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Woodford Times - Peoria, IL
  • Redbird basketball awards players for successful year

  • Family and friends of the Metamora Township High School boys basketball program stopped in at the auditorium for a night to honor the players in the 2013-14 season.

    Speeches were given, hand shakes and hugs were passed around and the players and coaches shared their appreciation for one another and the program.
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  • Family and friends of the Metamora Township High School boys basketball program stopped in at the auditorium for a night to honor the players in the 2013-14 season.
    Speeches were given, hand shakes and hugs were passed around and the players and coaches shared their appreciation for one another and the program.
    “We’re grateful for our seniors and the leadership they brought. We have a great coaching staff that was relentless in the preparations for games and our kids just followed suit,” coach Danny Grieves said.
    The freshman team was presented and each player made a statement of another player’s triumphs during the season.
    “I know these guys love the game and will improve over the years,” freshman coach Curt Ryan said in a closing statement.
    Sophomore coach Patrick Vaughan spoke for the team and gave his thanks to the players and administration.
    Vaughan said he is looking forward to see how the sophomores fair at the varsity level.
    “It should be a real fun time to watch Metamora basketball and I’m real glad to be a part of that,” Vaughan said.
    Assistant varsity coach Kyle Weyeneth then spoke and gave his thanks to the three seniors, Joe Kennell, Grant Billimack and Ben Russell on their efforts throughout the season in leading the team.
    Grieves closed with a speech on his varsity players and assistant coaches.
    The growth of the players throughout the season was one of Grieves main talking points.
    “It was a real phenomenal, phenomenal year,” Grieves said. “I saw tremendous growth in our players.”
    “It’s a testament of watching the freshman over there and see what our seniors and juniors have grown to be, it’s nice to see them with that kind of growth and knowing we’re apart of it.”
    The awards were then given out to the varsity team.
    Kennell swept the floor and received the Assist award, best free throw percentage and shared the take a charge award and captains award with Billimack.
    Billimack received the coaches award. Junior Josh Dixon received the defensive award and Nate Kennell earned the 3-point field goal award and most improved.
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