Travis Tate

Travis Tate

Hall, mates have blast

Running back scores three TDs in homecoming rout

WATSEKA – The explosion before the game led to an explosive offensive output by Watseka in a 52-14 victory against Paxton-Buckley-Loda on Friday night in a Sangamon Valley Conference contest.

Lady Luck sticks with Cox, Panthers

PAXTON – The game was as sloppy as the conditions, but to Paxton-Buckley-Loda coach Greg Wood, all was sunny.

PBL knocked off Iroquois West/Crescent-Iroquois 8-6 on Friday night, escaping tacklers, muddy conditions and reason all along the way.

PBL falls to 0-2

PAXTON – It is impossible to score when you don't have the ball.

Just ask Paxton-Buckley-Loda coach Greg Wood after the Panthers fell to 0-2 on the season with a 27-0 drubbing from Macomb, leaving his team scoreless in the first two games of his tenure.

Falcons, Romshek run wild

PAXTON – Michael Romshek ran for 189 yards and one touchdown on 12 carries to lead Gibson City- Melvin-Sibley to a 35-0 win against Ford County rival Paxton-Buckley-Loda on Friday night.

Falcons coach Mike Allen, Panthers coach Greg Wood and Romshek each attributed the outcome to one deciding factor: the dominant offensive and defensive lines of GCMS.

Ford County circuit clerk leaving after 15 sweet years

PAXTON – Residents of Paxton have a sweet tooth for Kamalen "Kammy" Johnson's cookies.

Soon, instead of heading to the Ford County Courthouse to get their fix, residents will have to find Johnson elsewhere in town.

Builder's profits from home sale go to Big Brothers/Big Sisters

CHAMPAIGN – Jim Walder's heart is in the right place, according to Dick Dechert, president of the Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Central Illinois.

Area educator hired as principal

PAXTON – Barry Wright, the former assistant principal at Paxton-Buckley-Loda Junior High School, will be the new principal at Eastlawn Elementary.

After the school board boiled down the list from 30 candidates, board members held interviews with three finalists, and Wright separated himself from the others, according to Superintendent Cliff McClure. The board approved the appointment in a special meeting earlier this week.

Brehm tears it up for PBL

GIBSON CITY – Considering he had just won the 3,200-meter run at the Class 1A sectional to qualify for next week's state meet in Charleson, Paxton-Buckley-Loda senior Nick Brehm did not react with joy, but rather, disappointment. Even sadness.

Brehm won the race with a time of 10 minutes, 19.00 seconds and almost immediately sought out his dad, Mike, for encouraging words.

SJ-O erases result from its memor

PAXTON – After a disappointing 2007 girls' track and field season, St. Joseph-Ogden wanted to prove it would again belong among the state's best.

The Spartans did just that with a come-from-behind Class 1A sectional title, edging Monticello by 10 points, on the night's final race with a meet record in the 1,600-meter relay.

STM's Feeney doubles fun after day off; SJ-O sweeps titles

PAXTON – St. Thomas More's Cara Feeney found that the best way to prepare for the Sangamon Valley Conference track and field meet was to avoid running.

That's right, stay away from the track for a day.