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Chargers Lose to Gardner-South Wilmington

In the final day of the River Valley/Sangamon Valley tournament at Kankankee Community College, Illinois Lutheran lost to Gardner-South Wilmington on October 13. The Panthers won 26-24, 25-19. The Chargers placed seventh in the 14-team event. The first set started out back-and-forth, with several long rallies. GSW took a 17-12 lead after a five-point serving…

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Joliet Catholic Denies Illinois Lutheran

In the 1A Wilmington regional title game, Joliet Catholic Academy downed Illinois Lutheran 4-1 on October 12. In the early going, both teams were getting some chances, and the game was being played on both ends of the field. The Hilltoppers netted their goal about 15 minutes into the match on a corner kick when…

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Ladycat Hayhurst Places 21st in State Finals

Beecher’s Emily Hayhurst was the best local golf finisher, as the junior placed 21st in the 1A girls golf final. Hayhurst totaled 161 over 36 holes. She had a 76 on the first day, and fired an 85 on day two at the Red Tail Run Golf Course in Decatur. The boys competition was shortened…

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Bobcats, Hayhurst, Flaig Head to State

In a tough battle at the Danville Schlarman 1A sectional on October 8, Beecher was able to capture the final qualifying spot for the state finals. After Sullivan (339) and Tri-Valley (341) grabbed the first two advancements, the Bobcats needed a fifth score to break a 343 tie with Fieldcrest. El Paso was fifth at…

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Chargers, Gould Beat Wilmington

by Dennis Bowling Illinois Lutheran Coach Andrew Biesterfeld knew that playing the undermanned Wilmington (0-17), the Chargers would need to get off to a quick start and that they did with the aid of Kyle Gould on October 9. Senior captain Gould registered two quick header goals and finished with five goals, as Illinois Lutheran…

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ILHS Beats Clifton Central, Falls to Cissna Park

Illinois Lutheran split the first two matches of the River Valley/Sangamon Valley Tournament held at Kankakee Community College. On October 9, the Chargers needed three matches to beat Clifton Central in a fourth seed of the RVC versus the fifth in the Sangamon Valley. In the first set, the Chargers began with a quick 5-2…

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Bobcats Edge Irish in Golf Regional

Playing on their home course, Balmoral Woods, Beecher was able to defeat Bishop McNamara 355-357 for the 1A regional title on October 2. Watseka placed third with a 367 as all three teams played in the Danville Schlarman sectional on October 8. Bobcat Eric Stasko was the medalist with an 81. Austin Behrens tied for…

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Chargers Enjoy Senior Night Win

Illinois Lutheran played their final match of the regular season in front of an energetic home crowd against the Rich South Stars. Seniors Kyle Gould, Josh Cullens, Chris Bushey, Abby Alexander, Giovanni Reyes, and Ethan Ward were honored at halftime in their final home game. The Chargers would send them off with a 7-0 victory…

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ILHS Beats Tri-Point, St. Anne

Against St. Anne on October 4, Illinois Lutheran needed to rally to win the River Valley match in three sets. The Chargers started out strong winning the first set 25-15 but then struggled in the second set. Too many serving errors and miscommunication resulted in a 19-25 second set loss. The Chargers were behind 6-10…

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Bobcats Edge Hosts To Win Grant Park Invite

Playing at Minne Monesse in the Grant Park Invitational, Beecher edged Grant Park by a stroke for the title on September 28. The Bobcats totaled 343 to 344 for the Dragons. Peotone placed fifth with 384, while Illinois Lutheran was sixth at 390. Crete-Monee finished with 406 for 10th in the 12-team event. Keegan Adamson…

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Illinois Lutheran Chargers Edge Peotone

by Dennis Bowling Illinois Lutheran junior Brandon Spence raised his level of play against visiting Peotone on September 26. Spence, a talented midfielder, scored two first-half goals in his best performance of the season, as Illinois Lutheran beat Peotone, 3-2, in a non-conference contest. With the win, the Chargers are 10-7-1 overall, with the Blue…

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Bobcats Win Twin Valley Title, Chargers, Fourth

Beecher continued its hot streak, as the Bobcats won the Twin Valley meet at Dwight Country Club on September 24. The Bobcats totaled 354, while Illinois Lutheran was fourth. Charger Dylan Flaig was the top area golfer and finished with an 84. Three Bobcats joined him on the all-conference list. Brady Serafin and Austin Behrens…

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Chargers Fall to Grant Park, GSW

Illinois Lutheran dropped a pair of River Valley matches this week. The Chargers lost in three sets to both Grant Park and Gardner-South Wilmington On September 24, ILHS traveled to Grant Park falling, 25-22, 18-25, 14-25. The Chargers were down 14-19 in the first set but, after some strong serving by Isabella Biesterfeld, ILHS went…

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Chargers Have Long Day at WLC Tourney

Illinois Lutheran traveled to Wisconsin Lutheran College for an invitational tournament on September 22. The Chargers faced some tough competition and ended the day 1-4. They played Fox Valley Lutheran and lost 15-25, 18-25. The next match was against Shoreland Lutheran and ILHS lost 20-25, 13-25. The third match they played against eventual tournament champion,…

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Oak Forest Blanks Illinois Lutheran

by Dennis Bowling Illinois Lutheran coach Andrew Biesterfeld feels that the Chargers can hold their own in area soccer circles. Illinois Lutheran turned in an outstanding effort against area power Oak Forest on September 18. The Bengals beat the Chargers 2-0 in the opening round of the Rivals Cup at Peotone. Biesterfeld praised his Chargers’…

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Chargers Nip Warriors in Golf

Led by Dylan Flaig’s 42, Illinois Lutheran edged Crete-Monee at Balmoral Woods on September 19. The Chargers won, 221-224, over the Warriors. Charger Anthony Kernagis finished with a 46. Bryce Galette (65) and Gavin Galette (68) rounded out the scoring for Illinois Lutheran, who placed third in the River Valley meet. Nick Albrecht topped the…

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Ladycats Down Illinois Lutheran

by Dennis Bowling Beecher junior Margaret Landis maybe short in stature, but her powerful and precise floater serve was just enough, late in the second and deciding game, to earn a hard fought win over Illinois Lutheran on September 20. In the second game, for all the marbles, Beecher was clinging to an 18-16 lead.…

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