September 2, 2014

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Milton Angier is the very first Beardstown athlete to ever participate in the Olympics

By Don Chipman
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Track and field events were the first competitive sport in which Beardstown High School participated, and Milton Angier became the first “star” in BHS athletics.
Angier practiced throwing the javelin at the Beardstown High School first athletic field, which was located across 9th street from the high school; where at that time the high school was located at Lincoln School, bordering Monroe, Clay and Eighth Streets.

The Tri County Thunder 10u girls sign-up set for Aug. 31

By Don Chipman
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Tom Orr, manager of the Tri-County Thunder 10u announces sign-up date for the 10u softball  team for the 2015.
The date for the sign-up for the 10u squad has been set for Aug. 31 at 1 p.m. at Rice Field in Roy Roberts Park.
Tri-County Thunder  organization has been the highest successful fast pitch softball team in the Tri-County area and have been the state champions for the last seven successive years in ASA, NSA, and Little League softball.
All girls interested in playing for the Tri-County Thunder 10u team birthday must be no later than January 1, 2004.
For further information about the 10u sign-up you may contact Tom Orr at (217) 323-4787.

PORTA/A-C volleyball practice to set to start August 13

By Don Chipman
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The first official practice for 2014 PORTA/A-C volleyball team will be Wednesday, August 13 from 9-12 a.m. at the PORTA High School.
If anyone is interested that has not already been in contact with Coach Carrie Jo Donnan this summer then please do so ASAP by contacting Coach Donnan at (217) 481-0747. You must have a current physical on file in order to practice.
Also plan to attend the parent meeting on August 11 at PORTA High School. For freshmen and new students the meeting will start at 6:30 p.m., and for all others at 7 p.m.

Ed’s Note:?The Star-Gazette Sports Pages will cover the 2014 PORTA/A-C Volleyball season with complete game resumes, photos and box scores.

U. of I. track star has Beardstown roots

By Don Chipman
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Ben Dodds’ connection to Beardstown is that he is the grandson of Constance Tucker of Champaign, and Milton  McClure III, formerly of Beardstown, and is presently  a sophomore at the University of Illinois and is a member of the Illini track team, throwing the javelin.
As a sophomore at Illinois, Dodds qualified for the NCAA West preliminary round in the javelin event.
He also finished 10th in the Big Ten Championships, and threw the fourth-best mark in school history (61.75 meters) to win the Lenny Lyles/Clark Wood Invite.
Dodds continued to shine as he also recorded three top-three finishes in the javelin events in 2014, including placing second at the Tiger Track Classic.
When Dodds was a freshman he placed fourth at the Outdoor Big Ten Championships in the javelin with a personal best mark of 203.10 (62.13 meters), which is the fourth best throw in the javelin in Illinois history.
As a freshman, he continuied to improve his performances competing in six meets in wich Dodds threw the javelin and in five of the six meets he placed no worse than fourth in during the freshmen 2013 season.
As a member of the Illini track team he qualified for the academic All-Big Ten team as well as being an AUSTFCCA All-Academic Award winner.
He holds the high school record at St. Thomas Moore (Champaign) High School in the pole vault, and was a three-time state pole vault qualifier in the small schools state meet and made the state finals his senior year.
Dodds earned all-conference honors in track from his sophomore through his senior year, and won the small school state championship in golf his sophomore year, along with being a six-time IHSA Athletic Academic Achievement award winner.
He is a studying to be an Accounting Major (CPA) at the University of Illinois.
Dodds is the son of Alan and Meredith (McClure) Dodds of Champaign.

A-C baseball team wins 10u Athens tournament played July 12-14

By Don Chipman
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The A-C Central Knights captured the Athens 10u Baseball Tournament championship over the July 12-14 weekend.
The Knights went undefeated winning over Williamsville, Athens and PORTA enroute to their way to the championship.
The young Knights were coached by Colin Arthalony.

Beardstown Jr. Girls forced to fight out of loser’s bracket

By Don Chipman
Sports Editor
After dropping their first game Saturday in the Jr. Little League League state tournament to LaGrange by 17-8 verdict, the hometowners fought back to win a real slugfest with LaSalle in a 16-15  contest in extra innings.
The young Lady Tigers took on Evergreen Park in the loser’s bracket in a 6 p.m. contest Monday evening to attempt to earn a shot at the state title by coming out of the loser’s bracket.

Big League All-Stars finish third in Regional Tournament at 2-2

By Don Chipman
Sports Editor
The Beardstown Big League Girls All-Stars got out of the gate with a quick jump start by winning the first two games in the Regional Tournament hosted by Illinois District 13 at Elgin.
The tournament features a Pool Play bracket with four games, with the two teams having the best records moving on to play for the Regional Championships, with the winner advancing to the LL World Series.
Beardstown won their first two games in Pool Play, before losing to Indiana in a hard fought 9-7 loss. Earlier in Pool Play the hometowners took on Elgin winning their first game in Pool Play by a 14-4 margin. This followed with a 10-0 shutout over Iowa, giving Beardstown a 2-0 record in the early going.

Beardstown Big League All-Stars capture the state championship

By Don Chipman
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The Beardstown Big League All-Stars traveled to South Holland Park this past weekend and proved their mettle by grabbing two wins over South Cicero 19-0, and a nail-bitter 6-5 win over South Horner Park.
By winning both games, the young Lady Tigers have moved into the championship contest of the State Finals.
They will play the winners of the South Holland-South Horner Park game on Tuesday.
The team is comprised of: Shelby Koehler, Haleigh Hammel, and Allison Dewalt of West Hancock; Kathy Wilson, Macomb; Elyce Trout, Illini West; Rachael Motley, Barry; Megan Winston, Brown County; Alexis Ensminger, Stronghurst (out with knee injury); Aileana Rawlins, Madison Cowell, and Maddie Fox, of Beardstown.

Two BHS Tigers receive All-Area honors by SJ-R

By Don Chipman
Sports Editor
Two BHS Tigers received All-Area honors by the SJ-R.
Named to the first team All-Area were senior Jon Kramer and sopohomore Rick Dour.

Jon Kramer named to IHSBCA All-Star Team

By Don Chipman
Sports Editor
Head baseball coach of the Tigers Robin Lewis, led the O&B to the sectional finals, and closed out the year with a fine  25-10 mark received notice recently that he had one player selected to IHSCBA all-state first team, and had placed three players on first team all conferrence in the Prairieland Conference and one on the second team.
Jon Kramer, OF/P for the BHS Tigers baseball team was honored by the IHSBCA by being named to the first team Class 2A All-State squad.