Area sports catchup (Feb. 16, 2019)

Nick Schultz -- The former Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley boys track and field standout finished first with a leap of 2.03 meters in the high jump for Indiana State University in the Eastern Illinois University Friday Night Special.
Andrew Zenner -- The former Paxton-Buckley-Loda baseball standout picked up a save for John A.

GCMS seventh-grade volleyball defeats PBL in TCC Tournament championship match

CISSNA PARK -- The Paxton-Buckley-Loda seventh-grade volleyball team finished second in the Twin County Conference Tournament.
In the semifinals, PBL defeated Cissna Park 25-12, 25-17. 
Bailey Bruns had three kills for PBL while Brooke Kleinert, Kamryn Suhl and Aubree Gooden each had two kills.

PBL eighth-grade volleyball wins 2019 TCC Tournament championship

CISSNA PARK -- The Paxton-Buckley-Loda eighth-grade volleyball team won its second straight Twin County Conference title.
After defeating Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley 25-14, 25-10 in the semifinals on Saturday, PBL won 31-29, 25-16 over Prairie Central in the title match later on Saturday.
Losa Suaava had a team-high 10 kills for PBL (11-2) a

Rantoul/PBL's Peter McCusker, Nolan Roseman earn fourth-place medals at IHSA Class 2A state wrestling meet

CHAMPAIGN -- Peter McCusker and Nolan Roseman of the Rantoul/Paxton-Buckley-Loda wrestling team each earned a fourth-place medal at the IHSA Class 2A state meet on Saturday.
In the 145-pound third-place match, McCusker lost via 5-2 decision to Lemont's Grant LaDuke.

GCMS/Fisher's Hayden Workman ends season in IHSA Class 1A state meet's wrestleback quarterfinals

CHAMPAIGN -- In the wrestleback quarterfinals of the 285-pound class of the IHSA Class 1A state tournament, Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley/Fisher's Hayden Workman's season ended with a loss in extra time.
"It was a good season," Workman said. "My goal was to make it to state, and I went a lot farther than I expected.

GCMS boys basketball claims outright HOIC regular-season title with win over Lexington

LEXINGTON -- The Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley boys basketball team won 67-42 in its regular-season finale over Lexington on Friday.
With the win, the Falcons (27-2, 12-0 Heart of Illinois Conference) claimed the outright conference regular-season championship.
In the first quarter, GCMS outscored Lexington 18-13 as Bryce Barnes scored 10 poin

Rantoul/PBL wrestlers McCusker, Roseman to wrestle on final day of IHSA Class 2A state tournament

CHAMPAIGN -- Peter McCusker of the Rantoul/Paxton-Buckley-Loda wrestling team will wrestle in the wrestleback semifinals today in the IHSA Class 2A state meet.
McCusker lost via 14-6 major decision in the championship semifinals of the 145-pound bracket to Burlington's Nick Termini.
In the quarterfinals, McCusker won via 7-0 decision over

GCMS/Fisher wrestler Hayden Workman advances to wrestleback quarterfinals of IHSA Class 1A state meet

CHAMPAIGN -- Hayden Workman received an opportunity afforded to none of the other three Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley/Fisher grapplers who qualified for the tournament.
The Falcons senior would have his hand raised after defeating Grant Park’s Joey Petrucci via decision in Friday’s Class 1A 285-pound wrestlebacks.
That is, if Workman didn’t bo

GCMS boys basketball at Lexington (2019)

The GCMS varsity boys team clinched the outright Heart of Illinois Conference regular-season title with a 67-42 win Friday over Lexington. Bryce Barnes led GCMS with 12 points while Caleb Bleich had 10 points as the Falcons ended their regular season with an overall record of 27-2 and a 12-0 record in the HOIC.

PBL boys basketball claims SVC championship with win over state-ranked Cissna Park

PAXTON -- As Paxton-Buckley-Loda junior Trey VanWinkle put it, his boys basketball team's 48-44 win over the No. 2-ranked Class 1A team in Cissna Park was "the best way to end the regular season."
"We didn’t want it any other way," VanWinkle said. “That is a very good team. That’s a very good win for us.

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