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Barnetts experience opposite finishes at IBCA


Kale and Saige Barnett turned a double play for the 1-2A North All-Stars in Saturday's IBCA All-Star in Pontiac. The 1-2A North boys won by one point (93-92) while the girls lost by one point (92-91).
Kale and Saige Barnett turned a double play for the 1-2A North All-Stars in Saturday's IBCA All-Star in Pontiac. The 1-2A North boys won by one point (93-92) while the girls lost by one point (92-91).

Twins Kale and Saige Barnett of Bureau Valley came out on opposite ends of one-point games in the 2019 IBCA All-Star Game at Pontiac High School Saturday night.

Kale Barnett scored 14 points, second-high for the 1-2A North boys, in a 92-91 win over the South. Nicholas Perry of LeRoy led the North with 16 points.

Bryson Bultman of Nashville also had 16 points to lead the South.

Saige Barnett hit one of five 3-point shots, scoring four points overall, for the 1-2A North girls, who lost 93-92.

Kennedy Bauer of Watseka was the North’s leading scorer. Brittney Litton, the all-time leading scorer at Wethersfield, had six points.

The South’s Sammi Matoush of Hillsboro led all scorers with 28 points.

Saige Barnett said it was a wonderful experience getting to play with “all these All-State players when I’m just a little honorable mention (all-state).”

New state format

The IHSA approved a change to the state basketball tournament to become single-weekend formats (Thursday through Saturday) for both the boys and girls events starting in 2021. Presently, the four classes are spread over two weekends with 1-2A the first week and 3-4A the next.

The 2021 IHSA girls basketball state finals will be held during Week 35 (March 4-6, 2021) of the IHSA standardized calendar, which is currently the weekend of the Class 3A/4A girls basketball state finals. The boys tourney will take place during Week 36 (March 11-13, 2021), previously the week of the 1A/2A boys state finals. Each class will continue to have four state final qualifying teams, while the exact number of games each day and the game times will be finalized in the coming months.

“There has been a great deal of support for this new tournament format over the past few months,” IHSA Executive Director Craig Anderson said in a press release. “We tried to be as transparent as possible, communicating the idea and seeking feedback from basketball coaches and school administrators throughout the state in a variety of ways. It was fairly unanimous that most felt like it was idea worth trying.”

The format change comes in conjunction with the board voting to seek request for proposals to host each of the state finals tournaments from 2021 to 2023.

Storm search

Bureau Valley is moving forward in its search for a new head football coach as the summer season is underway.

The opening has drawn a lot of interest, BV athletic director Vicki Litherland said. BV has prioritized hiring a new principal first, who in turn will take part in the hiring of the new coach Litherland said.

Joe Schmitt resigned as head coach after two years at the end of May, but had everything set in place for the summer. Assistant coaches Anthony Gripp, Phillip Przybala and Matt Wasilewski are running the program until a head coach is named.

“It’s nice to have three people in the system to pick up everything,” Litherland said.

Rybarczyk All-American

Parkland College’s Ty Rybarczyk has been named as a NJCAA All-American. The Former Hall Red Devil went 8-1 with a school record 0.96 ERA, ranked fourth in NJCAA Div. II.

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