Basketball

The Mt. Carmel Booster Club heard updates on Aces and Lady Aces summer basketball at its regular meeting Monday.

The Aces boys are regrouping with the loss of four starters from last year’s Class 2A sectional finalist in addition to lone returnee Levi Laws being out for perhaps half of the season because of a torn ACL.

Yet, the very young Aces are off to a 4-2 start to the summer campaign, according to coach Tyler Buss.

The Aces opened with a 2-1 finish at a shootout in Bluford, one of the wins coming against historically-solid Benton. At a two-day event in Vandalia, Mt. Carmel fell to state powers Nashville and Breese Central on the first day, only to bounce back and win three games and the tournament championship the next day, including a win over Breese Central in the finals.

Buss talked about highly-touted incoming freshman Jackson Marcotte, who looks to make a big impact even as a first-year player. The coach also said Sam Deisher and Justin Carpenter were perhaps the most consistent of the returnees at Vandalia. He was also impressed with Gabe Margelin’s play inside.

Buss invited the boosters out to see the Aces scrimmage Kankakee, coached by former Mt. Carmel coach Ronnie Wilcox, Thursday at 5 p.m. at the Hilltop.

Sunday, the team leaves for a summer camp at Wisconsin Dells. Later in June, there is another tourney in Vandalia, and the Aces also will play single games against Flora and Fairfield during the month for a total of 30-35 summer games.

Lady Aces assistant basketball coach Joe Vargo talked about his club’s summer season to date. They have played four games already in stops at Big 8 Conference schools Washington and Boonville. This weekend, they head to Hanover College for a tournament, then play at Lawrenceville Monday.

Another weekend event is planned for Salem, Ind.

Vargo said next year’s team will be very young, so this summer has been a learning experience for the team as well as coaches.

The coach said he has been most impressed with two groups: next year’s sophomores and the freshman-to-be. He said the young players are pushing the veterans in practice.

Todd Gill, chairman of the committee in charge of the upcoming Boosters Golf Outing on June 27, brought mailouts for hole sponsors that are ready to deliver.

Entries are now being accepted for one of the club’s biggest fundraising events of the year. The tourney is a four-person scramble with handicap (men and women will play together).

Lunch will be served at noon with the golf starting at 1 p.m.

The cost is $50 per person, or $200 per team. It’s $25 for students, MCHS coaches and administrators. Mulligans will be available for $5 per side. Drawings will also be held for other special gifts.

The winning team will receive four $25 gift certificates or four pair of tickets to all home football games.

You can register at the Golf Course. Make checks payable to: MCHS Boosters.

If you can’t play golf, you can still support the Aces. For $20, you can join the group for lunch and be included in special drawings later.

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