T-town Captures Eighth-Grade State Title


Published on February 17 2017 8:44 am
Last Updated on February 17 2017 10:58 am
Written by Millie Lange

Teutopolis Junior High School captured the eighth-grade boys basketball state championship Thursday.

TOLONO UNITY -- Teutopolis edged Burr Ridge Middle School 35-34 to capture the Class 8-3A State Boys Basketball championship Thursday evening at Tolono Unity Junior High School.

The Wooden Shoes took a 16-13 opening quarter lead and led 23-18 at halftime. T-town led 30-23 going into the final quarter. Burr Ridge came roaring back with an 11-4 run to knot the score at 34-34, sending the game into overtime.

In the overtime session, only one point was scored and that was by T-town at the free throw line for the victory.

Jordan Hardiek tallied 10 for the Shoes while Evan Wermert chipped in with eight and Hayden Ruholl added seven.

T-town finishes the season with a 24-4 record.

Third place went to Clifton Nash over Wenona Fieldcrest in another close contest, 41-39.

The Teutopolis eighth-grade team will be welcomed home Sunday with a reception and parade. There will be a fire truck ride and parade through Teutopolis at 12:30 p.m. Then a return to Teutopolis Junior High School for a brief ceremony at 1 p.m. A cake and punch reception will follow at 1:30 p.m.

Class 8-3A State Tournament

At Tolono Unity Junior High School


Teutopolis           16    7    7      4     1    --    35

Burr Ridge           13    5    5    11    0    --    34

Teutopolis -- Wermert 8, Deters 2, Addis 3, Hardiek 10, Ruholl 7, Deters 5

Burr Ridge -- Martin 12, Houltram 6, Tims 2, Smith 14

Father Ed visits with the Weidner family at the state championship game.

The championship Teutopolis eighth-grade team with their many fans.