Eagles shooting to hit stride


Michael Murray goes over the defender for two points against Kishwaukee College on Feb. 7

Josh Dillon, IVLeader Sports Editor

Eagles’ head coach Tommy Canale has never had a team with as many shooters as the team he’s coaching now.

Canale said, “It’s fun to coach and it’s fun to have [this many shooters]. When  you just have one or two people who  an shoot, those can be taken away but we have so many weapons, it’s hard to take them away.”

The Eagles had a 14-12 record as of press time.

The team ended the month of January with a win, defeating Eureka College’s JV team 91-67. JoVonn Griffin led the team with 24 points, Michael Murray added 14, and Josh Fenoglia had 10. Griffin made 7 of 11 from the field as well as 7 of 8 free throws.

The next game at Black Hawk on Feb. 2 was the Alec Schwab show, as he put up 29 points and looked back to full potential after suffering concussion-like symptoms in a game against Carl Sandburg on Jan. 26. Despite Schwab’s performance, the Eagles lost 80-73.

Another road game awaited the Eagles as they took a trip to Olive Harvey College on Feb. 4. Murray led the team with 29 points, Schwab had 18, and Nathan Ropp added 13 as the team went on to win the game 89-81.

On Feb. 7 vs. conference foe Kishwaukee, the Eagles got another outstanding effort from Schwab, as he put up 29 points again. Murray followed with 16 points and led the team with 7 rebounds. Ropp added 15 points and 10 assists in a win 71-67.

The team couldn’t carry their momentum to Highland College, as Highland was looking to get revenge for a loss suffered against IVCC last year.

Highland put 113 points on the scoreboard, beating the Eagles by 36.

The Eagles will recognize their sophomore players on Thursday, Feb. 16 in their final home game of the regular season. The team will then prepare for regionals in March.