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Newman tops BCR coaches hoops poll

Hoops Notebook

Sterling Newman was picked to win both the boys and girls titles in the TRAC East this season, according to a panel of Three Rivers coaches.

Coaches in the Three Rivers were asked to rank the teams from first to last in both divisions for the annual BCR preseason poll.

The Newman boys received four first-place votes and 34 points, edging Kewanee, with three first-place votes and 32 points. Princeton (25) checked in 25.

The five TRAC East girls coaches who voted tabbed Newman, which was a landslide winner with 30 points.

Orion and Rockridge split the four first-place votes that came in for the TRAC West boys with the Rockets getting the edge, 14-13.

Riverdale received five first-place votes to edge Sherrard 25-21 for the TRAC West girls.

• Lady Bruins Classic: Eureka (8-2) and Fieldcrest (10-0) have drawn the top seeds for this year’s Lady Bruins Christmas Classic which runs Dec. 20-23.

Eureka heads the Green Pool with #3 Mendota (8-4), #5 Putnam County (6-4) and #7 Princeton (5-5). Joining Fieldcrest in the White Pool are #4 Seneca (7-2), #6 Kewanee (5-3) and #8 St. Bede (1-10).

On Friday, Dec. 20, Seneca will play St. Bede at 3 p.m. with Princeton facing Eureka in the nightcap.

There will be a slate of eight pool games Saturday, Dec. 21, with the finals night slated to begin at 2 p.m. Monday, Dec. 23.

• By the numbers: Through its first nine games, the Princeton girls had scored 335 points and allowed the same, an average of 37.2 ppg.

Both numbers are trending for the better from a year ago, especially defensively. PHS averaged 34.2 ppg offensively while giving up 45.7 ppg.

At 5-4 (2-0), the Tigresses have one more win than they did all last year and doubled their win total in conference.

• Three for the Hall: There will be some local flavor in next year’s Illinois Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame classic. Among honorees announced recently are Kailey Klein (Hall/Cleveland State), Grey Giovanine (Western, Augustana) and Kelly (Buresh) Storm (Annawan/Quincy College).

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