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CLIFTON – The Paxton-Buckley-Loda seventh-grade girls basketball team finished second in the Twin County Conference Tournament.
The second-seeded Panthers played in Thursday’s tournament championship against top-seeded and undefeated Prairie Central. Despite leading at the end of the first quarter, PBL lost 31-16.
CLIFTON — The Paxton-Buckley-Loda seventh-grade girls basketball team won 26-21 over Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley in Tuesday’s Twin County Conference Tournament semifinal game.
The No. 2-seeded Panthers will face top-seeded Prairie Central in the championship game at 6:30 p.m. Thursday.
CISSNA PARK -- The Christ Lutheran volleyball team lost 25-8, 25-17 Tuesday to Cissna Park in the Class 1A Cissna Park Regional semifinals to end its season with a record of 5-16-1.
PAXTON – As far as regional volleyball matches between No. 2 and No. 3 seeds go, Tuesday’s IHSA Class 2A Paxton Regional semifinal match between St. Thomas More and Paxton-Buckley-Loda reached expectations in terms of competitiveness.
The IHSA Class 2A first-round matchup between Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley and Clifton Central features two teams with opposite strengths.
Clifton Central has won games with a grind-it-out offense.
In a 21-14 victory over Monticello in week three, Ben Toberman carried the ball 45 times for 194 yards. During the fourth quarter of that game, the Comets held the ball for 8:45.
The last time traveled to Wilmington for a first-round playoff game, Paxton-Buckley-Loda lost 63-0.
It is obvious that the Wildcats have a rich history in high school football, with this being its 19th-consecutive appearance in the IHSA playoffs.
Among Wilmington’s alumni is Damien Anderson, who went on to play football for Northwestern University.
PAXTON – Another fall, another losing season.
A year after finishing with a 4-23 record, Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley’s volleyball team had three wins and 19 losses in the 2014 season, which ended Monday with a 25-18, 25-15 loss in the IHSA Class 2A Paxton Regional quarterfinals to Heyworth.
DANVILLE 190, CHARLESTON 79, PBL 38
1. Danville, 2:09.55; 2. Charleston, 2:20.16; 3. Danville B, 2:35.26; 4. PBL (Caitlyn Camp, Olivia Frichtl, Bethany Knight, Kaila Christensen), 2:37.56.