Lisa Wilson

1-Lisa Wilson obitLisa Lynn Wilson, 55, of Tuscola, passed away at 11:11 p.m., Tuesday, November 19, 2013 at her residence, with her family by her side.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, November 23, 2013 at the Hilligoss Shrader Funeral Home, 705 South Main Street, Tuscola, with Rev. Joe Carter officiating. Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m., Friday, November 22, 2013 at the funeral home. Burial will be in the Tuscola Township Cemetery, Tuscola.
Full obituary in The Tuscola Journal Nov. 27, 2013 edition

Randy Gibson

1-Randy Gibson obitRandy N. Gibson, 55, of Tuscola, passed away at 12:38 a.m. on Tuesday, November 19, 2013 at his residence in rural Tuscola.

A celebration of his life was held at 7 p.m. on Saturday, November 23, 2013 at the Kaskaskia Country Club, 450 East County Road 300 North, in rural Arcola. Pastor Laury Hunter and Pastor Duane Piercy officiated. Visitation was held from 4 to 7 p.m. on Saturday, November 23, 2013 at the Kaskaskia Country Club. The Edwards Funeral Home is assisting with arrangements.
Full obituary in The Tuscola Journal Nov. 27, 2013 edition

Lynn Gulley

1-Lynn Gulley obitLynn E. Gulley, 81, of Tuscola, formerly of Atwood, passed away at 5:10 a.m., Sunday, November 17, 2013 at the Champaign County Nursing Home in Urbana, after a short battle with cancer.

Military graveside services will be held at 12 p.m., Thursday, November 21, 2013 at the Camp Butler National Cemetery, Riverton. Arrangements were completed by the Hilligoss Shrader Funeral Home, 705 South Main Street, Tuscola.
Full obituary in The Tuscola Journal Nov. 20, 2013 edition

Opal Wilson

1-Opal Wilson obitOpal M. Wilson, age 96, of Tuscola, passed away peacefully under Carle Hospice care at Tuscola Health Care Center on Wednesday, November 13, 2013. A funeral service celebrating her life will be held at 11 a.m., Monday, November 18, 2013 at Hilligoss Shrader Funeral Home, 705 South Main Street, Tuscola, with Rev. Kenneth Roedder presiding. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service, with burial in Tuscola Township Cemetery.
Full obituary in The Tuscola Journal Nov. 20, 2013 edition

Kenneth Edwards

1-Ken Edwards obitKenneth Harold Edwards, 88, of Arcola, passed away at 1:41 p.m. on Tuesday, November 12, 2013 at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, November 16, 2013 at Edwards Funeral Home, 221 East Main in Arcola. Rev. Marion Baker will officiate. Burial will be in the Arcola Cemetery. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the funeral.
Full obituary in The Tuscola Journal Nov. 20, 2013 edition

Mary Ann Welch

1-Mary Ann Welch obitMary Ann Welch, 83, of Arthur, died at 10:45 a.m. Tuesday, November 12, 2013 at her residence. Funeral services will be held at noon on Friday, November 15, 2013 at Shrader Funeral Home, 431 S. Vine Street, Arthur, with Rev. John Stewart officiating. Burial will follow in the Arthur Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 10 a.m. to noon on Friday at the funeral home.
Full obituary in The Tuscola Journal Nov. 20, 2013 edition

Hornet boys basketball in Monticello Tourney action

By Colleen Lehmann
The East Prairie boys basketball season got underway with the Monticello Tournament, heading west three nights last week for tourney games on Nov. 5, 6 and 8, 2013. The seventh grade came out with a 2-1 tourney record, while the eighth-grade boys went 1-2.

Nov. 5
•Monticello 7th 38, EP 7th 34
The younger Hornets lost to host Monticello by a mere four points in the opening round of the tournament. East Prairie matched Monticello point for point, remaining tied through the first half, and just a point behind by the end of the third frame.

•Monticello 8th 54, EP 8th 31
The East Prairie eighth-grade boys team was down just seven points at halftime, and in the third quarter put up 15 points, but with host Monticello adding 32 points in the same frame it wasn’t a victorious effort. Tuscola was handed a 54-31 loss in the tourney opener.

Nov. 6
•EP 7th 45, St. Joe 7th 26
Tuscola’s seventh-grade team took control right from the opening tipoff in the second game of the tourney, handing St. Joe a 45-26 loss while outscoring them in three of the four quarters.

