Category Archives: High School News

Big Northern Preview: Dixon

Big Northern Preview: Dixon

Coach: Nick Oraham

Key Returnees:

Beau Bailey 6’2 Jr. G

Derian Duncan 6’1 Jr.  G

Oscar Van Sickle 6’3 Jr. F

Noah Wilcox 6’1 Sr. G

Key Newcomers:

Payton Lawrence 6’3 Jr. G/F

Gabe Sohn 6’4 Jr. F


Dixon is returning 4 starters from a young team who went 16-14 last year and lost in the Regional Championship to Rock Falls. Coach Oraham stated “we created a tougher schedule with the Ottawa Tournament, Jacobs Tournament, & Sterling MLK so we will be better tested come playoff time.” Look for Beau Bailey (Jr.) who set the single season scoring record for Dixon last year with 584 points and made 1st Team All Conference to have another big year. Derian Duncan (Jr.) was Honorable Mention All Conference. The backcourt of Bailey and Duncan will be looking to make some noise in the Big Northern Conference this year!

Big Northern Preview : North Boone

Big Northern Preview: North Boone
Coach: Matt Yarc
Key Returnees: 
Mason Yunk Sr 6’2 G/F
Korey Yarc Jr 6’2 PG
Britton Morris Jr 6’1 F
Key Newcomers:
Josh Hoffman 6’1 Jr G/F
Gerry Esparza Jr 6’2 F
Tony Cortez    So. 6’2 F
Matthew Hutchison Jr 6’1 F
Ben Maxey Sr 6’3 C
After going 2-22 last season North Boone brings in Head Coach Matt Yarc. Yunk, Yarc and Morris will lead an athletic roster that has 12 players having seen varsity action last season. This experience will make the team more competitive than in past seasons.

Making Moves: Chase Adams – All Eyes Forward

            All Eyes Forward   For 5’8” Orr Academy Senior guard Chase Adams it’s all eyes forward. I had the chance to speak with Adams on his decision to transfer from Marian Catholic to Orr, a decision he says was an easy one, and he told me why, stating the following:   “I moved back to the city so it wasn't hard for me to make the decision...
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Under Recruited: Class of 2018

          5 Under Recruited Players in Illinois for the Class of 2018   First of all, I believe there are many players in this state who are under recruited, but to qualify for this list players must have one or fewer Division 1 offers, and be legit D1 players in my eyes. Although I believe Ty Mosley is a player who is (maybe the most) under...
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