‘Founding Fathers’ ready to roll at Blue Ridge

The football program at Blue Ridge High School has undergone some difficult challenges over the past few years, including scheduling issues, not having enough players, and an untimely end to a co-op which included Ridgeview and Lexington. 

New class of Panthers are ready to lead

The LeRoy Panthers lost a lot of last year’s speed, but the returning defensive cogs look to make the team a contender yet again. 

Head Coach BJ Zeleznik said he has 33 on the varsity football roster, including 10 seniors, seven juniors and 16 sophomores. There are also 15 freshmen that came out for the squad. 

No looking back for new-look Vikings

For the second time in three year’s Tri-Valley football coach Josh Roop is reminding his players to forget about past successes. 

A state championship trophy is something to admire in the hallway, but the coach isn’t about to let this year’s team rest on last year’s squad’s laurels. 

Blue Ridge soccer player participates in Olympic Development Program

FARMER CITY – If Blue Ridge soccer standout Landon Magenheimer looks improved this season, it’s because he has been working hard in the offseason. 

Magenheimer, who will be a junior this year, was a summer participant in the Team USA soccer Olympic Development program. 

A tale of two comebacks: Blue Ridge football, its coach, no strangers to adversity

FARMER CITY — For the Blue Ridge Knights, the 2016 football season is the start of a comeback story. 

For the program’s coach, it’s the next step in one.

“I was pretty much resigned to the fact that I was never going to coach again,” said Skip Sutton, who coached at Ridgeview and The Ridge co-op until after the 2014 season.

Blue Ridge hires Sutton as football coach

FARMER CITY — The Blue Ridge School Board approved the Deland-Weldon football co-op Wednesday night and hired Skip Sutton as the program’s coach. 

Sutton coached “The Ridge” co-op and Ridgeview High School during the first year of the Blue Ridge co-op with Ridgeview.

Tri-Valley wrestler earns All-American status

FARGO, N.D. — A Tri-Valley student is the first in program history to have achieved All-American status on the wrestling mat. 

Dalton Jensen, who will be a junior this year for the LeRoy/Tri-Valley wrestling team, finished in fifth place in the Greco Roman wrestling competition to earn the accolades. 

Busy summer for Blue Ridge Lady Knights

FARMER CITY — In preparation for a new-look 2016-2017 squad, the Blue Ridge Lady Knights have been hard at work during the summer months.

The girls basketball team played in three shootouts and the Parkland College summer league this offseason in an effort to advance and change the perception of the small-school program. 

Tri-Valley grad still has Olympic aspirations

EUGENE, Ore. – Past and present members of the Downs Tri-Valley area had a chance to watch one of their own on the big stage Sunday evening. 

Stephanie Brown, a 2009 graduate of Tri-Valley High School, took to the track in prime time, racing as one of the final 10 American women in the 1,500-meter run. 

Newcomers can try out Farmer City BMX track Saturday

FARMER CITY — Anybody looking for local entertainment can look no further than the local BMX track. 

And for this Saturday only, that entertainment will be free of charge. 

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