Woodstock’s high schools closed their seasons with losses at their respective regionals the week of Feb. 27.
Woodstock defeated Woodstock North 56-44 in the first round of the IHSA Class 3A Regional Feb. 27 hosted at Richmond-Burton. Matt Shook led the Blue Streaks in scoring with 20 points. Josh Turner contributed 11 and Evan Bridges had 10 points.
“A lot of our game plan was to get Matt attacking the basket off ball screens, and I thought he did a great job when he had those opportunities. Josh also played his best overall game of the year with 11 points, 10 rebounds, and an excellent defensive effort on their outstanding post player Collin Mergl,” said Al Baker, WHS head coach.
The Streaks headed back to the court the very next day to face their next opponent, Marengo. Their season came to an end with a 59-50 loss. Shook had 13 points. Mike Gardner and Justin Leith each had 12 points.
“This was a closer game than the score would indicate. They executed very well and left everything they had on the floor,” said Baker.
The Blue Streaks closed their season at 12-18 overall and 6-6 in the Kishwaukee River Conference. Shook led the season in scoring with an average of 14.1 points per game. Gardner averaged 1.9 steals per game, and Bridges made 67 3-pointers over the season.
“We started the season 4-14, then turned around to win seven of our last 11. I was very proud of their perseverance in the face of adversity,” added Baker.
Marian Central fell 46-32 to Belvidere in the Rochelle Class 3A Regional March 1. Sam Ohlrich led the team with nine points and seven rebounds. Jack Moscinski added nine points, and Kevin Herbst contributed seven points and 10 rebounds.
“Overall, I felt we had a very good season. I believe the competition we played at every level shows us how hard we need to work in the off-season to move forward as a basketball program. I thought we were going to make more of a push in the playoffs, but we ran into a hot Belvidere team,” said ’Canes head coach Jim Sarther.