April 20, 2014
Saukees scalp Tigers in Rushville Regional Class 2A semifinals 53-38

Don Chipman
Sports Editor

In the semifinal contest of the Rushville Class 2A Regional, the  Pittsfield Saukees (12-15) completely dominated the Tigers (19-11) both by intimidation and also physically, knocking off the No. 1 seeded Beardstown Tigers in a 53-38 runaway.
The Saukees, using a smothering defense on one end of the floor, and great ball handling on the other end, were able to control the tempo of the game and were able to thwart the  Tigers at every turn.
The Tigers had no answer for Wayde Smith as he had his way with the O&B both out front and underneath to the tune of 24 points and eight boards, plus causing havoc with his steals and forced turnovers on defense.

BHS wrestlers lose in state finals; both drop preliminary matches

Both Martin Orduno in the 138 pound class and Danny Guzman in the 152 pound weight division, lost their preliminary matches at the state finals last Thursday at the U. of I. campus in Champaign.
Martin Orduno on Thursday lost his preliminary match in the 138 pound division to Matt Juzon of Argenta on a Tech Fall at 4:49 on a 19-4 decision.

BMS wrestling team has a very successful season

By Don Chipman
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In dual meets this season the Beardstown Middle School wrestling team has forged a record of 10-3.
In tournament action BMS placed fifth out of a 16-team tourney, with 10 wrestlers placing in the event.
At Chatham Tournament the young Tigers placed third in a 14-team tourney, and had seven wrestlers place.
The BMS traveled to Canton for the prestigious Canton Tournament and finished third in this meet with 10 BMS wrestlers placing in their respective events.
The BMS team will participate in the Macomb Regional this Saturday with the meet beginning at 9 a.m.
Mark O’Hara and Antonio Quintana coach the BMS squad and are well pleased with the season this far.
“We are hoping that we will be able to bring back several medals as we progress through the regional and sectional qualifying meets. We have several wrestlers we believe have a splendid opportunity of making the state finals, and bring back some first place “Iron,” con-cluded O’Hara.

Triopia defeats Pleasant Hill 60-32

The Triopia Trojans, in their final two tune ups prior to playing West Central in the Winchester Regional this past Tuesday, defeated Pleasant Hill 60-32. Trent Horney with 18 and Kole Jackson with 14 led the Big Blue scoring. On Saturday they played Calhoun and were smacked down by a 51-28 final.
Beardstown split a pair of games, dropping a heart-breaking OT loss 48-47 to Lewistown last Tuesday, and then bounced back in their regular season finale with huge 83-48 beatdown of Jacksonville Routt in a road contest.
BHS played the winner of the Pittsfield-Rushville Industry contest this past Wednesday in the Rush- ville Class 2A Regional. ?Complete story and pictures in next week’s edition.

BHS Tigers win Varsity/Jr. Varsity tourney with a double OT win over Carrollton

By Don Chipman
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BHS vs. Carrollton
What a way to end the weather-plagued, and of- ten postponed BHS Varsity/Jr. Varsity Tournament than with a double overtime in the championship game in which the hometown lads defeated Carrollton 44-43.
Gus Vermillion, junior center for the Tigers kissed one off the glass with no time left on the game clock to propel the locals to the extra hard-earned victory.
In a game where both teams played excellent defense, the Tigers won it, lost it, and won it again when Vermillion came through with his heroics.
The game did not start well for the locals. They took a 2-0 lead before the visiting Hawks ran out to a 10-5 lead after one period. Jon Kramer, who finished with a game high 20 points, had all five-points for the O&B in the first frame.

BHS lands three players on All-Tourney Team

By Don Chipman
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The Beardstown Tigers landed three players on the BHS Varsity/Jr. Varsity All-Tournament team. The 12-man honor squad was selected from the eight-team field comprised of Carrollton, Greenview, Midwest Central, North Greene, Rushville/Industry, South Fulton, Triopia and the host school, Beardstown.
Those selected to the honor squad were: Alex Briney, South Fulton; Luke Gillingham and Cody Leonard of Carrollton; Ryan Heavlin and Reed Rusten of Midwest Central; Manning Plater and Austin Jones of Rushville/Industry; Rick Dour, Jon Kramer, and Gus Vermillion of Beardstown.

Lady Blue bows out of regional play with loss to South Fulton

Don Chipman
Sports Editor
The Triopia Lady Trojans were eliminated from post-season play when they lost a 58-36 semifinal contest to South Fulton at the Rushville/Industry Class 1A Tournament last week.
The Lady Blue finished the season with an 11-14 mark under head coach Mike Crawford.

Two BHS wrestlers advance to state Class 1A finals at U of I

By Don Chipman
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Danny Guzman (22-8) placed second in the  the Class 1A Sectional held at Stanford Olympia last weekend. By placing second Guzman will advance to the state Class 1A finals to be held on the campus of the U of I.
Martin Orduno (35-9) placed fourth in the 138-pound weight class. Orduno lost to the eventual winner of the 138-pound division. He also advances to the state finals.
They will wrestle Friday in the preliminaries.

BHS sends five wrestlers to Sectional Meet

By Don Chipman
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The Beardstown High School wrestling team finished fifth in the nine-team Regional meet that was hosted by PORTA High School. The event was held at A-C Central High School this past Saturday.
PORTA won their 14th straight regional crown with a total of 204 ½ points, followed by Macomb with 153 ½, QND 132, West Hancock 117, Beardstown 104 ½, Pittsfield 78 ½, Camp Point Central 68, Illini West 44, and Havana with 10.

Beardstown Youth Basketball Results

By Jason Brockschmidt

The Beardstown Youth Basketball League wrapped up its 2013-2014 season on February 5 with make-up action. In the battle for the Rising Stars Division title opener, it was the Yellow Zombies over the Green Goblins 14-4. Lew Barker knocked in all four points for the Goblins in the losing effort. Good team ball was the key to the win as all four Zombies scored with Connor Ellis, Evan Bell and Brayden Wooley getting four points each and Wade Swan two points. The Zombies ended  with a 7-2 record to win the  Division Championship.