A legend in Illinois high school boys basketball was honored on Monday night.
In a ceremony before Chrisman’s game against Tri-County, the court at Chrisman High School was renamed after long-time coach Roger Beals.
Before this season, Beals ranked 27th in all-time wins (638) in IHSA history. During his 23 seasons with the Cardinals, Chrisman finished second in the IHSA Class A state tournament in 1985 and they were third in the 1987 tourney.
Chrisman teams had 20 or more victories in all but two seasons during his tenure and they captured 14 regional titles and four sectional titles to go along with the two trips to state.
In 1985, Beals was inducted in the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame, now located at the David S. Palmer Arena. He is also in the Wabash Valley Hall of Fame and the Eastern Illinois University Hall of Fame.
Beals also coached cross country at Chrisman with both his boys and girls teams in 1988 claiming a a state title.
And the Chrisman Cardinals honored the legendary coach in style on Monday night with a 51-43 victory over Tri-County.
Austin Merritt scored a game-high 21 points — 15 of those coming in the first half. Tyler Lunger and Chris Hoult each chipped in with nine points.
First Baptist 67
Urbana Calvary 39
URBANA — Jonathan Garver scored 19 first-half points to lead the First Baptist Knights past Urbana Calvary on Monday night.
Garver finished with a game-high 25 points, while Michael Young was the only other First Baptist player in double digits with 10.
PREP GIRLS BASKETBALL
Clinton Central 45
ATTICA, Ind. — Junior Ashley Mitton recorded a double-double leading the Red Ramblers past the Bulldogs in a non-conference contest.
Mitton scored 17 points, making 13-of-20 free throws to go along with a game-high 19 rebounds.
Leading Attica in scoring was Maci Kyger with 23, while Kaylynn Kirkpatrick scored all 15 of her points on five 3-pointers.