Kerkman completes his run at West Aurora
One of the greats of Illinois high school basketball is calling it a career. Gordie Kerkman, who had coached West Aurora’s boys basketball team since the 1976-77 season, is announcing his retirement, according to multiple social media sources. He led the Blackhawks to eight downstate appearances in that span, including a championship in the 1999-2000 season with a team that finished 32-1. Kerkman-led teams also earned a runner-up state finish in 1996-97 and third-place finishes in 1979-80, 1983-84 and ’03-04. Kerkman picked up career victory No. 800 on Feb. 20 in a game at South Elgin and wrapped up the season with a total of 805 wins — putting him fifth on the state’s all-time list behind only St. Joseph’s Gene Pingatore (962), Rockford Boylan’s Steve Goers (881), Dick Van Scyoc of Peoria Manual (826) and Centralia’s Arthur Trout (811).