GIBSON CITY -- Prior to competing in their respective IHSA state-final tournaments, the Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley and Cissna Park boys basketball teams met in a regular-season contest on Jan. 15. The GCMS Falcons won that game in overtime by a score of 48-41 over the Timberwolves. "It was a …

NORMAL — The Paxton-Buckley-Loda Special Olympics basketball team won the Special Olympics Illinois Senior 15 state championship at last weekend’s tournament at Illinois State University’s Horton Fieldhouse.On Sunday, the Panthers defeated the Jacksonville Wolverines 31-21 in the state champ…

GIBSON CITY -- On Saturday, March 23, the WGCY radio station in Gibson City will host its Sangamon Valley Conference vs. Heart of Illinois Conference girls and boys all-star basketball game, featuring senior players form both conferences. Players were selected by a group of coaches from each…

OAKWOOD -- Despite a 10-point lead going into the fourth quarter, Paxton-Buckley-Loda head coach Adam Schonauer knew it would not be easy to hang on for the IHSA Class 2A Oakwood Regional title. Despite a 17-10 run by host Oakwood through the final quarter, PBL was able to hold on for a 56-5…

PAXTON -- After playing three games in two days through the previous weekend's Sangamon Valley Conference Tournament, the Paxton-Buckley-Loda boys basketball team had two days to get prepared for Tuesday's game against La Salette. "It’ll be nice to have a couple days of practice," PBL head c…

Aleeka Gentzler -- The 2016 Paxton-Buckley-Loda grad and Monmouth College high jumper finished sixth with a jump of 1.48 meters at the Illinois Wesleyan University Keck Invitational on Saturday, Feb. 2. Nick Porter -- The former PBL boys track and field standout set a personal best in the 80…

CLIFTON -- After ending two Cinderella bids through the first two rounds -- and 19 hours -- of the Sangamon Valley Conference Tournament, the Paxton-Buckley-Loda boys basketball team had an underdog story of its own to try to build. The Panthers faced the No. 2-ranked team in Class 1A in Cis…

CLIFTON -- The Paxton-Buckley-Loda boys basketball team ended the Sangamon Valley Conference Tournament's biggest Cinderella story in a timespan of 9:20. After upsetting second-seeded Watseka in the quarterfinals the previous Friday, No. 7-seed Dwight led 49-43 over No.

CLIFTON -- Drake Schrodt made two free throws with 0.7 seconds remaining in Friday's Sangamon Valley Conference Tournament quarterfinal game, propelling the Paxton-Buckley-Loda boys basketball team to a 53-52 win over Momence. The Panthers will face Dwight in the semifinals at 12:30 p.m. tod…

Kody Harrison -- He placed third in the 5,000-meter run with a time of 16:49 at the Grinnell Indoor Invite on Saturday, Jan. 26.

PAXTON -- Paxton-Buckley-Loda extended its win streak to three with a 57-36 win Friday over Tuscola. The game may have served as a preview for postseason play, as both PBL and Tuscola are assigned to the IHSA Class 2A Tolono Unity Sectional's sub-sectional A. "It was a good win for us agains…

CHAMPAIGN -- The Paxton-Buckley-Loda varsity boys basketball team overcame a seven-point deficit to win 68-62 Wednesday over St. Thomas More. "It was a good, back-and-forth high school game. Both teams made plays down the stretch, and we were fortunate to come out on top," PBL head coach Ada…

7th-grade boysIESA Class 1ACRESCENT CITY REGIONALMONDAY, Jan. 21Game 1 — Tri-Point 29, Rossville-Alvin 11Game 2 — Hopkins Park Lorenzo Smith 45, Cissna Park 14TUESDAY, Jan. 22Game 3 — No. 1 Donovan vs. No. 4 Tri-Point, 6 p.m.Game 4 — No. 2 Crescent City vs. No. 3 HPLS, 7:15 p.m.WEDNESDAY, Ja…

