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Bulletin board: Fisher adds to Hall

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

Bulletin board: EIU likes SJ-O recruit

EIU likes SJ-O recruit

CHARLESTON — Eastern Illinois baseball coach Jim Schmitz is pleased with his current recruiting class, a group that includes senior pitcher Cole Berry of St. Joseph-Ogden.

“Cole is probably the sleeper in this group,” Schmitz said. “He is a big kid that has been up to 91 mph. We project him to be a top arm in the future.”

Kroner: All-Area teams will have new look

Change is inevitable.

Some of us embrace it. Some resist it.

The only certainty is that it’s coming, often in ways we cannot currently even imagine.

The newspaper business is no exception.

We used to write stories on a typewriter, and a composing room person would set the words in type.

Bulletin board: Rantoul Hall adds three

RANTOUL — Danny Brown (Class of 1980), Kindi Schlittler Kooi (Class of 2002) and Randy Wright (Class of 2001) were inducted into Rantoul High School’s Hall of Fame last week in conjunction with the school’s homecoming.

Kroner's memory lane: No. 45

This week’s edition can be called Coaching Capers.

Bulletin board: Watseka to honor ex-coach

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.

Best of Fred: No. 50

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:

Your questions, Kroner's answers

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.

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.