Area college catchup (Feb. 7, 2016)

Vaughn Gentzler – The former Paxton-Buckley-Loda boys track and field standout finished Saturday’s Keck Invite with a collegiate lifetime best time of 8.6 seconds in the 60-meter hurdle preliminaries before finishing third in the finals with a time of 8.62 seconds for Monmouth College.

GCMS/Fisher wrestling takes close second in Heyworth Regional; nine Falcons advance to sectionals

HEYWORTH -- Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley/Fisher missed out on a Class 1A Heyworth Regional title by 121/2 points, finishing second behind titles from Preston Braaten (145 pounds) and Key-Shawn Girkin (152).

PBL boys basketball loses to South Newton in SVC Tournament championship game

CLIFTON -- Paxton-Buckley-Loda will have to settle for second place in the Sangamon Valley Conference Tournament after losing 46-38 in the title game to South Newton.

Three PBL wrestlers qualify for sectionals out of Bismarck-Henning Regional; Keyn Humes wins program's first-ever regional championship

BISMARCK – As Paxton-Buckley-Loda head wrestling coach Erik Ronney put it, the 2015-16 season has been “a year of firsts.”

The Panthers entered Saturday’s IHSA Class 1A Bismarck-Henning Regional coming off a regular season in which they compiled a 10-8 dual-meet record, the program’s first-ever winning season.

PBL wrestling at Bismarck-Henning Regional

Here are some of the highlights from Saturday's IHSA Class 1A regional meet ...

GCMS football standout Nick Meunier signs with Army

GIBSON CITY – Nick Meunier’s college decision came down to a few choices: Go east and the Ivy League at Harvard, stay local at Illinois State or attend a Division I Football Bowl Series military academy at Army or Air Force.

For most, that choice would be nearly impossible. But for Nick Meunier, it was quite the opposite.

GCMS boys basketball at Ridgeview

Here are some of the highlights from Friday's game at Colfax ...

GCMS boys basketball loses to top-ranked Ridgeview

COLFAX — The Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley boys basketball team kept things interesting at No. 1-ranked Ridgeview Friday night but fell 70-63.

PBL boys basketball vs. Watseka (SVC Tournament)

Here are some of the highlights from Friday's tournament semifinal game in Clifton ...

PBL boys basketball advances to SVC Tournament title game with win over Watseka; Walder reaches 1,000-point milestone

CLIFTON — Paxton-Buckley-Loda won 47-31 Friday over Watseka in a Sangamon Valley Conference Tournament semifinal game dominated by defense and physical play.

“Sometimes, you win ugly,” PBL head coach Adam Schonauer said.  Neither team played very well tonight, but our guys were able to gut it out toward the end.”

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