About


The High School of St. Thomas More opened it’s doors in August of 2000. With an enrollment of just under 300 they compete at the IHSA 2A level. The rise of the girls basketball program has been a steady growth since the schools inception. The program’s overall record heading into the 2014-15 season is 330-113.

2001-02 marked the first year of varsity competition playing a shortened schedule and having a record of 10-3.

2002-03 was the first year the program qualified for the state IHSA playoffs with a full schedule going 7-18, seeing loses like 12-44 to Unity, 34-74 to Monticello, 16-70 to Bloomington Central Catholic, and 26-59 to Danville.

In 2003-04 Scott Easton took over the program. Scott came to the program with a long resume of basketball experience at various levels, most notably having the opportunity to work under “Coach K” (Mike Krzyzewski – the present head coach at Duke University) during his time at Army. The program put together a 21-9 record, advancing the team to a state regional final appearance, and laid the foundation that winning could be a norm at STM.

Billy Dreher came on to the scene at STM for the 2004-05 season building off of Coach Easton’s hard work. Dreher played his college basketball at Oklahoma State, and then graduated from California-Berkley as their all-time leading 3pt shooter. He had stints at the Division I level at Fresno State as well as playing/coaching overseas, before being on staff for the USBL franchise out of Florida. Dreher led the program to a 22-9 mark, and to another state Regional final appearance. The season was highlighted by a 4 overtime victory over PBL and a seven game win streak.

2005-06 saw Chris Mennig join the program and come on as the Co-Head Coach with Dreher.  Mennig came to STM from just down the road at the Univ. of Illinois where he was part of Hall of Famer & former Olympic coach Theresa Grentz’s staff. The program won it’s first ever conference title, as well as the conference tournament championship. Setting a program record 26-4 record with a 14 game win streak during the season. The season ended with yet another state regional final defeat.

2006-07 Mennig took over the reigns, and started to upgraded the strength of schedule of the program by adding the likes of Urbana, Sacred Heart Griffin, St. Anthony’s, and Prairie Central to the schedule. The regular season was highlighted by a 72-56 victory at Sacred Heart Griffin, and a 50-54 OT lose to eventual state finalist St. Joseph-Ogden. It was evident at that time with 1 senior, 1 junior, 2 sophomores, and 1 freshman on the floor that this program was going to be a force in the future. Leading the program to their first ever Regional Championship with a 21-10 record, a new bar for success was established.

In Mennig’s 3rd year with the program the strength of schedule increased yet again by adding the State Farm Holiday Classic to the schedule – an invite only event showed the direction that this program had made. Despite losing to #2 state ranked Pana & #10 ranked Sterling Newman, the girls defeated #12 ranked Camp Point and for the first time received state recognition and cracked in to the state AP rankings. Another SVC Conference Championship & Tournament Championship were added, but the girls were upset in the Regional Semi-Finals of the state playoffs.

2008-09 brought unprecedented success to the Saber program. Receiving their highest state ranking ever at #5 in the state the team went on to a 25-6 record that included a 10 game win streak. The team had their first ever undefeated season in conference play and brought home yet another conference tournament championship. Again taking hard loses to #3 ranked Sterling Newman & #1 ranked Bloomington Central Catholic, the girls had their first victory over a Top 10 opponent defeating #5 ranked Bismark-Henning. Another state regional championship was won by the Sabers and the season came to a close after a hard fought sectional-semi final game. Mennig was named as one of Champaign’s News-Gazette’s Top 20 ‘coaches of the year’ for all sports in the area.

Just when we thought it couldn’t get any better 2009-10 took the program to yet another level. Starting out the season ranked #8 in the state the girls won the Blue Star Country Classic Tournament defeating Rantoul, Mahomet-Seymour, Urbana, and both Centennial & Central who were ranked in the Top 20 in 3A at the time. The team again was undefeated in SVC play extending their conference win total to 33 straight games & winning the conference tournament championship for the third straight year. Another state regional title was won marking the third one in four years, but this one was even more special as the girls were able to cut down the nets on their home court. The girls closed out the season with a 24-6 record with all the loses coming to Top 15 ranked teams in the state. Mennig was named the IBCA District 13 Coach of the Year as well as one of Champaign’s News-Gazette’s Top 20 ‘coaches of the year’ for all sports in the area for the 2nd straight year.

2010-11 brought about a new era for the Sabers as the entire starting lineup from the year before had graduated or moved to another state (we’ll miss you Miss. Becker). “Mennig’s Mighty Mites” as coined by many in the building; took the floor and showed their opponents an entire different look. Without a player taller than 5’10 – full court pressure and more backdoor movement in the half court became the model for this new group of Sabers. But winning was still a constant as they finished the season 18-11, finished 2nd in the SVC conference (conference win streak ended at 37 straight), and won the conference tournament for the fourth straight year.

