Tidbits from Day 1 Action at the 2022 State Farm Holiday Classic
The Chosen Ones
All four top seeds were victorious on day 1. The biggest upset of the day came when #2 seed Aurora Christian fell to #15 seed Minonk Fieldcrest.
Normal Community boy’s coach Dave Witzig is tied with former Rock Island coach Thom Sigel for the most Classic coaching wins at 58. His first opportunity to break the record didn’t go as planned, as Bradley-Bourbonnais defeated the Iron behind a 24-point performance by Brayden Long.
Long is the son of Bradley-Bourbonnais assistant coach Eric Long, and a transfer from Yorkville Christian, where he was a starting guard for the defending Class 1A state champion.
Odds and Ends
Springfield Sacred Heart-Griffin’s Jake Hamilton set the school’s all-time scoring mark with 19 points in their opening round game against North Chicago. Hamilton, a Quincy University recruit, has 1,326 points in his career to date.
Romeoville head coach Marc Howard was a player under Joliet Central head coach Larry Thompson when Thompson was the head coach at Lockport High School.
Romeoville star Troy Cicero Jr. was on the Joliet Central team as a freshman in the 2019 Classic, coached by Thompson.
Illinois State University recruit Ty Pence (St. Joseph-Ogden) had the top scoring effort of the day with a 36-point performance — in just three quarters — against Annawan.
All six players featured on the cover of this year’s program were part of a winning effort in their opening round matchup.
Top Scorers – Day 1
(minimum 20 points)
Small School Boys
Ty Pence St. Joseph-Ogden 36
Cole Certa Bloomington Central Catholic 25
Chancesaye Maxon El Paso-Griidley 22
Micah Meiss El Paso-Gridley 22
Large School Boys
Brayden Long Bradley-Bourbonnais 24
KJ Lamonte Rock Island 21
Troy Cicero Jr. Romeoville 20
Small School Girls
Campbell Schrank Winnebago 24
Large School Girls
Tatym Lamprecht Morton 24
Jordan Wood Mundelein Carmel 22
Taleah Turner Kankakee 22
Kamryn Heider Peoria Richwoods 20