Hillsboro Boys Tip Off This Friday

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Bizarre circumstances produce bizarre results, and the Topper boys basketball schedule provides evidence of that. The players and the coaching staff, though, are pleased to have a season at all as they begin play at Vandalia tomorrow, Friday, Feb. 5; due to limited player members, the preliminary game will be a freshman-sophomore contest beginning at 5:30 with the varsity match to follow. The Vandals played last Saturday and this past Tuesday.

Coach Joe Vanzo had only one senior, Jace Tuetken, report to practice this week, so he has a young squad to play the sixteen game schedule that has been arranged. Nine of the games will count in the South Central Conference, but three against conference teams (including the one Friday in Vandalia) are non-conference.

Next week Hillsboro hosts Rochester on Monday, Greenville on Wednesday, and Staunton on Friday; all are non-conference.

The last time the Toppers played as few as 16 games in a season was in 1925-26, when they finished 12-4.

Besides the lone senior, juniors on the roster are Drake Vogel, Christian Matoush, Ian Malloy, and Bryce Connor; sophomores contesting for varsity time as the season starts are Will Christian, Blaze Helton, and Addison Pollard.

Coach Vanzo wasn’t ready to name a starting five as of Monday evening, Feb. 1. Assisting Vanzo this season are Jeremy Connor, Chad Zimmerman, and freshman coach Corbin Govaia.

The conference has decided only 50 fans of the home team can enter the gym, and they must have a ticket distributed by a player or cheerleader. They also have to wear masks, submit to a temperature check, and practice social distancing.

Hillsboro Hiltoppers

Friday, February 5

4:30 p.m. - Boys Basketball at Vandalia (JV/V)

Nokomis Redskins

Friday, February 5

6 p.m. - Boys Basketball at Pleasant Plains (JV/V)

Saturday, February 6

12 p.m. - Boys Basketball at Staunton (JV/V)

3 p.m. - Girls Basketball hosts Staunton (JV/V)

Lincolnwood Lancers

Saturday, February 6

12 p.m. - Lincolnwood Girls Basketball hosts North Greene (JV/V)

5 p.m. - Lincolnwood Boys Basketball hosts Sangamon Valley (JV/V)

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