Former PBL head boys track coach Erik Ronney: 'It was a great experience and I learned a lot over these past two years'

PAXTON — For two years, Erik Ronney has been a busy man through the winter and spring seasons.

During those two years, he served as the head coach of both the wrestling and boys track and field programs at Paxton-Buckley-Loda High School, as well as a health and driver’s education teacher.

Paxton's Ashton Pope finding success in jiu-jitsu

MAHOMET – For 10-year-old Paxton resident Ashton Pope, the path to No. 1 started simply with a need to, as his mother Becky put it, to find “something to do in the offseason.”

PBL head baseball coach Rick Johnson named Paxton Record's Male Sports Coach of the Year

PAXTON – Rick Johnson, Paxton-Buckley-Loda Junior High and High School head baseball coach, was seen Wednesday doing what he called “some therapy.”

His form of therapy that day involved a rake and some leaves at a ballpark at Clara Peterson Elementary School. His project for the summer is to try to get the field ready for junior high baseball season this fall.

PBL High School releases schedule for 2014-15 school year

PAXTON – Most of the Paxton-Buckley-Loda High School sports team have their schedules set for the 2014-15 school year.

PYWC, GCMS/F Middle School wrestlers compete at state

ROCKFORD – Three Paxton Youth Wrestling Club members competed in last weekend’s Illinois Kids Wrestling Federation state tournament.

PBL High School athletes win awards at Winter Sports Awards Night

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.

GCMS/Fisher wrestler Josh Wallick named Paxton Record's Male Athlete of the Winter

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.

Three Paxton Youth Wrestling Club members qualify for this weekend's state meet

MATTOON — Three Paxton Youth Wrestling club members — Keyn Humes, Chase Moore and Sam Livingston — qualified for this week’s Illinois Kids Wrestling Federation state meet.

Humes won his sectional in the 84-pound Novice (age 11-12) Division at last weekend’s Mattoon Sectional. He defeated Nathaniel Dunden of the Tiger Wrestling Club in Urbana via 5-2 decision in the championship round.


Tri-Point boys lose heartbreaker in regional semifinals
FISHER — Tri-Point was only a few seconds away from advancing to the championship game of the IHSA Class 1A Fisher Regional.

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