Thompsonville beats Hardin County

The Thompsonville Tigers and Hardin County Cougars appeared to be locked into a four-quarter struggle Friday night. After one period, seeing considerable offensive success for both teams, the hosts led by two buckets, 17-13.
In quarter No. 2, the Tigers put some distance between themselves and their opponents based on a 16-5 advantage in the second eight minutes. That halftime edge of 15 points propelled them on to a win by virtually the same margin 51-38.
Ryan Darnell blistered the nets for 16 points, and Lance Darnell nearly matched it with 11 as the only Tigers in double figures.
Hardin County had the game high scorer in Austin with 17 points on the night.
With the win, Thompsonville ran their record to 9-6 for this season.


Ted Lawrence, 86, of Thompsonville; died Thursday, December 27, 2012 at his home.

He was born on November 26, 1926 in West Frankfort, IL to David and Genevieve (Horrell) Lawrence.

He married the former Shirley V. Johnson on June 6, 1948.  They were married for 59 years until Shirley’s death on June 7, 2007.

Ted is survived by his daughter Sherri Lawrence of Thompsonville; his son John Lawrence and wife Kathryn of Thompsonville, his grandchildren Danielle and husband Charles Gallo, Genevieve Lawrence and husband Tucker Freismuth, Lucas Lawrence, Derek Bronner, Spencer and Domenica Lawrence; his great-grandchildren Julian, Ione, Mirabella and Genevieve; and a brother Robert Lawrence and wife Betty of Moline, IL.

He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, two sons, Don Scott Lawrence in 1983, Larry Robert Lawrence on Dec. 4, 2012; sisters Ada Jane and husband Don Sanders, Daisy and husband John Kynion.

Mr. Lawrence served his country in the Naval Aviation Division in World War II.

He graduated from Iowa Wesleyan College in 1950 with his BA Degree, where he was a four year letter winner in football and a two year letter winner in both basketball and baseball.  He held MA Degrees in science and education administration from Southern Illinois University.


Lawrence coached high school football for 16 years, including stints at Wilton Junction, Anamosa, and Cedar Rapids Jefferson High School in Iowa, and four years at Geneseo, Illinois.  At Jefferson, Lawrence led his team to the state champion level in 1964 and 1965 as an undefeated team, as well as securing three Mississippi Valley Championships.  His overall coaching record was (101-33-6).

In 1964 Lawrence served as the first president of the Iowa Football Coaches Association, after playing a prominent role in founding the organization and was also inducted into the Iowa Wesleyan College Athletic Hall of Fame.

After being named High School Football Coach of the Year in 1965, Lawrence accepted a position as an assistant football coach at the University of Iowa.  In 1969, Lawrence left coaching to work for Westinghouse Learning Corporation and in 1982 formed Productive Products Graphics and Sign Company with his wife.

A memorial gathering celebrating the lives of Ted Lawrence and Larry Lawrence will be held from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. Saturday, January 5, 2013 at the Leffler – Poulson Funeral Home located at 401 East Main Street in Benton, Illinois.

In lieu of flowers or contributions, donate to your favorite charity.

To sign the online memorial guest register book, visit

Christopher takes third place in Turkey Tourney


Eric Stallman’s Christopher Bearcats defeated the Thompsonville Tigers 49-39 Saturday night at the 38th Christopher Thanksgiving Tournament. The Bearcats had defeated Wayne City on Monday and lost to the 2012 champions Waltonville on Wednesday while the Tigers defeated Webber Township on Tuesday and lost to the defending champions Egyptian on Friday night.

Strong play from junior guard Jake Towers, whose defense held Thompsonville’s Brady Householder to no field goals and only two free tosses, was a big key in the victory. Householder, started the tournament with 20 points in an opening win and was the “straw” that stirred the young Tiger team. Towers and senior Tyler Atchison led the Cats in scoring with 13 points each , 6-feet-6-inch senior Kevin Mercks had six, senior R.J. Kuh had 3 and junior Eric Young had 7 points while freshman Josh Calloni had 4 points and Hunter Wheeler one free throw.

The Cats jumped to 15-7 first quarter lead behind two baskets from Young and Atchison while the Tigers were having trouble with fouls as leading scorer Ryan Darnell and twin brother Lance each picked up two fouls. Both teams scored 9 each in the second frame and the Cats were up 24-16 at half.

In the third quarter at the 6:12 mark, Young led a fast break and hit Atchison with a nifty pass for a score, Towers stole the ball on the next exchange and  hit Kuh who then fed big Mercks for another great example of the Cats team work. The hosts outscored the Tigers 16-10 in this quarter as Atchison scored 7 and Calloni 4. The Tigers only got 5 shots up in the quarter because they spent so much time at the free throw line where they were 3-for-8.

In fact the free throw line is where both teams spent a large portion of the night and if you happened to go by either high school early in the morning this week there may be some early free throw shooting going on. Thompsonville shot 15-for-30 for the game while the Cats were only 18-for-39 for a 31 percent effort for a combined 69 tosses shot.

Thompsonville was led in scoring by the Darnell’s, Ryan with 14 and the left-handed Lance with 10. Others who scored were

Immediately following the championship game in which Waltonville upset the favorite Egyptian Pharaohs 57-49 the all- tournament team was announced and the Bearcats; Atchison, Mercks and Young were named as were the Tigers’ Ryan Darnell and Householder. Others selected for this honor included J.C. Chapman of Cobden, Jordan Hale and Trey Witges of Waltonville and two named for the  second year Egyptian’s Justin Prewitt and MVP Devantae Price (for the second year).

The Bearcats return to action December 4 when they travel to Elverado for their first Black Diamond Conference game. The Tigers face Elverado Nov. 27 at home.

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