The Morris sophomore boys basketball team had a good run at the Reed-Custer Frosh-Soph Shootout over the weekend, but fell just short of a great one.
Morris began play in the tourney with a 45-25 win over Manteno, then beat Peotone, 41-34. Afterward, the Redskins beat host Reed-Custer, 58-31, in the semifinals before losing to Yorkville, 61-57, in the title game.
“We were up three with 1:20 left and had the ball,” Morris coach Ray Burgess said of the title game. “We wanted to get the ball to halfcourt and call timeout, but we threw it away and Yorkville came down and hit a three-pointer. It kind of went south after that.
“Overall, though, the kids did a real good job, and this was a good tournament for us. We only had four days of practice before the tournament, but the kids’ performance shows both their physical ability and their willingness to buy into what we are doing. I was real happy to see that.”
Burgess pointed out strong performances from Matt Shaw and Ben Larson, both of whom played for the sophomore team as freshmen last season. Other top showings for the Redskins came from Josh Lain and Zach Chapman.
Morris Chiefs: The Morris Chiefs will be holding youth football summer camps on this Saturday, as well as June 28 from 8 a.m. to noon at Shabbona Middle School. The camp is free and open to the public. Camp T-shirts will be available to purchase for $10. Campers should bring something to drink for the camp. Also, registration forms for football players and cheerleaders will be available during the camp as well. Contact Eric Melby at 815-530-9125 or Linda Melby at 815-530-9163 with any questions or for information.
Coal CIty: Athletic physicals will be given June 25 at Coal City High School. Students with last names starting with A-K will be from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m., while L-Z will be from 10 a.m. to noon. The physicals are for children entering grades 6-8 and 10-12. The cost is $30, with checks to be made out to Coal City Unit District No. 1. Physicals are provided by Riverside Medical and all athletes must have their physical form signed by parents in order to get a physical.