Unlimited Potential: Rantoul's Demarius Smith-Terhune could become the best wrestler in RTHS history

RANTOUL — Demarius Smith-Terhune is an athlete in every sense of the word.

Put a bat in his hand, and he’ll square up the ball. Throw him a football, and he’ll catch it with finesse. Toss him a basketball, and he’ll knock down a jumper. Put him on a track, and he’ll sprint past the competition.

Wrestling: Eagles must be smart on the mat and in the classroom

Rantoul Press sports editor

RANTOUL — The Rantoul Eagles wrestling team lost a big chunk of its roster last year when 10 seniors graduated. But head coach Craig Acree said his young group will be turning heads in no time.

Wrestling: Fisher/GCMS will miss Wallick

Paxton Record sports editor

GIBSON CITY — Some big shoes need to be filled on the Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley/Fisher wrestling team.

All three of the Falcons’ state qualifiers from last year have graduated.

Boys Basketball: Gifford Eagles (6-0) pick up right where they left off

For Rantoul Press

GIFFORD — The Gifford eighth-grade boys basketball team has reignited its winning ways from last season. The IESA 7A state runner-up suffered only one lost last season, and after three full weeks of play, the eighth graders are 6-0.

Girls basketball: Fisher goes 2-2 in 8th Annual Lady Bunnies Tip-Off Classic

FISHER — The Bunnies were ready to finally hit the hardwood.

After a long layoff from game action, many of the players on the Fisher varsity girls basketball team were amped up to start the 2014 season at the 8th Annual Lady Bunnies Classic.

Girls Basketball: Eagles salvage a game at Saber Classic

CHAMPAIGN — “Rough.”

That was about all Rantoul girls head basketball coach Jeff McKaufsky could muster after losing to the Danville Vikings 58-29 at the Saber Classic hosted by St. Thomas More on Saturday.

“It’s been rough,” he said. “We’ve seen some good things, and we’ve seen some things we need to work on. But it’s just a lot of inexperience at this point.

Girls Basketball: Trojans hit and miss at Timberwolf Tip-Off Classic

CISSNA PARK — When the Trojans were on, they were on. But when they were off, they were off.

The Armstrong-Potomac girls varsity basketball team finished off the Cissna Park Timberwolf Tip-Off Classic with a 1-3 record, scoring 65 points in the lone victory but managing only 22, 20 and 24 in the three losses.

Top 5: What to look forward to in December

Thankfully, winter sports are not played outdoors, so the fan bases gets to head into the climate-controlled gymnasiums around the central Illinois area and enjoy boys and girls basketball as well as boys wrestling.

Brothers with ties to Rantoul, Gifford bring home gold medal in off-road racing

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SAN JUAN, Argentina — The world’s top off-road racers competed in the 89th running of the FIM International Six-Day Enduro (commonly referred to as the Olympics for dirt bike racers) Nov. 3-8 in San Juan, Argentina. 

Area Sports Schedule Nov. 26 - Dec. 2

Nov. 26
TBD — St. Malachy seventh-grade girls basketball regional tournament at Next Generation
6 p.m. — Rantoul Township boys varsity basketball v. Pekin at Galesburg Tournament at Galesburg H.S

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