PAXTON — John Overstreet’s duties at Paxton-Buckley-Loda changed in late September. When he added activities director to his title as athletic director, he was asked to relinquish coaching duties.
He resigned Sept. 17 as cross-country and track and field coach, the latter a position he held for 29 years. In his final meet as the PBL cross-country coach, the Panthers’ girls’ team won the Bismarck-Henning Invitational on Sept. 13. Overstreet coached cross-country for 12 seasons.
Becky Kasten and Pat Eversole are sharing the cross-country coaching duties for the remainder of the fall. The boys’ track position is currently unfilled.
A-O starts Hall of Fame
ARGENTA — Four former athletes and one coach were enshrined in the inaugural Argenta-Oreana Athletics Hall of Fame at last Friday’s homecoming football game.
The inductees were Thomas Ralph Tucker (Class of 1954), Bill Roberts (Class of 1957), Karin Nicholls (Class of 1986) and Mike Saunches (Class of 1999) as well as three-sport coach Tom Saunches.
Nicholls holds the career scoring record in basketball (2,200 points) and went on to coach at Truman State and Texas-Pan Am. She now owns Elevation Basketball Academy of Northern Colorado, located in Fort Collins.
Mike Saunches was a four-year letterman in football, basketball and baseball and was an all-conference first-teamer 10 times. He was the News-Gazette Area Player of the Year in baseball as a senior, cracking 15 home runs.
Roberts was a 25-point scorer in basketball and also lettered in cross-country, baseball and track. He returned to his alma mater and coached boys’ basketball for six years and girls’ basketball for 19 years.
Tucker lettered in cross-country, basketball and track, the latter sport was one where he was the team MVP.
Tom Saunches had a 133-125 record in 10 years in basketball, a 101-93 record in 20 years in football and a 480-207 mark entering his 30th year in baseball and is on pace to become the state’s 33rd baseball coach with 500 career wins.
Fundraising week in VVC
Six of this week’s Vermilion Valley Conference volleyball matches are part of the sixth fundraising project for the Sharon Bassett Foundation, which honors a Vermilion County native who died from breast cancer.
Organizers expect more than $1,500 to be raised. Thursday matches sending Armstrong-Potomac to Georgetown-Ridge Farm, Bismarck-Henning to Milford, Salt Fork to Chrisman and Westville to Oakwood all will feature athletes wearing the same pink uniforms with the VVC logo.
Also part of the fundraiser were Tuesday matches featuring Hoopeston Area at Bismarck-Henning and Armstrong-Potomac at Schlarman.
B-H grabs top seed
SIDELL — Defending champion Bismarck-Henning earned the No. 1 seed and a first-round bye for the Vermilion County volleyball tournament, which will be at two sites. Saturday’s matches will be at Jamaica High School.
Monday’s trophy matches will be at Catlin High School. The consolation finals will begin at 5 p.m., the third-place match at 6:15 p.m. and the title match at 7:30. B-H is seeking a ninth consecutive crown.
The other seeds are Armstrong-Potomac (second), Salt Fork (third), Westville (fourth), Oakwood (fifth), Hoopeston Area (sixth) and Georgetown-Ridge Farm (seventh).