CHRISMAN — One of the state’s winningest boys’ basketball coaches will have a court named in his honor Monday.
Chrisman will dedicate its court for Roger Beals, who won 541 games at the school, prior to Monday’s home varsity game against Tri-County, at about 7 p.m. Beals retired in 1992 with 638 career wins, a total that still ranks 27th on the all-time IHSA list.
Beals, who will turn 75 in April, called the honor “much appreciated,” and said, “I’ve got to talk to someone to find out who to thank.”
Last August, Beals underwent a quadruple bypass. He tries to walk a mile a day and during the winter often does his walking at Chrisman High School. If it’s after school, he said, “I drop in on practice and watch.”
During his 23 years as the Chrisman head coach, Beals won 83.5 percent of his games and never lost more than nine games in a season. His teams won 14 regional titles, including ones the final 10 years he coached. His 1985 team placed second at the state tournament, and his 1987 team finished third.
He also coached cross-country at the school, and his 1988-89 boys’ and girls’ teams each won state championships.
“Chrisman is on the map because of Roger Beals’ dedication to his kids and coaching,” said Kathy Morris, a runner on his state championship girls’ cross-country team.
Long before he was hired to coach at Chrisman in 1969, Beals had a connection.
“In eighth grade (1951-52), I played in the gym at Chrisman (for visiting Windsor) when it was brand new,” said Beals, who credited his grade school coach, Kenny Hudson, as being his mentor.
“I learned practically everything from him. He taught me about everything I know.”
Bloch selects Illinois
ARGENTA — Senior Kandie Bloch, the Class 1A high jump state champion as a junior at Argenta-Oreana, orally committed to Illinois, where she will receive a full scholarship. Bloch will sign a letter of intent Feb. 7. She has not decided on a major.
A two-sport athlete, Bloch scored at least 30 points in all three basketball games at last week’s Macon County Tournament (totaling 98 points in all). An All-Area first-teamer in 2012, Bloch is the area’s top scorer this winter.
As a high jumper, she cleared 5 feet, 10 inches last spring (tying the all-time area record) to win the 1A title by 3 inches. Neither the 2A nor the 3A winner jumped higher than 5-7.
Hahne picks Illinois State
DANVILLE — Senior Jesse Hahne, a two-time all-state cross-country runner from Schlarman, orally committed to Illinois State. He will participate in cross-country and track for the Redbirds, following in the footsteps of another former Schlarman athlete, Scott Krapf.
Hahne will sign a letter of intent next month.
Hahne placed fifth at state in cross-country as a junior (15 minutes, 2 seconds) and sixth as a senior (15:03). In track, Hahne placed 10th at state in the 3,200 meters (10:11.84) and 12th in the 1,600 meters (4:55.12) as a junior. As a sophomore, he placed 10th at state in the 1A 3,200 meters (9:42.19).
Three generations of winners
MORTON — Unbeaten Urbana senior wrestler Cameron Mammen, who is 15-0, won the 170-pound weight class at Saturday’s Morton Invitational without giving up a point. Three generations of Mammens have been involved with titles at the annual event.
It started in 1984 when Wayne Mammen (Cameron’s grandfather) coached the Tigers to the team title at Morton. In 1985, Mark Mammen (Cameron’s father) won his weight class. Cameron Mammen is a two-time winner at the tournament and became the second Mammen to earn the Outstanding Wrestler award. His uncle, Kirk Mammen, received that designation during his state championship season.
Cameron Mammen has 96 career wins and could join the school’s 100-win club at Saturday’s 34th Urbana Invitational, which will be at Urbana Middle School.
The 10-team event will start at 9:30 a.m., with semifinals tentatively set for 2:30 p.m. and the championship round at 4:45.
Other area schools in the tourney are St. Joseph-Ogden, St. Thomas More and Westville/Salt Fork/Georgetown-Ridge Farm.
M-S wrestling tourney Saturday
MAHOMET — The 33rd Marty Williams Invitational is Saturday at Mahomet-Seymour High. Twenty-one schools will send entries.
Besides the host Bulldogs, other participants from the area include Centennial and Champaign Central.
First-round matches will start at 9:30 a.m. The finals will begin at about 5 p.m.
Fisher to induct Hall class
FISHER — Twelve members will be inducted into the Fisher High School Athletic Hall of Fame on Saturday in conjunction with a home boys’ basketball game against Flanagan/Cornell.
There’s a meet-and-greet from 3 to 4 p.m. at the high school, followed by the ceremony in the high school gymnasium at 4, with a meal to follow at 4:30 in the high school cafeteria. The junior varsity basketball game will tip off at 5, followed by the varsity contest at about 6:30. Inductees will be introduced to the crowd at halftime of the varsity game.
Those being enshrined are Trina May Burk (1990), Scott May (1991), Christie McCleary Delaney (1992), Tricia Schwing (1992), Scott DeGraff (1995), Michael Hofferth (1996), Carol Hahnstadt Gamboa (1997), Lindsay Wilson Gowin (1997), Valerie Hieser Rogers (1999), Jon Kelly (1999), Justin May (1999) and Chris Murray (1999).
This group will bring to 60 the number of former Bunnies in the Hall of Fame.
Burk was a volleyball/track letter winner who was team MVP in volleyball as a senior, when she put 187 consecutive serves in play. In track, she set a school record in the 300 low hurdles.
Scott May was a sprinter who qualified for state as a junior and senior. He placed sixth in the 200 as a senior. He was team MVP in basketball as a senior.
McCleary Delaney was a three-sport athlete who twice was chosen Fisher’s top female athlete. As a senior, she was all-conference in volleyball and softball and the team MVP in basketball.
Schwing was the school’s most valuable volleyball player four consecutive years, earning All-Area first-team honors as a senior. She returned to the school as volleyball head coach, winning regional titles in 2002 and 2003, as well as a school-record 26 wins in ‘03.
DeGraff was a four-year letterman in football and track. He qualified for state twice in the high jump and once in the 300 intermediate hurdles.
Hofferth was a letterman in basketball and track, earning all-league accolades in basketball three consecutive years. He topped the 1,000-point mark as a junior and averaged 24.6 points per game as a senior.
Hahnstadt Gamboa earned letters in four sports and twice was selected as the school’s top female athlete. She was all-conference in volleyball and basketball as a senior and led the softball team in homers as a senior.
Wilson Gowin was academic all-conference in volleyball, basketball and softball, earning four letters apiece in each sport. As a pitcher, she threw back-to-back no-hitters as a senior and was second in the area with 19 wins.
Hieser Rogers placed third at state in the high jump in 1997 and set the school record in the event (5-8) as a junior. She also lettered in basketball and volleyball.
Kelly lettered in four sports, including baseball all four years. He was All-Area first team as a junior, when he was 8-0 and batted a school-record .544. He also placed sixth in the SVC golf meet as a senior.
Justin May earned 11 letters between football, basketball and baseball. He eclipsed the 1,000-point mark in basketball and established school records for season and career home runs in baseball.
Murray earned four letters apiece in wrestling and baseball, plus two in football and one in golf. He was a two-time all-conference pick in baseball.