EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. -- The best basketball player in the Land of Lincoln has decided to stay close to home. Edwardsville senior guard Mark Smith, who was being wooed by some of college basketball's most legendary programs, spurned those overtures...
Jessica Keller is quickly climbing the coaching ladder. The Quincy University women's basketball program's all-time leading scorer resigned this week as the head coach at Columbia College to join the staff at Illinois State University.
Martin Pazanin says he is the kind of coach who likes to give feedback. "Non-stop feedback," he said. So don't expect the new Quincy High School girls basketball coach to take a passive approach to anything. "During the games, you're not going to see me sit down," Pazanin said. "I'm non-stop communicating with my players. The same thing in practice. I'm always trying to preach positive energy."
It's been eight seasons since Marty Hull has been in charge of his own high school basketball team. That doesn't mean he's been away from the game. "There's always been something," Hull said. "I was an assistant one year at Mark Twain, and I coached junior high basketball for one year. When I wasn't doing that, I was coaching my kids."
These days, Kathy Turpin travels all over the country helping implement drug-testing programs. But deep inside, she is still a coach. Even when she was playing basketball at Knox County High School in Edina, Mo., which she led to the 1976 Class 2A state championship, Turpin's eventual goal was to be a coach.
It has been nearly 30 years since Meleia Niemann was in charge of her own high school basketball team. "It's still the same game," she said. "The ball still fits in the rim." That's why Niemann is confident to be in charge of the girls basketball team at Highland for next season. The Lewis County C-1 Board of Education approved her hire at its April 12 meeting.
CENTER, Mo. -- Cody McCann spent the last four seasons learning under Clopton boys basketball coach Craig Smith, and he believes he's ready to lead his own program. He's getting his chance to do that. McCann was named the coach of the Mark Twain boys bask
Gabe McKenzie is part of exclusive company. The sophomore forward on the John Wood Community College men's basketball team became the program's third All-American in the past four seasons when he was named an NJCAA Division II second-team selection. The 6
The West Hancock football team had several long road trips last fall. Coach Travis Cook expects those to continue for the foreseeable future after West Hancock's bid to join the Western Illinois Valley Conference was rejected.
QUINCY -- A shift in the way the Quincy University men's basketball team wants to play is coming. "My whole life I've being around guards in a fast-paced game," said Jah-Kobe Womack, the 6-foot-3 guard from Allen County (Kan.) Community College...