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CLASS 1A SECTIONAL - LeROY WINS FIRST SECTIONAL EVER AS THEY BEAT RIDGEVIEW IN COLFAX – by Tom Benefiel (3-4-16)
Cold shooting by the Mustangs at home and clutch free-throw shooting for LeRoy leads the Panthers over Ridgeview in the IHSA Class 1A Sectional championship in Colfax, 42-39.
Senior Austin Zielsdorf led Ridgeview (27-4) in scoring with 13 points while Drew Jones had 11. The Mustangs did not shoot many free-throws, making three of four. They were also very cold from three-point range.
Matt Chastain shows why he's the best player in Class 1A as he led the Panthers (25-5) with 24 points. Nick Perry added eight and LeRoy had 17 chances for foul shots, making 11.
Join WGCY at 6:45 P-M for pre-game from Illinois State University's Redbird Arena on Tuesday, March 8th as LeRoy plays in the super-sectional.
CLASS 1A SECTIONAL - HOST-RIDGEVIEW ADVANCES TO SECTIONAL FINAL AFTER BLASTING SALT FORK – by Tom Benefiel (3-1-16)
In the opening round of the IHSA Class 1A Sectional at Ridgeview, it was the host-Mustangs who left no doubt after taming the Salt Fork Storm, 70-46.
Drew Jones led the 'Stangs with 20 points, while Tyler McCormick added 14. RHS was seven of nine on foul shots.
The Storm was led in scoring by Blake Phillips' 14 points while Connor Taylor added 13. Salt Fork shot four free-throws, making three.
A telling statistic is the Storm having 16 turnovers while Ridgeview had only three. The Mustangs also made eleven three-point shots.
CLASS 2A REGIONAL - CENTRAL CATHOLIC ENDS GCMS FALCONS SEASON – by Tom Benefiel (2-23-16)
In the second round of the IHSA Class 2A Regional at Tri-Valley, it was the GCMS Falcons losing to top seed Bloomington Central Catholic, 67-50, in a game much closer than the final score indicated.
James Fairfield ends his career at GCMS (12-17) with 14 points while Mitch McNutt added 14 as well. Bryce Barnes scored 11 for the Falcons.
BCC's John Rave scored 22 points to lead the Saints (19-8).
CLASS 2A REGIONAL - FALCONS WIN BIG OVER OAKWOOD – by Tom Benefiel (2-22-16)
GCMS wins big over Oakwood, 70-48, in the first round of the IHSA Class 2A Regional at Tri-Valley.
The Falcons (12-16) were led in scoring by James Fairfield who had 18 points. Mitch McNutt added 17 while GCMS made four of seven free-throws.
Lee Masceri had 19 points for the Comets (15-12), while Hank Chestnut added 13.
FALCONS WIN BIG ON SENIOR NIGHT – by Tom Benefiel (2-19-16)
The outmanned Lexington Minutemen are no match against the Falcons in Gibson City on Senior Night as GCMS wins, 78-37.
Tucker Cribbett had 17 points for the Falcons (11-16) while James Fairfield added 12. GCMS made 10 of 13 free-throws.
Connor Tolan had nine points for the Minutemen as they made two of four foul shots.
In the earlier game, the young Falcons beat the young Minutemen, 66-46.
GCMS DROPS ONE TO LeROY – by Tom Benefiel (2-15-16)
Too much LeRoy and too much Matt Chastain as the Panthers beat the GCMS Falcons, 69-48 in Gibson City.
The Falcons (10-16) were led in scoring by sophomore Mitch McNutt who had 19 points. Sam Baillie added 10 for GCMS who made three of eight foul shots.
LeRoy (20-5) was led in scoring by super-senior Matt Chastain who scored 24 points. Teddy Harms added 12 as the Panthers were 11 of 22 on free-throws.
In the earlier game, the young Falcons get back on the winning track by beating LeRoy, 51-32.
OLD WAUSECA CONFERENCE FOE P-B-L USES 29-POINT SECOND HALF TO SINK FALCONS – by Tom Benefiel (2-13-16)
The GCMS Falcons boys varsity basketball team continue to struggle as they lose to the P-B-L Panthers, 45-24 in a rare Saturday night game in Gibson City.
