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Jr. Hornets Win Eighth Straight

After suffereing their only loss of the season to DuQuoin, the Nashville Middle School Jr. Hornets eighth grade team has rattled off eight straight wins, to move their record to 20-1 on the season. The Jr. Hornets picked up wins over Chester and Breeese this past week. The seventh grade team, also picked up two wins this week, as they moved their record to 19-1.

The Jr. Hornets first game of the week, was a blowout 51-4 win over Chester. The game was never in question as the Jr. Hornets scored the first 28 points of the game, and held Chester scoreless in the first half. By the end of the third quarter, Nashville's lead had grown to 42-2, and the Jr. Hornets cruised to an easy victory in the fourth quarter.

Gavin Baldwin led Nashville in the win with 14 points. Jaxon Goforth added eight points, followed by Camden Ritzel, Preston Dagner, and Kolten Gajewski, who each had six points apiece. Michael Combs added four points, while Nolan Heggemeier chipped in three points. Bryce Donato and Ian Blazier each scored two points to round out the scoring.

In the seventh grade game, the Jr. Hornets scored early and often on their way to a 53-8 victory. Heggemeier led the way with 11 points, followed by Combs with nine points. Blazier, Gajewski, Lucas Knepp, Ben Reid, Hayden Robinson and Radyn Scwartzkopf each finished with four points in the win. Saxton Hoepker finished with three points, while Aaron Brink, Bennett Briles, and Trey Reinburg finished with two points.

The Jr. Hornets next contest came on the road against Breese. The game would be a big matchup for Nashville, as the Jr. Hornets are slated to travel to Breese for the Class 'M' Basketball Regional (Region 7), which begins on January 26. A closely contested game, the Jr. Hornets led throughout, defeating the Bobcats 49-44. At the end of the first quarter, the Jr. Hornets held a slim 10-6 lead, and were able to get a little more breathing room before halftime, as they headed into the break with a 27-20 lead. The Jr. Hornets stretched out their lead further in the third quarter, as they took a 41-32 lead into the final stanza. In the fourth, Breese would make a run, but Nashville was able to hold on for the five point victory.

Baldwin led Nashville with 19 points in the win, and was joined in double figures by Goforth and Ritzel, who each finished with 10 points apiece. Malawy added four points, and Dagner and Donato each finished with three points in the win.

In the seventh grade game, the Jr. Hornets were able to put away Breese early on their way to a 39-7 victory. Heggemeier led Nashville with nine points, followed by Combs and Gajewski with eight points apiece. Robinson added six points, and Blazie, Knepp, Schwartzkopf, and Briles each finished with two points.