TAMMS EGYPTIAN
BY JACK BULLOCK
Head coach Allen Pearman had a very young team last season at Tamms and his Egyptian Pharaohs managed to win eight games, which was double the number of victories from the previous campaign.

The young kids who played are a year older and should be ready for some improvement heading into the 2017-18 run.

Coach Pearman has two returning starters in 5-foot-8 sophomore Christian Trexler, who lit up opponents last season from beyond the arc.

He set a school record by hitting 13 3-pointers in a game and his 93 treys in one season is also a record. He is 71 short of the career record set by Fanelle Woodson between 1996 and 1999.

Also in the backcourt will be 5-foot-9 junior Brandon Beasley while upfront 6-foot forward Jordon Reeves returns to the lineup.

Potential starters for Egyptian this season include 5-foot-10 senior Gavin Arnhart-Powell, 6-foot-2 senior Rockaeleon Mays, who transferred back to Egyptian after a year at Carbondale.

Coach Pearman has some newcomers in 5-foot-9 senior Matt May, 6-foot-1 freshman Tyrome Huff, 5-foot-10 freshman Jalen Ilarraza and 6-foot freshman Zion LaGrone.

Egyptian will also have 6-foot sophomore forward Ethan Warren, 5-foot-9 sophomore Koby White and 5-foot-4 Dawson Essex.

This mentor, who has coaching experience in both Illinois and Missouri at different levels, is hoping to build on the some of the success that happened during the 8-22 2016-17 season.

“I like where we are in comparison to last year. Most of my kids have played quite a bit. Getting Rocky (Mays) back gives us some size and a great human being as well. Arnhart is a slasher who can get to the bucket and Trexler is a shooter from anywhere on the floor. Jordon Reeves is one of those coach's favorite player types. He does the ugly things in quite an ugly manner, but he gets the job done and hustles 110 percent of the time,” said Coach Pearman in describing his squad. “Tyrome Huff will be a key player off the bench, especially after he gets some JV under his belt to ground him. I think that offensively we should be good enough to compete. If we play defense well we may surprise some people. We're still primarily young, but we've developed leadership with our young players and have added upperclassman leadership and a bit of size as well.”

OUTLOOK
– This might be one of the more improved programs in the deep south by season's end. He has good numbers, and that is important in fielding a team in this conference that isn't forgiving near the top of the standings. They could potentially get into double-figures in victories if things fall into place. Improving young players are always fun to watch develop. This coach could see a lot of improvement before the youngsters are finished at this school.

2017-18 VARSITY SCHEDULE
N20-25 Crab Orchard Turkey Tournament J16-20 Egyptian "Mid-Winter Classic"

D1

Ullin Century J23 @ Paducah (KY.) Christian Fellowship
D5 Marion Agape Christian J31 Cooter (MO.)
D8 Elkville Elverado F2 @ Wolf Lake Shawnee
D12 Joppa F5 @ Marion Agape Christian
D15 Dongola F6 @ Dongola
D26-27 Dongola Christmas Tournament F9 @ Cobden
J6 Egyptian Shootont F12 @ Golconda Pope County
J9 Paducah (KY.) Christian Fellowship F16 @ Mounds Meridian
J13 Mounds Meridian MLK Shootout F19-23 IHSA Regional TBD