By John Ring
Published November 10, 2022 in The Burg
GALESBURG - The annual Meet the Streaks scrimmage for boys basketball will be played on November 11 at John Thiel Gym. That annual event kicks off Silver Streak basketball for the season and it’s no different this year under Coach Chad Thompson.
The Silver Streaks officially open their 2022 season in a game at home against Canton on November 21.
In Thompson’s first season the Streaks coach, Galesburg posted a 23-8 record in 2022 but didn’t make it out of the Regional Tournament. They finished fourth in the Western Big 6, with Quincy winning the Conference. The Blue Devils and Moline were the two powerhouses in the Big 6, while the Rocks and Galesburg were formidable teams as well. The Panthers and Sterling were at the .500 level, Geneseo struggled and Rock island Alleman was just plain bad.
2022 Western Big 6 Standings
Quincy 13-1 28-6
Moline 12-2 28-5
Rock Island 11-3 22-10
GALESBURG 8-6 23-8
East Moline 5-9 15-15
Sterling 4-10 16-15
Geneseo 3-11 9-19
RI Alleman 0-14 0-27
The Streaks suffered some heavy graduation losses from last season. Players not returning will be Koen Derry, Carl Dortch, Dre Egipciaco, Jeremiah Babers, Alex Egipciaco and Aaron Carl.
Returning for the Streaks who got a lot of varsity time last season are Ian Dominique, Easton Steck and Nolan Carl.
One player that is returning for his final season in the Western Big 6 is Brock Harding of Moline.
The Maroons version of ‘Pistol Pete Maravich’ has verbally committed to the University of Iowa to play college basketball. Harding will make one return visit to John Thiel Gym in this, his senior season. I hope to interview Harding that night because-- despite him being a Maroon-- I want to pull for him in college. And he is pretty good. You should come out and watch him play.
Silver Streak and Big 6 Notes: Moline advanced the farthest of any Big 6 volleyball team.
The Maroons played in the Sectional Championship game but ultimately lost to O’Fallon in two sets.
Rock Island also won a regional championship. . . For only the second time in school history, the Quincy Blue Devils won a football state playoff game. They hung on against Chatham Glenwood and won by a score of 49-42 and advanced to the second round of the playoffs. . . .
Coach Thompson and the Silver Streaks will continue to play at the Taylorville Christmas Tournament this season and right before that, they’ll play in Augustana and the annual Iowa-Illinois shootout between high schools of the two states.