Zack Carpenter

Carpenter: Goodbye, Rantoul: Some final words I hope you find encouraging

You know me.

You know me because you’ve seen me dozens, hundreds, maybe thousands of times.

I’m the person who’s always happy. Constantly flashing a smile. Laughing his way through an entire conversation. Loving life. Nothing’s wrong. Nothing to see here.

Appearances can be deceiving.


Eagles come out hot in second half, upset Prairie Central on the road

FAIRBURY — Renee Reed didn’t have much to say to her team at halftime Thursday night.

The first-year Rantoul coach’s team trailed by one point, but the reason for the deficit was easily correctable for her girls basketball team against Prairie Central.


Eagles unable to respond as BCC dominates second half in 'championship game' atmosphere

BLOOMINGTON — Tommy Nelson and Luke Yoder have been sensational all season as the leaders of the Bloomington Central Catholic boys basketball team.


RCS introducing two school improvement program expenditures

RANTOUL — A pair of school improvement programs (SIPs) were unanimously approved by the Rantoul City Schools board Thursday night.


Armstrong girls win 5th at county

DANVILLE — Even though it was only a victory in the fifth-place game of the Vermilion County tournament, Nick Hipsher still came away happy with what he saw from his team.


Fisher boys’ hot start diffused by LeRoy

EL PASO — Coming into the season, lack of size leading to a disadvantage on the boards was the Fisher boys basketball team’s No. 2 question mark of the 2018-19 campaign.


Fisher girls have better showing but fall to Mustangs

EL PASO — What a difference a few days can make.

After a 52-25 drubbing at the hands of Ridgeview on Thursday, the Fisher girls basketball team was scheduled to turn around and face the Mustangs two days later in the first round of the McLean County/Heart of Illinois Conference tournament.


Leading the Pac: Rantoul grad Mike Mennenga one of top recruiters for Oregon men's basketball

LOS ANGELES — The memory comes flooding back in an instant.

Even through the phone, the wide grin can be felt spreading across his face as he harkens back to a fleeting moment from his childhood.

Mike Mennenga is sitting in Los Angeles traffic, the congested gridlock light years away from the flat, see-for-miles landscape of central Illinois corn and bean fields.


Leading the Pac: Former Fisher star Mitch Elkins serves behind the scenes for University of Cal men's basketball

BERKELEY, Calif. — Ten years later, head coach Deon Mennenga can still recall the exact type of player and person he had in his star guard/forward.

The person was confident, dependable and a strong leader.

“He’s a good young man. They don’t get much better,” Mennenga said.

The player was coachable, multi-talented and a serious basketball junkie.


Frerichs makes Rantoul history, notches 100th career win

RANTOUL — When Brett Frerichs checked his messages in the moments following last Tuesday’s win over Paxton-Buckley-Loda, he was a bit astonished at what engulfed his phone.


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