Clipped From Herald and Review
T-Town Girls team has done this before By REX SPRES Herald & Review Sports Writer TEUTOPOLIS There was the unmistakable feeling the 1,400 people in this normally serene Central Illinois town had done this before. The car caravan, the shrieking sirens, the speeches all had a familiar ring to them. For good reason. The hard-working folks in this basketball-crazy community had welcomed home state high school champions in 1986 twice. That's when Teutopolis pulled off the rare feat of winning Class A boys' and girls' state titles the same season. Sunday, the Teutopolis girls repeated the scene. They beat Elgin St. Edward 54-35 Saturday in the Assembly Hall to complete an unbeaten (32-0) season. In case any of the more than 300 fans who filed into J.H. Griffin Gymnasium had forgotten overnight, the scoreboards were lit up with the title game score. It was deja vu a lot of the same faces, a lot of the same words. Only the lineup was different some of it anyway. Kim Bloemer, Cindy Thoele, Donna Niebrugge, Lauri Holman and Angie Ruholl seniors now had been around when the T-Town girls won two years ago. Principal Jim Webb was there to act as master of ceremonies. Athletic Director Lawrence Carie, whose daughter, Doris, was the star of the 1986 team, was there to offer congratulations. So was boys Coach Ken Crawford. Of course, there was the familiar figure of Coach Dennis Koest-er. "This team had talent, yes, but throws a T-Town team members come home atop a fire truck after winning College basketball ...Page B3 the thing that made this club great was its mental toughness," Koest-er told the crowd. "They could go out and play 32 minutes of intense basketball, not once in a while but every time out," he said. - party for At one point when he seemed at a loss for words, Koester quipped, "I'd rather coach than give speeches. This isn't easy, you know." "The hardest part of coaching a group like this is losing the seniors. I'm a strong believer in senior leadership and this group has provided it" ' In talking about one of the seniors Lauri Holman Koester said, "She's my leader. When we champs Photo by Jan Abbott the Class A girls state title. get down to the end of a tough game, I want the ball in her hands. "Her goal is to become a coach and come back and take my job. She'll probably get it too." While the players and fans stood eating pieces of a huge cake, provided by the IGA Store, one fan said to Koester, "Coach, this has been fun. Let's do it again next year." Don't bet that it won't happen.