■ SJ-O 2, Oakwood 0. St. Joseph-Ogden received 15 assists from Karlie Baker and four kills from Alyssa Beals in its 25-23, 25-8 victory against Oakwood.
Marissa McElroy posted six aces and two blocks in the victory. Kylie Michael added three kills, and Rachel Mullen contributed six digs.
In girls’ golf
■ At Champaign. Freshman Mia Hayasaki got her high school career started on a good note, earning medalist honors in Central’s close win against Bloomington at the U of I Blue Course.
■ Watseka 2, Hoopeston Area 0. Watseka defeated Hoopeston Area 25-13, 25-18. Lexi Shoemaker and Emily Allhands had seven kills apiece for the Warriors at the Cissna Park Classic. Taylor Bauer had four kills and eight digs. Maddie Pfingsten had 17 assists.
Retiring executive sports editor Fred Kroner has seen a lot in his 34 years at The News-Gazette. Each Sunday until his last day, he'll share his best stories. This week:
What does the addition of the four Peoria schools mean for the Big 12?
The 11-member conference (for all sports except football) is as close to 12 as at any time in the past two decades.
In some sports, the additions will raise the league’s prestige.
In boys’ golf
■ At Gibson City. Bismarck-Henning’s David Warren shot a 35 to lead the Blue Devils past Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley by 6 strokes in a dual match at Railside Golf Club. Hunter Keith shot a 40 for Bismarck-Henning and finished third overall behind Warren and GCMS’ Devyn Roesch, who shot a 39.
In boys’ golf
■ At Gibson City. Devyn Roesch carded a 39 to share medalist honors and lead Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley to first place at Railside.
■ At Normal. St. Thomas More’s Chris Tate shot a 5-over-par 76 to tie for eighth at the Raider/Redbird Classic at Weibring Golf Club at Illinois State University.
The Sabers finished 15th behind Mahomet-Seymour and Central, which tied for 12th. Ben Carnahan paced the Maroons with a 77.
At Farmer City — Emily Trolia shot an event-best 78 in the Mike Hendricks Invitational on Monday, leading Mahomet-Seymour to a victory at Woodlawn Country Club.
The Bulldogs finished with a team total of 357, putting them 38 shots clear of second-place Centennial.
My mother’s words are soothing and haunting.
“Be careful what you wish for.”
It’s a phrase she said often. Usually, the comment would come about the second day of summer vacation when her only child mentioned how anxious he was for another school year to start. Life was boring in the country when the closest neighbor child lived a mile away.