'It has worked out well': PBL teacher/baseball coach Rick Johnson to retire

PAXTON -- Rick Johnson received a pay raise when he first arrived in the Paxton-Buckley-Loda school district in 1995.
Johnson made up to $25,000 a year at East Prairie, Missouri, and received his last paycheck in May.

PBL softball final season stats

Batting average
Name Avg./AB
Cassie Oyer .365/85
Cassidi Nuckols .365/85
Kelsey Va

PBL baseball team holds award ceremony

The following awards were handed out at the Paxton-Buckley-Loda High School baseball team's award ceremony on Tuesday:
Andrew Zenner -- Pitching Award
Cooper Johnson -- Offensive MVP
Cole Eshleman -- Defensive MVP
Luke Fitton -- Most Improved
Tyler Adkins -- Panther Pride Award   

Mindy Whitehouse dismissed as GCMS High School girls basketball head coach

GIBSON CITY -- The Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley school board approved the termination of Mindy Whitehouse as high school girls' varsity basketball coach, effective immediately, at its May meeting.
"At this time, we decided we needed to go in a different direction," GCMS High School athletic director Mike Allen said.

PBL baseball season stats (as of May 23)

Batting average
Name Avg./AB
Tommy Quinn 1.00/1
Mitch St.

PBL baseball 2017 regional title

Here are some of the highlights from Monday's IHSA Class 2A Iroquois West Regional championship game in Gilman ...

Paxton Swedes swept in season-opening doubleheader by Gifford-Flatville

GIFFORD -- With several players still playing for their junior college baseball teams, the Paxton Swedes went into Sunday's Eastern Illinois Baseball League doubleheader with a shorthanded roster.
The Swedes lost both games to Gifford-Flatville, but only by a combined three runs.

Paxton Swedes at Gifford-Flatville Giflats (2017)

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

Area college catchup (May 20, 2017)

Brea Walker -- The former Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley softball standout is part of an Illinois Wesleyan team that will play in the NCAA Division III Softball Finals. For her part in IWU's advancing past the Super Regional in Lexington, Kentucky, Walker was named the regional's most outanding pitcher. 

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