Overstreet paces PBL against SJ-O

PAXTON – Dylan Overstreet pitched a four-hit shutout to lead Paxton-Buckley-Loda past St. Joseph-Ogden 5-0 on Tuesday in prep baseball.

Overstreet, Andy Fairchild, Jacob Bender and Jordan Glad each drove in a run for the Panthers (11-3). Overstreet walked three and struck out eight.

Andy Bensyl had two hits for the Spartans (7-7).

Athletes of the Week

Trace McClintock, Oakwood senior, Baseball

Recently: Hit two home runs during a 9-for-16 streak with 11 RBI and picked up a win pitching.

Quote: "I wasn't aware of all I did last week; I'm not usually a power hitter."

King, Vikings put on a show

DANVILLE – Morgan King hit for the cycle and drove in nine runs as Danville completed a softball doubleheader sweep with a 16-14 victory against Unity on Saturday.

King had two singles, a double, a triple and a homer. Casey Cromwell added three hits.

Budget crunch forces area high schools to call audibles

When the current school year ends, so too will an established way of doing things for numerous area high schools.

As schools throughout Illinois await promised state money, the lack of available funding now is forcing many districts to implement cuts as a means to curb spending.

Sabers squeak by Panthers

CHAMPAIGN – St. Thomas More's Taylor Alexander scored the winning run in the eighth inning on a throwing error after walking and stealing second base to propel the Sabers to a 6-5 softball win against Paxton-Buckley-Loda on Tuesday.

Athletes of the Week

Brandon Noe and Hannah Darr are our Athletes of the Week:

Brandon Noe, St. Thomas More senior, track

Sabers' Noe opens with flourish

PAXTON – Imagine what Brandon Noe can accomplish if there's someone to push him.

The St. Thomas More senior was unchallenged in Thursday's nine-school Paxton-Buckley-Loda Invitational track and field meet, winning the discus by nearly 70 feet (over teammate Ben Dodds) and the shot put by a margin of more than 16 feet.

All-Decade honoree: Chad Simpson

DANVILLE – The bottom line for Chad Simpson wasn't the record. Neither he nor his family determined success or failure by the numbers shown in those columns.

"Growing up, it was never about winning and losing," said Simpson, a Danville High School graduate. "There was a focus on preparation, effort and sportsmanship."

Tigers star found lifelong passion

URBANA – Whether she becomes a collegiate athlete, Katarina Marjanovic will continue playing tennis.

"I will probably play it for the rest of my life," the Urbana High School senior said. "It's one of the few life-long sports that one can enjoy at any stage in life."

Marjanovic is tops again

URBANA – Katarina Marjanovic is a terrific tennis player, as her accomplishments attest.

But it doesn't define her. The Urbana senior's interests range far beyond tennis, whether it's as a member of the school orchestra (she plays violin), playing piano, or being involved in Book Club, Math Club or Scholastic Bowl.