2011-12 in the summer leading up to the season Coach Mennig shocked the team by telling them he would be leaving them for one season to go back to the college sidelines at Arizona State University. Head Coach/WBCA President Charli Turner-Thorne took a year off at ASU to spend time with her family after an 11 year career leading the Sun Devils as a consistent national contender. She and her staff asked Mennig to step in for 8 months while she was away to be an assistant coach on their staff. So while Mennig was away in Tempe – he handed over the reigns of the program to 3rd year asst. coach Jason Schreder. Schreder quickly showed they were in capable hands helping to lead the team to the best record & farthest state playoff run in school history: 27-6 and losing to eventual state champions Quincy Notre Dame in the Super-Sectional.  Schreder was named the IBCA District coach of the year, and three of the Sabers were named to various IBCA All-State team.

In the spring of 2012 Mennig returned from his stint at Arizona State to take the helm of the Sabers again for the 2012-13 season. With nearly the entire lineup returning for the upcoming season & one of the strongest freshmen classes in history the goals for this team were very clear from the start of the season & they girls didn’t disappoint. This team started the year with the programs highest state AP Ranking at #4. The Sabers were Co-Champs for the Blue Star Country Classic with Centennial & Springfield Southeast and headed into State Farm Holiday Classic as the top seed. STM proceeded to beat Bloomington Central Catholic (1st time in program history) in a packed Illinois Wesleyan Shirk Center to bring home it’s first Holiday Classic Championship. From that point on the Sabers were the #1 ranked team in the AP polls through the end of the season. Along the way the Sabers defeated BCC again as well as faced 4A #1 ranked Whitney Young High School from Chicago that was ranked as high as #5 in the COUNTRY. The Sabers nearly pulled out an incredible upset in a packed Sabers Gymnasium in an electric night of basketball. STM went on to secure yet another SVC Tournament (6th) & undefeated conference (6th) championship. The team then made a magical run – winning Regional, Sectional, & Super-Sectional championships, then defeated El-Paso Gridley in the State Semi-Finals before losing to Nashville in the State Championship game at Redbird Arena. The post season accolades piled up as quickly as the wins as this team broke or tied 55 different records including a program record 32-3 record. Three players named to the AP All-State team, five to the IBCA All-State team, five All-Conference members, a member receiving votes for the Chicago Tribune Miss. Basketball honor (1st time in program history). Seven members on the News-Gazette All-Area teams including for the first time the Player of the Year. Coach Mennig was named N-G Coach of the Year as well as the IBCA District Coach of the Year again, and was nominated for the WBCA National Coach of the Year.

2013-14 brought about the highest level of expectations in the program’s history as they were Ranked #1 in the state AP poll to start the year & remained atop the poll for the entire season.  The Sabers were Champs for the Blue Star Country Classic and State Farm Holiday Classic for the 2nd year in a row.  Along the way the Sabers defeated 4A #6 Neuqua Valley, 4A #12 Mother McCauley, 4A #13 Geneva, & 4A #15 Fenwick.  The Sabers only loses came at the hands of 4A #3 and eventual state champion Whitney Young High School & 3A #6 Bishop McNamara (the Sabers later avenged that loss at the State Farm Holiday Classic)  STM went on to secure yet another SVC Tournament (7th) & undefeated conference (7th) championship as this marked the last season in the Sangamon Valley Conference and the Sabers left with a 27 game win streak against SVC opponents.  The team then made another magical run in February – winning Regional, Sectional, & Super-Sectional championships, then defeated #3 Teutopolis in the State Semi-Finals and beating #6 Prophetstown 70-34 in the State Championship – breaking 23 IHSA State Final Four records in the contest at Redbird Arena. The post season run saw STM literally average double the amount of points as their opponents (73.0 ppg vs. 36.5ppg) and never once the entire season did they have a game against a 2A that was less than a 20 point victory.  The post season accolades piled up as quickly as the wins as this team broke or tied 44 different records including a program record 33-2 record and 23 game win streak that is #25th all time in IHSA. Three players named to the AP All-State team, five to the IBCA All-State team, five All-Conference members, a member receiving votes for the Chicago Tribune Miss. Basketball honor (2nd time in program history). Seven members on the News-Gazette All-Area teams including for the second time the Player of the Year. Coach Mennig was named N-G Coach of the Year for the 2nd time as well as the IBCA District Coach of the Year yet again, and was nominated for the WBCA National Coach of the Year again.

2013-14 was a season that will never be forgotten & where the future lies will continue to be determined by the hard work and will of the young women that wear the green/gold. With a record of 197-51 under Mennig over an eight year span, the foundation for this program has been layed.  Now the building blocks are reaping the reward as this program is now recognized throughout the state at all levels. A fast break style of offense on both mades & misses, combined with various full court pressure defenses mixed in with multiple half court defensive looks has created a fun and exciting time for Champaign/Urbana and the STM Girls Basketball program.

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