BY JIM COTTER
Articles are listed in reverse order from newest to oldest.
BOYS SCHEDULE WILL BE UPDATED EVERY WEEKEND
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.
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.
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 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 - 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.
HUGE UPSET WIN FOR THE FALCONS AT RIDGEVIEW! – by Tom Benefiel (2-7-14)
Three point shots rained from the skies in Colfax (10 for Ridgeview, seven for GCMS) as the Falcons upset HOIC-leading Ridgeview, 51-43.
Leading scorers for the Falcons (11-11) include Devin Roesch with 17 points, followed by Ross Royal with eight. On foul shots, GCMS was six of 11.
The Mustangs (19-3) were paced by the 12 points from William Tinsley, followed by 12 from Christian Fannin with 11. Ridgeview shot only four free-throws, making one.
In the earlier game, the sophomore Mustangs beat the Falcons handily, 57-25.
7th GRADE SECTIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP - FALCONS GOING TO STATE!! – by Tom Benefiel (2-6-14)
The 7th grade GCMS Falcons are going to the state tournament in boys basketball with their 24-18 win over the Watseka Utes in the sectional tournament held in Gibson City.
Ben Freehill scored 12 points for the Falcons (22-0), While Nathan Garard added five.
The Utes (12-5) were led in scoring by Justin McTaggart who had eight points.
LADY FALCONS STUNNED BY RIDGEVIEW IN OVERTIME – by Tom Benefiel (2-6-14)
The Lady Falcons lose to Ridgeview in Colfax on the Lady Mustang's senior night game in double-overtime, 39-35.
GCMS was paced by the 13 points from Makayla Baillie, while Brianna Wall added nine.
Ridgeview's Rachel Weber scored 16 points, and Paige Jones added eight.
In the earlier game, it was the young Mustangs over the Falcons, 44-24.
GCMS GIRLS LOSE TO THE PANTHERS IN PAXTON – by Tom Benefiel (2-3-14)
The Paxton-Buckley-Loda Lady Panthers win their Senior Night game against their Ford County foe, the GCMS Falcons, 40-24.
Emily Elder led the Falcons (6-18) in scoring with nine points, while Mikayla Baillie scored six. On free-throws, GCMS was six of 11.
P-B-L's Jori Maynard scored 11 points, while Kiersten Schnabel had eight to lead the Panthers. From the foul line, P-B-L was 10 of 17.
In the earlier game, it was the young Panthers over the Falcons, 25-19.
FALCON BOYS LOSE AT FISHER – by Tom Benefiel (2-1-14)
The host Fisher Bunnies use a lot of free-throws and timely shooting to upend the GCMS Falcons, 53-50.
The Bunnies (7-14) were led in scoring by Grant Pointer's 24 points, followed by 12 points from both Nicholas Griffith and Kyle Williams. Fisher shot 27 free-throws, making 21 including going 12 of 13 from the foul line in the fourth quarter.
GCMS (10-11) was led by Devin Roesch's late scoring with 14 points, while Ross Royal scored eight. The Falcons made only one free-throw while attempting only four.
LADY FALCONS UPSET THE LADY BUNNIES IN FISHER! – by Tom Benefiel (2-1-14)
Overcoming an early deficit, the GCMS Lady Falcons put together a very good game and beat their rivals from the south in Fisher, 41-31.
Mikayla Baillie had 14 points (and a bunch of rebounds) to lead GCMS (6-17), while Brianna Wall scored nine points. and Emily Elder seven.
Fisher (19-8) was paced by the 13 points from center Caitlin Cole, while Sydney Blackwell added six.
FALCONS BACK IN THE WIN COLUMN OVER DEE-MACK – by Tom Benefiel (1-31-14)
The GCMS Falcons overcome a fast-starting Deer Creek-Mackinaw Chiefs team in the 3rd quarter to take control and win in Mackinaw on a wintry night, 66-54.
The Falcons (10-10) were led in scoring by Wiley Hasty and Ross Royal with 15 points, each, followed by Jake Barnes with 11. GCMS used excellent 11 of 14 fourth-quarter foul shooting to keep their lead over the Chiefs and ended up being 18 of 26 on free-throws for the game.
