Area sports catchup (Feb. 18, 2017)

Nick Porter -- The former Paxton-Buckley-Loda boys track and field standout finished first in the 800-meter run with a time of 1:57.24 for Bradley University at Eastern Illinois University's Friday Night Special meet.
Nick Schultz -- The former Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley boys track and field standout finished second in the high jump wiht a leap of 6-4 for Indiana Sta

Diamond Sports Training open in Rantoul

RANTOUL — When Andrew Cotner was a pitcher in the New York Mets minor league system, he tore his labrum for the second time in 1993, effectively ending his big league hopes.

The lefty said he wishes he knew then what he knows now about proper training techniques.

'We can't even begin to thank everyone enough': Hoops for Alex event to take place for PBL seventh-grader Alex Jones

PAXTON -- One of the memorable scenes from the 1993 movie Rudy was when players on Notre Dame's football team left their jersey on coach Dan Devine's desk, asking that Rudy dress in their place for the final home game.
"This is for Rudy, coach," one of the players said.
Alex Jones, son of Abby (Younker) Balk, Jesse Balk, and Aaron and Marc

GCMS Middle School baseball ends 12-win season with loss to Bloomington Corpus Christi in IESA Class 2A regional championship game

GIBSON CITY -- The Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley Middle School baseball team finished its 2017 season with a 12-5 record and a loss in the IESA regional championship round.
"If you had told me at the beginning we're going to be 12-5 and in the regional championship, we'll take it," GCMS head coach Dustin White said.
Bloomington Corpus Christi

PBL JH baseball loses to Champaign Jefferson in IESA Class 3A regional semifinals

MAHOMET -- The Paxton-Buckley-Loda Junior High School baseball team's 2017 season came to an end Saturday with an 11-1 loss Saturday to Champaign Jefferson in the IESA Class 3A Mahomet Regional semifinals.
After falling behind 6-0, PBL scored its lone run in the bottom of the fourth inning.

GCMS Middle School baseball advances to IESA Class 2A regional championship game with 7-3 win over El Paso-Gridley

GIBSON CITY — The Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley Middle School baseball team won 7-3 over El Paso-Gridley in the semifinals of the IESA Class 2A Gibson City Regional on Saturday.

The second-seeded Falcons will face top-seeded Bloomington Corpus Christi, which won 15-0 over Normal Metcalf, at 4:15 p.m. Monday.

PBL JH baseball selected as top seed for IESA Class 3A regional; GCMS MS to host 2A regional with No. 2 seed

IESA Class 3A
TUESDAY, Sept. 12
Game 1 -- No. 5 Danville North Ridge at No. 4 Champaign Jefferson, 4:15 p.m.
Game 2 -- No. 6 Rantoul Eater at No. 3 Urbana, 4:15 p.m.
SATURDAY, Sept. 16
At Mahomet
Game 3 -- No.

PBL JH baseball sweeps doubleheader over Rantoul Eater

PAXTON -- The Paxton-Buckley-Loda Junior High School baseball team outscored Rantoul Eater 27-2 on Saturday en route to a doubleheader sweep.
Kayden Snelling pitched a two-inning perfect game for the Panthers in a 15-0 victory in game two, striking out six batters.

GCMS MS baseball defeats PBL JH 4-3 in extra innings

PAXTON -- The Ford County rivalry came down to extra innings in Thursday's game between Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley Middle School and Paxton-Buckley-Loda Junior High School.
In the top of the ninth inning, GCMS's Wyatt Schlickman hit a leadoff home run past the left-field fence to lead the Falcons to a 4-3 victory.
Schlickman hit 3-for-4 wit

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