Best of Fred, No. 33: Finishing on a roll

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 most memorable stories:

Every day, it seems, is a memorable day for me. Maybe that’s because I still enjoy the job I do, even after four decades.

Kroner: Mixed emotions surround football proposal

The possibility for a change in the IHSA football playoff format has become an annual occurrence.

This year, perhaps, it could be more realistic.

Friday's prep highlights: Trimble sparks SJ-O

In boys’ basketball

At Leader Classic

Thursday's prep highlights: Maxwell, Duncan energize Unity

In girls’ basketball

PBL tops Chrisman with defense

ST. JOSEPH — Paxton-Buckley-Loda won a defensive struggle in its first Leader Classic game, defeating Chrisman 47-37 on Thursday night.

“I told the guys that was a great defensive effort,” PBL coach Adam Schonauer said. “I thought the energy was really good. We were active and rotated well. We got better at containing the dribble and did a really good job rebounding.”

Wednesday's prep highlights: Iroquois West wins tourney

In girls’ basketball


Iroquois West 65, Herscher 44. Ariel Medina had 15 points and Grace Schroeder had 14 as Iroquois West recovered from a first-quarter deficit to beat Herscher in the championship game of the eight-team Raider Classic on Wednesday at Gilman. The Raiders (11-2) hit seven three-point shots.

Bulletin board: Fisher adds to Hall

FISHER — Thirteen new members were inducted into the Fisher High School Athletic Hall of Fame last Saturday.

N-G Top 10: Girls' basketball rankings — STM at top

1. St. Thomas More (1)    11-1 For the holidays ... State Farm Classic, Bloomington-N.

2. Monticello (2)    6-0    For the holidays ... Monticello Holiday Tournament

3. Schlarman (3)    6-1    For the holidays ... Peoria Manual Tournament