Dee-Mack was led by Austin Utley's 13 points, followed by Austin Scott with 11. The Chiefs were seven of 13 from the charity stripe.
In the earlier game, the young Falcons whupped up on the Chiefs, 49-22.
7th GRADE REGIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP - FALCONS BLAST PAST OAKWOOD – by Tom Benefiel (1-30-14)
With the offense stomping on the accelerator and a stifling defense, the 7th grade GCMS Falcons decimate the Oakwood Knights, 54-15 at the Hoopeston Area Regional championship game.
The Falcons (21-0) were led in scoring by Caleb Bleich with 11 points, followed by Connor Birky with 10.
Oakwood's Brice Jones scored 11 to lead the Knights (22-3).
McLEAN COUNTY TOURNAMENT - GCMS LOSES IN CONSOLATION CHAMPIONSHIP – by Tom Benefiel (1-25-14)
From Ridgeview High School in Colfax, the GCMS Falcons lose to the Flanagan-Cornell Falcons in the consolation championship game of the McLean County Tournament, 66-57.
Ross Royal led GCMS (9-10) in scoring with 15 points, followed by T.J. Roesch with 11. The south Falcons shot 12 foul shots, making eight.
Flanagan-Cornell (9-10) received 16 points from Austin Dutko, while Jonathan Barth added 15. The north Falcons were 16 of 27 on free-throws.
McLEAN COUNTY TOURNAMENT - FALCONS BACK IN THE WIN COLUMN – by Tom Benefiel (1-22-14)
On a wintry night in Gibson City, the GCMS Falcons get back on track with a 75-66 win over Deer Creek-Mackinaw Chiefs in consolation bracket play of the McLean County Tournament.
GCMS (9-9) was led by senior Ross Royal with 25 points. Devin Roesch added 17 while the Falcons made 24 out of 31 free-throws.
Dee-Mack (4-12) was paced by the 22 points from Cameron Sweeney while Austin Utley added 16. They shot 11 foul shots, making eight.
McLEAN COUNTY TOURNAMENT - FALCONS TAKE ON FIELDCREST, LOSE – by Tom Benefiel (1-18-14)
The GCMS Falcons losing streak continues into the McLean County Tournament as they lose their opening round game to Fieldcrest, 48-46.
Ross Royal scored 13 points to lead the Falcons (8-9), while Tyler Hinshaw added 11. GCMS shot 15 free-throws, making nine.
The Knights were 19 of 27 from the foul line, while Drew Barth led all scorers with 23 points. Ryan Barth added nine points.
GCMS FALLS BEHIND EARLY, COMEBACK FALLS SHORT – by Tom Benefiel (1-17-14)
After trailing by 26 points at the half, the GCMS Falcons stage an epic comeback, cutting the Heyworth lead to five in the middle of the fourth quarter. The host-Hornets hold on to win, however, 68-56.
The Falcons (8-8) were led in scoring by Tyler Hinshaw with 18 points (including 15 in the 3rd quarter), followed by 15 points from Jake Barnes and Devin Roesch with 12. GCMS was nine of 15 on free-throws.
In the earlier game, the Falcons beat the young Hornets, 57-47.
FALCONS LOSE AT HOME AGAINST EPG – by Tom Benefiel (1-14-14)
The GCMS Falcons stay on their losing skid, falling at home against the El Paso-Gridley Titans, 63-48.
The Falcons (8-7) were led in scoring by the 15 points from Tyler Hinshaw. Wiley Hasty added 13. GCMS was very good on free-throws, making 11 of 15.
The Titans Taylor Augsberger had 19 points to lead all scorers. EPG shot nine foul shots, making seven.
The young Titans beat GCMS in the earlier game, 46-42.
GCMS LOSES ON THE ROAD IN HOOPESTON – by Tom Benefiel (1-11-14)
The GCMS Falcons lose for the second time in two days, this time to the host-Hoopeston Area Cornjerkers, 63-48.
Ross Royal led the Falcons (8-6) in scoring with 18 points, while Devin Roesch scored 11. GCMS didn't shoot well from the foul line, making only seven of 20 shots.
