Trojan boys take fifth at county tournament

DANVILLE — In the final 39 seconds of the game, Kyler Stephens simply could not miss from the free throw line in the fifth-place game at the Vermilion County boys basketball tournament.

Stephens’ six free throws in the final minute pushed Armstrong-Potomac Trojans past Georgetown-Ridge Farm, 59-52, Saturday night.

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.

Area roundup: Eagles clip Unity, IVC

RANTOUL — Rantoul’s boys basketball team avenged a loss to Illinois Valley Central at the Taylorville Holiday Tournament in late December with a 58-50 win over the Grey Ghosts on Friday 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.

McCusker, Roseman striving to earn medals, make history for Eagles

RANTOUL — In the history of Rantoul Township High School wrestling, only two wrestlers have placed in the top four of the state tournament, only one has wrestled for a state championship, and the only year in which two Eagles earned all-state medals was 1971.

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