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Bobcat Boys Basketball Moves to 15-1

By Dennis Bowling Beecher junior Jack Hayhurst is a two-sport sensation. During this past fall, Hayhurst emerged as one of the top golfers in the State of Illinois. Currently, Hayhurst is one of the best three-point shooters, with dead-on accuracy, and that was especially true on January 3. Hayhurst, a 6’-4” dynamic guard, made five…

Bobcat Ethan Rydberg led with 8 points and 3 assists.Photo by Jim Piacentini.

Bobcats Fall to Cyclones

By Dennis Bowling Beecher Coach Tyler Shireman knew the Bobcats would be up for a challenge when playing Chicago High School Agriculture Science, but the Bobcats’ offense really struggled against the Cyclones on January 26. Beecher’s bright spot was junior Ethan Rydberg, a 6-foot guard, who led with eight points and had three assists, as…

Bobcat Ava Pattenaude, #2, had a great game. –Photo by Jim Piacentini.

Beecher Pulls Out a Win Against the Raiders

By Dennis Bowling Beecher Coach Adam Keen knows freshman Ava Pattenaude has a very bright future with the Bobcats. Without a doubt, she is mature beyond her years and did an exceptional job on January 24, including in the waning moments of the game against Iroquois West. With little time left in the game, Beecher…

Beecher Coach Tyler Shireman has the team pointed in the right direction, with back-to-back 20-win seasons and the first AP top-10 ranking in program history. –Photo by Jeff Vorva

Beecher Seeking Second Regional Title in School History

By Jeff Vorva Since Christmas, life around the Beecher boys basketball team has been anything but normal. When the freezing weather helped cause a pipe to burst and flooded the high school’s main gym, the floor was ruined and unusable, and the Bobcats had to adapt with practices and home games off campus. That set…

Bobcat Adyn McGinley moves in for a score. –Photo by Jim Piacentini.

Bobcats Rout the Chargers

By Dennis Bowling Beecher Coach Tyler Shireman feels junior Adyn McGinley does many things well, with that being especially true on January 10. McGinley, a 6’ point guard, finished with a team-high 15 points, along with three assists, to help Beecher rout Illinois Lutheran, 73-36, in a River Valley Conference contest in Crete. With the…

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Basketball Highlights

Beecher: On Friday, January 6, the Bobcats beat Gardner-South Wilmington, 77-54. For the Bobcats, Adyn McGinley had 27 points, 6 rebounds, and 5 assists, with Rio Llamas finishing with 17 points and 10 rebounds. Saturday, January 7, in the St Joseph-Ogden Shootout, Beecher beat Bismarck-Henning/Rossville-Alvin, 64 – 48. On the day, Zack Johnson had 21…

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Cat vs. Cat and GSW Panthers Take the Win

By Dennis Bowling Beecher Coach Adam Keen was looking to start the new year on a winning note, but at the close of the third quarter, the Bobcats were trailing Gardner-South Wilmington by a 29-23 count. In the final stanza, the Panthers outscored Beecher by a 17-5 count to seal the win on January 2.…

Bobcats Take Holiday Tourney Championship

On Thursday, December 29, the Beecher Bobcats scored another holiday victory, 72-50, over Morrison. The win clinched the team’s place in the championship game of the Cliff Warkins Memorial Tourney, hosted by Erie High School, on Friday, December 30. For the Bobcats, Adyn McGinley led the team with 24 points, Zack Johnson had 18, Rio…

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Ladycats Take Tough Reavis Loss

By Dennis Bowling Beecher Coach Adam Keen’s Ladycats were not able to practice during their Christmas break, as both of the gyms were flooded. But, they still came out prepared and did their absolute best on December 26. Beecher senior Kendall Kasput, a 5’-4” shooting guard, had a great game, with a team-high 11 points,…

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Area Basketball Highlights

Panther Girls Basketball: Wednesday, December 21 was not a great night for the Manteno Panthers, who were in a non-conference contest against Gardner-South Wilmington. Going into winter break, the Panthers came up short, losing 53-60 to GSW. Even though the Panthers put a lot of points on the board, the stats still showed only a…

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Bobcats Top St. Anne, 79-52

Tuesday, December 13, the Beecher Bobcats faced conference foe St. Anne, in a contest at St. Anne. Bringing home the 79-52 victory, Adyn McGinley led with 31 points, 9 rebounds, and 5 steals, Zack Johnson added a very respectable 17 points and 4 rebounds, while Jack Hayhurst finished with 12 points, and 4 rebounds. Beecher…

Beecher’s Sidney Bonham (#22) against Prairie Central. Photo by Jim Piacentini.

