BBCHS Unified Basketball Team wins First IHSA State Championship


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Bourbonnais, IL – The Bradley-Bourbonnais Community High School (BBCHS) Unified Basketball team returned home to a warm welcome from the Bourbonnais Fire Department officials after winning the 2023 IHSA Unified Basketball State Championship Saturday.

The Boilermakers defeated Vernon Hills 54-47 in the final game to claim the state title.

The BBCHS Unified Basketball team has only existed for two seasons, but they have made their mark by becoming state finalists in both seasons. They won the IHSA Plano Regional tournament to qualify for the state championship for the second consecutive year. 

Unified basketball, a sport designed by the Special Olympics to unite students with and without intellectual disabilities, brings together both athletes and unified partners on the BBCHS Unified Basketball team. Their impressive achievements on the court demonstrate the strength of teamwork and inclusion.

The IHSA State Finals were held from March 10-12 at the Horton Field House in Normal and the Shirk Center in Bloomington, with free admission for all. The BBCHS Unified Basketball team’s victory is a testament to their hard work and dedication to the sport. 

The team was led by Head Coach Samantha Shoosh and Assistant Coaches Paige Schultz and Paul Drake.

BBCHS Unified Basketball team is:

Anthony Boyce – Athlete

Brandon Campbell – Athlete

Joshua Clifton – Unified Partner

Nathan Corder – Athlete

CJ Griffin – Athlete

Markeese Jeffrey – Athlete

Calvin Kohl – Unified Partner

Levi Lawson – Athlete

Tariq Maiden – Athlete

Maxwell Mallindine – Unified Partner

Kiersten Martin – Unified Partner

Joseph Menard – Athlete

Liberty Rivard – Unified Partner

Tyler Wilson – Unified Partner

Lillian Yuska – Unified Partner

Congratulations to the BBCHS Unified Basketball team on their outstanding performance and bringing home the state championship title!


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