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…

BEECHER -- The Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley girls basketball team won 51-37 over Peotone in the semifinals of the IHSA Class 2A Beecher Regional on Tuesday, Feb. 5. The third-seeded Falcons will face second-seeded Beecher in the regional championship game at 7 p.m. Thursday. In the first quarte…

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…

GIBSON CITY -- The Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley girls basketball team defeated Ridgeview 46-40 in its regular-season finale on Thursday. "Ridgeview is a great team, and that was a great win for us to end our regular season," GCMS head coach Keri Dornbusch said.

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.

GIBSON CITY-MELVIN-SIBLEY SECTIONALMONDAY, Feb. 11Game 1 -- Winner Herscher Regional vs. Winner Bismarck-Henning-Rossville-Alvin Regional, 6 p.m.Game 2 -- Winner Tolono Unity Regional vs. Winner Beecher Regional, 7:30 p.m.THURSDAY, Feb. 14Game 3 -- Winner Game 1 vs.

PAXTON -- For the second time in eight days, the Paxton-Buckley-Loda girls basketball team faced the fifth-ranked Class 2A team in Watseka. After losing by eight points to Watseka in the Sangamon Valley Conference Tournament championship game, PBL lost again via 54-52 score to the Warriors o…

EL PASO -- The Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley girls basketball team won 65-47 over Lexington in the semifinals of the Heart of Illinois Conference Tournament's fifth-place bracket on Wednesday. The Falcons (20-5) outscored Lexington 25-13 in the first quarter.

PAXTON -- The Paxton-Buckley-Loda girls basketball team defeated Tolono Unity 49-35. "We haven’t beaten them in quite a while. It always feels good to beat Tolono Unity," PBL head coach Nathan Lawler said.  The victory came four days after PBL (14-11) lost to Watseka in the Sangamon Valley C…

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…

GILMAN -- The Paxton-Buckley-Loda girls basketball team lost 61-53 to Watseka in the Sangamon Valley Conference Tournament championship game on Thursday. Watseka, which went into the game as the fifth-ranked team in Class 2A, improved to 21-2 with the win. The Panthers, who fell to a record …

GIBSON CITY -- A 40-29 victory Thursday over Deer Creek-Mackinaw extended the Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley girls basketball team's winning streak to seven games and improved the Falcons' overall record to 19-4 and record in the Heart of Illinois Conference to 10-1. "It’s a heck of a record for …

GILMAN -- Two wins, including a 51-24 victory Wednesday over Momence, puts the Paxton-Buckley-Loda girls basketball team one win away from its second consecutive Sangamon Valley Conference Tournament championship. The Panthers' win in the tournament semifinals over Momence included a 29-16 a…

LEXINGTON -- The Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley girls basketball team won 45-38 Monday over Lexington. The Falcons (18-4, 9-1 Heart of Illinois Conference) outscored Lexington 11-4 in the fourth quarter to break a 34-34 tie.

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.

HEART OF ILLINOIS GIRLS BASKETBALL TOURNAMENTSATURDAY, Jan. 19At El Paso-GridleyGame 1 -- No. 8 Flanagan-Cornell vs. No. 9 Heyworth, 11:30 a.m.Game 2 -- No. 4 Ridgeview vs. No. 13 Fisher, 1 p.m.Game 3 -- No. 5 Deer Creek-Mackinaw vs. No. 12 Tri-Valley, 2:30 p.m.Game 4 -- No.

GILMAN -- The Paxton-Buckley-Loda girls basketball team won 54-35 over Iroquois West on Thursday.  The Panthers (11-10, 3-0 Sangamon Valley Conference) outscored Iroquois West 19-4 in the first quarter as Hannah Schwarz had five points, including a 3-for-4 effort from the free-throw line, wh…

GIBSON CITY -- With a 65-56 win Thursday over Heyworth, the Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley girls basketball team has matched their win total from last season. Last year, the Falcons went 17-13, which at the time was the program's first winning season since 2011-12.

Paxton-Buckley-Loda 61, Centennial 55. Mackenzie Bruns blasted off for 26 points, including 19 in the second half, as the visiting Panthers (10-10) held off the Chargers (1-15) in a nonconference tilt. Madi Peden added 12 points for PBL, which hit 19 of 29 free throws.

Nick Schultz -- The Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley track and field standout finished first in the high jump with a leap of 1.98 meters for Indiana State in the Indiana State Early Bird meet on Dec.

