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Blade, Cruthis among five area girls coaches honored by IBCA

Edwardsvile girls basketball coach talks win over O'Fallon

Edwardsville girls basketball coach Lori Blade talks about the Tigers' 62-52 win over the O'Fallon Panthers on Thursday.
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Edwardsville girls basketball coach Lori Blade talks about the Tigers' 62-52 win over the O'Fallon Panthers on Thursday.

Edwardsville girls basketball coach Lori Blade is one of five local coaches who have been honored as Illinois Basketball Coaches Association Coaches of the Year for the 2016-17 season.

Blade led Edwardsville to a 32-1 record and second place finish in the Class 4A State Tournament this past year. Also honored by the IBCA were Chad Cruthis, of Lebanon; Jonathan Denney, of Civic Memorial; David Kohnen, of Mater Dei; and Doug Althoff, of Nashville.

The Illinois High School Association released the list of coaches of the year on Tuesday.

Also the Athletic Director at Lebanon High School, Cruthis had the Greyhounds ranked first in the Class 1A state poll for much of the season and finished 28-2 after dropping a 61-50 decision to Hardin-Calhoun at the Hardin-Calhoun Sectional.

Denney, whose Eagles tied Highland for the Mississippi Valley Conference championship, led his team to a 32-3 season and a berth in the Springfield Super-Sectional where it lost to Rochester 44-39.

A member of the IBCA Hall of Fame, Kohnen led the Knights to a record of 20-11. Mater Dei reached the Class 2A Illinois College Super-Sectional where it dropped a 43-36 decision against Camp Point Central.

Under second-year coach Doug Althoff, Nashville finished 25-7 before being beaten by Mater Dei 46-25 in the title game of the Johnston City Sectional.

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