Metamora proves it’s more than a football school


METAMORA, Ill. (WMBD/WYZZ) — Most people in the state of Illinois know Metamora as a football town.

That could change this weekend with the Redbirds basketball program making a lot of noise.

“It means so much,” said senior Zack Schroeder. “Initially you thought of football when you thought of Metamora, but he kind of converted to basketball a bit. Not that our football program isn’t great either. These guys work too tough than us, but we take it to heart and we’ll keep going.”

The Metamora football program has been to the state finals four 13 times. This is the first trip to the last four for the men’s basketball team.

Players who play both football and basketball at Metamora are thrilled.

“We still feel like we’re a little disrespected, some (players) on our (basketball) team, people don’t even know their names yet,” said Kaden Hartnett, who has held several positions on the football team last fall. “People are still mixing up names. But hopefully we can earn a lot of respect in the state this weekend.

Solomon Schwarz was a quarterback and receiver on the football team that made the playoffs in the fall.

“We want to make sure we’re known, our basketball program, not just our football program,” Schwarz said. “I think we have a good chance, we already have some and we can advance in the state playoffs. We are already in the last four and want to put ourselves on the map.

Metamora pulls off a 17-game winning streak in Friday’s Class 3A state semifinal against Chicago Simeon. The Redbirds believe they can make a big impression on Illinois State this weekend.

“From day one, I told them we were going to work every day to get to Champaign and try to win a state championship,” head coach Danny Grieves said. “And our guys embraced that. They did all the extras, we’ve been working for a year and a half. We’re not going there just to be in it, we’re going to earn it. »


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