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BUCKLEY — Tim Dillman’s Royal Giants baseball team possessed plenty of positive vibes after sweeping two games against Paxton last Sunday, finishing with three doubleheader triumphs in as many tries during the condensed Eastern Illinois League regular season.

That he’s “older than some of my coaches” is no big deal to Parkland grad Anthony Silkwood. “I just didn’t want to be 35 and sitting at a bar, wondering how good I could have been.”

The area sports world is still on hiatus because of the global health threat caused by the coronavirus pandemic. As he will until the crisis subsides, sports editor Matt Daniels spent the week telling the stories of those affected by the pandemic in a variety of ways.

Nikia McGlory’s incoming cheerleading team at Danville Area Community College met for the first time not in a gym but at a church.