Hoopeston (7-6) was paced by the 15 points from both Brennan Croce and Daniel Lawson, while Trey Layden chipped in 13. The 'Jerkers were better on free-throws, shooting 22 while making 14.
In the earlier game, it was the Falcons over the young Cornjerkers, 50-36.
TREMONT TAKES CONTROL EARLY, THUMPS GCMS – by Tom Benefiel (1-10-14)
With an early 13-point lead in the first quarter, the GCMS Falcons can't catch up to visiting Tremont as the Turks beat the Falcons in Gibson City, 77-49.
The Falcons (8-5) were led in scoring by Tyler Hinshaw with 17 points, followed by Ross Royal with nine. GCMS shot 12 free throws, making seven.
Tremont (9-5) had balanced scoring as Dylan Beccue scored 14 points, followed by Connor McDonald with 13. The Turks were 13 of 21 from the foul line.
In the earlier game, it was the young Turks over the Falcons, 43-35.
MONTICELLO HOLIDAY TOURNAMENT - GCMS ENDS TOURNEY RUN WITH NICE WIN – by Tom Benefiel (12-28-13)
From the Monticello Holiday Tournament, the GCMS Falcons win the 7th place game against the Argenta-Oreana Bombers, 69-64.
Tyler Hinshaw had a huge game for GCMS (8-4) with 25 points, while both Wiley Hasty and Ross Royal scored 12 points apiece. The Falcons were seven of 12 from the free-throw line.
A-O (6-6) was led in scoring by Keegan McHood's 33 points, followed by Konnor Damry with 12. The Bombers shot 11 free-throws, making six.
MONTICELLO HOLIDAY TOURNAMENT - FALCONS COME BACK, BEAT THE HOSTS IN OVERTIME! – by Tom Benefiel (12-27-13)
The GCMS Falcons come back late in the fourth quarter to tie the game against Monticello at the end of regulation, then use some timely free-throw shooting to pull away for a 77-74 overtime victory at the Monticello Holiday Tournament.
Leading scorers for GCMS (7-4) were Wiley Hasty with 20 points, followed by Ross Royal with 16. On foul shots, the Falcons made eight of 15.
The Sages (3-6) were paced by Nick Stokowski's 24 points, followed by 18 from Noah Freemon. At the foul line, Monticello made 11 of 17.
MONTICELLO HOLIDAY TOURNAMENT - FALCONS FLAT, LOSE TO TUSCOLA – by Tom Benefiel (12-26-13)
A combination of poor shooting, low energy, and a tough opponent doom the GCMS Falcons to a 60-28 whupping by the Tuscola Warriors at the Monticello Holiday Tournament.
GCMS (6-4) was led in scoring by Tyler Hinshaw with 10 points, followed by James Fairfield with eight. The Falcons shot nine free-throws, making six.
The Warriors (4-3) were led by the Bates brothers - Nick had 16 points while Zach added 13. Tuscola was 12 of 19 on free-throws.
MONTICELLO HOLIDAY TOURNAMENT - KNIGHTS HANDLE THE FALCONS – by Tom Benefiel (12-26-13)
In the first game of the Monticello Holiday Tournament, the GCMS Falcons lose to the Blue Ridge Knights, 58-50.
The Falcons (6-3) were led in scoring by James Fairfield with 12 points, followed by Wiley Hasty with nine. GCMS shot 15 free-throws, making 10.
Blue Ridge (6-4) rode some excellent foul shooting, especially in the fourth quarter to seal the win. Michael Plunk led all scorers with 27 points, while Chase Zimmerman added 12 for the Knights. Blue Ridge was 26 of 34 on free-throws.
BIG WIN AT HOME FOR THE FALCONS OVER BLUE RIDGE – by Tom Benefiel (12-20-13)
In Heart of Illinois Conference play, the GCMS Falcons overcome a third quarter deficit to outlast the tough Blue Ridge Knights, 47-43 in Gibson City.
GCMS (6-2) was led in scoring by Tyler Hinshaw with 18 points, followed by seven points from both Wiley Hasty and Devin Roesch each. The Falcons were only seven of 15 on free throws.
