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  • Fairbury News staff

A special day at PCHS

(BHRA head coach and PC alum Gary Tidwell shares a few words with players on Saturday)

Hawk basketball legend Gary Tidwell was back in the Prairie Central High School gymnasium Saturday afternoon as his BHRA Blue Devils battled the Hawks in a non-conference game.

In an exciting game, Prairie Central rallied for the 54-53 win. Tyler Curl had a double-double scoring 23 and grabbing 11 rebounds. Levi Goad had 12 points while Gage Steidinger had 8 rebounds and 5 assists.

At the conclusion of the game, Tidwell addressed both teams in the middle of the basketball court as players and coaches formed a circle.

“That circle there at the end was absolutely unbelievable,” PC head coach Trevin McCulloh told Fairbury News. “It means so much to us.”

Though McCulloh was just a kid at the time, he idolized Tidwell, Bazzell, Cox and the other PC players in the early 90’s. He referred to them was “walking legends.”

“Even though (Gary Tidwell) has been gone for a long time, he’s still connected and is always here for our program and that means the world to us.”


Prairie Central’s JV Hawks also won a close one-point game over BHRA 53-52 prior to the varsity contest.  PC now looks ahead to a road contest Tuesday night at U-High.

Elsewhere in area high school basketball Saturday evening on the Casson Media High School Sports Network, presented by BRANDT Professional Agriculture and Bank of Pontiac:

Princeton defeated Pontiac 52-43 in the Colmone Classic at Spring Valley with the game carried live on Eye On Central Illinois, your home for the Indians.

The Lexington Minutemen defeated Cornerstone Christian 55-39 in a game broadcast on Route 24 Radio as “Route 24 Radio Meets Route 66.”

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