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Official List of High School Sports Calendar from the IHSA. Basketball starts Now:
High School basketball games can begin as early as next Thursday across the region as the IHSA announces green light to resume sports. The guidelines require all participants as well as game day staff to wear a mask.
SIJHSAA Board Announces Resumption of Jr High Sports
With the southern Illinois Region returning to Phase 4 status, the SIJHSAA has announced a timetable for a resumption of Grade School competitive sports between school teams. Volleyball:
Regular Season February 1-27 / Regional's March 1-6 Boys Basketball:
Regular Season February 1-March 6 / Regional's March 8-13 Girls Basketball:
Regular Season March 8 - April 10 / Regional's April 12-17
Woodlawn High School Selects Verhines as New Boys Head Coach
The new head boys basketball coach at Woodlawn High School will be Dawson Verhines. Following a stellar HS career with the Cardinals from 2008 to 2011, Dawson played at Rend Lake and at SIU-Carbondale, where he was able to play alongside his big brother, Bronson, at the D-1 level in the Missouri Valley Conference. Dawson and Bronson also played at Rend Lake College on the 2013 National Championship team (#24 in team photo). Dawson brings a strong work ethic and winning experience as he takes the reins of the Woodlawn HS program.
Dawson was part of an incredible run by the Woodlawn Cardinals under coach Shane Witzel, during which they were 86-12 during his Sophomore, Junior, and Senior years. Those seasons saw them bring home a 2nd Place and a 3rd Place trophy from the Class 1A State Tourney. (They would later win a State Title in 2012).
Verhines takes over the program from Brian Gamber, who resigned to take the head coaching position at Rend Lake College.
HOLLOWAY PICKED TO LEAD THE BASKETBALL RAMS
Another former Mount Vernon Ram basketball player will carry the torch as the new Boys Head Basketball Coach. Tim Holloway, a 1994 graduate of MVTHS was selected and approved by a vote of the school board on Wednesday evening. He replaces Doug Creel, who has retired as head basketball coach. Holloway is the fifth All-Time leading scorer in Rams basketball history, amassing 1,355 points, and he was inducted into the Mt Vernon High School Sports Hall of Fame in 2014, as a result of his athletic prowess in both basketball and baseball.
During his basketball career as a Ram, Holloway was an All-State Honorable Mention player, helping to lead the team to three 20-win plus seasons, and an overall record of 86-24 while playing under Coach Lee Emery, and Assistant Coach, Doug Creel. Those Rams teams won the Regional four straight years, also grabbed a Sectional Championship and a berth in the Super-Sectional in 1992 when they finished at 25-5. In addition to All-State honors, Tim was the team MVP, All-Conference First Team selection, and named to the IBCA All-South team.
Following his athletic career at Mount Vernon High School , Holloway received an athletic scholarship for both basketball and baseball, and went on to have a successful basketball career at SIU-Edwardsville where he scored 786 career points for the Cougars, while grabbing 294 rebounds with his 6’5” frame. He made 62 treys during his career at SIU-E, connecting on 34% of his shots behind the arc, and made 45% of his shots inside the arc.
Holloway is no stranger to Mount Vernon student-athletes, parents, or fans. He has been the Head Baseball Coach of the Rams for the past sixteen years, accumulating 334 baseball wins, the most in school history. His teams have won 7 Regional Championships, 1 Sectional, 1 Super-Sectional, and a 4th Place Trophy at the State Baseball Tournament in 2013. During his 16-year span as the head baseball coach, Holloway has had only 2 losing seasons, and won 20 or more games in ten of those sixteen seasons. (No games were played in 2020 due to the pandemic and school closure). Holloway also served as an Assistant Basketball Coach for seven years under Creel from 1999 to 2006.
The 2013 Rams Baseball team, coached by Holloway, was recently inducted into the Mount Vernon High School Sports Hall of Fame. That team is the only Rams baseball team in school history to bring home a State Tournament trophy. As it stands now, Holloway is expected to continue to be the Rams Head Baseball coach as well. There were two board members who voted no on his selection as the new basketball coach, and one member abstained from voting.
The MVTHS Board of Education has not reached a decision on the hiring of a new Athletic Director to replace Creel. That decision is expected to be made and announced sometime later in the year. Creel will still be on staff for roughly 100 days to help in the transition with the new Athletic Director.
Our 30-Minute Interview with the Late Jerry Sloan
Hall of Fame Player & Coach, Jerry Sloan, passed away on May 22. He was a legend, and a winner at every level of basketball: High School, College, and the NBA. He was enshrined in the National Basketball Hall of Fame in 2009. He amassed over NBA 1,200 coaching victories in his career. He sat down with us for this 30-minute interview, during which we discussed his entire career, his work ehtic, and we talked about the players of today. Rest in Peace, Jerry. You will be missed.
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Video Archive of "The Sports Couch" featuring Jay Shidler
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My Interview with Rick Horton in KMOX Studio
This was the interview I had with Cardinal broadcaster, Rick Horton, in the KMOX studios at St Louis which led to my selection as the KMOX Cardinals Spring Training Correspondent.