10 a.m. — Clinton vs. West Carroll
2:45 p.m. — Davenport Assumption vs. Bowman Academy
11:30 a.m. — Milledgeville vs. LaMoille
1 p.m. — Clinton vs. Forreston
4:15 p.m. — Chicago Heights Bloom Township vs. Cedar Rapids Kennedy
5:45 p.m. — Bettendorf vs. Bowman Academy
7:30 p.m. — West Carroll vs. Chicago Carver Military Academy
By Jeff Bersch
Herald Assistant Sports Editor
For basketball junkies, it will be a day to sit back, relax and enjoy.
Manny’s Pizza Shootout, in its third year and put on by West Carroll High School, is set for Saturday with a seven-game schedule.
The host Thunder will have both their boys and girls teams playing, while Clinton also will send its teams.
Clinton’s girls open the tournament at 10 a.m. against West Carroll, while the Clinton boys face Forreston (Ill.) at 1 p.m.
All seven games will be played at West Carroll Middle School in Mount Carroll, Ill. Tickets are $6 and good for all games.
“We’ve been able to bring in teams from three or four states,” said Paul Tobin, athletic director at West Carroll. “We try to keep some local teams with quality programs that will draw good crowds. Then we want to bring in some teams from around Chicago or that area.
“There’s a lot of good athletes, good teams and good matchups.”
The shootout this season will feature teams from three states — Illinois, Iowa and Indiana — with five boys and two girls games.
Clinton’s boys team is 9-2 and cracked the Class 4A rankings this week, tied with Cedar Falls at No. 9.
The River Kings face a Forreston team that is 9-5 and has some height, including 6-foot-9 Kody Michael and 6-6 Jordan Bagley. Forreston, located about 15 miles south of Freeport, is a school of about 300 kids with a solid basketball tradition.
CHS boys, girls play Saturday in 7-game event
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The rising River King senior is spending the summer playing for the Iowa Barnstormers traveling basketball team. This weekend they're playing in the Fab48 tournament in Las Vegas.
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Jalen Jones is done with basketball — for now, anyway.
The 6-foot-5 Clinton High grad who had committed to play for Nebraska-Omaha, has left the program, and according to his Facebook page, has enrolled at Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids.
The enrollment office at the community college confirmed that Jones was registered for classes this fall at Kirkwood. Kirkwood coach Bryan Petersen, a Clinton High graduate, declined to comment and gave no indication that Jones would play basketball for the Eagles this winter.
"College basketball isn't for everybody," Clinton coach Nick Lawrence said. "A little time away might do him some good."
Jones came home to Clinton after spending just a few days with the Mavericks, and enrolled to Kirkwood shortly thereafter.
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He shot 41 percent on the floor and 28 percent from 3-point territory. He committed to Omaha before last season started in October.
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