The Knights (5-4) were paced by Clint O'Neal and Dylan Trent who scored 11 points each. Michael Plunk added nine points for Blue Ridge who didn't shoot well from the foul line, making only four of 14 free throws.
In the earlier game, it was the sophomore Knights handing the young Falcons their first loss on the season, 52-43.
FALCONS FALL TO TRI-VALLEY -- by Tom Benefiel (12-13-13)
Wiley Hasty led the GCMS Falcons with 18 points as they fell to fellow Heart of Illinois Conference member Tri-Valley in Gibson City, 66-57.
BATTLE OF THE FALCONS GOES GCMS' WAY – by Tom Benefiel (12-6-13)
The first road game of the season goes the GCMS Falcons way as they beat the Falcons of Flanagan-Cornell, 59-46.
GCMS (5-1) was led in scoring by big Wiley Hasty with 24 points, followed by the 14 points from sophomore James Fairfield. The southern Falcons shot nine foul shots, making four.
F-C (2-3) was led by Jonathan Barth's 13 points, followed by Keegan Bertsche with 11. Bad foul shooting kept the north Falcons from making a game of it at the end as they were only seven of 21 on free-throws.
In the earlier game, it was the younger GCMS Falcons over Flanagan-Cornell, 47-22.
GCMS STARTS REGULAR SEASON WITH A BLOW-OUT WIN – by Tom Benefiel (12-3-13)
The GCMS Falcons begin the regular season with a nice win at home as they upend Armstrong-Potomac, 54-24.
Eleven Falcons (4-1) scored in the contest, led by the 14 points by Tyler Hinshaw, followed by the six points each from James Fairfield, Clay Gaesser, and Jake Barnes. GCMS was six of 12 on free-throws.
A-P (1-4) was paced by Sean Johnson's 10 points, followed by four from Cory Burr. They shot eight free-throws, making seven.
BLUE RIDGE BEATS GCMS FOR TOURNAMENT CHAMPIONSHIP – by Tom Benefiel (11-30-13)
Too much Michael Plunk for the GCMS Falcons as the Blue Ridge Knights take home the championship in the 42nd Annual GCMS Thanksgiving Tournament.
Leading scorers for the Falcons (3-1) were Tyler Hinshaw with 16 points and James Fairfield with 13. GCMS was six of 12 from the free-throw line.
Senior Michael Plunk scored 26 points for Blue Ridge (4-0), while Will Duggins added 13. At the foul line, the Knights were 16 of 23.
Blue Ridge also won the cheerleading trophy.
FALCONS WIN TOUGHIE OVER PRAIRIE CENTRAL – by Tom Benefiel (11-29-13)
Fending off a tough Prairie Central team, the GCMS Falcons earn their way into a championship match-up with fellow HOIC member Blue Ridge at the 42nd annual Thanksgiving Tournament in Gibson City.
The Falcons (3-0) were led in scoring by senior Ross Royal with 21 points, followed by a great effort from Tyler Hinshaw with 17 points. GCMS was eight of 14 on free-throws.
Prairie Central (1-2) were paced by the 17 points from Ed Shafer, while both Nathan Davis and Hayden Wenger scored seven points each. The Hawks shot 12 free-throws, making six.
GCMS BOYS VARSITY BEATS CLINTON – by Tom Benefiel (11-26-13)
The GCMS Falcons continue their winning ways to start the season by defeating the Clinton Maroons, 55-44.
Leading the way for GCMS (2-0) was Wiley Hasty with 14 points, followed by the 13 points from Tyler Hinshaw and Ross Royal with 10.
Clinton (0-2) was led by the 20 points of Camryn Ward, while Jason Love and Peyton McCubbin both scored nine points each.
FALCONS OPEN TOURNEY WITH THRILLING WIN! – by Tom Benefiel (11-25-13)
GCMS gets their boys varsity basketball season off to a great start with a win over the visiting Tri-Point Chargers in the opening round of the 42nd annual Thanksgiving Tournament.
The Falcons (1-0) were led in scoring by Ross Royal with 19 points, while James Fairfield scored 18 points and Wiley Hasty 15.
Timmy Crouch led all scorers with 27 points for the Chargers (0-1), while Kyle Moritz added 10 points and Jordan Hamilton chipped in nine.