Early Friday afternoon, Downers Grove North boys basketball coach James Thomas started noticing a string of text messages hitting his cell phone. Meanwhile, Downers Grove North football coach Joe Horeni also heard the positive news. He immediately sought out a group of his assistant coaches.
With the frustration growing for high school basketball players, Benet’s Molly Sheehan found another option.Sheehan has been idle while Illinois hasn’t allowed high school basketball to be played.So Sheehan, who signed with Division I Valparaiso in November, took advantage of a unique opportunity to graduate high school early and enroll at Valpo.
Hinsdale Central boys swimming coach Bob Barber chose a basic way to describe the mood of his team at Wednesday’s practice.After the Illinois High School Association approved a plan Tuesday to give the green light for winter sports — besides boys and girl basketball — to resume practice and to be played seven days after the first practice, Barber said his swimmers were happy to be back in the pool.“We were blasting music and cranking out yardage,” Barber said. “We were having fun.”