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Rantoul’s Shields Auto Center caps perfect season with fast-pitch league title

The Shields Auto Center softball team of Rantoul won the 11-12-year-old girls’ fast-pitch softball league over the weekend, capping off an 11-0 regular season record.


Paxton goes 1-1 against ‘probably the best team in the league’

PAXTON — The Paxton Swedes had a chance to do more than just play the role of spoiler in their Eastern Illinois Baseball League doubleheader on Sunday.

While the Gifford-Flatville Giflats had a chance to clinch at least a share of the EI League's regular-season title, the Swedes were looking to keep their chances of a No. 3 seed in the league's tournament.


Post 287 looks to make some noise in district tournament

RANTOUL — There will not be much of a reference point when Garry Smith’s crew kick starts the Fourth Division Senior Legion baseball tournament this week.


Rantoul escapes with walk-off win over Danville on pitches in the dirt; Post 287 takes 2nd place at memorial tourney

RANTOUL — As Adam Crites dug his right foot near the back line of chalk in the batter’s box at Wabash Park on Friday, a chorus of encouragement came from Allen Jones Sr. and Larry Smith.

“All you’ve got to do is hit the ball,” Jones said from his perch at first base.

“You’ve just got to slap something over the infield,” Smith said from third base.


Staying on top: Giflats take two from Champaign Dream

CHAMPAIGN — Ernie Banks, Mr. Cub, famously said, "It's a great day for a ball game, let's play two."


Post 287 goes 1-2

GREENUP — After winning the consolation championship at last weekend’s Mattoon Firecracker Classic, the Rantoul Post 287 baseball team of the American Senior Legion went 1-2 over the weekend.

Rantoul (8-11) fell to Eureka Post 466, 6-4, when Eureka broke a 4-4 tie with a two-RBI single in the bottom of the sixth to edge out Rantoul.


Hess introduces 2018 coaching staff

Rantoul football head coach Tom Hess has his 2018 coaching staff set. Get to know the group that will be leading the Eagles this season:

Brett Trefren


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.


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