Matt Daniels

Bunnies refuse to be overlooked in 2018 season

FISHER — Standing outside the relatively new weight room at Fisher High School on a mid-week afternoon last week, Jake Palmer's voice rises.

Straying ever so slightly from the steady, staccato clip the energetic third-year Fisher football coach usually brings, he gets a little fired up.

It's more than a game for Rantoul football

RANTOUL — A visible reminder of what Donnell Robertson meant to Angelo Brown is permanently etched on Brown's left arm.

Bunnies return to the playoffs after a 4-year absence led by set of seven senior members

FISHER — Jacob Horsch knew he wanted to play football all four years once he entered Fisher High School.

His father, all three of his uncles and his older brother had done so in the past for the Bunnies.

“I’ve just always loved football,” Horsch said. “It’s just always been there.”

Cornjerkers get early start

HOOPESTON — Saturday was the first day high school football teams could practice in full pads.

First-year Hoopeston Area/Schlarman/Armstrong-Potomac coach Trey Stille wasn’t wasting any time in making sure the Cornjerkers got to do just that. Stille led HASAAP through the paces of its first full pads practice starting at 12:01 a.m. on Saturday.

Four bold predictions for area football season

It won’t be long before Monticello (above) and others area high school football programs run out for their respective season openers. But before the 2017 season kicks off on Aug. 25, sports editor MATT DANIELS offers up four bold predictions as practices get underway today across the state:

Area cross-country season heating up for area competitors

The high school cross-country season can’t get here soon enough for area running enthusiasts.

Count Dustin Dees among them.

The second-year Tuscola cross-country coach is so eager for his teams to get a head start on the season, he’s getting the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office involved. For a good reason.

Bunnies rely on Eichelberger once again

FISHER — Sydney Eichelberger realized last season that good hitters can exist pretty much anywhere in a lineup. Helping pitch Fisher into its first-ever state tournament appearance as a freshman was an eye-opening lesson for the right-hander, who went 14-2 with a 2.68 ERA, 66 strikeouts and 37 walks in 120 innings during the 2016 season while splitting time with Megan McCoy.

Back in style: Rantoul revisits its past this week with matchups against two Big 12 opponents

RANTOUL — Brett Frerichs knows all about the Big 12 and its ties to Rantoul.

The current Rantoul boys’ basketball players he coaches, however, aren’t as familiar with the conference the Eagles used to belong to.

Hangin' Around: Williams brothers enter their senior year with big plans for the Eagles

RANTOUL — Kevonte Williams and Kevin Williams are finally seniors, which means area high school boys basketball coaches will have to contend with the
athletic front court from Rantoul for another season — much like they did last
season ... and the year before that ... and the year before that as well.

Eichelberger a rookie with veteran savvy

FISHER — Sydney Eichelberger won’t overpower opposing batters. Fisher softball coach Ken Ingold is more than OK with that approach, since it’s worked so well this season.

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