Lady Bobcats Sweep Donovan in Doubleheader Shutouts

By Jim Piacentini The Lady Bobcats faced the Donovan Wildcats on their home field in a conference doubleheader on Tuesday, April 9, which resulted in two awesome wins. The Bobcats came out swinging their bats and took the doubleheader 17-0 and 13-0. In the first game, everyone on the team pitched in. Evelyn Jablonski went…

Beecher took on Ottawa. Photo by Jim Piacentini.

Lady Bobcats Crush Ottawa 9-1

By Jim Piacentini On Wednesday, March 27, the Lady Bobcats came out swinging against the Ottawa Pirates in front of the hometown fans. Scoring 3 runs in the first inning, they set the pace of the game, which resulted in the 9-1 non-conference win. On the day, the Lady Bobcats tallied 14 hits and were…

Bobcats Lose to Herscher

By Jim Piacentini It was a cold cold and windy day on Wednesday, March 27, but both the Beecher Bobcats and the Herscher Tigers came out swinging. At the end on of the third inning, the game was tied 3-all. But by the fourth, there was a decided change, as Herscher went around the batting…

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Bobcats Beat Watseka, 7-6

On Tuesday, March 12, in a non-conference contest on the home diamond, the Bobcats beat the Watseka Warriors, 7-6, in six-and-a-half innings of play. AJ Snell earned his first pitching victory of the year, striking out 9 Warriors in 4 innings of work. On the day, Snell, Quinton Allen, and Nathan Diachenko each had two…

Beecher Bobcat Adyn McGinley –Photo by Jim Piacentini.

Bobcats Made History

By Jeff Vorva “Sad that the ride is over, but what a ride it was!” That sentence found on the Beecher Basketball’s X social media page, complete with the exclamation point at the end of it, put the exclamation point on a wild and historic boys’ hoops season. It was a season that came to…

Beecher Bobcat Adyn McGinley –Photo by Jim Piacentini.

State Season’s Only Undefeated Team Ends in Loss

By Andrea Arens By all accounts, the Beecher Bobcats were the team to watch. Undefeated and moving in to the Elite 8 Super-Sectional, the Bobcats knew their up-coming game would be a tough one, and tough it was! The first quarter included back-and-forth leads and showed the Bobcats weren’t ones to be dismissed, as the…

Bobcat Adyn McGinley #24 led the scoring for the night. Photo by Jim Piacentini.

Bobcats Make Elite 8; Super-Sectional Action March 4

  By Jim Piacentini Friday, March 1, with the Clifton Sectional Championship on the line, first period scoring was tough for both the Bobcats and the Fieldcrest Knights. Neither team seemed to have a direct line to the basket, as the first quarter was tight, leaving the Bobcats leading by only four, 13-9, as the…

Bobcats made program history with the win at sectional over Fieldcrest. Photo by Jim Piacentini.

Beecher Wins Sectional, Moves on to Elite 8

By Jeff Vorva The dream season continued for Beecher’s boys basketball team in the sectional. The Illinois High School Association Class 2A Clifton Central Sectional featured four red-hot teams that had not lost in the 2024 calendar year. The hottest of the hot was Beecher, which won the sectional with a 60-43 victory over Fieldcrest…

Orlin Nesbitt helped the Bobcats soar to victory. Photo by Jim Piacentini.

Bobcats Keep Rolling; Take Sectional Semi-Final, 61-51

By Jim Piacentini On Wednesday, February 28, in Clifton Sectional Semi-final competition, the Beecher Bobcats (33-0) faced the Bismarck-Henning/Rossville-Alvin Blue Devils (29-4). In the 61-51 win, they will advance to the Sectional Championship on Friday, March 1, when they face the Fieldcrest Knights from Minonk, who have a record very similar to the Bobcats, at…

The Bobcats posed with their Regional Title Plaque after another win in their books. Photo by Jim Piacentini.

Two Regionals Won On the Same Night; Beecher Sitting at 32-0

By Jeff Vorva Its rare enough for Beecher and Manteno’s boys basketball teams to win a regional. But for both teams to win one on the same night? That had not happened before, until February 23. Manteno (27-4) won its second regional in school history and first since 2006 with a 48-31 victory over Wilmington…

Bobcat Jack Hayhurst goes one-on-one against Chicago Carver. –Photo by Jim Piacentini.