Beecher Lady Bobcats Fall to Prairie Central

By Dennis Bowling In area girl basketball circles, Beecher senior Kendall Kasput is a very accurate three-point shooter, but in a recent lopsided win over Illinois Lutheran, Kasput had a mere two treys. On Tuesday, December 13, Kasput, a 5’-4” guard, stood tall, breaking out of her shooting slump, with four treys, including one late…

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Bobcats Tally Winning Week

On December 6, the Bobcats trounced rival Clifton Central on Central’s court, 73-57. For the night, Adyn McGinley led the Bobcats with 21 points, 8 assists, and 6 rebounds. He was followed closely by teammate Zack Johnson, who finished with 18 points. High scorers for Clifton were junior Logan Fritz and senior Luke Shoven, each…

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Bobcats End 7-Game Losing Streak

By Dennis Bowling The Bobcats are always in most of their games, and bright and articulate Coach Adam Keen was celebrating when the Bobcats ended their seven-game losing streak on December 6. Bobcat freshman Ava Pattenaude, a 5′-4″ shooting guard, registered a team-high 15 points, which included eight points in the third quarter, plus one…

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Bobcats Rout Donovan, 95-40

By Dennis Bowling Beecher Coach Tyler Shireman just loves to play on the Bobcats’ home court, before their very supportive fans. On December 2, amped-up Beecher junior Adyn McGinley certainly gave those supportive fans an exceptional game and something to cheer about. McGinley, a 6’ outstanding point guard, registered 27 points, had 4 steals, 6…

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Devils Take a Loss then Move on to Trounce Lisle

By: Dennis Bowling The Peotone girls basketball team is a very close knit team. Following their first loss of the season to Prairie Central, the Blue Devils proved they are a very resilient group and rebounded in style by beating Lisle on January 30. Senior Mady Kibelkis, a 5′-8″ shooting guard, finished with 16 points,…
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Devils Pull Out Win Over Momence

By Dennis Bowling Peotone sophomore Brandon Weiss was not about to let a painful left leg achilles issue keep him from his appointed rounds. Weiss turned in a very gutsy effort on January 27. Weiss, a very promising point guard, with exceptional accuracy, registered a team-high 21 points, which included five treys, through three quarters…
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Bobcat Boys Basketball Moves to 15-1

By Dennis Bowling Beecher junior Jack Hayhurst is a two-sport sensation. During this past fall, Hayhurst emerged as one of the top golfers in the State of Illinois. Currently, Hayhurst is one of the best three-point shooters, with dead-on accuracy, and that was especially true on January 3. Hayhurst, a 6’-4” dynamic guard, made five…
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Bobcats Fall to Cyclones

By Dennis Bowling Beecher Coach Tyler Shireman knew the Bobcats would be up for a challenge when playing Chicago High School Agriculture Science, but the Bobcats’ offense really struggled against the Cyclones on January 26. Beecher’s bright spot was junior Ethan Rydberg, a 6-foot guard, who led with eight points and had three assists, as…
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Beecher Pulls Out a Win Against the Raiders

By Dennis Bowling Beecher Coach Adam Keen knows freshman Ava Pattenaude has a very bright future with the Bobcats. Without a doubt, she is mature beyond her years and did an exceptional job on January 24, including in the waning moments of the game against Iroquois West. With little time left in the game, Beecher…
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Devils Simply Devoured the Tigers

By Dennis Bowling Peotone senior Jenna Hunter, prior to the game with Illinois Central Eight Conference foe Herscher, was able to gather her thoughts. Hunter, who was mentally focused, simply devoured the Tigers on January 23. A 5’-11” power forward, Hunter scored a season high 26 points and hauled down 14 rebounds, to help Peotone…
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