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BY DOUG MAXEY
IHSA CLASS 2A PAXTON REGIONAL - FALCONS SEASON COMES TO AN END AGAINST THE SPARTANS – by Tom Benefiel (2-24-15)
The St. Joseph-Ogden Spartans outscore GCMS in the second half by 15 points as they beat GCMS, 59-37.
Leading the way for GCMS (15-14) was Tucker Cribbett with 12 points, while Mitch McNutt added nine. The Falcons were eight of 10 on free-throws.
The Spartans were led in scoring by Brandon Trimble with 13 points, while Tyler Harms had 12. SJO was seven of 11 on foul shots.
This is the second year in a row the varsity boys from GCMS finish with a winning record.
IHSA CLASS 2A PAXTON REGIONAL - GCMS BEATS BISMARCK-HENNING – by Tom Benefiel (2-23-15)
The GCMS Falcons upend the Blue Devis of Bismarck-Henning, 50-33, in the first round of the IHSA Class 2A Regional at Paxton.
The short-handed Falcons (15-13) were led in scoring by Jake Barnes and Mitch McNutt with 13 points each, while James Fairfield added 10. GCMS was one of two on free-throws.
Colton Storey had 13 points, while Dylan Allen added 12 for B-H (15-13). The Blue Devils were three of five from the charity stripe.
GCMS WINS SEASON FINALE AT STRUGGLING LEXINGTON – by Tom Benefiel (2-20-15)
GCMS finishes their regular season with a winning record as they beat Lexington on the road, 72-49.
Freshman Mitch McNutt scored 18 to lead the Falcons (14-13), and Preston Young added 16. GCMS made 11 of 13 foul shots as they were short-handed due to injury.
The Minutemen won only three games this year and were led in scoring by Johnny Olson's 14 points. Logan Elias and Connor Tolan added 10 each. Lexington made seven of 13 free-throws.
IESA CLASS 8-3A STATE TOURNAMENT - 3rd PLACE AGAIN FOR THE GCMS FALCONS! – by Tom Benefiel (2-19-15)
If one time is good, then twice is great, right?!? The GCMS Falcons come in third place for the second year in a row - this time at the Illinois Elementary State Association Class 8-3A State Tournament held at Unity of Tolono over the Calumet Park Bulldogs, 38-26.
GCMS (26-1) was led by the duo of Bryce Barnes and Connor Birky who scored eight points each while Ryland Holt added seven off the bench. The Falcons shot 13 free-throws, making seven.
The Bulldogs (13-7) were led in scoring by Leondre Townsen's 12 points, while Deshawn Alexander added seven. Calumet Park was five of seven on foul shots.
The Falcons set a GCMS Middle School record with 26 wins in a single basketball season (boys or girls). Over the past two seasons, the GCMS Class of 2019 had fifty wins against two losses, with both losses coming in the semi-finals of the state tournament.
Our congratulations to head coach Mark Berry and the 8th grade boys GCMS Falcons!
PANTHERS HANDLE THE FALCONS IN LeROY – by Tom Benefiel (2-16-15)
Too much Chastain and Harms and not enough Falcons as GCMS (13-13) drop an HOIC game in LeRoy against the Panthers, 81-56.
GCMS was short-handed as a couple of players who saw playing time were out for the game. Leading the way for the Falcons was Tucker Cribbett with 18 points, while Mitch McNutt had 14. GCMS was nine of 14 on free-throws.
Teddy Harms threw in 30 points for the Panthers, while big junior Matt Chastain added 26. From the foul line, LeRoy was 11 of 15.
GCMS plays their final regular season game at Lexington against the Minutemen at 6:45 P-M on Friday, February 20th.
In the earlier game, it was the young Falcons over the Panthers, 40-35.
GCMS VARSITY LOSE BATTLE OF FORD COUNTY IN PAXTON – by Tom Benefiel (2-14-15)
The Paxton-Buckley-Loda Panthers beat their old Wauseca Conference and Ford County foe, the GCMS Falcons, 50-40.
Tucker Cribbett scored 21 points for the Falcons, while James Fairfield added nine.
The Panthers' Dalton Copey led P-B-L with 13 points.
IESA CLASS 8-3A STATE TOURNAMENT - WASHINGTON TRIPS UP THE FALCONS IN THE SEMI-FINAL – by Tom Benefiel (2-14-15)
The Panthers of Washington Middle School give the GCMS Falcons their first loss of this eighth-grade season in the Illinois Elementary School Association Class 8-3A state tournament semi-final game. The final was Washington 26, GCMS 22.
GCMS (24-1) was led in scoring by Caleb Bleich's seven points. Connor Birky and Josh Bleich added four points each. The Falcons were three of seven on foul shots.
The Panthers (25-1) were led in scoring by Payton Havens with 12, while both Collin Dietz and Caleb Fisher added six points. Washington was eight of 13 on free-throws.
The GCMS Falcons will play for third place on Thursday, Feburary 19th at Unity in Tolono at 6 P-M against Calumet Park. WGCY will have the pre-game about 5:45.
IESA CLASS 8-3A STATE TOURNAMENT - FALCONS BEAT T-TOWN IN THE QUARTERFINALS – by Tom Benefiel (2-14-15)
The 8th grade boys from GCMS beat Teutopolis, 50-34 in the quarterfinals of the IESA Class 8-3A State Tournament.
Leading the way for GCMS (24-0) was Nathan Garard with 15 points, with Ryland Holt adding 13 points and Ben Freehill with eight. The Falcons were seven of nine on free-throws.
The Wooden Shoes (16-9) were paced by the 19 points from Dawson Smith, while Josh Haridiek added seven. Teutopolis was 10 of 19 on foul shots.
IESA CLASS 8-3A GRADE SECTIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP WON BY GCMS – by Tom Benefiel (2-11-15)
Coach Mark Berry's GCMS Falcons 8th grade boys blow by the Momence Redskins (19-5) in the Gibson City IESA Class 8-3A Sectional, 39-17.
The Falcons (24-0) were led in scoring by Nathan Garard with 13 points, while Connor Birky added seven.
FALCONS WIN BIG AT WATSEKA – by Tom Benefiel (2-10-15)
The Falcons enjoy a nice old-fashioned Wauseca Conference road trip to Watseka as they defeat the Warriors, 63-46.
Freshman Mitch McNutt led all scorers with 18 points, while Tucker Cribbett added 11 points for the Falcons (13-11). Austin Allen and James Fairfield scored 10 points each for GCMS as they were four of six from the foul line.
Cole Davenport led Watseka (9-15) with 14 points, while Hunter Lee added 13. On free-throws, the Warriors were nine of 13.
In the earlier game, the Falcons beat the young Warriors, 37-31.
The next game for the boys varsity will be on Saturday, February 14th at Paxton as the Falcons take on the P-B-L Panthers at 7 P-M.
RIDGEVIEW JUGGERNAUT KEEPS ROLLING ALONG – by Tom Benefiel (2-6-15)
The GCMS Falcons lose on Senior Night to the high-flying state-ranked Ridgeview Mustangs, 67-49.
The Falcons were led in scoring by Mitchell McNutt with 13 points, while Devin Roesch added 12 points and Tucker Cribbett had eight.
The Mustangs (22-1 - #4 IHSA Class 1A) got 13 points from Austin Zielsdorf, while Drew Jones and Tyler McCormick added 12 points each. Noah Young came off the bench to add 11.
In the earlier game, it was the young Falcons over Ridgeview, 54-44.
GCMS next plays on the road at Watseka at 6:45 P-M on Tuesday, February 10th.