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PREP NOTEBOOK: Illinois Lutheran set after long break

2014-01-02T18:00:00Z 2014-09-18T23:35:12Z PREP NOTEBOOK: Illinois Lutheran set after long breakMike Nieto mike.nieto@nwi.com, (219) 933-3232 nwitimes.com
January 02, 2014 6:00 pm  • 

Illinois Lutheran boys basketball coach Mark Kjenstad said the 15-day layoff between games could be a good thing for his team.

It gets back into action at 5:30 p.m. Saturday when it hosts Michigan Lutheran.

"We told the kids to take some time off and enjoy the break," Kjenstad said. "We had nine days off between our last game and practice (Monday).

"It may take us some time to get the legs back, but we also had some time with our families."

Newson back: Illinois Lutheran Mack Newson III missed all of the 2013 baseball season with a right elbow injury which required surgery. He missed three basketball games with a left ankle sprain.

"First game of the year, I landed on someone's foot," Newson said. "It is still a little tender, but I have played on it and I am ready to go."

So are his teammates after a two-week layoff, he said.

"We can't wait," Newson said. "We want to play well Saturday."

Discover Michigan: The Marian boys basketball team travels to the Muskegon (Mich.) Shootout and faces Detroit Country Day on Saturday.

"It will be a long trip, but we will be ready to face another tough team," Marian guard Ki-Jana Crawford said. "Detroit Country Day has three Division I players and they're a pretty tough team, but I think we will be ready for them."

Marian has two Division I players in Tyler Ulis (Kentucky) and Terrone Parham (Army).

What's in a number?: Crete-Monee has produced nine Division I players in the last seven years under head coaches Jerry Verde and John Konecki.

The latest two are Chris Slayton (Syracuse) and Nyles Morgan (undecided).

"That really says a lot about our program and the kids and coaches involved in it," Konecki said. "Don't forget, we got a lot of kids playing at other levels too."

Escape from Wisconsin: The Illiana Christian wrestling team had some success at the Oshkosh on the Waterfront Tournament at UW-Oshkosh, but the Vikings had some bad luck this year.

Coach Dean Bosman said four of his wrestlers had the flu and could not compete.

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