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UPDATED: Pritchard tabbed to lead Paxton-Buckley-Loda football

PAXTON — Even if Josh Pritchard can’t claim the lengthiest prep football coaching resume, one portion of his list stands out.

Fresh off graduating from Southeast Missouri State in 2011 with a degree in secondary business education, Pritchard received the opportunity to serve as Oblong football’s defensive coordinator.

Outgoing LOVC members name new conference

Fifteen members of the present-day Little Okaw Valley Conference now have a new banner under which they’ll compete moving forward.

Starting with the 2019-2020 school year, these institutions will be part of the Lincoln Prairie Conference. League president Matthew Shoaff, Okaw Valley’s principal, announced the title through a Tuesday press release.

News-Gazette All-Area content from 2018-19 school year

Below is All-Area content from the 2018-19 high school sports season, put together by members of The News-Gazette staff. Spring sports packages will be available by, at the latest, early July.

Ex-Danville stars Pearl, Griffin each pushing for own role with Illini

CHAMPAIGN — Julian Pearl certainly looks the part already. The Danville native has bulked up — big time — with his latest weigh-in last Wednesday putting him right at 300 pounds.

PBL football coach Graham resigns after 12 years

PAXTON -- After 12 years as Paxton-Buckley-Loda High School's head football coach, it was hard for Jeff Graham to envision working anywhere else this upcoming fall.

Then the opportunity to work in the dual capacity of superintendent/principal at Ludlow Grade School came up, and he had his official interview for that position last February.

Schlarman leaving co-op for 8-man football league

DANVILLE — Schlarman is the latest local school to join the 8-Man Football Association, with Hilltoppers athletic director Phil Sexton announcing the move Thursday morning.

Salt Fork stays in-house for football coach

CATLIN — Joe Hageman’s ties to Salt Fork football are longstanding.
Before the school district even existed, he played the sport at Catlin.
Joe’s dad, Dan, was that program’s head coach during Joe’s high school days.
And Joe has been an assistant for the Storm the last 13 years, serving alongside his father and underneath Brian Plotner.

Hageman ready for 'unique experience' leading Storm football

CATLIN — Joe Hageman’s ties to Salt Fork football are longstanding.

Before the school district even existed, he played the sport at Catlin.

Joe’s dad, Dan, was that program’s head coach during Joe’s high school days.

And Joe has been an assistant for the Storm the last 13 years, serving alongside his father and underneath Brian Plotner.

Long wait over for Centennial's Jackson

CHAMPAIGN — Kyle Jackson has spent nearly four years champing at the bit to become a high school head football coach.

In 2015, he applied to be Centennial's new coach. Lekevie Johnson landed the role instead. In 2018, Jackson put his name in for Champaign Central's top position. Tim Turner got the call instead.

'This is a special place'

MAHOMET — Jon Adkins is not a graduate of Mahomet-Seymour High School.

In fact, he played football at Charleston, one of the Bulldogs' current Apollo Conference rivals.

So why, when both programs' head coaching positions opened up after the 2018 campaign, did Adkins vie for the M-S role?

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