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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.
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.”
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.
PAXTON – Most of the Paxton-Buckley-Loda High School sports team have their schedules set for the 2014-15 school year.
ROCKFORD – Three Paxton Youth Wrestling Club members competed in last weekend’s Illinois Kids Wrestling Federation state tournament.
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.
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.
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.