Tucker Cribbett had eight points for GCMS (10-15), while Mitch McNutt added seven. The Falcons missed their only free-throw attempt.
P-B-L (19-6) was led in scoring by Johnny Walter who had 12 points. They were a perfect 14 of 14 on free-throws.
In the earlier game, the Panthers come back from a third quarter deficit to beat the young Falcons, 45-42.
#1 RIDGEVIEW OUTLASTS BLUE RIDGE ON SENIOR NIGHT IN COLFAX – by Tom Benefiel (2-12-16)
It was the Ridgeview Mustangs over the Blue Ridge Knights, 64-57, in a Senior Night game in Colfax.
Tyler McCormick scored 19 points to lead Ridgview (23-2, ranked #1 in the IHSA Class 1A poll) in scoring. Drew Jones added 14 points while Luke Ward chipped in 12. The Mustangs were excellent on free-throws, making 17 of 21.
Chase Zimmerman paced Blue Ridge (14-12) with 17 points while Dylan Lytel added 14. The Knights made 10 of 12 foul shots.
FALCONS OUTGUNNED BY WATSEKA – by Tom Benefiel (2-9-16)
Old Wauseca Conference foe Watseka runs past the GCMS Falcons in Gibson City, 77-44.
Mitch McNutt scored 12 points for the Falcons (10-14) as both Bryce Barnes and Tucker Cribbett scored 11 points each. GCMS was four of five on foul shots.
The Warriors (19-7) were led by Nathan Schroeder's 23 points while Cole Davenport added 21. Watseka made 11 of 13 free throws.
In the earlier game, GCMS beat Watseka, 51-44.
GCMS next plays on Saturday, February 13th at home against Paxton-Buckley-Loda at 6:45 P-M.
HOST GCMS SUNK BY GOOD FREE-THROW SHOOTING BY EPG – by Tom Benefiel (2-8-16)
The GCMS Falcons can't extend a third quarter lead into victory as the El Paso-Gridley Titans win, 51-46.
The Falcons (10-13) were led in scoring by sophomore Mitch McNutt who scored 22 points. Sam Baillie added six for GCMS.
EPG (16-8) was paced by the 20 points from Tucker Schlipf while Joe Metz added 19.
In the earlier contest, the young Falcons stage a big comeback to beat the Titans, 56-52.
FALCONS FIGHT HARD, LOSE TO #1 RIDGEVIEW IN COLFAX – by Tom Benefiel (2-5-16)
GCMS gives the top-ranked Ridgeview Mustangs all they can handle at Colfax as the Falcons lose, 70-63.
Tucker Cribbett had 18 points for GCMS (10-12) while Mitch McNutt added 15. The Falcons shot only 12 free-throws, making 10.
Ridgeview (21-2) were led by junior Tyler McCormick who scored 27 points. Luke Ward added 12 points and Noah Young chipped in nine. The Mustangs were a very good 24 of 30 on foul shots.
In the earlier contest, it was the younger Falcons all over the Mustangs, 61-37.
TOO MUCH FIELDCREST FOR THE FALCONS – by Tom Benefiel (2-2-16)
GCMS loses on the road in Minonk against the Fieldcrest Knights, 54-42.
Tucker Cribbett led the Falcons (10-11) with 17 points while Mitch McNutt scored nine. GCMS made five of nine free-throws.
Fieldcrest (15-7) was 15 of 18 on foul shots and were led in scoring by Matthew Modro with 17 points. Jonathon Panzika added 15 for the Knights.
In the earlier game, it was the young Falcons over the Knights, 49-37.
FALCONS BEAT DEE-MACK IN MACKINAW – by Tom Benefiel (1-29-16)
The Falcons get a much-needed win over the Deer Creek-Mackinaw Chiefs, 51-41, in a game played at Mackinaw.
Mitch McNutt led the Falcons with 11 points while Trevor Steidinger scored nine. GCMS was 14 on 17 on foul shots.