Josh Brocato -- The former Paxton-Buckley-Loda boys track and field standout finished fourth with a time of 9:11.68 for Indiana Wesleyan at an indoor invitational held Friday at Marion, Indiana. Nick Porter -- The 2016 PBL graduate finished finished seventh in the 800-meter run with a time o…

GIBSON CITY -- Ryan Tompkins, the head coach of the Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley High School boys basketball team, said he "knew it was going to be a tough week." Three days after defeating the second-ranked Class 1A team in Cissna Park in overtime, GCMS -- which was ranked sixth in 2A -- faced…

GIBSON CITY -- The Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley junior varsity boys basketball team won 50-46 Friday over Deer Creek-Mackinaw. In the third quarter, GCMS outscored Dee-Mack 19-13 to overcome a 21-18 halftime deficit as Braden Roesch scored 13 points during the quarter while Tristin Roesch and N…

PAXTON -- The Paxton-Buckley-Loda eighth-grade boys basketball team lost 42-31 to St. Joseph on Thursday. The Panthers tied St. Joseph at 13-13 at the end of the first quarter as Jeremiah Ager and Kendall Swanson each had five points and Kayden Snelling added a 3-pointer.  St.

PAXTON -- The Paxton-Buckley-Loda High School boys basketball team won 65-28 Tuesday, Jan. 15, over Iroquois West. With the win, the Panthers improved to a record of 11-7 while remaining undefeated in the Sangamon Valley Conference at 4-0. They will face St. Thomas More in Champaign next Tuesday.

Aidan Laughery -- The Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley High School freshman finished first in the boys' age 15-16 60-meter dash with a time of 7.16 seconds for Vipers Track Club -- based in Champaign -- in the Dorothy Dawson Invitational in Champaign held Saturday, Jan. 5.

MONTICELLO -- The Paxton-Buckley-Loda High School boys basketball team lost 49-47 to Monticello on Friday. After taking a 7-4 lead in the first quarter, with Kyle Poll scoring all of their points, the Panthers (10-7) were outscored 20-6 by Monticello in the second quarter.  PBL outscored the…

GIBSON CITY -- The Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley High School boys basketball team entered Friday's game on a 13-game winning streak and with an undefeated record in the Heart of Illinois Conference. The Falcons played that game against a Heyworth team that had yet to win a conference game. Regar…

HEART OF ILLINOIS CONFERENCE BOYS’ TOURNAMENTSATURDAY, Jan. 19At El Paso-GridleyGame 1 — No. 8 Tri-Valley vs. No. 9 Ridgeview, 11:30 a.m.Game 2 — No. 4 Fieldcrestvs.  No. 13 Lexington, 1 p.m.Game 3 — No. 5 LeRoy vs. No. 12 Fisher, 2:30 p.m.Game 4 — No. 7 Eureka vs. No. 10 Flanagan-Cornell, 4 p.m.

RANTOUL -- The Paxton-Buckley-Loda seventh-grade boys basketball team lost 45-6 to Rantoul Eater on Thursday. Noah Steiner and Jake Swan scored four and two points, respectively, for PBL. 7th-grade boysRantoul Eater 45, PBL 6PBL 2    4&n

RANTOUL -- The Paxton-Buckley-Loda High School boys basketball team lost 67-58 to Rantoul on Tuesday, Jan. 8. Trey VanWinkle led the Panthers (10-6) in points with 16 while Colton Coy and Kyle Poll also scored in double figures with 13 and 10 points, respectively.

EL PASO -- The Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley High School boys basketball team won 58-50 over El Paso-Gridley on Tuesday, Jan. 8. Bryce Barnes posted a double-double for the Falcons (14-2, 5-0 Heart of Illinois Conference) with 24 points and 11 rebounds while Ryland Holt and Connor Birky also sco…

PAXTON -- The Paxton-Buckley-Loda seventh-grade boys basketball team lost 44-18 to Prairie Central on Tuesday. Trey Spenard led the Panthers in scoring with six points, Braylen Arnette and Connor Atkins each had three points and Nathan Benear, Tyler Weigel and Liam Schnebly each had two poin…