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THE ILLINI GUY

BY JIM COTTER

LOCAL SPORTS

2014-15 IHSA Class 1A boys 3rd place - Ridgeview Mustangs

IHSA CLASS 1A STATE 3rd PLACE - MUSTANGS WIN LAST GAME OVER FORRESTON! – by Tom Benefiel (3-14-15)

Turning the disappointment of the semi-final into victory in the 3rd place game, it was the Ridgeview Mustangs over the Forreston Cardinals, 53-35, at the IHSA Class 1A state tournament third place game.

Playing in his last basketball game for Ridgeview, William "Boogie" Tinsley scored 14 points to lead the Mustangs (32-2) who set a school record for most wins in a season. Sophomore Tyler McCormick added 11 for Ridgeview, while they shot 14 of 21 on free-throws.

From the field, the Mustangs made seven three-point shots out of 17 (41.2%) and were 39.5% from the field overall. Importantly, the Mustangs had only four turnovers compared to the 17 from the day before against eventual state champion Brimfield.

Robert DeVries and Ethan Groom scored 11 points each to lead Forreston (26-7), while Markus Elder chipped in seven. The Cardinals were one of four on foul shots. Forreston shot 22 three-point shots, making six (27.3%) and were 28.6% shooting overall.

All Ridgeview playoff games and the reception held at the high school on Saturday, March 14th can be downloaded from our mp3 file page.

MARCH 14th - STATE 3rd PLACE

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RIDGEVIEW MUSTANGS 17 27 40 53
FORRESTON CARDINALS 8 17 24 35

IHSA CLASS 1A STATE SEMI-FINALS - RIDGEVIEW'S CHAMPIONSHIP HOPES DASHED BY ALMOST-PERFECT BRIMFIELD – by Tom Benefiel (3-13-15)

The Brimfield Indians came out with a great game plan on both ends of the court and executed it to almost perfection as the Ridgeview Mustangs 31-game winning streak came to an end at Carver Arena in Peoria. The Indians (33-2) won over the Mustangs (31-2), 53-34.

Ridgeview was led in scoring by Luke Ward with 18 points, while William Tinsley scored six. The Mustangs only had two free-throws, making one. They shot a poor 32.4% from the field that included going nine of 29 on three-point shots (31%). Uncharacteristically, they turned the ball over 16 times to Brimfield's seven.

Carson Cuevas continues his great career with 22 points to lead the Indians, while Jace Swietek added 13. Brimfield was seven of 10 on foul shots and were 46.5% shooting from the field that included going six of 21 on three-point shots (28.6%).

MARCH 13th - STATE SEMI-FINAL

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BRIMFIELD INDIANS 11 21 38 53
RIDGEVIEW MUSTANGS 9 20 28 34

IHSA CLASS 1A NORMAL SUPER-SECTIONAL - MUSTANGS BEAT FALCONS, HEAD TO STATE IN PEORIA! – by Tom Benefiel (3-10-15)

Ridgeview 57, Flanagan-Cornell 38 - photo courtesy Sarah Kukuck

Who plays in Peoria? The Ridgeview Mustangs, that's who!

After 29 seasons, basketball hall of fame coach Rodney Kellar heads to his first state tournament as the Ridgeview Mustangs beat the Flanagan-Cornell Falcons, 57-38 at the IHSA Class 1A Normal super-sectional played at Redbird Arena at Illinois State University.

Senior William Tinsley led all scorers with 21 points for the Mustangs (31-1), while Austin Zielsdorf added nine points. Tyler McCormick and Luke Ward had eight points apiece. Ridgeview shot 53-percent from the field and made seven of 14 three-point shots.

Excellent Ridgeview defense doomed the Falcons (23-10), as Keegan Bertsche was the only Flanagan-Cornell player in double-figures with 20 points. The Falcons were only 35-percent on shooting and a dismal three of 18 on three-pointers.

MARCH 10th - SUPER-SECTIONAL

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RIDGEVIEW MUSTANGS 13 29 39 57
FLANAGAN-CORNELL FALCONS 8 21 29 38

IHSA CLASS 1A DANVILLE-SCHLARMAN SECTIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP - RIDGEVIEW BEATS MILFORD! – by Tom Benefiel (3-6-15)

The Ridgeview Mustangs keep their thundering herd rolling towards Peoria as they defeat the Milford Bearcats, 60-48 at the Danville-Schlarman IHSA Class 1A Sectional championship.

Senior William Tinsley led the Mustangs (30-1) in scoring with 19 points, while Drew Jones and Luke Ward scored 16 points each. Ridgeview won the game at the free-throw line, making 13 of 13 attempts.

The Bearcats were led by super-senior Alex Portwood who led all scorers with 30 points.

