Freeport’s greatest basketball players No. 10: Brian Hildebrand ’ahead of his time’ – Sports – Rockford Register Star

Elwanda Tulloch

Thirty years ago, most 6-foot-7 small-town basketball players stayed in the paint.

Not Orangeville’s Brian Hildebrand.

“He was ahead of his time,” former Orangeville coach Brian Benning said. “He was so versatile with his range. That’s what caught the eye of the college scouts. He was silky smooth with the most beautiful shot you could ever envision. Just a beautiful textbook jump shot.

“He had great range and great touch around the basket as well as medium range and long range. We didn’t have him shoot many long-rangers. We didn’t need to, but, boy, he could.

“He could do pretty much everything, and he could do it very well. That was really uncommon for someone his size back in the late 1980s and early 90s. He was a pioneer. He would fit in today’s game even better than he did back then. His game traveled well. He could play inside,

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USMNT could open qualifying in Trinidad and Tobago, site of its greatest failure

Elwanda Tulloch

The United States men’s national team could kick off CONCACAF’s qualifying tournament for the 2022 World Cup in the same country where its 28-year streak of appearances in the competition came crashing to a halt ahead of Russia 2018: Trinidad and Tobago.

CONCACAF, soccer’s governing body in North and Central America and the Caribbean, held its draw for the first and final rounds of World Cup qualifying Wednesday at FIFA headquarters in Zurich. The USMNT learned that it would face the winner of a playoff between the Group A and Group F winners — which will most likely be El Salvador and Trinidad and Tobago — when the final eight-nation round of qualifying, dubbed the “Octagonal”, kicks off in June 2021.

The Americans famously lost to already-eliminated T&T in October 2017, needing only a tie to make the cut for 2018, which would’ve marked their eighth consecutive World Cup berth.

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We simulated a video game to try making the greatest college basketball coach ever at Western Illinois

Elwanda Tulloch

Welcome back to the Western Illinois Leathernecks’ chase for greatness in our simulated dynasty in College Hoops 2K8. This series was started in the early days of the pandemic after real sports were put on hiatus. The objective was spelled out bluntly in the headline of the very first story: Can the worst college basketball program ever win a video game national championship?



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I decided to takeover Western Illinois University in College Hoops 2K8 — the last college basketball video game made by 2K Sports — and try to lead them to a title while simulating every game. I would only control the recruiting and coaching strategies. Now in Year 19 of the series, the goal has changed. At this point, I’m trying to see if Coach Rick — better known as Ricky Charisma — can turn into the greatest college basketball coach of the modern era.

Here’s how

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