Putnam County senior Daniela Pavlovich has signed to play basketball for IVCC.
She was a key part of the turnaround of the Lady Panthers program the past two seasons under coach James Barnett, culminating in a sectional finals appearance this season.
The senior point guard was a Tri-County All-Conference selection. She averaged 14.7 points for PC this season.
• Midland fires coach: According to the Peoria Journal Star, Midland High School fired boys basketball coach Jeff Herkelman by a 7-0 vote of the school board of education. Herkelman, who was marking his 53rd birthday on the day of the firing, said he was not given a reason. Midland superintendent Rolf Sivertson told the Journal Star they “can’t share” that information.
Herkelman’s wife, according to the Journal Star, called the Midland School Board “cowardly.”
Midland had also fired Herkelman’s predecessor, Joe Mintus, in 2011 without stating a reason. He now is the head coach at IVC in Chillicothe, but retains tenure on the Midland staff.
Herkelman was dismissed at after two seasons as head coach at PC before coming to Midland.
• Sherbeyn resigns at IVCC: Julie Sherbeyn’s much anticipated departure as IVCC volleyball coach has been made official. She resigned after five years to take over as the head coach at Eastern Wyoming College, a community college in Torrington in her native Wyoming.
• Spring Creek Ladies: The Spring Creek Ladies Golf League will hold its opening dinner on Tuesday at John’s North Star in LaSalle. Cocktails start at 5:30 p.m. with dinner to follow at 6 p.m.
Regular season play takes place on Wednesdays from May through September with morning and afternoon tee times. The league will hold monthly meetings and potlucks and host a play day for area lady golfers.
Anyone interested in attending the dinner or would like more information may call Spring Creek at 815-894-2137.
• New L-P coach: James Bragg has been named as a new physical education teacher and varsity football coach at LaSalle-Peru High School. Bragg comes to L-P from PORTA Community Unit School District in Petersburg, where he has been an assistant football coach since 2008.
He previously served as the head JV football coach at PORTA.
His efforts at PORTA helped the Bluejays make it to the team’s first playoff appearance in four years.