MARCH 6th - SECTIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP

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RIDGEVIEW MUSTANGS 13 23 36 60
MILFORD BEARCATS 10 21 35 48

IHSA CLASS 1A DANVILLE-SCHLARMAN SECTIONAL - MUSTANGS BEAT KNIGHTS IN A THRILLER – by Tom Benefiel (3-4-15)

It was a tough ballgame with many lead changes, but the Ridgeview Mustangs outlast the veteran-led Arthur-Lovington-Atwood-Hammond Knights, 58-56.

Leading the way for Ridgeview (29-1) was Austin Zielsdorf with 15 points, while William Tinsley added 14 points and Luke Ward chipped in 12. The Mustangs shot five free-throws, making four.

The Knights (22-6) were paced by Jeremy Plank's 20 points. Tyler Schuring added 16 while they were four of six from the foul line.

Ridgeview uncharacteristically was outscored on three-point shots as the Knights made 10 and the Mustangs four.

MARCH 4th - SECTIONAL

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RIDGEVIEW MUSTANGS 14 33 46 58
A-L-A-H KNIGHTS 16 28 40 56

2015 GCMS-Fisher wrestling team in Bloomington for the state meet

STATE TOURNAMENT TEAM WRESTLING - GCMS-FISHER COMES IN FOURTH! – by Tom Benefiel (3-1-15)

The final minute of the meet’s final bout determined whether Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley/Fisher’s wrestling team was competing in its final match of the season.

Junior Key-Shawn Girkin was in the featured bout for the Falcons. Girkin and Shelbyville’s Jared Finley were tied 3-3 when the Falcons’ 145-pounder secured a takedown with 40 seconds left and then turned his opponent to his back for near-fall points to close out the team’s 34-29 triumph with his 8-4 verdict. During summertime wrestling, Girkin had lost to Finley twice.

Had fourth-ranked Shelbyville won that bout, the Rams would have advanced into the semifinals. Instead, GCMS/Fisher clinched state tournament hardware for the third time in the past nine years as the Falcons finished fourth.

Coach Josh Carter’s Falcons didn’t have a shortage of heroes in the quarterfinals. Sophomore Preston Braaten, who didn’t have a spot in the team’s regional lineup, started the momentum early with a second-period pin in the opening match at 152 pounds.

A bigger stunner came at 285, where Jeremy Smolek — who didn’t advance out of regionals — pinned Dylan Turner, who was ranked second entering the individual state tournament. Smolek’s pin came in 2 minutes, 52 seconds.

GCMS/F and Shelbyville each won seven matches, including one each by forfeit. The difference was bonus points earned.

The Falcons had pins from Braaten, Levi Davis (220) and Smolek along with a major decision from individual state placer Jacob Franklin (182), who had seven takedowns. That added 10 extra points to the team total. Davis had the fastest pin in 1:42.

Another key win for GCMS/Fisher in the quarterfinals was at 106, where Max Harmon topped Hunter Daugherty 9-4.

In the semifinals, it appeared on paper, it was an even match, with each team posting seven wins. Mercer County, however, which won 36-33, built a 36-21 lead with two matches left and forfeited to Girkin and Braaten rather than risk an injury to a wrestler.

Smolek pinned his second state qualifier of the day, needing just 87 seconds to handle Quinton Ball, who one week earlier won the Class 1A state title at State Farm Center.

Other Falcons to win on the mat were Harmon by a 9-3 decision, Evan McClure (170) with a 4-2 decision and Tristan Smith (195) with a 9-5 decision. Mercer County held a 4-1 edge in pins.

Third-place match. The Falcons (22-5) dropped a 40-31 decision to a Coal City team whose lineup included three individual state champions from last weekend, each of whom won by pin.

Four Falcons seniors ended their careers at state: Gage Adams (126), Isaac Horsch (138), McClure and Franklin. McClure and Franklin were the team’s first two wrestlers in the trophy round. Each won by pin, staking the Falcons to a 12-0 lead.

Adams, Girkin, Aaron Carter (160) and Smolek were the other GCMS/F winners against Coal City. Smolek completed his three-pin day with a fall in 1:54.

Girkin had the team’s fourth pin in the third-place bout. GCMS/Fisher was within 11 points with two matches to go and in position to win with two pins, but traded major decisions.


IHSA CLASS 1A LeROY REGIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP - RIDGEVIEW MUSTANGS SURVIVE PANTHERS – by Tom Benefiel (2-27-15)

The Ridgeview Mustangs survive a furious second-half comeback by the home-standing LeRoy Panthers. The Mustangs advance to sectional play with their 60-57 win.

The Mustangs (28-1) were led in scoring by senior William Tinsley with 15 points, while Tyler McCormick and Austin Zielsdorf add 12 points each. Ridgeview was excellent from the foul line, making 11 out of 13 including many crucial ones in the waning moments of the game.

Big junior Matt Chastain threw in 29 points for the Panthers, while Teddy Harms added nine. LeRoy was nine of 14 on free-throws.

FEBRUARY 27th - REGIONAL CHAMP

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RIDGEVIEW MUSTANGS 21 41 44 60
LeROY PANTHERS 14 22 38 57
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