Cross Country

Cross Country

Saturday's prep highlights: PBL places second at volleyball invite

In volleyball

■ At Paxton. Paxton-Buckley-Loda was the runner-up in the PBL Invitational. PBL lost to Lexington 2-0 (25-15, 25-19) in the championship match. Kellyn Maynard had nine service points and six kills. Eve Bahler had 20 assists. Maynard, Bahler and Sarah Watts were named to the all-tournament team.

1-2 punch leads Uni High cross country

TUSCOLA — Gary Wieneke figures it doesn’t get any better than this.

“(Saturday), we ran against the best runner and the best team (in Class 1A),” the Unity girls’ cross-country coach said. “That’s good experience for us.”

Thursday's prep highlights: Hockman leads M-S boys' golf

In volleyball

Centennial 2, Urbana 0. Jaime Johnson had 17 assists, four kills and five digs and Kelly Braghini and Jordyn Jones each had six kills as the Chargers (11-5) swept the Tigers 25-17, 25-17.

PBL decides to stick with SVC

PAXTON — For 25 years, Paxton-Buckley-Loda High School has had what athletic director John Overstreet called a “long-standing tradition” with the Sangamon Valley Conference.

“It’s what I grew up with,” Overstreet said. “It’s what other parents grew up with.”

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Bulletin board: Watseka to honor ex-coach

WATSEKA — A Remembrance and Celebration for Hall of Fame football coach Gordon McKenzie will be held Saturday on the McKenzie Bleachers at Watseka High School’s Blake Field. The event will start at 9:30 a.m.

McKenzie, who coached at the school from 1952 to ’77, died in May at age 94. His children will be in attendance for the homecoming-weekend event.

Teams of the Week: Unity boys' cross-country in spotlight


Coach Dike Stirrett’s squad had five available runners, and they averaged a 16-minute, 50-second time for the 3-mile course at Paxton, leading to team honors in the 13-school meet. Andrew Warnes, Austin Woodard, Dawson Dodds and Alex Morris were all top-10 finishers.

Athletes of the Week: Keeble and Rice

Sara Rice, Mahomet-Seymour tennis

Why she was chosen: The Bulldogs senior won her first official tournament championship Saturday at the Herrin Invitational, going 3-0 at No. 1 singles while losing just eight of the 44 games she played in the three matches. The wins in Herrin also wrapped up an undefeated regular season.

Saturday's highlights: SJ-O football tops Monmouth


In football

■ St. Joseph-Ogden 34, Monmouth-Roseville 20. Ryan Allen had 18 carries for 164 yards and two touchdowns for the visiting Spartans in the win. Eli Oltean was 4 of 9 for 119 yards.

Davis, Renfroe victorious at PBL meet

PAXTON — Jon Davis achieved the position that all runners were seeking on Saturday, but not the time that provided satisfaction.

The Oakwood/Armstrong-Potomac junior became the eighth repeat boys’ division winner in the 41 years of the Paxton-Buckley-Loda Cross-Country Invitational, but his winning time was three seconds slower than he posted in 2013.