MACOMB BOMBERS

Head Coach: Jeff Thorman
Conference: Olympic
2008 Overall/Conference Record: 8-24
2009 IHSA Enrollment/Classification: 587 (2A)
Last Postseason Championship: Regional (2006-07)

 

After back-to-back 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 (5'8" Jr.).

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).