Business finished: Vikings win state championship

DeKALB – Fourteen games, 114 points.

That’s all the opponents of the Vikings could muster this season, and just eight of them came in Saturday’s championship game against the Auburn Trojans at Huskie Stadium.

Semifinal win a triumph for Viking Nation

By Neal Roach|LFC Press

DOWNS — It was a tale of two ground attacks Saturday afternoon as snow bombarded Viking Field. 

Panther playoff run ends in icy Arcola

ARCOLA – The glass slipper of the 9-seeded LeRoy Panthers shattered on the frozen earth of Arcola Saturday afternoon to end their season at 9-4. 

The Panthers had been underdogs for three weeks running, but 13-0 Arcola proved the toughest test yet, sending the Panthers home with a 42-0 loss. 

Vikings have some business to finish

DOWNS — The Tri-Valley Vikings are headed back to DeKalb, taking the penultimate step in their season-long narrative of “unfinished business.” 

Two area grads part of Parkland's volleyball run

Ryann Hoffenberg|For the Press

Parkland College volleyball has experienced a storybook season so far in 2015, and two area graduates are along for the ride. 

Numbers up for Blue Ridge boys basketball

FARMER CITY – Four gazelles and a cheetah. 

That’s how Blue Ridge’s new basketball coach Joe Sawyer describes his squad. 

Lady Knights aim at turnaround under new coach

FARMER CITY – There’s a new era dawning in Blue Ridge girls basketball. 

It’s been spurred by the efforts of first-year coach Drew O’Connell, whose been recruiting players since the first day of school. But to the new coach, the effort is district-wide. 

In HOI rematch, Tri-Valley again dominant

Neal Roach|LFC Press

DOWNS — The stakes were higher for the Chiefs and the Vikings Saturday afternoon than they were when the two teams met in September conference play, but the results were more or less the same — Tri-Valley dominance. 

Panthers earn dominant win, spot in final 4

LeROY – The Panthers burst onto their home turf Saturday afternoon through a sign made by their cheerleaders. It read “We have waited 371 days…”—the amount of time since the Carrollton Hawks sent LeRoy packing in a 69-16 blowout in the second round of last year’s playoffs.

This year, the Panther defense allowed the Hawks just 98 yards of total offense in a dominant 30-6 home victory.

Confidence, strong play from linemen, help Panthers down Warriors

LeROY – The Panthers knew the Tuscola Warriors were a solid football team going into Saturday’s second round action. But LeRoy had seen their likes before. 

“We were pretty confident last week,” LeRoy head coach BJ Zeleznik said. “There was never really any point where our coaching staff had serious concerns.” 

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