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[FEB. 11, 2005]
Reached by phone
at his home early this morning West Lincoln-Broadwell coach Brian
Brackney was still pretty euphoric over his team's thrilling 45-39
state championship win over Toluca Fieldcrest West. The coach of the
7A state champs told the LDN that during the preseason he felt this
team had the ingredients to make it to state. However, since there
is little information available about seventh-grade teams, he had no
idea how good teams away from central Illinois were.
In typical coaching fashion, he
was still breaking down last night's game today and felt that his
team might have won in a bigger way if the ball had bounced another
direction. But, the Wolverines (we wanted to call them the Illini
since they're No. 1) overcame foul trouble and a little different
lineup for a few minutes to claim the contest anyway.
Coach Brackney said the team set
numerous records during the state tournament and that those were a
testament to their hard work. If I understood it correctly, they set
records for most 3-pointers in the tourney, most points in a game
and made the most 3s in a title game. There were probably more as
people scramble to the record books.
We know WL-B has gone to previous Final
Fours when Bret Farmer was the coach, but this may be the first
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WL-B lost only one game this season
and that was an overtime thriller to a bigger school, Heyworth, that
finished the season as the state runner-up in Class AA.
West Lincoln-Broadwell finishes the
season at 23-1, while Toluca returns home 24-3.
Congratulations to WL-B coach Brian
Brackney, the assistant coaches and scouts, and to the Wolverine
players for a historic accomplishment!
[See game write-up.]