Moline Quietly Looming As A State Tournament Darkhorse
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Moline Quietly Looming In Background As A State Tournament Darkhorse

Brian Stinnette
March 1, 2004

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The Moline Maroons are quietly looming in the background as a darkhorse contender in the Class AA state tournament. Moline is ranked among the Top 10 teams in the state, and attacks with a roster that is balanced and versatile.

Moline finished the season with an overall record of 23-2, and won the Western Big 6 Conference with a perfect mark of 10-0. The Maroons have now won the Western Big 6 Conference for four consecutive years.

Moline is the top-seeded team, and heavily favored to win the Moline Sectional. Their attack is keyed by 6-0 senior guard Wesley McCorkle, 6-5 sophomore Paul Bayer and 6-8 senior Kyle Lasek. McCorkle is a highly explosive player, and the leading scorer on the team. Bayer is smooth sharpshooter who ranks among the better Class of 2006 prospects in the state of Illinois. Lasek, who has signed to play collegiately at Western Illinois, provides scoring, rebounding and a shot-blocking prescence inside. Jordan Salmonson and Justin Yount also provide experience, balance and an added scoring punch to the Moline lineup.

Moline’s road to the Elite Eight will likely have to go through a strong Prairie Ridge team that features Todd Babbington and Brett Cole. Should they advance, Moline’s balanced and experienced attack just might allow the Maroons to mount a strong darkhorse run at the state title.