aurora Central Catholic at 8p.m. followed by a Friday contest at 5p.m. against Streator. The tournament will wind up on Saturday Nov. 26 against arch rival Sandwich at 8p.m. If the football team is successful next Saturday at Tolono, Spriggs will play the first four contests shorthanded, but he’s not too worried.
“Four of the first five games of the Sandwich Tournament will be against double A schools. Whether I have the football players or not we’ll come to play,” Spriggs said. “I truly believe I have enough talent in our gym right now to go into Sandwich and be competitive in every one of these games.”
Should the Plano football players make it to the state championship game on Friday Nov. 25, they would be eligible to play against Sandwich on Saturday Nov. 26 in the windup to the basketball tournament should they desire.
“They’d be more than welcome to suite up and help us get a victory after winning a state championship. The type of kids they are there’d be no doubt in my mind that they’d be there competing and playing to help us win the tournament,” Spriggs said.
Priesman echoes the feelings of his head coach.
“We’d love to have them back. But if they’re too tired after winning a state championship, I know we’ll do them proud,” Priesman said. “Al (Jensen) and I have a wager on this. We’ll win the Sandwich Tournament without them even if they can’t play. Obviously we want them with us. But if that’s not possible we’ll still make a great showing.”
Depleted Reapers hope to copy football success
By: Jeff Long - Beacon News Staff Writer
Plano - The Gym at Plano High School is akin to a ghost town these days. Even a pickup game is hard to come by. Once Basketball season begins in earnest, however, the Reapers could be rockin' the house. Coach Nate Spriggs begins his second season after hastily taking over on short notice a season ago. This time around, he'll have to be patient, for the success of the Plano football team is delaying preparations for basketball season.
Certainly no one in Reaper Nation is complaining as Plano prepares to play Saturday in the Class 3A semifinals. Its been 25 years since Plano's last playoff appearance in football, so basketball team - comprised mainly of football players - will take shape when the Reapers glorious playoff run is completed.
Seven of Plano's top 12 varsity basketball players remain in shoulder pads, and Spriggs can't even piece together much of a roster by raiding the sophomore level, for nearly all of the top basketball players are members of the Reapers' football team.
What's a Basketball coach to Do?
"It's hard just to scrounge up enough players for practice," Spriggs said. "It makes things difficult, but there's no way I can be selfish about this. How can you root against your own Kids? I'm pulling for the football team to go as far as they can. It's great for the school, it's great for the community and it's great for the kids. We're going to hold down the fort until we get everybody, and then we'll go from there."
Once assembled, the Reapers look to be formidable with a solid lineup of returning starters and influx of newcomers, including a pair of talented transfers.
Heading the list is senior Alex Jensen (6-1), a three year starter (2 year varsity player, last year varsity starter) and Beacon-News All-Area performer who averaged 13 points, five rebounds and 5 assists in leading the Reapers to a 20-10 record last year and a regional championship.
"Alex has the ability to be the best Class A Player in the area," Spriggs said. "He has an unbelievable vertical jump and unlimited shooting range."
Senior point guard Matt Priesman (5-9), another three-year letterman (this will be his third 05-06), returns as started, as does senior center Will Brown (6-1). Priesman averaged 13 points and Brown added eight points a game while leading Plano in rebounds (eight per game).
Also returning were last year's top reserves -(5-10) junior Brook Bott (six points per game) and 5-10 senior Jake Wilson (four points, four rebounds). They'll move into the starting lineup this year.
Two junior transfers should make the Reapers all that much better. Guard Mohammed Kabbuh (5-9) arrives from Seattle and Obina Agomo (6-2) moved from Lake Park.
"Agomo can play every position besides the point." Spriggs said. "He'll be a perfect complement to Matt; he goes to the hole and he is a playmaker."
Junior Eric Nelson (6-1) Joins the varsity after leading the Sophomores in scoring last year, (also was on the varsity team last year), while Sophomore Matt Smith (6-2) and Brian Green (5-9) bolster Plano's bench.
