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IHSA basketball legend Jay Shidler has a new book: Blonde Bomber: A Ride with Shide

Blonde Bomber book by Jay Shidler and Paul Corio
Brad Palmer, WSIU Radio
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Jay Shidler is an Illinois High School basketball legend, who starred at Lawrenceville High School from 1972 to 1976 for Hall of Fame Coach Ron Felling.

He was named Mr. Basketball in Illinois in 1976 when he averaged nearly 33 ppg.

Nicknamed the Blonde Bomber, his team won the Class A State Championship his sophomore season and finished 3rd in his senior campaign.

Shidler is out with a book about his life on and off the court titled Blonde Bomber: A Ride with Shide.

I had a chance to speak with him during a recent stop on his book tour.

Shidler said friends and family had been after him to write a book for about 20 years, but he wasn’t ready until a few years ago after he hooked up with artist and author Paul Corio.

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