April 24, 2014

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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.

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.