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PAXTON – This past winter has wreaked havoc in grassy areas across Central Illinois.
The task of erasing the havoc in time for baseball season at Paxton-Buckley-Loda is in the hands of assistant coach Bob Nuckols.
“I’m just waiting for the weather to get outside a few times,” PBL head coach Rick Johnson said. “Bob will have his hands full this year doing that.”
The following are winter sports awards presented to Paxton-Buckley-Loda High School student-athletes during Tuesday's ceremonies:
Most valuable player — Drew Schrodt
Hustle award — Corbin Riecks
Most improved — Parker Young
Free-throw award — Jay Eshleman
Twin Valley Conference deal to go into effect next year
PAXTON -- River Valley Conference and Sangamon Valley Conference schools are joining forces starting in the 2014-15 school year to create the Twin Valley Conference in an effort to boost participation and competition in cross country, golf, boys soccer and wrestling.
WATSEKA — Paxton-Buckley-Loda’s seventh-grade volleyball team ended its season Tuesday, March 4, in the Class 3A Watseka Regional semifinals.
The fifth-seeded Panthers lost to top-seeded Watseka Glenn Raymond 25-14, 17-25, 25-19.
Ezri Vesely-Jamison finished the game with four kills, three ace serves and 13 points as well as one stuff block.
GIBSON CITY — The Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley boys track and field team hopes to build on a 2013 campaign that included a Heart of Illinois Conference championship and a second-place finish at the Class 1A Heyworth Sectional.
With a core that includes a returning state finalist among numerous state qualifiers as well, things should look good for this season as well.
GIBSON CITY — Four consecutive Heart of Illinois Conference titles.
Three sectional titles in the last four years. A second-place finish at state in 2012.
Ninety-four wins in two years makes for an impressive resume for any high school wrestler.
While compiling that resume, Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley/Fisher 285-pound grappler Josh Wallick did something no other wrestler in the history of Gibson City wrestling ever did — win back-to-back IHSA Class 1A state championships.
It is an old theory that opposites attract.
Advocates of the theory can use the co-captainship of Paxton-Buckley-Loda cheerleading squad seniors Kristen Batte and Melanie Foss as a shining example.
PAXTON — Entering the Recreational League Playoffs as a No. 6 seed after a 5-5 regular season, Midwest Poultry got by the No. 11 seed and upset the No. 3 seed to reach the semifinals.
MAROA — The Paxton-Buckley-Loda weightlifting team finished third in Saturday’s eight-team Maroa-Forsyth Power Meet.
They scored 23 points while Maroa-Forsyth and New Berlin had 72 and 27 points, respectively.
Individually, PBL took home 13 medals.
Colton Eichelberger finished first in the bench-press competition in the 170-183 pound class with a lift of 320 pounds.