EUREKA -- The Paxton-Buckley-Loda girls basketball team lost 53-40 to Eureka on Saturday. Baylee Cosgrove led PBL (9-10) in scoring with 11 points while MaKenna Ecker had eight points, Brooke Walder had six points, Kirra Lantz had five points, Mackenzie Bruns and Hannah Schwarz each had thre…

GILMAN -- A 51-27 win on Saturday improved the Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley varsity girls basketball team's record to 15-4. The Falcons are two wins away from matching their win total from last year, when they went 17-13. "That's great for us," GCMS head coach Keri Dornbusch said. "I'm very pro…

PAXTON -- The Paxton-Buckley-Loda girls basketball team was tied at 17-17 with Urbana with 30 seconds left in the first half of Thursday's game. Urbana then claimed the lead as two turnovers each led to a basket by the Tigers' Akierra Bufford, including a buzzer-beating fastbreak layup, that…

TREMONT -- The Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley girls basketball team won 54-26 Thursday over Tremont. The Falcons (14-4, 6-1 Heart of Illinois Conference) started the game by outscoring Tremont 14-9 in the first quarter.

Lane Timmons -- The former Gibson City resident has a .933 save percentage, with 14 saves, through six games played for the  Western States Hockey League's El Paso Rhinos, which has the lead in the Junior A Mid-Western Division with a record of 20-6-2 through 30 games played. Liberty Jamison…

HEYWORTH -- The Paxton-Buckley-Loda girls basketball team lost 52-46 to Heyworth on Monday. Mackenzie Bruns scored a game-high 26 points for PBL (7-6) while Madi Peden had nine points, Hannah Schwarz had three points and Katelyn Crabb, Kirra Lantz, Brooke Walder and MaKenna Ecker each had tw…

DWIGHT — On Monday, the Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley girls basketball team won 59-46 over Dwight.The Falcons outscored Iroquois West 13-9 in the first quarter as Hannah Hathaway had five points, Megan Moody had four points and Claire Retherford and Makenzi Bielfeldt each had two points.

Lane Timmons -- The former Gibson City resident has a .933 save percentage, with one goal allowed on 15 shots on goal, through four games played for the Western States Hockey League's El Paso Rhinos. Liberty Jamison -- Through 11 games played for Lake Land, the former Paxton-Buckley-Loda gir…

GIBSON CITY -- A 41-19 victory over Fisher on Saturday improved the Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley girls basketball team's overall record to 9-3 and its record in the Heart of Illinois Conference to 5-1. “It’s just a great start for the girls," Dornbusch said. "It has been a really good team effo…

FARMER CITY -- The Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley girls basketball team won 53-8 Thursday over Blue Ridge. The Falcons (8-3) outscored Blue Ridge 19-2 in the first quarter as Megan Moody scored eight points, Emily Clinton had five points, Makenzi Bielfeldt had four points and Claire Retherford ha…

PAXTON -- A 45-23 win over Momence kept the Paxton-Buckley-Loda girls basketball team undefeated in the Sangamon Valley Conference. “That’s what I told the girls tonight – tonight is about setting us up for January and playing for that No. 1 or No.

GIBSON CITY -- The week prior to its game on Monday against Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley, the Fieldcrest High School girls basketball team received one vote for the Associated Press' Class 2A poll. Fieldcrest left Gibson City with a 50-30 loss. “We just need to keep competing against anybody," …

Lane Timmons -- The former Gibson City resident has a .933 save percentage through three games played for the Western States Hockey League's El Paso Rhinos. Liberty Jamison -- Through eight games played for Lake Land, the former Paxton-Buckley-Loda girls basketball standout has scored 2.7 po…

CLIFTON -- The Paxton-Buckley-Loda girls basketball team won 45-30 over Clifton Central on Thursday. The Panthers (6-4, 2-0 Sangamon Valley Conference) outscored Clifton Central 10-5 in the first quarter as Baylee Cosgrove scored six points while Brooke Walder and Kirra Lantz each tallied a …

LeROY — The Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley girls basketball team won 45-30 Thursday over LeRoy.The Falcons outscored LeRoy 14-4 as Claire Retherford scored 12 points while Makenzi Bielfeldt added two points.

PAXTON -- With a 59-41 victory over Tri-Valley on Tuesday, Dec. 4, the Paxton-Buckley-Loda High School girls basketball team is on a three-game winning streak that has improved their record to 5-4. “We’re playing better," PBL head coach Nathan Lawler said. "The big thing is just our intensit…