Regional titles (2005-06 & 2006-07) and an appearance in the
Regional championship (2007-08), the Lady Bombers experienced
a rebuilding year last season. Macomb stumbled to an (8-24) finish
with a fairly inexperienced lineup.
Sandy Moore and Jessica
Adkisson, three-year starters, have graduated, and Macomb is once
again pretty young, but does bring back some varsity experience.
"We will be very young this year. Will most likely have one
sophomore in the starting lineup," coach Jeff Thorman says.
Jaccy Billeter (6'0"
Sr.) will provide Macomb with some post presence once again. Billeter
averaged (4 ppg, 5 rpg) last year as a junior. Cassie Combs (5'8"
Jr. Forward) provided some opportunities for the Lady Bombers
as a sophomore, averaging (6 ppg, 4 rpg). "(Combs and Billeter)
finished the season really strong last year with double-doubles
in the last few games of the year."
Taylor Claudon (5'4"
Sr. Guard) is another starter that is back at MHS. Claudon could
run some point guard for Macomb. Erin Meline (5'4" So. Guard)
should crack the starting lineup this year. Meline earned some
varsity minutes as a freshman. Others vying for a starting role
and minutes include, Ashton Day (5'8" Sr.), Devyn Doering
(5'8" Sr.), Kali Thompson (6'0" So.), and Kelsey Carle
Macomb will compete
in the final year of the Olympic Conference's existence. The league
has provided some strong competition in recent years. "(Olympic)
Conference should be extremely competitive as always. I look to
Sherrard to be the favorite. As always, the team that can be successful
on the road will win the conference." Rockridge and Monmouth-Roseville
should also contend near the top. Farmington and Orion are also
members of the conference.
The Lady Bomber Classic
is host to a six-team field this year, and the strongest field
for the tournament, according to Thorman. Along with the hosts,
Knoxville, Havana, Pleasant Plains, Rockridge, and Rushville-Industry
will compete in the tournament. Opening night is set for Monday
November 16th at the Washington Street Gym with a tripleheader
starting at 5:00. All three games on Monday (11/16) and Wednesday
(11/18) will be broadcast online through the Illinois High School
Sports Network (www.ihssn.net).
Jeff Thorman has coached
the Lady Bombers for five seasons, and has led the team to two
regional championships. Macomb is (104-52) under Thorman, and
he is the all-time winningest coach at MHS. He previously was
the junior high girl's coach at Carthage, a small-school powerhouse
in girl's basketball.
The Lady Bombers have
also won regional titles in (1995-97, 1997-98, and 1998-99).