Bobcats Trounced Chicago Carver

By Jim Piacentini In Westmont Regional Semi-final competition on Wednesday, February 21, the Beecher Bobcats trounced Chicago Carver, 82-51, while preserving their perfect 31-0 record. For this game, it was all Bobcats, who came out on fire. There just was no stopping them. Beecher kept the heat on and took control of both the offensive…

Evelyn Jablonski gives it her all in regional semi-final action against the Coalers on February 12. –Photo by Jim Piacentini.

Lady Bobcats Finish Year Third in RVC

By Jim Piacentini The Lady Bobcat Basketball Team headed to Manteno on Monday, February 12, to take on Coal City in regional semi-final action, but the Coalers were too much for the Bobcats in this one, which resulted in a 22-53 loss. Beecher was outscored 27-13 in the first half and just couldn’t get anything…

The Bobcats proudly show they are #1 in the RVC and take home the trophy to prove it. Way to go, Bobcats! –Photo by Jim Piacentini.

BOBCATS: RVC Champs, Only State Undefeated Team!

By Jim Piacentini In a big game, with titles and records on the line, the Beecher Bobcats came out, set the tone, and didn’t stop. Beecher took a demanding lead against St. Anne in the first quarter, 22-6. By half time, the Bobcats were ahead 45-20, and then ran away with the ball in the…

Orlin Nesbitt led the Bobcats to Victory. Photo by Jim Piacentini.

Bobcats Continue Perfect Record!

By Jim Piacentini On Friday, February 9, in RVC semi-final action at The Den, Beecher faced Grant Park and kept their perfect record intact – winning 73-44. The Bobcats came out of the gate in full force and held a 22-14 lead at the end of the first quarter. In the second quarter, they ran…

Bobcat seniors were honored on February 6. Photo by Jim Piacentini.

Bobcats Set School Record with 27 Wins!

By Jim Piacentini Tuesday, February 6, the Bobcats provided the home fans with a huge win plus a new record, as the Bobcats beat the Reed-Custer Comets, 80-50. The game goes into the record book as Beecher’s 27th win for the season, while setting a new record! The Bobcats came out of the gates hitting,…

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VEDETTE SPORTS REPORT

By Jeff Vorva Ahmad Henderson had a huge freshman year playing basketball at Niagara University but is coming home to the Chicago area. The Crete native and Brother Rice graduate is transferring to the University of Illinois-Chicago and announced his decision shortly after the Flames named Rob Ehsan as its new head coach last week.…
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Vedette Sports Report

By Jeff Vorva A former talented team will rub shoulders with a current talented team.  Beecher’s 2007 softball team is a part of the 2024 Beecher Hall of Fame class and will be honored May 11 before a home softball game against Lemont. The 2007 squad won the Illinois High School Association Class 2A State…
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VEDETTE SPORTS REPORT

By Jeff Vorva Adyn McGinley is going to be a Chap. McGinley, the top scorer and all-around player for Beecher’s historic boys basketball team, committed to the College of DuPage. McGinley leaves the Bobcats program scoring 1,545 career points. The team was 93-17 in his four-year career. This year, the 6-foot guard made several all-area…
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VEDETTE SPORTS REPORT

By Jeff Vorva It was a clash of area powers meeting in the Elite Eight.  Manteno Middle School’s eighth-grade girls volleyball team finished second in the state in Class 3A and had to beat Beecher in order to bring a trophy home. Both area schools qualified for the Illinois Elementary School Association quarterfinals and Manteno…
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VEDETTE SPORTS REPORT

By Jeff Vorva Let the postseason honors begin. Peotone’s girls basketball team’s big run ended March 25 in supersectional play, but star player Madison Schroeder picked up some good news as she was named to the Illinois Media All-State Class 2A team (formerly the Associated Press team). She was also named first team on the…
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Bobcats Make Elite 8; Super-Sectional Action March 4

  By Jim Piacentini Friday, March 1, with the Clifton Sectional Championship on the line, first period scoring was tough for both the Bobcats and the Fieldcrest Knights. Neither team seemed to have a direct line to the basket, as the first quarter was tight, leaving the Bobcats leading by only four, 13-9, as the…
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