Back in 2003, Hales Franciscan knocked Central out of the Class A state basketball tournament with a 65-47 victory in the quarterfinals.
It took 13 years, but the Cougars got some revenge Saturday by beating Hales 71-58 in the Class 2A third-place game behind a 31-point explosion from all-state senior Logan Kohrmann.
“We actually got a few texts in the locker room already thanking us for revenge on Hales from the 2003 season,” Kohrmann said, mentioning messages from former Cougars Adam Buehne and Kenny Detmer. “That definitely adds to it.”
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Kohrmann’s 31 points made him the second-leading scorer in Central boys basketball history with 1,645 points. He passed former Cougars’ all-stater David Wiegmann (1,644 points) and sits behind career scoring leader and another all-state player, Brandon Book (1,848 points).
“It’s a great feeling,” said Kohrmann, who was 11-for-19 from the floor, hit three 3-pointers and six of eight free throws. “My assistant coach, when I was one (point away), told me ‘You need this free throw to pass him and I was like ‘Don’t tell me that now.’ David Wiegmann is a great player and to be ranked up with him and (Brandon) Book, it’s awesome.”
My assistant coach, when I was one (point away), told me ‘You need this free throw to pass him and I was like ‘Don’t tell me that now.’ David Wiegmann is a great player and to be ranked up with him and (Brandon) Book, it’s awesome.
Logan Kohrmann on becoming second-leading scorer in Central history
Central finished its season 31-5, bouncing back quickly from a disappointing 60-48 semifinal loss to St. Joseph-Ogden the night before.
“It’s a great feeling,” Kohrmann said. “Only two teams in the whole state go out winning and we’re one of them, so it’s definitely an accomplishment.”
Senior Corben Zanger also had a big night for the Cougars with 12 points and nine rebounds.
“What a game he had tonight,” Central coach Jeremy Shubert said. “Every rebound was Corben Zanger’s tonight and we wouldn’t have had that double-digit lead without Corben’s tenacity on the defensive end.”
The Cougar seniors realized it was the end of their high school careers.
It’s crazy to think about, but knowing it was our last game everyone came out more loose,” said Central senior Chase Schneider, who scored nine points. “We felt better, got off to that good start and things went well after that.
Central senior Chase Schneider
“It’s crazy to think about, but knowing it was our last game everyone came out more loose,” said Central senior Chase Schneider, who scored nine points. “We felt better, got off to that good start and things went well after that.
“Last night and earlier today it was tough to think about because I think we could have played a lot better than we did last night. But it happened and we had to come out and play today.”
No one was blaming Hales Franciscan (20-14) for coming out a bit flat.
The Spartans lost to Rockridge in the semifinals on an improbable, incredible shot from beyond halfcourt by Carson Frakes that wound up making ESPN’s “Sportscenter Top 10” list of greatest plays of the day.
They also were playing without injured 6-foot-11 center Karim Sameh, who suffered a knee injury before the semifinals. Milton Wordlow had 18 points for Hales while Austin Trice added 17 points and 11 rebounds.
Central banged away from 3-point range to shred the Hales zone defense early. The Cougars built a 30-20 halftime lead and were up 49-31 after three quarters.
“It was probably just a little bit of an added burden for these guys because they had the emotion of trying to come back from what happened last night,” Hales coach Gary London said. “It didn’t help that ESPN kept putting a dagger in us by showing (that). The kids told me ‘Coach, it’s on the Top 10’ and I was thinking maybe it was No. 8 or 9 so it made like No. 3.
“I think we were just kind of real flat in this game, but I told them I’m still proud of them.”
Shubert said jumping out to leads of 6-0 and 11-2 helped relax everyone.
“We were free and loose we just played with a lot of confidence,” Shubert said. “We shot the ball with a lot of confidence and when we do that, we’re really good. That’s what we did tonight.
“We made a lot of shots and we had a lot of good looks.”
Central student section is state champ
Central’s student cheering section, known as The Crew In The Pit, was named 1A-2A Student Section Showdown State Champion on Saturday.
The IHSA is trying a new alignment this season in which a large portion of each team’s student section is allowed to stand on the floor not far from the court. It’s a positive step that creates a little more energy and bring a few more students down near the court instead of stuck way up in the stands as some schools choose to do.
Central High senior Logan Kohrmann, Okawville junior Noah Frederking and Nashville senior Royce Newman all were first-team all-state selections Saturday when the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association released its Class 1A-2A All-State Team.
Kohrmann averaged 18 points as the leading scorer for the Cougars, who reached the Class 2A state tournament for the first time since winning the 2012 state title. He also averaged five rebounds and has 58 3-pointers.
Frederking is a 6-foot-4 junior who averaged 20.4 points and 8.2 rebounds with 51 3-pointers for the Rockets, a sectional finalist.
The 6-7 Newman averaged 17 points and nine rebounds for the Hornets. He signed with Ole Miss in football and will play offensive tackle for the Rebels.
Marquette senior guard Shandon Boone made second-team all-state and Gibault junior Trevor Davis made third-team all-state. Central Cougars junior Jack Strieker was chosen for the fourth-team all-state group.
Earning special mention all-state honors were Connor Toennies from Carlyle, Wesclin senior guard Jarad Steenbergen, Metro-East Lutheran senior guard Teddy Fifer and Roxana senior guard Trace Gentry.