Prep Sports

PBL's Jonathan Muller, Garrett Bachtold advance to finals of IHSA Class 1A boys track state meet

CHARLESTON -- Two Paxton-Buckley-Loda High School boys track and field team advanced to the final round of the IHSA Class 1A state meet, which will take place Saturday.
Jonathan Muller earned a berth in the finals in the long jump with a leap of 22-0 1/2 in Thursday's preliminary round.
Garrett Bachtold will go to the finals in the pole va

Pure Sweat skills trainer Brandon Heyen on Oregon commit Francis Okoro: 'I just try to help him any way I can'

BLOOMINGTON -- After graduating from Illinois Wesleyan University, 2011 Paxton-Buckley-Loda graduate Brandon Heyen became a skills trainer for Pure Sweat Basketball, a national skills training camp.
Heyen has worked with "almost 100-200" boys and girls basketball players around the Central Illinois Area.

Twin County Royals lose 10-7 to Mahomet Diamond Dogs

PAXTON -- The Twin County Royals lost 10-7 to the Mahomet Diamond Dogs on Wednesday.
The Diamond Dogs scored a run in the top of the first inning as Clayton Seal drew a walk before advancing to second base on an error and scoring on a Carter Johnson groundout.
The Royals then took a 4-1 lead with four runs in the bottom of the first inning

Twin County Royals vs. Mahomet Diamond Dogs

Here are some of the highlights from Wednesday's baseball game in Paxton ...

Paxton Park District to host sand volleyball leagues

PAXTON — The Paxton Park District is hosting a Women’s Tuesday League and a Thursday Co-Ed League for sand volleyball.

Teams must submit registration information and payment prior to the June 1 deadline.

The registration form is available through the park district’s website at

FCA Power Camp to take place in late June

GIBSON CITY — The eighth-annual Fellowship of Christian Athletes Power Camp, a sports camp for children who are entering fifth through eighth grades in the upcoming fall, will be held from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. June 25-28. 

Drop off each morning will be at the Gibson City Bible Church, and pick-up each afternoon will be at the GCMS Middle School.  

Twin County Royals split doubleheader with Livingston County Thunder

BUCKLEY -- The Twin County Royals split a doubleheader with the Livingston County Thunder on Sunday, winning 12-11 in game two.
The Royals rallied from an 11-8 deficit by scoring four runs in the bottom of the sixth inning as Gavin Spitz hit a grand-slam home run on a line drive to center field.
Twin County scored five runs in the second i

Buckley Dutchmasters swept in season-opening twinbill by Game Seven

COLFAX -- The Buckley Dutchmasters' quest for a third consecutive Eastern Illinois Baseball League regular-season championship is off to a slow start.
The Dutchmasters were swept in their 2018 season-opening doubleheader on Sunday as Game Seven won 3-2 in game one and 5-4 in game two.
Buckley took an early 1-0 lead in game one. 

Paxton Swedes swept in EI League season-opening doubleheader; Royal Giants win 15-14 in extra innings in game two

PAXTON -- Paxton Swedes player/manager Mark Prina says he is "cautiously optimistic" about his 2018 Eastern Illinois Baseball League squad.
The Swedes are hoping to improve from their 4-18 and 5-18 records in 2017 and 2016, respectively.
"If we can get these guys to commit to being here regularly, I think you'll see improvement in our over

Paxton Swedes vs. Royal Giants (2018)

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

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