Spriggs implemented an up tempo, full court style of play upon his arrival last year and the Reapers, with an added year of experience in his system, look to expand upon that this season.
"Last year, I was trying to get them to run it." Spriggs said. "This year, they have an understanding; it makes a huge difference. They'll know the options and understand what we're supposed to be doing at both ends. "I want to play 84 feet of full-deny pressure. We're going to mae it an all-out track meet. We shot 676 3-pointers last year, and we'll probably shoot even more." It's just that all that anticipation will have to wait a little bit longer. While the gridiron remains busy, Spriggs is holding court in nearly empty gym. "I hardly even see my guys who are playing football," Spriggs said. " but I know once we get our team together, we will be better overall than last year."
"The mind set is that we want a competitive in every contest. We have the athletic ability and the players to do that. We should be able to compete with the best in our (Interstate 8) Conference, which will include Reed-Custer, Seneca and Lisle."
2005Plano Boys Basketball Regional 2005Clifton Sectional
Illinois Boys Basketball Class "A" State Tournament Bracket 2005
Updated High Schools scores games after State Championship
Season Titles Pl W L T Coach
1940-41 | District | |
1947-48 | | 14 10 |
1948-49 | | 19 8 |
1949-50 | | 6 17 |
1950-51 | | 4 15 |
1951-52 | | 5 12 |
1952-53 | | 7 10 |
1953-54 | | 2 12 |
1954-55 | | 9 14 |
1955-56 | | 8 15 |
1956-57 | | 4 17 |
1957-58 | | 4 16 |
1958-59 | | 0 21 |
1959-60 | | 2 17 |
1960-61 | | 10 13 |
1961-62 | | 21 5 |
1962-63 | | 19 9 |
1963-64 | | 17 9 |
1964-65 | | 2 19 |
1965-66 | | 1 22 |
1966-67 | | 0 22 |
1967-68 | | 3 22 |
1968-69 | | 4 19 |
1969-70 | | 9 14 |
1970-71 | | 18 6 |
1971-72 | | 13 10 |
1972-73 | | 10 13 |
1973-74 | | 8 17 |
1974-75 | | 5 18 |
1975-76 | | 9 18 |
1976-77 | | 7 18 |
1977-78 | | 16 9 |
1978-79 | | 8 17 |
1979-80 | | 13 12 | Mr. Hoff
1980-81 | | 18 9 | Mr. Hoff
1981-82 | | 16 7 | Mr. Hoff
1982-83 | | 14 12 |
1983-84 | | 9 17 |
1984-85 | | 9 15 |
1985-86 | | 3 19 |
1986-87 | | 7 16 |
1987-88 | | 16 9 |
1988-89 | | 4 19 |
1989-90 | | 15 9 |
1990-91 | | 12 15 |
1991-92 | | 12 14 |
1992-93 | | 15 13 |
1993-94 | Regional | 17 11 |
1994-95 | | 16 12 |
1995-96 | | 4 20 |
. . . . . 464 693 49 yr .401
1996-97 | | 2 22 | Scott Miller
1997-98 | Regional | 17 10 | Scott Miller
1998-99 | Regional | 23 10 | Scott Miller
. . . . . 42 42 3 yr .500
1999-00 | | 10 16 | Pat McNamara
2000-01 | | 11 16 | Pat McNamara
2001-02 | | 18 8 | Pat McNamara
. . . . . 39 40 3 yr .494
2002-03 | | 3 22 | Jason Senffner
2003-04 | | 13 16 | Jason Senffner
. . . . . 16 38 2 yr .296
2004-05 | Regional | 20 10 | Nate Spriggs
. . . . . 20 10 1 yr .667
SCHOOL TOTAL 581 823 58 yr .414
Year Wins Coach
1998-99 23 Scott Miller
2004-05 20 Nate Spriggs