Colin Likas

Final act still unwritten for Eagles wrestlers

RANTOUL — Peter McCusker and Nolan Roseman already are part of history.

That's even before whatever occurs in next month's wrestling postseason.

Rantoul grappling — now part of a co-op with Paxton-Buckley-Loda — doesn't possess an abundance of state-level success. During the 1970-71 school year, the Eagles garnered a pair of sixth-place medals.


Colunga, Larkin prepare for return

HOOPESTON — Week 1 of the upcoming prep football season can't come soon enough for Anthony Colunga.

It's been more than a year since the Hoopeston Area senior has seen live game action. And it's been roughly 365 days since Colunga suffered a career-altering injury.


Schools unite to honor late Eagles standout Robertson

RANTOUL — Last Friday morning, the Rantoul football team's Twitter account released a moving image.

Various members of the program surrounded Monticello football coach Cully Welter, and the tweet's accompanying text expressed gratitude for the Sages' gridiron boss and both schools' athletic league, the Illini Prairie Conference.


Rantoul alum, former baseball coach Franzen eager to get going in new role with Spartans

ST. JOSEPH — Justin Franzen sat in his new office at St. Joseph-Ogden High School in late June. The white walls were mostly barren, save for a large Spartans flag and a sizable 12-month calendar.

The hallways were quiet, obviously, with the school year ending a month prior.

But Franzen's desk ... that was a different story.


Proposed IHSA format shift presents a mixed bag

As recently as two months ago, the concept of district format instead of a conference style appeared realistic for the future of IHSA football.

Perhaps it still is, but Tuscola coach Andy Romine isn't so sure anymore.


IHSA adjusts rules in 3 sports

Wrestlebacks are back.

A cut day now exists in golf.

And a mercy rule is in place for basketball season.

Those are among the notable IHSA rule changes for the 2018-19 academic year that will affect the state wrestling and golf tournaments, as well as lopsided regular-season basketball games.


Fleet-footed Bunnies rely on guile

FISHER — The rabbit typically is viewed as a fleet-of-foot animal, rushing away from potential predators and ensuring its small size isn't a deterrent.

So maybe it's fitting that coach Jake Palmer's Fisher football Bunnies must work with a similar strategy going into the 2018 season.


Spartans post win on 'emotional' Senior Day

ST. JOSEPH — Allie Place's eyes were a little more red than they otherwise might be in this instance. Some leftover welled-up tears accompanied that feature.

The St. Joseph-Ogden senior wasn't upset by her softball performance Wednesday against Fisher. She went 3 for 3 with two RBI and a run scored.


Eichelberger tosses gem in Bunnies’ win

FISHER — Before Friday’s first softball pitch between Tuscola and Fisher, one could assume any mistakes made in a matchup of reigning top-two postseason seeds would prove costly.

And miscues ultimately were kept to a minimum. This nonconference game, however, included one feature that certainly looked out of place.


Eagles start 2-1; fall to Gaddis, Hoopeston

RANTOUL — It'd be hard to guess Brady Gaddis was struggling at the plate entering Thursday's baseball game against Rantoul.

It'd also be surprising to learn the Hoopeston Area senior hadn't suited up as a high school catcher until this season.

Gaddis was in fine form in both regards against the Eagles, and the Cornjerkers were better for it.


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