Here is this week’s rundown. Hope you’re ready for the onslaught of basketball that really begins with this weekend’s major conference tournaments. There really is no better time of the year. You can listen to WGEM SportsCenter today around 8:20 to hear these get dissected by me and Josh Houchins. Remember to check in with us every weekday from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. on ESPN 1440 or catch the show online at that time.
A — Jessica Keller. It’s really too bad the Quincy University senior had to set the school’s scoring record in a loss Sunday to Northern Kentucky, a loss that snapped the Lady Hawks’ 16-game winning streak and string of 28 straight wins at Pepsi Arena. With her 14 points in the GLVC Tournament title game, Keller eclipsed Angie Rogers’ mark of 1,778, giving her 1,782 for her career. Keller took Sunday’s 77-72 loss hard. She was the last player out of the locker room and took a lot of responsibility for the loss. After she had an off weekend at home, I’d hate to be in her path at this weekend’s Midwest Region Tournament.
B — Quincy High School boys basketball team. The Blue Devils deserve all the credit in the world for making it through to this week’s sectional play. They finally figured out East Moline and Moline, both of which beat QHS twice during the regular season, to advance. The players get credit for buying into what Sean Taylor sold them with the switch to a faster pace midway through the season. And how about QHS’s all-time home record in regional play — 99-2? Impressive.
C — St. Augustine’s College baseball team. What, never heard of them? Well, the Division II school pulled off a rarity last weekend as pitchers threw no-hitters in both ends of a doubleheader with Lincoln (Pa.). I love the school’s press release: “It is believed to be the first time in recent memory that two pitchers tossed no-hitters for the Falcons on the same day.” Really? I’d think that if it happened before, the school would remember. It’s not like a double no-hitter happens every day. Kudos to pitchers Brandon Stewart and Ryan Wood. The Falcons, who are coaches by — and I’m not making this up — Dr. Thomas Wood, swept the twinbill by scores of 10-1 and 25-2 over the winless Lions. (Maybe Lincoln should think about changing its nickname or finding someone that can hit a ball.)
D — National Basketball Association. The league is holding its second “Latin Nights” promotion, which it calls a tribute to fans and players from Latin American and Hispanic cities. You may have noticed the Miami Heat jerseys on Monday when they beat the Bulls in double overtime. The front of the jersey read “El Heat.” There are also “Los Lakers” and “Los Spurs” jerseys. The NBA can call it whatever it wants, but it’s nothing more than a way for the league to make more cash off jersey sales. I’ll pass on any “El Toros” jerseys the league might try to pawn off on Chicago Bulls fans in the future — unless, of course, they make an Andres Nocioni throwback version.
F — Montana High School Association. The Harlem — yes, there is a Harlem in Montana — boys basketball team’s season came to a premature end last week when one of its players shattered the backboard during pregame warmups during a division playoff game at Cut Bank. According to silly MHSA rules, the team had to forfeit the game and pay back any damages. This was the first time since the rule went into effect in 1999 that it was used to eliminate a team from the postseason. Couldn’t they have just moved the game to another gym? Being Montana, the next gym may have been 50 miles away, who knows? Still, what a silly rule.