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BY JIM COTTER
IHSA CLASS 2A REGIONAL - FALCONS WIN FIRST ROUND – by Tom Benefiel (2-24-14)
The GCMS Falcons earn a trip to the second round of the IHSA Class 2A regional at Watseka by beating the hosts, 53-45.
The Falcons (15-13) were led in scoring by Wiley Hasty with 13 points, followed by James Fairfield and Ross Royal with 11 points apiece. GCMS shot 23 free-throws, making 13.
Next for GCMS is a battle against top-seeded Clifton Central at Watseka on Wednesday, February 26th at 6 P-M.
IHSA CLASS 1A WRESTLING - GCMS/F's JOSH WALLICK DEFENDS HIS HEAVYWEIGHT CROWN, CHAMP AGAIN! – by Tom Benefiel (2-22-14)
The Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley/Fisher cooperative wrestling program has produced another state champion from Fisher. Senior Josh Wallick wins his second heavyweight title at the Illinois High School Association Class 1A individual wrestling meet in Urbana at the University of Illinois' Assembly Hall on Saturday, February 22nd.
Wallick (42-1) defeated Aurora Central Catholic's Eduardo Gonzalez (31-6) with a pin 50-seconds into the contest to win the championship match.
On Thursday, Wallick defeated Trevor Marevka of Peotone with a pin after 55 seconds in the first period in the preliminary round. Friday found Wallick beating Belleville Altoff Catholic's Rodney Baker in the semi-finals with a pin 43 seconds into the first period.
Wallick earned revenge on his only loss in two years by beating Plano's Junior Nunez with a come-from-behind 2-1 victory in his semi-final match on Friday.
Wallick finishes his wrestling career for the Falcons with an astounding 92-1 record his junior and senior years. Congratulations to the entire GCMS/F wrestling program on yet another great season!
RIDGEVIEW BLASTS BLUE RIDGE ON SENIOR NIGHT IN COLFAX – by Tom Benefiel (2-22-14)
The Ridgeview Mustangs outscore the Blue Ridge Knights, 49-17 in the second half and cruise to victory in the regular season finale, 80-39.
Leading the way for Ridgeview (23-4) was William Tinsley who had eight three-pointers for 24 points, while brothers Tyler and Trey McCormick scored 10 and nine points each. The Mustangs only had six turnovers and were nine of 17 from the foul line.
Blue Ridge (19-9) was led in scoring by Michael Plunk with 10 points, while Lindi Ballhazi added nine. The Knights were six of 10 on free-throws but had 23 turnovers for the contest.
In the earlier game, it was the sophomore Mustangs over the Knights, 63-33.
Blue Ridge will host the IHSA Class 1A regional in Farmer City starting on Monday. WGCY will carry the Blue Ridge v. Lexington game at 6 P-M on Tuesday, February 25th and the Ridgeview game at 6 P-M on Wednesday, February 26th.
SENIOR NIGHT IN GIBSON CITY GOES THE FALCONS' WAY – by Tom Benefiel (2-21-14)
GCMS defeats fellow HOIC member Lexington, 46-33 on Senior Night for the Falcons.
Wiley Hasty had 13 points for the Falcons (14-13), while Ross Royal added eight. GCMS shot 28 free-throws, making 16.
Lexington's Logan Kolat scored nine points, while both Ted Lingle and Tyler Mower scored six. The Minutemen were eight of 18 on foul shots.
In the earlier game, the young Falcons defeated Lexington handily, 48-25.
Next for the Falcons is an IHSA Class 2A Regional opening round game at Watseka against the host-Warriors. WGCY will carry the game on Monday, February 24th at 7 P-M
FALCONS LOSE TO OLD WAUSECA FOE P-B-L – by Tom Benefiel (2-15-14)
The host GCMS Falcons lose to the Paxton-Buckley-Loda Panthers, 55-48.
The Falcons (12-13) were paced by the nine points from Devin Roesch, while both Wiley Hasty and Ross Royal scored eight. On the foul line, GCMS shot 10, making five.
The Panthers (18-8) were led in scoring by Jay Eschelman and Tyler Rubarts who both scored 16 points. P-B-L was very good on free-throws, making 17 of 26.
CLASS 2A REGIONAL FINAL - WATSEKA BEATS THE LADY FALCONS – by Tom Benefiel (2-14-14)
At the Paxton IHSA Class 2A Regional final, top-seeded Watseka pulls away at the end to defeat the GCMS Lady Falcons, 44-30.
The Falcons (8-21) were led in scoring by Blythe Borton's eight points, while Mikayla Baillie, Anna Kolross, and Brianna Wall all added five points apiece.
Watseka's Devin Curry scored 22 points, while Taylor Bower added 11.
CLASS 7-3 STATE TOURNAMENT - GIBSON CITY-MELVIN-SIBLEY FALCONS WIN 3rd PLACE!!! – by Tom Benefiel (2-13-14)
Head coach Bruce Hendricks and his GCMS Falcons score often and early, survive a run by Illini Bluffs, and win the IESA Class 7-3 3rd Place game going away, 56-34.
Leading the way for GCMS (24-1) was Caleb Bleich and Ben Garard with 14 points each. Ben Freehill and Nate Garard added 10 points, while Connor Birky scored eight. Brice Barnes added six points, and both Jordan Lee and Austin Spiller scored two points apiece.
Illini Bluffs was paced by Cam Scott's nine points, while Carson Teal added seven.
FALCONS BEAT WATSEKA IN OVERTIME – by Tom Benefiel (2-11-14)
Playing at home for the first time in awhile, the GCMS Falcons come back to beat the Watseka Warriors in overtime, 58-55.
GCMS (12-12) was led in scoring by Wiley Hasty with 17 points, while Devin Roesch and Ross Royal added 11 points each. The Falcons were five of 11 on free-throws.
Watseka was led by Austin Hasselbring's 18 points, while Justin Moyer scored 14. From the foul line, the Warriors were 12 of 19.
In the first game, the Falcons beat the sophomore Warriors, 42-38.
GCMS LOSES MAKEUP GAME AT MINONK – by Tom Benefiel (2-10-14)
Falcons come out flat against the Fieldcrest Knights and lose, 69-45.
Wiley Hasty scored 10 points to lead GCMS, while Tyler Hinshaw and Ross Royal added nine points apiece. The Falcons were six of 12 on free-throws.
Fieldcrest's Drew Barth led all scorers with 16 points while Jackson Pitts added 11. From the foul line, the Knights were 21 of 27.
In the earlier game, the sophomore Falcons beat the Knights, 52-43.
CLASS 7-3 STATE TOURNAMENT - FALCONS CAN'T QUITE COMEBACK AGASINT HILLSBORO – by Tom Benefiel (2-8-14)
In semi-final action from Wenona at the Illinois Elementary School Association Class 7-3 State Tournament on Saturday, February 8th, the GCMS Falcons (23-1) can't quite comeback all the way and lose to the Hillsboro Dragons (20-2), 46-44.
CLASS 7-3 STATE TOURNAMENT - GCMS BEATS MONTICELLO - MAKE FINAL FOUR! – by Tom Benefiel (2-8-14)
The GCMS Falcons make the final four in the Illinois Elementary School Association Class 7-3 State Tournament by defeating the Monticello Sages, 51-33.