Adkins retires from coaching at Plainfield East after winning 2 regional titles

The only coach in program history is leaving his post at Plainfield East. Boys basketball coach Branden Adkins is retiring from coaching after a run at East which included being the only program in District 202 boys basketball history to win multiple regional championships. “We won two conference championships and two regional championships,” Adkins said. “I’m proud of what we accomplished here from the bottom up. A lot of people have come through our program and came back. It is bittersweet. This isn’t really the way I wanted to end…

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Plainfield North falls to Andrew in own regional

Plainfield North’s season came to an end Monday night in a 50-45 loss to Andrew in the Plainfield North Regional quarterfinal. The Tigers trailed 14-4 early in the second quarter before 10 straight points tied the game. The T-Bolts scored the final four points for an 18-14 lead at the half. “We were 5-of-13 in the paint, we were 5-for-23 in the first half and 0-for-3 from three and none of them were contested,” North coach Bob Krahulik said. “We just didn’t shoot well. But, credit to us. We hung…

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Plainfield East’s season ends in loss to Neuqua

Plainfield East kept it close for three quarters, but eventually the Neuqua Valley experience took over Monday night in a 68-49 win in a Plainfield North Regional quarterfinal. The Bengals trailed just 25-22 at the half and it was 35-33 midway through the third quarter. The Wildcats opened the lead to nine points at 42-33 but East made it 42-37 after three. The first five-plus minutes of the fourth quarter though was owned by the Wildcats. They built a 59-41 lead with just 2:30 left in the game. “Every time…

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Turnovers costly for Cougars in loss to Joliet Central

Fourteen turnovers in the first half were too much to overcome for Plainfield South in a 73-53 loss to Joliet Central Friday night. “We were sitting back on our heels waiting for them to make something happen,” South coach Tim Boe said. “When you’re not playing with any intensity, you’re going to have turnovers. We were a little hesitant and they run a good scheme. They have quick guys. We knew they would press us and we worked on it, but it is one thing to practice it and another…

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Morganfield hits game-winner as Plainfield Central tops East in OT

By Scott Taylor Matthews Morganfield had the game-winning basket at the end of regulation for Plainfield Central to beat Plainfield East Friday at East. However, that basket was called off due to a charging foul called on Michael Hood. Morganfield and the Wildcats weren’t discouraged though as he had a second chance to win the game at the end of overtime and did it again, with a baseline shot with 1.9 seconds left for a 61-59 win. “I was nervous after the first one, I thought I had it,” Morganfield…

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Plainfield Central boys hoops tops Plainfield North; East girls roll Joliet Central

Plainfield Central took down Plainfield North 50-41 Tuesday night at Central. Kameron Williams led five Wildcats with at least eight points, scoring 10. •Plainfield East fell to Joliet Central 60-39. GIRLS HOOPS Plainfield East moved to 13-4 with a 61-33 win over Joliet Central. Olivia Jenkins led the way with 16 points, Ashley Smoldt added 12 and Jada Neal chipped in with 10. The Bengals jumped out to leads of 14-3 after one quarter and 35-7 at the half.

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Holiday hoops tournament for boys are next week

By Scott Taylor The holiday tournaments are just around the corner for the boys as they play in some of the most difficult tournaments in the state. Plainfield East returns to Pekin, where it opens the tournament in the game’s first game, at 9 a.m. Dec. 27 against Moline. The Bengals will continue the next day at 9 a.m., win or lose, against either No. 3 seed Morton or Centennial. They will play a second game later that day before finishing on the 29th. “We want to represent the program…

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Bonomo, Wildcats start fast, fall to Oswego East

By Scott Taylor Zach Bonomo hit four first half three pointers, but it wasn’t enough for Plainfield Central in a 65-53 loss to Oswego East Friday. Bonomo hit three three-pointers in the first quarter alone as the Wildcats jumped out to a 21-15 lead after the first quarter. “Zach is our best spot up shooter,” Plainfield Central coach Steve Lamberti said. “He normally gets one or two a game and it was nice to see him go off a little bit. With our offense, anyone on our team should be…

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