Neil Sherman and Hudson Steadman scored eight points each for Dee-Mack. The Chiefs made 12 of 16 free throws.
McLEAN COUNTY TOURNAMENT CHAMPIONSHIP - LeROY CAN'T GET IT DONE AGAINST DEFENDING CHAMP RIDGEVIEW – by Tom Benefiel (1-23-16)
The Ridgeview Mustangs win their seventh McLean County Championship as they beat the LeRoy Panthers, 54-46.
Austin Zielsdorf led Ridgview with 13 points. Drew Jones added 12 points, while Tyler McCormick and Luke Ward scored 11 apiece. The Mustangs were nine of 14 on foul shots and committed only three turnovers in the game.
LeRoy's big Matt Chastain led all scores with 17 points. Noah Perry added 11 as the Panthers were seven of nine on free throws.
Top ranked in the IHSA Class 1A polls, Ridgeview wins the title of "The County" in back-to-back years and regain the traveling trophy.
McLEAN COUNTY TOURNAMENT CONSOLATION CHAMPIONSHIP - GCMS FORCES OVERTIME BUT FALLS TO FISHER – by Tom Benefiel (1-23-16)
The Fisher Bunnies prevail in overtime in the McLean County Tournament's consolation championship over the GCMS Falcons in Colfax, 52-46.
The Falcons (9-10) were led in scoring by Mitch McNutt who scored 19 points. Tucker Cribbett added nine for GCMS who made 10 of 16 free-throws.
The Griffith boys led the Bunnies (12-8) in scoring. Zach put in 15 points while brother Nick added 14. Fisher shot a lot from the foul line, making 22 of 32.
McLEAN COUNTY TOURNAMENT QUARTERFINAL - RIDGEVIEW USES BALANCED ATTACK TO PULL AWAY FROM FIELDCREST – by Tom Benefiel (1-22-16)
The Mustangs of Ridgeview find themselves in the McLean County Tournament championship again with a win over Fieldcrest, 56-43.
Dylan Ward led Ridgeview with 15 points while Noah Young added 11. The other three starters - Drew Jones, Tyler McCormick and Austin Zielsdorf all scored 10 points each. The Mustangs were 12 of 17 on foul shots.
Drew Barth was the game's leading scorer with 22 points for the Knights while Matthew Modro added seven.
McLEAN COUNTY TOURNAMENT - FALCONS BREAK FIVE GAME SKID – by Tom Benefiel (1-21-16)
For the first time in weeks, the GCMS Falcons boys varsity basketball team wins. They win over the Deer Creek-Mackinaw Chiefs in Gibson City in a consolation bracket semi-final of the McLean County Tournament, 53-47.
Tucker Cribbett scored 15 for the Falcons (9-9) while Mitch McNutt added 13. GCMS was an excellent 18 of 21 on foul shots.
Dee-Mack (5-13) was paced by Neil Sherman's 19 points while Preston Lester added nine. The Chiefs were eight of 12 from the foul line.
McLEAN COUNTY TOURNAMENT - RIDGEVIEW USES GOOD DEFENSE, TIMELY FREE-THROWS TO AVENGE LEAGUE LOSS v. EPG – by Tom Benefiel (1-19-16)
The Ridgeview Mustangs avenge one of their losses on the season by beating El Paso-Gridley in second round McLean County Tournament action, 50-39.
Junior Tyler McCormick led the Mustangs with 18 points and many end of game free-throws while Austin Zielsdorf added 13. Ridgeview was a stellar 20 of 24 on foul shots.
Dan Metz was a one-man wrecking crew for the Titans as he scored 23 points while Tucker Schlipf added eight. EPG shot only six foul shots, making four.
McLEAN COUNTY TOURNAMENT - GCMS CAN'T KEEP UP WITH EPG – by Tom Benefiel (1-16-16)
The Falcons losing streak continues as they lose in the opening round of the McLean County Tournament to El Paso-Gridley, 55-46.
Tucker Cribbett led GCMS (8-9) in scoring with 17 points while Mitch McNutt added 16.
