Bob Bajek

Wrestling: RTHS starts season 3-0

DWIGHT— The Rantoul Township High School wrestling team went 3-0 to open the season by beating Unity, Hoopeston and Dwight all by 10 or more points.

Boys Basketball: Eagles usher in Richard's era

GALESBURG — Rantoul Township High School head coach A.J. Richard was happy to get his first-career win as the boys basketball team defeated United Township High School 68-55 Nov. 27 at the Galesburg Tournament.

The Eagles (2-3) trailed the Panthers (0-5) early in the contest, but possessed the resilience to bounce back.

Boys Basketball: Trojan ballers get first win

PAXTON — The Armstrong-Potomac boys basketball team didn't get a win until the end of last season.

This year, the Trojans (1-3) were able to by game four.

A-P got that coveted win in a 47-38 triumph over Grant Park (0-4) at the PBL/Manteno Interstate Classic in Paxton.

Rantoul lends a helping hand

Rantoul residents were still in shock last Wednesday as they trying to process the catastrophic damage that occurred Nov. 17 in Gifford.

An EF-3 tornado, with winds howling at 140 mph, destroyed about half of the town.

A couple of area churches and the village wanted to help their Gifford neighbors recover and rebuild their lives.

Healing will take time for tornado victims

People react to tragedy in different ways.

They might want to talk to let the stress out.

Or cry themselves to sleep.

Or even try to block it out so they could perform their job.

Girls Basketball: Bunnies place second in tourney

FISHER — The Fisher girls basketball team placed second in the seventh annual Lady Falcon & Bunnies Tip-Off Classic last week.

The Bunnies (3-1) defeated Centennial's junior varsity Nov. 18 (54-13), Villa Grove/Heritage (47-10) Nov. 19 and St. Joseph-Odgen Thursday (45-43) before falling to Iroquois West 56-34.

Girls Basketball: Eagles have work to do

CHAMPAIGN — The Rantoul Township High School girls basketball team began the season 1-3 in the Blue Star Classic tournament this past weekend at St. Thomas More and Parkland College.

The Eagles defeated Urbana 45-35 Friday, but lost to Champaign Central 50-40 Thursday and Danville Schlarman 38-31 Saturday.

RCS to pilot math program

Director of Instructional Services Michelle Wagner presented to the Rantoul City Schools board a new math program the district is piloting next semester during the board's November meeting.

Wagner said the district is aligning its curriculum map for math to include all the elements of Common Core. RCS adopted a model the Illinois State Board of Education presented.

The Column: McCoy's got some game

CHAMPAIGN —After the Rantoul Township High School girls basketball team played its game Saturday during the Blue Star Classic, I stuck around to see one of the best young talents in the nation.

St. Thomas More's Tori McCoy  (6-foot-4), arguably the top sophomore in the United States.

McCoy is a center who flat out dominates the competition.

Richardson speaks at Chamber dinner

Kareem Richardson is a busy man.

He is head coach of the University of Missouri-Kansas City men’s basketball team, is trying to rebuild that program and has a wife and three children.

But the Rantoul Township High School alum made time in his hectic schedule to speak at the Rantoul Chamber of Commerce’s annual banquet Friday evening.

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