Sendoff planned; Ironmen compete in State semifinal Friday afternoon

Play-by-play coverage can be heard on WJBC at 1:30 p.m. Friday. (Photo courtesy: Blake Haas/WJBC)

By Blake Haas

NORMAL – Normal Community boy’s basketball program competes in the State Finals at the State Farm Center Friday afternoon against Palatine.

For Ironmen Coach Dave Witzig, it may be his first time on the court at the University of Illinois, but it’s not his first time coaching in a state semifinal game.

While at the helm of the Ironmen, Witzig coached in the state semifinals in 2011 and 2015.

“In the past, we really struggled to try and get the game film; we didn’t know who we were playing and how that all worked. I think we’ve done a better job preparing for that, and our practices have been some conditioning, but not as much five-on-five to keep everybody’s leg fresh,” added Witzig. “We feel like we’ve had a better plan of just preparing our guys for the week.”

NCHS plans a sendoff for the team on Friday at 9:15 a.m.

The district asks the public to line the streets of Raab and Airport Rd.

Play-by-play coverage can be heard on WJBC at 1:30 p.m. on Friday.

Coverage of high school basketball is sponsored by CEFCU.

Blake Haas can be reached at [email protected]


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