Kewanee High School and its boys basketball program suffered a tragic loss off the court Thursday night.
Shaune Lewis, who has been the Boilermakers head coach since 2015, died Thursday night due to what has been described as a “medical incident” while racing in a heat race at the Davenport Speedway.
He was 47.
Boilermakers assistant Jon Henegar of Princeton heard the news about 10:30 p.m. Thursday and said it was “definitely a shock.”
“It’s been a difficult couple of days for the Kewanee community,” Henegar added. “He was a phenomenal coach, not just for the X’s and O’s, but probably more importantly he was a role model for every player he ever coached."
He was a great coach, mentor and friend to me and was a great coach for hundreds of Kewanee student athletes over the years. And most importantly, he was a great person to be around all the time. He will be missed.”
Many tributes from around the Kewanee community and the Three Rivers Conference were posted on Twitter as the news of Lewis’ death spread.
A 1991 graduate and former player at Kewanee, Lewis took great pride in Boilermakers basketball and was well versed in its history.
“He could talk Kewanee basketball for hours on end, and you already enjoyed listening to him, too,” Henegar said.
Legendary football coach Bob Reade, who coached championship football teams at Geneseo High School and Augustana College, has died at the age of 87.
He led Geneseo to three state championships in 1976-78, posting a 146-21-4 record. At Augie, he went 146-23-1 with four straight NCAA D-III titles (1983-86).
The Kewanee Ballhawks 15U softball team, including McKenzie Hecht and Isa Ibarra of Princeton, won the Iowa-Illinois State tournament in Eldridge, Iowa.
The Ballhawks won seven straight games Sunday, avenging their only loss of the season Saturday to the Midwest Sluggers, to improve to 27-1.
The Bureau County Blaze also completed, placing fourth with two losses to the Ballhawks.
Hanah Hart of Seatonville/Hall played for the Heartland Havoc which won the 18u state championship in Muscatine, Iowa.. It is the sixth state champion team Hart has played for.
New girls coach at IVC
According to the Peoria Journal Star, Alisha Morrow has been named the new Chillicothe IVC head girls basketball coach. She previously coached at Washington Central Grade School.
She becomes the fifth IVC coach in eight years. The Lady Ghosts have stumbled since longtime coach Paul Mercer (344-217 in 21 years) retired in 2012, posting a 44-175 record.