Congressman John Shimkus

Representing the 15th District of Illinois


Shimkus Recognizes St. Joseph-Ogden Boys Basketball Team

Mar 22, 2016
Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman John Shimkus (R, Illinois-15) entered a statement into the permanent congressional record recognizing the St. Joseph-Ogden Boys Basketball Team.

The St. Joseph-Ogden Spartans defeated Rockridge 61-43 on March 11 to give the school its first-ever Class 2A boys’ basketball state title.

“After struggling for much of the season, and their season on the brink, the Spartans put together an improbable ten-game winning streak which culminated in a state championship,” said Shimkus.

The statement specifically congratulates athletic director Dick Duval, head coach Brian Brooks, assistant coaches Kiel Duval, Mike Bialeschki, and Isaiah Olson, and athletic trainer Casey Hug, who worked hard to help St. Joseph-Ogden achieve this victory.

Members of the state championship team include: Ty Brown, Brandon Trimble, Brandon Dable, Drayke Lannert, Kolten Taylor, Garrett Grimsley, Aaron Schluter, Tegan Poole, Jake Pence, Kohlten Johnson, Jordan Brooks, Brody Trimble, Eli Oltean, and Ryan Ferriman.

“I look forward to the continued success of the St. Joseph-Ogden team,” Shimkus said. “And I extend my best wishes for another outstanding season next year.”

The entry in the congressional record can be found HERE