Cross Country

Cross Country

Kroner: One final ride

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.

PBL ponders Okaw Valley invitation

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.

In her words

High school sports have impacted my life in many different ways. Being a captain in softball and basketball has led me to become a leader in every aspect of my life.

By the letter, it's Monticello

 MONTICELLO — The leaderboard is changing thanks to Monticello’s fast-charging Sages.

A year ago, the Piatt County school wasn’t among the top 10 in The News-Gazette’s end-of-the-school-year list of all-sports area leaders.

This year, Monticello is No. 1.

Preps year in review

TEAMS OF THE YEAR

Sunday Conversation: John Woods

Where do you think the Central athletic facilities rank in the Big 12?

Fred Kroner: Nicknames don't bother ex-Redskin

Becky Clayton Anderson played high school basketball for a team called the Redskins (Sullivan).

In the fall, she’ll have a daughter entering high school where the team nickname is the Braves (Mount Zion).

Sunday Conversation: Sally Walker

At a youthful 53, Sally Walker is way too young to retire. But after 31 years at Uni High, Walker is ready for new challenges. Staff writer Bob Asmussen caught up with Walker in Salem, Va., where she is working at the NCAA Division II softball tournament. She is in charge of the umpires, so Walker has plenty on her plate for what will be a busy retirement.

Ex-SJ-O AD Doehring honored

ST. JOSEPH — Former St. Joseph-Ogden athletic director Dale Doehring will be enshrined posthumously Saturday night in the Illinois Athletic Directors Association Hall of Fame. The ceremony will take place in Peoria.

Doehring, who died in April 2012, was SJ-O’s athletic director from 1979 until retiring in 2004.

A-H athletes making most of time

ATWOOD — Most of us don’t know when the end will occur.

Kaitie Wildman knows. It will stop with her.

When Atwood-Hammond holds its final graduation ceremony in 23 days, Wildman will be the last student to receive a diploma.

Ever.