Area Notebook — GCMS/Fisher wrestling 7th at New Year's Challenge

Fisher girls basketball
A good start at the Blue Devil Classic didn’t end that way for the Fisher girls basketball team.

The Bunnies won their first game at Bismarck-Henning’s 10-team tournament, only to drop their final four and wind up in eighth place.

Fisher lost the seventh-place game on Saturday afternoon to the host Blue Devils 36-24 despite 10 points and 10 rebounds from junior center Caitlin Cole along with nine points from junior guard Sydney Blackwell.

In Fisher’s 61-32 loss to Watseka on Friday evening, Cole had 14 points, nine rebounds and three blocked shots while Blackwell added 12 points.

The Bunnies suffered a 51-43 loss to Shiloh on Friday afternoon, even with junior forward Hannah Varner (17 points, 10 rebounds) and Cole (16 points, 10 rebounds, four blocks) coming through with double-doubles. Junior guard Olivia Heffernan and sophomore guard Kelcie Fredrickson each finished with six assists.

Fisher ended Thursday night at the tournament with a 48-35 loss to eventual tournament champion North Vermillion (Ind.). Cole paced Fisher with 13 points, eight rebounds and six blocked shots while Blackwell (eight points, six rebounds) and Varner (seven points, eight rebounds) also chipped in.

Fisher opened its stay at the Blue Devil Classic on Thursday morning with a 40-29 victory against Westville. Cole (11 points, 11 rebounds), Varner (10 points), Blackwell (eight points) and Heffernan (11 rebounds, nine assists and six steals) all contributed significantly.

Fisher (8-11) will try to end its four-game skid at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday when it travels to play at nonconference foe Urbana Uni High before resuming Heart of Illinois Conference play at 7 p.m. next Monday at Deer Creek-Mackinaw.

GCMS/Fisher wrestling
The Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley/Fisher wrestling team beat Stanford Olympia 42-40 on Saturday at Huff Hall in Champaign to finish seventh at the 32-team St. Thomas More New Year’s Challenge.

Sophomore Gage Adams at 106 pounds, junior Hunter Lowry at 113, junior Cameron Schwing at 120, senior Dylan Donner at 126, senior Chet McClure at 138, sophomore Jacob Franklin at 220 and junior Josh Wallick at 285 all won for the Falcons (15-6) against Olympia.

GCMS/Fisher went 3-2 on Saturday, beating Monmouth-Roseville 56-21 and Morrison 57-18 while losing 51-27 to Litchfield and 49-21 to Wilmington.

This came after the Falcons went 3-1 on Friday, beating Robinson 63-11, Dwight 60-24 and Beardstown 50-22 before losing 46-24 to Mercer County.

In the win against Monmouth-Roseville, Lowry (106), Donner (120), freshman Austin Dill (126), McClure (138), senior Dion Unzicker (145), freshman Tristan Smith (152), senior Darren Eckerty (160), junior Michael Cler (170), Franklin (220) and Wallick (285) all won.

In the win against Morrison, Adams (106), Schwing (113), Donner (120), Dill (126), McClure (138), freshman Aaron Carter (145), junior Austin Rosenbaum (160), senior Jake Shubert (182), Franklin (220) and Wallick (285) all won.

Lowry (106), Schwing (120), Donner (126), Dill (132), McClure (138), Unzicker (145), Smith (152), Shubert (182), junior Bryan Medler (220) and Wallick (285) each won against Beardstown.

Against Dwight, the Falcons won via forfeit at 106, 113, 120, 126, 145, 152, 170, 182 and 285, with McClure (138) pinning his opponent.

GCMS/Fisher had Lowry (106), Schwing (113), Donner (126), McClure (138), Unzicker (145), Smith (152), Eckerty (160), Cler (170), Franklin (182), Shubert (195) and Wallick (285) earn wins against Robinson.

O/A-P wrestling
The Oakwood/Armstrong-Potomac wrestling team placed 10th at the 16-team Bomber Classic on Saturday at Argenta-Oreana, with sophomore Antonio Alvarez winning a championship at 126 pounds.

Alvarez (15-4) beat Argenta-Oreana’s Chuck O’Neil via a 20-14 decision in the final.

Senior Ashton Haton (17-2) took second at 120, losing an 11-7 decision to Darren Stephens from Quincy Notre Dame in the championship match while sophomore Austin Shelton (138) finished seventh and freshman Tanner Horatschki (113) placed eighth.
— Compiled by Matt Daniels

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