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MT. PULASKI – It took the Blue Ridge Knights one extra inning and just two hits – both from junior Thomas Hardesty – to edge the LeRoy Panthers 3-2 for a regional championship victory.
The Panthers started the scoring in the second as junior Teddy Harms blooped a single to short right field to drive in Eli Kerns and Bryce Dooley for the 2-0 lead.
The TVMS track team battled through two separate hour-plus rain delays to qualify 13 athletes to the IESA state 2A meet next weekend at East Peoria.
It was a very challenging day as two large rain squalls and lightning forced the competitors to seek shelter in the gym. The pole vault event was not totally completed.
DOWNS — The Tri-Valley boys opened up regional play with a big win over Dee-Mack at home Monday afternoon.
Tri-Valley led throughout the tame, jumping ahead 2-0 in the first behind a Jack Butler two-RBI double, but the Chiefs came within striking distance at times.
MT. PULASKI — The LeRoy boys survived a 5-3 victory Wednesday to open up regional action against Decatur LSA.
Brett Egan took the victory in a complete game as the Panthers tied their school record from 2006 for most wins in a single season with 21.
MT. PULASKI — Ben Williamson quieted the Fisher bats for most of Thursday afternoon’s game, and his team provided enough offense to get the 5-2 win at Veterans Park in Mt. Pulaski.
Grant Guimond, a Senior at Tri-Valley High School, has signed a letter of intent to run Cross Country, Indoor Track and Outdoor Track with Olivet Nazarene University in Bourbonnais, Illinois. Grant will be studying Zoology. This photo was taken at the signing ceremony in January at Olivet.
DOWNS – One of the most prolific Viking athletes is leaving the girls basketball program to continue her career at Illinois Wesleyan.
Maddie Merritt, the Tri-Valley girls hoops all-time leading scorer and rebounder, will need to travel only about a dozen miles for her new destination as an IWU Titan.
The LeRoy Junior High Panthers are sending 21 competitors to state competition after the eighth grade boys won their sectional and the eighth grade girls took third place in their own.
The Blue Ridge Junior High track squad will send eight competitors to state competition this weekend after a strong showing at sectionals.
Eighth grader Wayne Bowns completed a throw of 33-feet, 10-inches in the shot put to earn himself an appearance at state.
BLOOMINGTON — The Blue Ridge Knights opened their Heart of Illinois Conference tournament with a win against the pesky Fisher Bunnies Wednesday night at Illinois Wesleyan University.