Tucker Schlipf led the Titans (11-5) with 21 points while Joe Metz added 18.
Next for the Falcons is a 7 P-M game in Gibson City against the Deer Creek-Mackinaw Chiefs in a consolation bracket contest.
GCMS FADES AT HEYWORTH – by Tom Benefiel (1-15-16)
The GCMS Falcons can't stop their losing streak as they lose to the young Heyworth Hornets, 53-49.
The Falcons (8-8) were led in scoring by Tucker Cribbett with 17 points, while Mitch McNutt added 16. They were eight of 13 on foul shots.
Matt Schultz scored 16 points for Heyworth while Tate Eller added 13.
In the earlier game, the young Falcons win again as they beat the Hornets, 50-27.
CORNJERKERS HAND THE FALCONS THEIR THIRD DEFEAT IN A WEEK – by Tom Benefiel (1-9-16)
A bad week for the GCMS Falcons comes to an end as they lose to the Hoopeston Area Cornjerkers, 54-49.
The Falcons (8-7) were paced by the 20 points from sophomore Mitch McNutt while Tucker Cribbett added 19. GCMS made three of five free throws.
The Jerkers (10-5) got 15 points from Trey Layden, while Ryan Drer and Nathan Michael added 12 points each. H-A shot only 10 foul shots, making four.
In the earlier game, the young Falcons win again as they beat Hoopeston Area, 58-48.
TREMONT STAGES HUGE COMEBACK, STOMP FALCONS – by Tom Benefiel (1-8-16)
The Falcons of GCMS come out hot while the Tremont Turks come out cold, but GCMS finds out in the second half that the Turks were not even close to folding as Tremont wins going away, 52-42.
GCMS (8-6) was led in scoring by Tucker Cribbett and Mitch McNutt who scored 13 points each while Trevor Steidinger added six. The Falcons were four of seven on foul shots.
Tremont (10-3) was led by Conan Honan's 15 points while Tucker Runyon added 10. From the free-throw line the Turks were 17 of 24.
In the earlier game, the young Falcons stay unbeaten as they beat the Turks, 52-30.
GCMS GETS BLASTED BY FISHER – by Tom Benefiel (1-5-16)
The GCMS Falcons get outscored a lot in the first half and can't recover against Fisher as they lose to the Bunnies, 58-45.
Tucker Cribbett and James Fairfield scored 11 points each for the Falcons (8-5), while Mitch McNutt added seven. They were seven of 11 from the foul line.
Fisher (9-5) was led by Zach Griffin and Jason Watkins who scored 16 points apiece. The Bunnies were five of seven from the charity stripe.
In the earlier game, the younger Falcons stay unbeaten by winning over Fisher, 52-47.
MONTICELLO HOLIDAY TOURNAMENT - RIDGEVIEW WINS CHAMPIONSHIP OVER THE HOSTS WITH A BIG FIRST HALF – by Tom Benefiel (12-29-15)
The home-standing Monticello Sages play a much better second half but it turns out to be too little, too late as the Ridgeview Mustangs win another Monticello Holiday Tournament championship, 58-49.
Drew Jones scored 20 for Ridgeview (11-2) while Tyler McCormick added 14. The Mustangs shot 17 free-throws, making 11.
Monticello's Zach Fisher and Isaiah Flory both score 15 points each to lead the Sages (7-1). They were six of nine on foul shots. Ridgeview held Monticello to only eight points in the first half.
Junior Tyler McCormick and senior Luke Ward both were named to the all-tournament team.
MONTICELLO HOLIDAY TOURNAMENT - FALCONS WIN 3rd PLACE OVER BLUE RIDGE – by Tom Benefiel (12-29-15)
After losing badly to the Knights by 20 points on December 18th, the GCMS Falcons play much better and stun Blue Ridge, 62-59, to win the 3rd place game at the Monticello Holiday Tournament.
Sophomore Mitch McNutt led all scores with 23 points while Keegan Allen made four three-point shots and scored 14. GCMS (8-4) was 13 of 18 from the foul line.
Chase Zimmerman scored 21 to lead the Knights while Lyndi Bahalzi chipped in 14. Blue Ridge was 17 of 26 on free-throws.
