Archive for March, 2009

View Pictures from IHSA State Basketball Championships

Sunday, March 22nd, 2009

There are two sources of pictures from the IHSA Tournament. You may click on our Picture link on the left for photos taken by Carrie Carpunky and Lyn Gerber. And you may visit www.vipis.com to view hundreds of pictures taken by professionals.

Center Coast Places 2nd at IHSA State Basketball Tournament

Sunday, March 15th, 2009

On Saturday, March 14th the Confluence Center Coast Junior Basketball team earned IHSA State Runner-up distinction finishing with a 4-1 record in round robin play. Coast defeated the Peoria Wildcats soundly in the morning game and looked to be on track for a state title. The Windy City Warriors stopped Coasts’ winning streak in the championship game.

Coast played with a lot of heart in the final game, but couldn’t keep up with Windy City who had a a roster of 12 and a deep bench. Windy City came out pressing and jumped to a 16-2 lead in the first quarter. Coast could never recover, but also never gave up. Coaches Jim Dugan and Lyn Gerber are proud of their team and are already looking forward to next year.

While not placing too much emphasis on statistics, it is nice to be recognized for accomplishments. James Clark averaged over 26 points per game. Cameron Oestringer averaged over 17 ppg and Colin DeWitt averaged over 4 ppg. All three boys played some great defense and the team is looking forward to Colin playing a larger role on the offense next year. Austin Wilson is getting close to putting the ball through the hoop and learned a lot about defense in his first basketball tournament experience. Katelyn Carpunky who just turned eight also got a taste of big time basketball and in many ways was an MVP.  Her willingness to participate allowed Coast to compete in this great event.

Each team member will keep the IHSA Runner-up Plaque for a couple of weeks and display it proudly at their school because they really are representing their school as a varsity athlete on the Center Coast team. The Confluence simply provides the kids with the opportunity to participate, compete and have a ton of fun.

The Confluence is the only Disabled Sports Organization (DSO) for children in Southern Illinois. We would love to see our team grow. We know there are kids out there, but we need help in finding them. If you know of a child who might like to participate, please contact us.

Center Coast Jr Basketball Win First 3 the IHSA State Tournament

Friday, March 13th, 2009

Confluence Center Coast finished their first day at the Illinois High School Association State Basketball Tournament with a record of 3-0. Coast is one of six teams competing for the wheelchair basketball state championships.


Thanks to newcomers 8 year old Katelyn Carpunky from Alton and 10 year old Austin Wilson from Metropolis, returning players James Clark from Mt. Vernon, Colin DeWitt from Benton and Cameron Oestringer from Highland get the opportunity to improve on the 2008 2nd place finish. And they are off to a great start.


Today Coast defeated GLASA Wave 48-15, Rockford Jr. Chariots 50-12 and NEDSRA Jr. Bulls 50-11. Tomorrow, Saturday March 14th, the team will play the Peoria Wildcats at 10:15 AM and the Windy City Warriors (also 3-0) in the final game of the round robin tournament at 4:00 PM. The Awards Ceremony will immediately follow the game.


Since the first IHSA State Wheelchair Basketball Championship held in 2004, Coast has taken 3rd in 2004, 1st in 2005, 2nd in 2006 and 2008. Beginning last year the IHSA has donated funds to each participating wheelchair basketball team to support the development of each program. The Confluence places their funding in a scholarship fund that will be utilized by each player upon graduation from the Center Coast Junior Team and High School. For every game a junior player competes in $50 is dedicated to their scholarship fund.


If you would like to help us build this fund, click on How to Help, print off a Donor Card and send it to The Confluence with your donation for the Athlete Scholarship Fund.