Prep Boys Basketball

Prep notebook: South Shelby hires second boys basketball coach this summer

By Herald-Whig
Posted: Jun. 19, 2017 8:50 am Updated: Jun. 19, 2017 5:32 pm

Ethan Schakelford wasn't even looking at the South Shelby boys basketball program when he got the call.

The last he knew, the vacancy had been filled by former Montgomery Coach Ron Lebel.

"I wasn't even looking to leave," Schakelford said. "But they called me. I got there, and they offered me the job and a teaching position, and I couldn't say no to that."

Schakelford was offered the job last week, but he wasn't officially hired until Tuesday. He will be a supervisor for online dual credit classes and online foreign language classes at South Shelby, while also supervising at-risk students.

Schakelford replaces Lebel, who left after a couple of weeks with the Cardinals to take the job at California High School. Lebel guided Montgomery County to last season's Class 3 quarterfinals.

Brian Patterson went 14-11 last season at South Shelby, but he was not retained after just one season at the helm.

Schakelford spent last season as an assistant under Centralia boys basketball coach Scott Humphrey.

"I've wanted to be a head coach for awhile," he said. "They wanted to get someone quick."

In just his second day with the players, Schakelford already was coaching them at a three-team shootout at Westran. South Shelby played Friday at Central Methodist University in another shootout.

He said staying in the Clarence Cannon Conference and in the region helps the transition.

"There's a lot of coaches I have connections with," Schakelford said. "I was able to build relationships with people to make a summer plan."

Schakelford also plans to bring consistency to South Shelby. He's the fourth coach in the last two years.

"The player's trust isn't one of a coach who's been here 10 years," he said. "You have to establish something quick. I want to build relationships as quick as I can so we can start to build what we want to do with the basketball program."


Nall, Hildebrand earn all-state honors

Central pitcher Jacey Nall and Unity's Jordan Hildebrand were named to the Class 1A first team all-state team by the Illinois Coaches Association.

Nall, the reigning two-time Herald-Whig Player of the Year, dominated in her junior season this spring. The right-handed hurler went 17-6 and struck out 266 while issuing just 15 walks in 143 innings. She led Central to the sectional title game for the second straight season.

Hildebrand was a Herald-Whig first-team selection after leading the Mustangs to their first regional title. She hit .618 with six doubles, two triples and a school-record nine homers.

Central's Brey Genenbacher and Western's Jordan Walston earned second-team honors. Western's Tori Weir was picked to the third-team.

In Class 2A, Quincy Notre Dame catcher Carly Wilson was named to the second team, while outfielder Peyton Oden was named to the third team.


IHSA announces a few changes

The Illinois High School Association approved a few changes for the upcoming academic year.

In boys and girls basketball, the IHSA Board voted to expand the coaches box. The box begins at the baseline and will now extend 28 feet toward the center line. Also, the third- and fourth-place awards will be distributed in a ceremony following the state championship game in those classes.

The IHSA also voted to discontinue drug testing for performance-enhancing drugs.

"The Board has chosen to continue the Performance Enhancing Drug Testing Program the past few years, but ultimately did not appropriate any funding to conduct new testing," IHSA Executive Director Craig Anderson said in a release.


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