Tucker Cribbett and James Fairfield were both named to the all-tournament team.
MONTICELLO HOLIDAY TOURNAMENT - RIDGEVIEW BLASTS THE BOMBERS – by Tom Benefiel (12-28-15)
Argenta-Oreana gave Ridgeview all they could handle in the first half but the Mustangs pull away to win, 51-35.
Ridgeview (9-2) was led in scoring by Tyler McCormick with 17 points. Luke Ward added 16.
A-O's Connor Damnrey scored 20 points to lead all scorers.
MONTICELLO HOLIDAY TOURNAMENT - HOSTS GET OUT EARLY ON THE FALCONS, WIN – by Tom Benefiel (12-28-15)
The hosts were not hospitable in their tournament as Monticello defeats the Falcons, 59-42.
GCMS (7-4) were led in scoring by James Fairfield who had 12 points. Mitch McNutt added 11 while the Falcons were 12 of 16 on free-throws.
The Sages (7-0) were led by Zach Fisher who had 15 points while Noah Freeman added 14. Monticello made four of five from the foul line.
MONTICELLO HOLIDAY TOURNAMENT - NEOGA HANGS AROUND BUT EVENTUALLY NO MATCH AGAINST RIDGEVIEW – by Tom Benefiel (12-28-15)
The Mustangs of Ridgeview overpower an improved Neoga Indians team as the final score was 77-43.
Senior Luke Ward scored 18 points for Ridgeview (9-2) while Noah Young added 13.
Kersee had 16 points for Neoga and Trevor Easton added 15.
MONTICELLO HOLIDAY TOURNAMENT - FALCONS HAVE NO PROBLEM WITH SANGAMON VALLEY – by Tom Benefiel (12-26-15)
The Sangamon Valley Storm are not match against the Falcons as GCMS wins in their second game today from the Monticello Holiday Tournament, 71-43.
James Fairfield was the game's top scorer with 21 points while Tucker Cribbett added 13. GCMS (7-3) was four of six on foul shots.
The Storm (2-8) were paced by the 11 points from Miles Hutchens and Nathan Doty's 10 points. They shot eight of ten on free-throws.
MONTICELLO HOLIDAY TOURNAMENT - RIDGEVIEW WINS OVER BLUE RIDGE – by Tom Benefiel (12-26-15)
The Ridgeview Mustangs defeat a tough Blue Ridge Knights team at the Monticello Holiday Tournament in a non-conference match up, 69-54.
Tyler McCormick led all scorers with 24 points while Drew Jones added 12 for Ridgeview (8-2). The Mustangs were on fire on free-throws, making 17 of 19.
The Knights were led by Lindi Bahalzi's 10 points while Dylan Lytel added nine. Blue Ridge shot 11 from the foul line, making five.
MONTICELLO HOLIDAY TOURNAMENT - GCMS BEATS TUSCOLA – by Tom Benefiel (12-26-15)
The GCMS Falcons get back on the winning track by beating the Tuscola Warriors at the Monticello Holiday Tournament, 54-37.
Tucker Cribbett had a blazing first half, scoring 23 of his game high 25 points early on while Mitch McNutt added 14. The Falcons (6-3) were eight of 13 on foul shots.
Tuscola (3-5) were led in scoring by Ray Kirkhoff with 13 points while Caleb Williams added nine. They made nine of 13 free-throws.
HOST-FALCONS LOSE HOIC GAME AGAINST A GOOD BLUE RIDGE TEAM – by Tom Benefiel (12-18-15)
Too much Blue Ridge too soon as the Knights beat the GCMS Falcons, 63-43 in Gibson City.
The Falcons were led in scoring by Tucker Cribbett who had 17 points while James Fairfield added 11. GCMS shot 19 free-throws, making 13.
Blue Ridge's Lindi Bahallizi had 19 points while Chase Zimmerman came off the bench to add 15. The Knights made 13 of 14 foul shots.
At one point of the second quarter the Falcons got within six points of the Knights before Blue Ridge took control again.
