Barry McNamara  |  Published March 16, 2023

Monmouth Makes Final Four

There were several Fighting Scots connections at Illinois state hoops tourneys, including title for Grieves ’81.

MONMOUTH, Ill. – Monmouth College connections were in abundance at the eight Illinois High School Association state basketball tournaments over the past two weekends.

One of the head coaches of a boys basketball state champ – Metamora in Class 3A – is 1981 Monmouth graduate and former Fighting Scot basketball player Danny Grieves.

The father of freshman Scots point guard Kyle Taylor is head coach of the Class 4A boys champions, Moline. In Saturday’s state title game, coach Sean Taylor’s Maroons handed Benet Academy only its second loss of the season, winning 59-42. Benet’s other loss had come against Simeon, which reached the 3A final before falling 46-42 to Grieves and his Redbirds.

DANNY GRIEVES: A year after his Metamora team lost in the state title game, the 1981 Monmouth gra... DANNY GRIEVES: A year after his Metamora team lost in the state title game, the 1981 Monmouth grad led his experienced Redbirds to the 3A championship.“We had almost everybody back from the team that lost in double overtime in last year’s championship game,” said Grieves, who played for Terry Glasgow-coached teams at Monmouth that reached the Midwest Conference championship game his junior and senior seasons. “I challenged them right on the court last year after the final that they needed to get stronger, and the kids did a tremendous job with that,” all adding at least 15 pounds of muscle through their diligent work in the weight room.

Trevor Davis ’21 was on the coaching staff at Gibault Catholic, which won the Class 1A boys state title; the Class 2A Final Four featured alumni Jeff Henry ’93 and Toby Whiteman ’96, who serve as assistant coaches for Rockridge, which placed fourth.


Froebe, Schreacke are girls standouts

On the girls side, a pair of outstanding talents who are the daughters of Fighting Scot athletes helped their teams to the Final Four in Class 2A and 3A. Both players were unanimous all-state selections in their respective classes, the only girls players in the state so honored.

KLOE FROEBE: Lincoln's outstanding junior is shown speaking to media at the state tournament.... KLOE FROEBE: Lincoln's outstanding junior is shown speaking to media at the state tournament. She scored a record 45 points in the Railsplitters' semifinal victory.Lincoln went unbeaten on the season until the Class 3A state title game, falling to Nazareth Academy. Leading the way for the Railsplitters was junior point guard Kloe Froebe, the daughter of Monmouth alumni Kent ’00 and Kari Walters Froebe ’99. Froebe scored more than 1,000 points on the year, including 45 in the state semifinal, which set the girls all-class state finals scoring record.

For the second season in a row, Quincy Notre Dame reached the Class 2A Final Four. A year after winning the state title, the Lady Raiders had to settle for a third-place finish. QND was led by Abbey Schreacke, the daughter of M Club Hall of Famer and track All-American Linda Schmidt Schreacke ’94. The 6-foot senior, who averaged 21.5 points and 10.3 rebounds in her final season at QND, is headed to the University of Missouri this fall on a basketball scholarship.


More from Coach Grieves

After playing his high school ball at Peoria Central, Grieves was on the team at St. Petersburg College in Florida when his mother got sick and he looked to return to the area. Wherever he went to school, he knew he was preparing for a specific job – to be a coach and teacher.

“Basketball’s all I ever knew, and I knew that my playing days would end one day,” said Grieves, who has now been coaching for 44 years.

At Monmouth, he learned from one of the best.

“‘TG’ was absolutely a big influence on me in the coaching profession. He was one of the most intelligent people I’d ever been around – not just coaches, but anybody. He was a great motivator, and our teams really knew how to win. I had a great experience there.” Danny Grieves


“‘TG’ was absolutely a big influence on me in the coaching profession,” said Grieves. “He was one of the most intelligent people I’d ever been around – not just coaches, but anybody. He was a great motivator, and our teams really knew how to win. I had a great experience there.”

Grieves said Glasgow’s influence is still present, more than four decades later.

“His demeanor, the way he handles kids,” he said. “His coaching style, too – there are things that I stole from him a little bit.”

Metamora’s journey to the state title passed through nearby Galesburg, where the Redbirds defeated Sterling and Peoria Richwoods.

“TG came to our sectional game, and it was a great chance for me to visit with him,” said Grieves. “It had been a while since I’d seen him.”

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