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BY JIM COTTER
IHSA CLASS 1A STATE 3rd PLACE - MUSTANGS WIN LAST GAME OVER FORRESTON! – by Tom Benefiel (3-14-15)
Turning the disappointment of the semi-final into victory in the 3rd place game, it was the Ridgeview Mustangs over the Forreston Cardinals, 53-35, at the IHSA Class 1A state tournament third place game.
Playing in his last basketball game for Ridgeview, William "Boogie" Tinsley scored 14 points to lead the Mustangs (32-2) who set a school record for most wins in a season. Sophomore Tyler McCormick added 11 for Ridgeview, while they shot 14 of 21 on free-throws.
From the field, the Mustangs made seven three-point shots out of 17 (41.2%) and were 39.5% from the field overall. Importantly, the Mustangs had only four turnovers compared to the 17 from the day before against eventual state champion Brimfield.
Robert DeVries and Ethan Groom scored 11 points each to lead Forreston (26-7), while Markus Elder chipped in seven. The Cardinals were one of four on foul shots. Forreston shot 22 three-point shots, making six (27.3%) and were 28.6% shooting overall.
All Ridgeview playoff games and the reception held at the high school on Saturday, March 14th can be downloaded from our mp3 file page.
IHSA CLASS 1A STATE SEMI-FINALS - RIDGEVIEW'S CHAMPIONSHIP HOPES DASHED BY ALMOST-PERFECT BRIMFIELD – by Tom Benefiel (3-13-15)
The Brimfield Indians came out with a great game plan on both ends of the court and executed it to almost perfection as the Ridgeview Mustangs 31-game winning streak came to an end at Carver Arena in Peoria. The Indians (33-2) won over the Mustangs (31-2), 53-34.
Ridgeview was led in scoring by Luke Ward with 18 points, while William Tinsley scored six. The Mustangs only had two free-throws, making one. They shot a poor 32.4% from the field that included going nine of 29 on three-point shots (31%). Uncharacteristically, they turned the ball over 16 times to Brimfield's seven.
Carson Cuevas continues his great career with 22 points to lead the Indians, while Jace Swietek added 13. Brimfield was seven of 10 on foul shots and were 46.5% shooting from the field that included going six of 21 on three-point shots (28.6%).
IHSA CLASS 1A NORMAL SUPER-SECTIONAL - MUSTANGS BEAT FALCONS, HEAD TO STATE IN PEORIA! – by Tom Benefiel (3-10-15)
Who plays in Peoria? The Ridgeview Mustangs, that's who!
After 29 seasons, basketball hall of fame coach Rodney Kellar heads to his first state tournament as the Ridgeview Mustangs beat the Flanagan-Cornell Falcons, 57-38 at the IHSA Class 1A Normal super-sectional played at Redbird Arena at Illinois State University.
Senior William Tinsley led all scorers with 21 points for the Mustangs (31-1), while Austin Zielsdorf added nine points. Tyler McCormick and Luke Ward had eight points apiece. Ridgeview shot 53-percent from the field and made seven of 14 three-point shots.
Excellent Ridgeview defense doomed the Falcons (23-10), as Keegan Bertsche was the only Flanagan-Cornell player in double-figures with 20 points. The Falcons were only 35-percent on shooting and a dismal three of 18 on three-pointers.
IHSA CLASS 1A DANVILLE-SCHLARMAN SECTIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP - RIDGEVIEW BEATS MILFORD! – by Tom Benefiel (3-6-15)
The Ridgeview Mustangs keep their thundering herd rolling towards Peoria as they defeat the Milford Bearcats, 60-48 at the Danville-Schlarman IHSA Class 1A Sectional championship.
Senior William Tinsley led the Mustangs (30-1) in scoring with 19 points, while Drew Jones and Luke Ward scored 16 points each. Ridgeview won the game at the free-throw line, making 13 of 13 attempts.
The Bearcats were led by super-senior Alex Portwood who led all scorers with 30 points.
IHSA CLASS 1A DANVILLE-SCHLARMAN SECTIONAL - MUSTANGS BEAT KNIGHTS IN A THRILLER – by Tom Benefiel (3-4-15)
It was a tough ballgame with many lead changes, but the Ridgeview Mustangs outlast the veteran-led Arthur-Lovington-Atwood-Hammond Knights, 58-56.
Leading the way for Ridgeview (29-1) was Austin Zielsdorf with 15 points, while William Tinsley added 14 points and Luke Ward chipped in 12. The Mustangs shot five free-throws, making four.
The Knights (22-6) were paced by Jeremy Plank's 20 points. Tyler Schuring added 16 while they were four of six from the foul line.
Ridgeview uncharacteristically was outscored on three-point shots as the Knights made 10 and the Mustangs four.
STATE TOURNAMENT TEAM WRESTLING - GCMS-FISHER COMES IN FOURTH! – by Tom Benefiel (3-1-15)
The final minute of the meet’s final
bout determined whether Gibson
City-Melvin-Sibley/Fisher’s wrestling team was competing
in its final match of the season.
IHSA CLASS 1A LeROY REGIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP - RIDGEVIEW MUSTANGS SURVIVE PANTHERS – by Tom Benefiel (2-27-15)
The Ridgeview Mustangs survive a furious second-half comeback by the home-standing LeRoy Panthers. The Mustangs advance to sectional play with their 60-57 win.
The Mustangs (28-1) were led in scoring by senior William Tinsley with 15 points, while Tyler McCormick and Austin Zielsdorf add 12 points each. Ridgeview was excellent from the foul line, making 11 out of 13 including many crucial ones in the waning moments of the game.
Big junior Matt Chastain threw in 29 points for the Panthers, while Teddy Harms added nine. LeRoy was nine of 14 on free-throws.