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.
The invitation Paxton-Buckley-Loda athletic director John Overstreet was expecting came.
With the Okaw Valley Conference losing Maroa-Forsyth to the Sangamo Conference in two years, PBL was the target to fill that void, and Overstreet said PBL received the official invite Monday afternoon to join the conference for the 2016-17 school year.
CHAMPAIGN — No, winning isn’t getting old for Clayton Parkhill. But after clinching his record-setting sixth Twin City championship after firing a 1-under 71 at Lincolnshire Fields Country Club on Sunday following Saturday’s 6-under 66 at Urbana Country Club, the 26-year-old admitted this one might have been his favorite of all.
URBANA — Clayton Parkhill has always been an honest, forthcoming young man. So when the five-time Twin City champion tells you at most he plays golf once a week, you take his word for it.
We asked Fisher’s Josh Wallick what high school sports meant to him:
High school athletics helped mold me as an individual. Creating a personal identity for yourself in high school is important because it changes how you interact with others in high school.