Former PBL physical education teacher Pat Eversole: 'So many people bought into the culture of fitness I hoped to create'

PAXTON – In a Paxton-Buckley-Loda school board meeting held Wednesday, July 16, the board accepted the resignations of two high school physical education teachers – Pat Eversole and Elsie Hedgspeth.

Eversole – who also resigned from his position as assistant football coach at the high school – said the two resignations have nothing to do with each other.

Former PBL basketball player Dylan Overstreet given academic recognition

BLOOMINGTON – Former Paxton-Buckley-Loda High School boys basketball standout and Illinois Wesleyan senior-to-be Dylan Overstreet was selected to the The National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) "Honors Court,” recognizing his excellence in academics during the 2013-14 season.

SPORTS NOTEBOOK 7-23-14: Erik Ronney resigns as PBL head boys track coach

PAXTON — The Paxton-Buckley-Loda school board accepted the resignation of Erik Ronney as boys’ track coach at PBL High School during last Wednesday’s meeting.

During his two years as head coach, Ronney helped lead the Panthers to two sectional championships. PBL qualified for the state meet in seven events in 2013 and 11 in 2014, as the team won a combined six state medals.

EI capsule 7-23-14

Here are some of the Eastern Illinois Baseball League’s stat leaders thus far in the summer of 2014:


Jason Priest – The McLean County Legend has a batting average of .520 through 25 at-bats.

Jeff Woods – The Paxton Swede is batting .500 in 40 at-bats.

Buckley Dutchmasters end regular season with sweep of rival Paxton Swedes

BUCKLEY – Over the past two days, the Paxton Swedes faced two of the top three teams in the Eastern Illinois Baseball League.

After losing 1-0 and 9-1 Saturday to Gifford-Flatville, the Swedes lost a doubleheader to the Buckley Dutchmasters that proved to be a contrast to the 11-1 five-inning blowout the Dutchmasters handed to them June 15.

Image gallery: Buckley Dutchmasters 6-6, Paxton Swedes 2-1

Here are some highlights from Sunday's Eastern Illinois Baseball League rivalry doubleheader...

Paxton Aquatic Wildcats to compete at conference meet, lose regular-season finale to Monticello

RANTOUL – Swimmers on the Paxton Aquatic Wildcats team will participate in the Central Illinois Swim Conference Meet next Saturday in Rantoul.

The following are all the participants and their events:

Brady Barfield – Male ages 13-14 200-meter medley relay, 50-meter breaststroke and 200-meter freestyle relay.

Image gallery: Paxton Aquatic Wildcats vs. Monticello 2014

Here are some of the highlights from Saturday's swim meet at the Paxton Park District Pool...

Paxton Swedes swept by Gifford-Flatville in Saturday doubleheader

PAXTON – It was a tale of two teams in Saturday’s Eastern Illinois Baseball League doubleheader between the Gifford-Flatville Giflats and Paxton Swedes.

Iroquois County Fair rodeo results

Barrel racing

1. Lindsey LeFevere; 2. Allison Trout; 3. Shellane Piatt; 4. Kelly Kennedy; 5. Jordan Paulter; 6. Shellye Essenpreis.

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