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Rick Armstrong’s basketball notebook

02/11/2013, 7:15pm CST
By Rick Armstrong rarmstrong@stmedianetwork.com

Newark standout Brett Anderson grabbed his 1,000 career rebound Friday night in a win over LaMoille-Ohio. The four-year varsity players needs just 23 points to reach the 2,000 mark for his career.

Newark's Brett Anderson goes up for a layup during their Little Ten Conference game against Indian Creek at Somonauk High School on Thursday, January 31, 2013. | Brian Powers~Sun-Times Media

Newark’s Brett Anderson is closing in on another milestone.

The four-year starter on the varsity for coach Rick Tollefson grabbed the 1,000th rebound of his high school career last Friday in a win over LaMoille-Ohio. He enters Tuesday’s nonconference home date against Gardner-South Wilmington needing 23 points to become only the third player in school history with 2,000 in a career.

“Brett has been outstanding and it seems like he’s just getting better and better,” Tollefson said of the 6-4 senior, who has played every position on the floor this season for the Norsemen.

“He’s the type of player you love to have on your team, not only because of the scoring and rebounding, but all the things he does for your team.”

In that win Friday, Anderson finished with 23 points, 13 rebounds, three assists and seven steals.

Kyle Anderson (2007-11) is Newark’s career scoring leader at 2,280 points with David Olson (1985-88) second at 2,123. Brett Anderson, who has no relation to Kyle but started alongside him as a freshman and as a sophomore for the Class 1A state champions, has 1,977 points.

“He does it all,” Tollefson said. “You get absolute 100 percent effort all the time from him. The kid just hates to lose and will do whatever it takes to try to push his team to a win.”

Team turmoil?

Struggling Sandwich beat Manteno last Friday at home with assistant coach Brennan Callahan calling the shots from the bench for the 6-14 Indians, who won for only the second time in nine tries in Interstate Eight play.

Athletic director Kris Cassie released a statement concerning the status of first-year coach Ben Bates.

“Officially, coach Ben Bates is on administrative leave and the remaining coaches will pick up the responsibilities,” he said, refusing to elaborate on the situation.

Thee-point shootout change

Regional competition in the IHSA’s Three-point Showdown will now be held only on the night of the regional championship game, rather than before games played in earlier rounds as had been done in previous years.

Each team in each regional is allowed four designated entrants, who will be divided into groups which will compete before the warmup for 7:30 p.m. title games begin at about 7:10 p.m.

Bolingbrook 4A pairings

Oswego, the top seed in the 23-team Bolingbrook Class 4A Sectional that features all The Beacon-News coverage area teams, will headline the Batavia Regional with No. 2 Benet Academy at its regional, No. 3 Neuqua Valley at Oswego East and No. 4 West Aurora at the WW South Regional.

“I have no idea what their reasoning is,” West Aurora coach Gordie Kerkman said of the IHSA’s slotting process. “I think they try to stay by the seeds as much as possible but after they get so far down in the seedings, then maybe, proximity comes into play. I don’t know that for a fact, though.”

Oswego will open Tuesday, Feb. 26, against the winner of Monday’s game between No. 16 Plainfield East and No. 17 Batavia. Tuesday’s winner advances to Friday’s title game against the winner of No. 8 Bolingbrook and No. 9 Lemont.

West Aurora will also open Feb. 26, facing the winner of Monday’s game between No. 13 Downers Grove South and No. 20 Yorkville. On Feb. 27, No. 5 Hinsdale Central faces the winner of Monday’s game between No. 12 Geneva and No. 21 Wheaton Warrenville South.

In the Oswego East Regional, Neuqua Valley opens Feb. 26 against the Monday winner between No. 14 Oswego East and No. 19 Hinsdale South. That matchup will be followed by No. 6 Waubonsie Valley against the winner from Monday’s No. 11 Metea Valley-No. 22 East Aurora matchup.

Topping 20

Kerkman’s 19-4 Blackhawks play host to Naperville North on Friday with a chance to become the veteran coach’s 22nd team in his 37 seasons to win 20 or more games.

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