In the earlier game it was GCMS over the young Knights, 38-26.
RIDGEVIEW LOSES SECOND ROAD GAME THIS WEEK – by Tom Benefiel (12-11-15)
The Ridgeview Mustangs complete a week they'd rather forget as they lose to host-El Paso-Gridley, 56-53.
The Mustangs were led in scoring by Austin Zielsdorf with 18 points, while Noah Young added 10 points and Tyler McCormick had nine.
The Titans' Tucker Schlipf had a big night leading all scorers with 28 points.
GCMS PLAYS POORLY AT FLANAGAN – by Tom Benefiel (12-4-15)
The GCMS Falcons had a rough night at Flanagan-Cornell as the orange and black Falcons win, 58-40.
GCMS (5-1) was led in scoring by James Fairfield who had 14 points while Mitch McNutt scored seven. The south Falcons were seven of 13 on foul shots.
F-C (4-1) was led by Keegan Bertsche's 18 points while both Jonathon Barth and Austin Dutko added 12 points each. The host-Falcons were 16 of 27 on free throws.
In the earlier game it was GCMS over the young Falcons of F-C, 62-32.
44th ANNUAL THANKSGIVING TOURNAMENT - CHAMPIONSHIP - FALCONS BEAT TOUGH LeROY FOR TITLE! – by Tom Benefiel (11-28-15)
In one of the best all around holiday tournaments in Gibson City history, GCMS wins their own Thanksgiving tournament for the first time since 2007 by outlasting the tough LeRoy Panthers, 72-69.
Tucker Cribbett led the Falcons (4-0) in scoring while Mitchell McNutt added 14. Lots of fouling in the contest led to a lot of free-throws as GCMS was 20 of 24 from the line.
The Panthers (3-1) were paced by the game high scorer in Teddy Harms who had 32 points while big Matt Chastain added 16. LeRoy shot 33 foul shots, making 27.
The cheerleader title went to the host GCMS Falcons.
44th ANNUAL THANKSGIVING TOURNAMENT - ROUND FOUR - FALCONS STAGE BIG COMEBACK LATE, BEAT PRAIRIE CENTRAL – by Tom Benefiel (11-27-15)
The Falcons of GCMS were down to Prairie Central by 13 points at one time but come back to clip to the Hawks, 50-48. The win sends GCMS (3-0) into the championship game of their holiday tournament against LeRoy at 6:30 P-M on Saturday, November 28th.
GCMS was led in scoring by Tucker Cribbett with 13 points while Sam Baillie and James Fairfield chipped in 11 points each. The Falcons made 10 of 14 free-throws.
The Hawks (2-1) were paced by the 17 points from Hayden Winger while Tom Schaffer added 14. PC was seven of 14 on foul shots.
44th ANNUAL THANKSGIVING TOURNAMENT - ROUND TWO - GCMS USES COMEBACK TO BEAT CLINTON – by Tom Benefiel (11-24-15)
The GCMS Falcons use a 30-point fourth quarter to beat the Clinton Maroons, 70-64 in the second round of their Thanksgiving tournament.
Tucker Cribbett scored 23 points to lead the Falcons (2-0), while Mitch McNutt added 19 points and James Fairfield chipped in 13. GCMS was 18 of 27 on free-throws.
Jacob Overton led the Maroons (0-2) with 19 points while Peyton McCubbin added 15. Clinton was very good on foul shots making 17 of 23.
44th ANNUAL THANKSGIVING TOURNAMENT - ROUND ONE - FALCONS BLAST TRI-POINT FOR OPENING WIN – by Tom Benefiel (11-23-15)
The GCMS Falcons dominate the Tri-Point Chargers in their first game of the season at the GCMS Falcons Thanksgiving tournament, 72-43.
Leading scorers for the Falcons (1-0) were James Fairfield with 16 points, Tucker Cribbett with 13 points and Mitch McNutt with 10. GCMS was a perfect seven of seven on free-throws.
Tri-Point (0-1) was paced by the 10 points each from Nick Mahoney and Jasper Mauricio. The Chargers shot 12 foul shots, making only five.