Sports

GCMS/Fisher wrestling win 57-23 over Hoopeston Area

HOOPESTON — The Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley High School wrestling team won 57-23 Friday over Hoopeston Area.

Cale Horsch pinned Ethan Larkin in a time of 1:25 in the 113-pound match. Drew Purvis won via 47-second pinfall over Audra Funk in the 132-pound division.


Fisher lets 16-point third-quarter lead evaporate in first-round loss to LeRoy

EL PASO — Dani Hanshew’s three-point play with three seconds left in overtime lifted LeRoy past Fisher 43-42 in the first round of the McLean County/Heart of Illinois Conference tournament on Saturday night.


A-P teams stumble

DANVILLE -— Both the Armstrong-Potomac boys and girls basketball teams dropped their first round games at the Vermilion County tournament on Saturday. The Lady Trojans lost a 42-41 heartbreaker to Westville, despite getting 13 points from Hope Hambleton and 11 from Kayle Roe. The No.


20/20 Vision: Roseman, Goodell, McCusker reach 20-win plateau

RANTOUL -— Twenty and counting.

While the Rantoul wrestling team has a few holes in the lineup, they have three wrestlers who have reached 20 victories. They have one more that is within three wins of the milestone mark.


Bunnies fall flat in second half

EL PASO — For 16 minutes Saturday afternoon, the Fisher boys basketball team was playing well.

The No. 9 seed Bunnies, matched up with No. 8 Fieldcrest in the first round of the McLean County/Heart of Illinois Conference tournament, found themselves in a 20-20 stalemate.


Bouncing back: Eagles net two straight wins, toppling PBL, Mattoon

PAXTON — The boys varsity basketball teams at Rantoul and Paxton-Buckley-Loda have played in some memorable games in recent years.

In 2016, the two teams were ranked in The News-Gazette area's top five as No. 4-ranked Rantoul defeated No. 1-ranked PBL by a score of 73-70.


Bunnies regaining confidence

FISHER — Even before Fisher coach Cody Diskin's team dispatched Deer Creek-Mackinaw 70-67 on Tuesday in a thrilling Heart of Illinois Conference overtime affair, he felt his Bunnies were making strides in the correct direction.


GCMS/Fisher's Cale Horsch, Garrett Wright win medals at Princeton Invitational

PRINCETON — The Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley/Fisher wrestling team finished 17th in the Princeton Invitational held Friday and Saturday.

The Falcons had a team score of 73 1/2 in the 33-team event while Coal City won the invitational's team championship with a score of 186.

Cale Horsch finished with a second-place medal in the 106-pound bracket.


Armstrong-Potomac downed 67-35 by Hoopeston

ARMSTRONG — The three pointers were present early and often in the boys basketball game between the Hoopston Area Cornjerkers and Armstrong-Potomac Trojans.


Grand achievement: Jones-Watkins nets 1,000th career point

FISHER — Jaden Jones-Watkins had not been held scoreless for a half all season.

Whether it was the first 16 minutes or the final 16, he always managed at least one bucket — typically way more than just one — but on Dec. 28 against North Vermillion (Ind.), he put up a goose egg across the first two periods.


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