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.”
Three more former athletes will be enshrined in the Champaign Central Hall of Fame on Saturday, when the Don Pittman Era will be honored. Pittman was the Maroons’ wrestling coach from 1964-79 and directed the school to four consecutive district championships.
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.
School might not be in session, but news isn’t hard to come by. Here are a few headlines you might have missed during summer break, courtesy staff writer SCOTT RICHEY:
How do you feel about going into the Central Hall of Fame?
I was thrilled. I didn’t know I was thought of so well.
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.