Mundelein High School has had its share of wrestlers, swimmers and gymnasts competing at the state level. But, for the first time in school history, the MHS Special Olympics basketball team is going to state.
The team, coached by Mundelein High School Transition Center teacher Eric Billittier and Krissy Pawlicki, is scheduled to play at 11:15 a.m. and 1:45 p.m. on Friday, March 10 at the Horton Field house on the Illinois State University campus.
“The kids are excited, and I’m excited,” said Billittier. “We’re not sure what to expect, but our players will be ready to compete and have fun.”
MHS has had a Special Olympics basketball team for several years, but this is the first year it is part of the Mundelein High School Athletics Department. It’s also the best season the team has had.
Last year the team took third in the regional competition. This year, it finished first in regionals, earning a trip to Normal, IL for the state tournament.
The 10-member team started its season in late November and finished in February with a record of 5-1.
The school will have a State Walk in the team’s honor prior to the state tournament on Thursday March 9. It will be led by the MHS Drumline and Color Guard followed by members of the basketball team.