April 18, 2014
Tryouts for boys and girls Minor and Little League set

Beardstown boy’s and girl’s Minor and Little League tryouts will be held Saturday, March 29.
Minor Little boys are at 9 a.m. and Little League boys are at 11 a.m. Both tryouts will be held in the high School gym.
Minor Little League girls tryouts are at 9 a.m. and Little League girls are at 11 a.m. Both will be held in the middle school gym.

A-C Central hosts youth basketball tourneys

In the third grade division, the A-C Central Knights took first place. In the championship game, the Knights faced off against the Shamrocks from Our Saviour School in Jacksonville.
The Shamrocks exploded to a 13-2 lead to start the game, however, A-C Central stepped up their defense and was able to cut the deficit to 13-8 at the half. The tough defense continued as the Knights held the Shamrocks to just three points in the second half.

Tiger Closet Chili Dinner and Chili Tasting Cook-off a success

The second annual Tiger Closet Chili Dinner/Chili Tasting Cook-off was held March 4 in the Beardstown Middle School/High School Commons.
The Tiger Closet is a resource which helps provide students with immediate basic needs to enhance their learning readiness. This year’s dinner raised over $3,000 to help fund the Closet. Together with other community donations and the generous support from the United Way, the Closet will be able to help over 1,500 students.

Cal O’Hara wrestles to state champion status

Beardstown Middle School had a successful weekend at the state wrestling tournament held at Northern Illinois University in Dekalb. Beardstown sent five state qualifiers with two coming back with medals.
Cal O’Hara wrestled to state champion status in the 275 pound class. Cal won all four of his matches by fall and was never scored on.
Toby Hernandez, in the 215 pound class, won his first three matches, lost his next three, but succeeded in bringing home the sixth place medal.

Beardstown Middle School sending five wrestlers to state

Beardstown Middle School is sending five wrestlers to state with two alternates. Finishing as sectional champions were Cal O’Hara (275) and Julian Perales (135). Placing 2nd was Chad Grimm (145) and Toby Hernandez (215). Placing 3rd was Brady O’Hara. The two alternates are Nick Cowell and Eduardo Munoz. The State matches are held in DeKalb at NIU. Matches start Friday at 3:30 p.m. This is a new middle school record for State qualifiers. The squad placed 4th in team overall.

Youth Soccer offered for pre-K through 4th grade

A youth soccer program is being offered in Ashland for children pre-K through 4th grade.
The program is being directed by Lindsay Miller, of Ashland. Lindsay is an A-C Central alumni and a graduate of MacMurray College. She is currently enrolled at UIS pursuing a master’s degree in biology.

Beardstown Baseball, Softball, T-Ball Registration set

The Registration date for Beardstown Baseball, softball and T-Ball is set for Wednesday, March 19  at 5-7 and Sat., March 22  10-12 in MS/HS Commons both days.

TAC Club presents check to BHS Athletic Department

The Beardstown TAC Club recently donated $10,000 to the Beardstown Athletic Department. The money will be used to help offset expenses in the high school athletic department.
The TAC Club has been supportive of Beardstown High School sports for many years. Don Chipman and Bob Hardwick were responsible for starting the club in 1970.

BMS wrestlers win five regional matches and send twelve on to the sectional meet

By Don Chipman
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The Beardstown Middle School wrestling team had a very successful weekend at the wrestling regional this past Saturday.
The BMS (227 points) placed second at the regional behind Canton (288 points) and were able to qualify twelve (12) wrestlers for the sectional meet.
In the process of sending (12) to the sectional the BMS had five wrestlers claim first place medals.

Several area girls named to the IBCA All-State Teams

By Don Chipman
Sports Editor

With exception of all but two area girls selected to the lists of the Class 1A and 2A Illinois Basketball Coaches Association (IBCA) Girls All-State Teams played in the Lady Tiger Classic this past season. A total of (16) ladies that were selected to the various All-State teams participated in the 24-team prestigious holiday tournament held here in Beardstown.