GCMS adds to Hall
GIBSON CITY – Cord Schroeder and the 1992-93 girls' basketball team were inducted into the Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley Hall of Fame on Friday. Schroeder was the school's second state champion wrestler, winning the 152-pound title in 1996 after a 36-4 season.
He had a four-year varsity record of 116-31. Schroeder earned two letters in football and two in track in addition to four in wrestling. He is the first GCMS athlete inducted into the Hall of Fame, which is now in its 13th year.
The 1992-93 Gibson City girls' basketball team, coached by Ossie Jordan, won a still-standing school record of 30 games and placed third in the Class 1A state tournament. Lisa Noble was the team's top scorer in three tournament games (54 points), followed by Cathy Arnold (40 points), Erin Devaney (34 points), Angie Nettleton (16 points) and Karissa Main (12 points). Noble was fourth at state in scoring and made the all-tournament team.
Other squad members were Lori Baird, Kathleen Barnes, Danielle Berg, Amy Bradbury, Tara Jennings, Jana Lage, Amy Lindsey, Brandy Pettit and Gretchen Reiners. Jordan was assisted by Larry Littlefield.
After losing to Carthage in the semifinals, the team bounced back to end the season with a 62-51 win vs. Stockton to finish in the position where it was ranked in the final state poll. During a three-year period, the school won 81 of 86 games in girls' basketball. The 1992-93 season marked the final one for Gibson City before the consolidation with Melvin-Sibley took place.
B-H seeks another repeat
WESTVILLE – Coach Susan Kentner's Bismarck-Henning squad is the favorite to add a sixth consecutive Vermilion County volleyball championship to its trophy case. The top-seeded Blue Devils open tournament play at 9 a.m. Saturday against Georgetown-Ridge Farm.
Other first-round pairings, in bracket order, are No. 4 Armstrong-Potomac vs. No. 5 Westville; No. 3 Salt Fork vs. No. 6 Milford; and No. 2 Oakwood vs. No. 7 Hoopeston Area.
Each team will play twice Saturday. The trophy matches are scheduled for Monday, with the consolation finals at 5 p.m., the third-place match at 6:15 and the title match at 7:30 p.m.
A way to showcase the best
CHAMPAIGN – Centennial's Greg Walters is a devoted cross-country coach who was inspired by looking at last week's list of boys' top times. Since the times were all achieved on 3-mile courses, Walters decided to take them and score it as a mythical meet to see how that would compare to last week's boys' rankings.
His results: 1. Mahomet-Seymour; 2. Urbana University High; 3. Centennial; 4. St. Joseph-Ogden; 5. Monticello; 6. Paxton-Buckley-Loda; 7. Champaign Central; 8. Sullivan; 9. Danville; and 10. Georgetown-Ridge Farm/Chrisman.
That compares to The News-Gazette's most recent boys' rankings: 1. St. Joseph-Ogden; 2. Urbana University High; 3. Centennial; 4. Monticello; 5. Mahomet-Seymour; 6. Unity; 7. Paxton-Buckley-Loda; 8. Georgetown-Ridge Farm/Chrisman; 9. Champaign Central; 10. Oakwood/Armstrong-Potomac.
We liked the idea so much, we asked him to score the top five runners for area girls' cross-country teams. Those rankings (below) are based on times reported to The News-Gazette.
Bulldogs debut in rankings
MAHOMET – For the first time this year, coach Keith Pogue's Mahomet-Seymour football team has cracked the Class 4A state rankings compiled by The Associated Press. The Bulldogs move in tied for No. 9 on the basis of last week's 14-5 upset of previously top-ranked Bloomington Central Catholic, which fell to No. 4. In the preseason, M-S was rated 15th.
Other area teams in the Top 10 include Salt Fork (seventh in Class 1A), Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley (eighth in 2A), Unity (fourth in 3A), St. Thomas More (fifth in 3A) and Danville (third in 6A). St. Thomas More's ranking is the highest in the eight-year history of the program.