In girls’ tennis
■ At Champaign. Centennial made quick work of Normal West in a 9-0 victory. The Chargers won all nine matches in straight sets and didn’t drop a game in four of the matches.
■ 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.
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.