TriCounty In Pat Ryan's 20th season as head coach at his high school alma mater, the 13-1 Redbirds rebounded from their first regular-season loss since 2005 to claim their second state title in three years.
Metamora's 41-7 win over Geneseo in the Class 4A state championship game was the most lopsided of the eight finals played at Memorial Stadium in Champaign.
The Redbirds finished with 12 straight victories after suffering a 28-7 loss to eventual 5A quarterfinalist Washington in Week 2. The decision, which ultimately determined the Mid-Illini Conference championship, snapped Metamora's 35-game Mid-Illini winning streak.
The 4A playoff assignment was the first for Metamora, enrollment 985, since the state series was expanded from six to eight classes in 2001. The Redbirds were in 5A from 2001 through 2008, including when they won their first title under Ryan in `07.
In Pat Ryan's 20th season as head coach at his high school alma mater, the 13-1 Redbirds rebounded from their first regular-season loss since 2005 to claim their second state title in three years.
1992 Limestone Girl's Basketball Team
Front row: Jennifer Doyle, Mgr.; Jennifer Koeppel; Melanie Herring; Kim Lord; Janet Carlson, Mgr.; Jessica Gross, Mgr.
The Limestone girls swept through the 1992 regular season with a 26-0 record. The team was Mid-Illini Conference champs, Limestone Tournament champs, and Dixon Tournament champs. The girls advanced to the title game with wins over Bloomington (68-54 in the super sectional), Buffalo Grove (74-47 in the quarterfinals) and La- Grange Lyons (52-50 in overtime in the semifinals). The only loss came in the championship game against Chicago Marshall 48-46. The girls set several records, especially in 3 point shooting at the state tournament. Tammy Van Oppen was chosen Ms. Basketball for the season. Jenny Koeppel, Tammy Van Oppen and Jamie Broadstone all went on to play Division 1 basketball. Rounding out the starting lineup was Wendy Reeves and Melissa Shryock. Coached by John Gross, the Limestone girls were noted for their trademark tenacious defense.