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.

In her words

High school sports have impacted my life in many different ways. Being a captain in softball and basketball has led me to become a leader in every aspect of my life.

Preps year in review


Sunday Conversation: John Woods

Where do you think the Central athletic facilities rank in the Big 12?

Sages volleyball drops down in class

NORMAL — Area schools experienced some of the ups and downs of sports this week.

Not all of the movement was equal.

Fred Kroner: Nicknames don't bother ex-Redskin

Becky Clayton Anderson played high school basketball for a team called the Redskins (Sullivan).

In the fall, she’ll have a daughter entering high school where the team nickname is the Braves (Mount Zion).

PBL's Kleinert digs new home at Parkland

CHAMPAIGN — Technically, Kailey Kleinert will officially join Parkland College’s volleyball team next fall.

To the Paxton-Buckley-Loda senior, however, Friday’s signing with the program was merely a continuation of a relationship that has spanned about five years.

Sunday Conversation: Sally Walker

At a youthful 53, Sally Walker is way too young to retire. But after 31 years at Uni High, Walker is ready for new challenges. Staff writer Bob Asmussen caught up with Walker in Salem, Va., where she is working at the NCAA Division II softball tournament. She is in charge of the umpires, so Walker has plenty on her plate for what will be a busy retirement.

Bulletin board: Honor Roll deadline nears

CHAMPAIGN — Coaches have until 5 p.m. Saturday to confirm entries for The News-Gazette Honor Roll track and field meet, which will be Monday (5 p.m. start) at the UI Track. All entries are to be handled online. The meet is using free online registration at http://athletic.net. Athletes should only be listed in the events in which they will compete.

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