Shot Clock Starts for BB in 2026

The shot clock is coming to Illinois basketball starting in 2026.

Up to this point, the use of the shot clock was voluntary.

But, the Illinois High School Association board last night approved mandatory use of the clock for the 2026-27 season.

The 35-second shot clock will be required for usage in varsity girls and boys basketball games. Use of the shot clock for lower level games, such as JV games will be determined by conferences and via mutual agreement by competing teams in non conference games.

IHSA executive director Craig Anderson says the voluntary use of the clock has prompted an overwhelming positive response from coaches and administrations.

He says the two season lead time will give schools time to make the adjustments.

Spring JHS All Conference

JHS has placed one player on the all conference baseball team, and another player on the 2nd team.

Senior Hayden Hicks of JHS was named first team baseball all conference in the CS8. Catcher Brandon Sims was named to the 2nd team. Shortstop Anderson Decker was named honorable mention.

JHS placed three athletes on the all conference track and field team..seniors Griffin Martin and Jacob Kollman, and junior Ryan McCombs. Troy Defrates was named honorable mention.

Jacksonville placed Mackenzie Gerard, a senior on first team for softball. Senior Christian Bonner of JHS was named first team in tennis, and Finn Meek was named honorable mention. JHS had two players named honorable mention on soccer..Annemarie Fraas and Emalee Pool.

And, JHS placed Coriana Thompson as a honorable mention member of the track and field team.

Pittsfield New Girls BB Coach

Pittsfield has a new girls basketball coach.

Central Illinois Sports reports Noah Mendenhall has been picked to become the head girls basketball coach at Pittsfield High School next year.

Mendenhall is a graduate of Pittsfield High from 2018. He played basketball at MacMuray College.

Mendenhall fills a vacant coaching position at Pittsfield.

May Weather

May was hotter, and less wet than usual.

The average temperature in May was 67 and a half degrees. That’s about 4 and a half degrees hotter than normal.

It was the hottest May since 2018, when the mercury averaged 71 and a half degrees.

Daily highs reached 79, and lows stayed between 56 and 57.

No daily record highs or lows were set last month. The top reading was 91 on the 22nd, and the coolest reading was 50 on the 5th.

That 91 was the only reading above 90, though there were 11 days at 80 or better.

Readings stayed in the 50s for 16 of the 31 nights.

Total rainfall usually reaches over 4 and three quarter inches. But, Mother Nature had pity on us, and kept rainfall at just over 3 and a third inches.

The top rainfall was 88 hundredths on the 25th at the start of a 4 day run that brought in an inch and two thirds.

It was wet on 18 on the 31 days last month.

WLDS-WEAI is an official observer of the National Weather Service.

New Brown County BB Coach

A new coach will take over the Brown County boys basketball program next year.

According to Muddy Rivers Sports, Jeff Bottorff will take over as head coach for Brown County

next season.

Bottorff has retired as vice president of quality and training for DOT Foods, and will work only

as a consultant.

He replaces Eric Jones, who compiled a 78-82 record over 5 seasons.

Bottorff had coached the Brown County junior high boys’ teams before the family moved to


South County needs a new head boys’ basketball coach

South County is looking for a new head boys’ basketball coach.

Bryon Graven told his players this past weekend that he was leaving the coaching and teaching position to accept a job in the private sector. He says it was for financial and family reasons.

Graven says he does not plan to return to coaching.

Graven took over the South County program five years ago, and finished 73-63 there.

His 25 wins last season was a record for a South County team.

Graven was in the coaching profession for 16 years. His father, Doug Graven, was a long time coach with Auburn.

Bryon Graven served as the south squad coach for the Country Financial West Central Illinois Boys’ All Star Classic last month.

November Weather

It was a warmer than normal November, but very dry.

The precipitation total came to just 3-quarters of an inch. Normal rainfall for November is 3 and two thirds inches. The driest November Jacksonville has ever had was 23 hundredths in 1933.

The wettest day was just a half inch of rain on the 21st. We did get a half an inch of snow. Normal snowfall is a little over an inch. There were just four days of measurable precipitation in November.

The temperatures last month were only slightly warmer than normal. The average reading was 42-point-7 degrees. That’s just 2 tenths a degree higher than normal.

A typical day last month saw a high of 55, and a low of 31.

Readings ranged from 78 on the 9th, to 14 on the 28th. The 78 degree reading was just 2 degrees from the record high for that date.

There were 12 days of 60 or better readings. One of the stretches saw the mercury reach 70 or better three straight days, starting on the 7th. And, just one night below 20.

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Mitchell-All State-CP and GNW has Two Each

For the second year in a row, Jacksonville has a player on the Illinois Football Coaches all state first team.

A year ago, it was Elijah Owens. This year, it is senior running back Cam Ron Mitchell.

Mitchell had an outstanding year with JHS, rushing for 1433 yards. He also finished with 12 touchdowns, averaged 8 point 8 yards a carry and 159 yards a game. He was the only all state player on the 5A all state team from the Central State Eight.

JHS finished 4 and 5, missing the playoffs by one point.

In Class 1A football, the list includes two from Greenfield Northwestern and Camp Point.

Running back Kohen Vetter and quarterback Dylan Pembrook were named from the Tigers, and running backs Elijah Genebacher and Drew Paben were named from Camp Point.

Camp Point hosts Greenfield Northwestern in the Class 1A semi final game on Saturday.

July Heat

The heat was on last month, but not at a record level.

The average temperature last month was nearly 75 and a half degrees. That’s just 6-tenths of a degree higher than normal. One only needs to look to last year for a hotter July, when the average was 75 and a half degrees.

Typical highs last month averaged close to 87, and lows reached 64.

The hottest temperature did not reach 100. It was 97 on the 29th. The coolest night was 58 on the 10th.

The mercury reached 90 0r better on just 5 of the first 25 days. But, we climbed to 90 or better on 5 of the last six days. And, the highs averaged 95 over a three day period starting last Wednesday.

The total rainfall last month was 4 and a half inches. That’s a full inch less than July of last year. It’s still a half an inch above normal.

Keep in mind, much of the rainfall was in the first three days. Close to three inches fell in the first three days. Just two inches fell in the final 28 days of July.

July historically is the hottest month of the year.

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Two From Jacksonville on All State FB teams

A Jacksonville High School senior has been named to a 5A all state football team.

Senior quarterback Elijah Owens has been named to the Illinois High School football coaches association all state team.

Owens is headed to Indiana State next year.

He was the only player in the Central State Eight to make the 5A all state team.

Routt has one player on the IHSFCA first team all state FB team.

Running back Will Jackson has been included on the Class 1A team.

North Mac has placed Cooper Starks as an offensive lineman on the 2A all state team