BY ALEX GRUBERMAN WEEKLY REPORTER
The Bank of O’Fallon Shootout, one of the biggest annual events at O’Fallon Township High School, takes place on Saturday. Do you want to see some big time basketball? Do you like cheering on your O’Fallon Panthers? Then the Bank of O’Fallon Shootout is the place to be.
Some of the big matchups include the defending state champion and number nine ranked team in the state Althoff Crusaders facing the number two ranked team in the state Evanston Wildkits. This game brings a lot of star players to the court including Mr. Basketball candidate Jordan Goodwin, who is headed to Saint Louis University after high school is over. Evanston brings their Mr. Basketball candidate Nojel Eastern, who will be heading to Purdue after high school.
The Shootout is will also feature some other big ranked teams from around the state. For example, Bolingbrook comes into the Bank of O’Fallon Shootout undefeated and the new number one ranked team in Class 4A. Morgan Park also comes in as the number one ranked team in Class 3A. Bloomington is ranked third in Class 3A.
This is also a chance to see your O’Fallon Panthers if you haven’t made it to a game this season. Coach Brian Muniz and the Panthers will take on Vianney in what should be a highly contested match. Seniors Alex Orr, Daron Thomas, and Steven Sharp along with juniors Jalen Hodge and Burke Watts are players to watch for in this game.
The schedule looks like this:
- The O’Fallon Panthers kick off the shootout when they take on Vianney at 10:30 a.m.
- Starting at noon, Bloomington will take on Chicago Marian Catholic.
- Whitfield School-St. Louis takes on Peoria Manual at 1:30 p.m.
- At 4:15 p.m., Champaign Central takes on Elgin Larkin.
- Belleville East squares off against Bolingbrook at 5:45 p.m.
- Webster Groves vs. Chicago Morgan Park begins at 7:15 p.m.
- Althoff vs. Evanston will wrap up the Bank of O’Fallon Shootout at 8:45 p.m.
Doors will open at 9:45 a.m. for first session games, while doors will open at 3:45 p.m. for the second session. Tickets are still available, but are limited. You can purchase tickets at the Bank of O’Fallon located at 901 S. Lincoln Avenue, during their regular business hours Monday thru Thursday at 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Friday at 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., or Saturday at 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. You can also purchase tickets online at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2017-bank-of-ofallon-shootout-tickets-29757615830. The Panther Dome will be rocking, and maybe a little rolling, so you won’t want to miss all the action!