Muddy River Showcase Spotlight: Camp Point Central’s Isaac Genenbacher

Issac Genenbacher

Camp Point Central's Isaac Genenbacher will participate in both the Illinois Shrine Bowl and the Muddy River Showcase next Saturday. | Photo courtesy Mike Pritchard

The Muddy River Showcase featuring 40 of the area’s top senior basketball players from Illinois and Missouri takes place June 17 at John Wood Community College’s Student Activity Center. The girls game begins at 4 p.m. with the boys game to follow at 6 p.m. Admission is $10 at the door.

CAMP POINT, Ill. — Two of the greatest seasons in any sport in the history of the Camp Point Central athletic department have one thing in common.

Isaac Genenbacher was at the heart of the success.

Chosen as an all-state running back last fall by the Illinois High School Football Coaches Association, Genenbacher helped the Panthers reach the Class 1A state championship game as he rushed for 1,037 yards and 17 touchdowns and caught 21 passes for 405 yards and five touchdowns. He will play in the Illinois Shrine Bowl at Illinois Wesleyan College in Bloomington on Saturday morning.

Saturday night, he’ll put his basketball skills on display.

Genenbacher was a third-team Class 1A all-state selection by the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association last winter after guiding the Panthers to a sectional championship game appearance. Genenbacher averaged 13.1 points, 8.1 rebounds, 3.4 assists and 2.6 steals, while shooting 57 percent from the field.

Genenbacher will represent Central on the Illinois squad for the second Muddy River Showcase, taking place June 17 at John Wood Community College’s Student Activity Center.

Here are six things you should know about Isaac Genenbacher:

Where you plan to go to college: I am undecided about my future plans at this time.

What you plan to study: I am currently working for Adams Electric Cooperative and considering lineman school.

Reason you wear your number: I chose No. 32 because I couldn’t wear No. 7 like I do in football and it was the only number left my freshman year.

Favorite high school basketball memory: Playing in a sectional championship game and walking out to see all the fans who came to support.

Best piece of advice you have ever received: Colossians 3:23-24 New King James Version — “And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance; for you serve the Lord Christ.” Received from God and my Grandpa Baumgartner.

Best advice you’d give younger teammates: Have fun and play every game like it’s your last.

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