■ 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.
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.”
■ 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.
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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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.
UNITY BOYS’ CROSS-COUNTRY
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.
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.
By SPENCER BROWN
■ 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.
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.