•St. Joe 8th 44, EP 8th 42
This heartbreaker of a loss saw the eighth-grade Hornets and St. Joe tied at 42 with 1.3 ticks on the clock when St. Joe made two free throws to win the game 44-42.

Nov. 8
•EP 7th 48, Blue Ridge 18
Tuscola seventh-grade had this game in the bag by the end of the first quarter, outscoring the competition 30 to 4 on the way to a 48-18 victory in the final game of the Monticello Tournament. Oddly enough, both teams went silent the second frame, but Tuscola was back to double digits with 12 points in the third and six in the fourth.

•EP 8th 56, Blue Ridge 28
The eighth-grade Hornet boys had an equally decisive victory against Blue Ridge, though their points were piled on in the second through fourth frames after a close first quarter.
Full story in The Tuscola Journal Nov. 13, 2013 edition

Lady Warrior volleyball looking to future seasons with high hopes

By Lenny Sementi
It wasn’t quite the record Tuscola High School head volleyball Coach Lydia Benson was looking for, but the future looks bright for the first-year Leader of the Tribe. The Lady Warriors opened the year on fire, winning three of the first four matches, but a tough schedule that included a daunting Okaw Valley Conference slate proved to be an uphill climb. Tuscola ended the year with a 8-15 record overall, and a 2-8 tally in the OVC.

Big wins came late in the season as the Warriors broke a seven-match losing streak with a win over Argenta on Senior Night. Benson loses just three seniors to graduation. Jenna Jacobs, Clarisa Phillips, and Hannah Scribner went out in style with a two-game sweep of the Lady Bombers on their last tour of the friendly confines. Scribner was big up front all year long, and delivered a match-high four blocks to the team’s stat sheet while also accounting for four kills.

Jacobs was mainly a defensive player for the Lady Warriors, but did come up big at the service line, winning the team’s Service Award. Phillips also collected some hardware at the Nov. 7, 2013 end-of-the-year awards night, garnering the Warrior Spirit Award.
Full story in The Tuscola Journal Nov. 13, 2013 edition

TCHS golf continues to move forward, make school history

By Lenny Sementi
TCHS golf Coach Matt Franks was all smiles, despite waving goodbye to a few of the program’s top performers and six total golfers this past Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013. His program has not only been solid the last few seasons, they also have broke down barriers.

Cameron Westjohn broke through a year ago as a senior, becoming the first Warrior to garner All-State honors. This year, the coach celebrated for the first time in history, both his girls and boys squads advancing to the sectional level. The boys moved on with a third-place finish in their own regional at Ironhorse Golf Course, while the girls advanced with a third-place finish at the Charleston Regional.

“It was great to see the girls compete at the regional,” Franks stated. “I told them, years from now, they will look back on this and be able to say ‘we were the first.’”
Full story in The Tuscola Journal Nov. 13, 2013 edition

Football Warriors mark memories, milestones at fall sports awards

By Missy Chappell
On Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013 the Tuscola Warrior fall sports awards night honored freshman though senior athletes who were a part of the Warrior football program. After opening remarks, Coach Rick Reinhart gave special recognition to Joe Beniach, father of senior Austin Beniach, for all of the support he has provided the Warrior football team over the years.

Joe Beniach has taken the team to an Illini football home game, provided meals, hosted bonfires, and cheered loudly from the sidelines at every game. He was presented with an official game ball signed by the coaches and all members of the football team.

Afterward there were more thanks, individually to the coaching staff and to everyone else in involved in making the 2013 Tuscola football program a success. Awards were handed out to junior varsity and then varsity football players.

The MVP award, voted on by the players, ended in a tie this year. The honor went to both Nick Bates and Austin Beniach. Offensive line MVP also was given to Beniach, Defensive Line MVP was handed to Clayton Turner, and the Tackle Award went to Cole Evans.

Three Warrior Awards were also handed out. This honor is given to the player who plays as hard and best as he can, accepting the role as a support member of the team and always finding a way to help the team in any situation. The three winners of the Warrior Award were Dakota “Gator” Hale, Griffin Day, and Blake Woodard.

All-Conference players were also recognized at the ceremony. The four Warrior squad members earning All-Conference honors included Tristan Williams, Clayton Turner, Nick Bates, and Austin Beniach.
Full story in The Tuscola Journal Nov. 13, 2013 edition