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GIFFORD — In just four pitches, the Royal Giants went from being one strike away from a 4-2 victory to watching as McLean County celebrated a 5-4 win at home plate. Just four pitches.
GIFFORD — The only question was who would blink first.
In an at-bat that summed up the 0-0 nailbiter of a game until that point, Buckley’s Brandon MacFarland battled at the plate against Gifford-Flatville starter Jaeden Widdersheim for 11 pitches in the bottom of the seventh inning of Sunday’s E.I. jamboree game in Gifford.
CHAMPAIGN — The farthest Toree Stalter has been away from home is Washington, D.C., and that was on a field trip in junior high.
As for Allie Jordhal, well…
“I don’t even know,” she said with a laugh. “I think Missouri. So, not far.”
I know that I looked like a wide-eyed rookie who was just called up to the show, and in some ways that is exactly what it was.
RANTOUL — With a better than expected run by the United States men’s national soccer team in the World Cup, now seems to be the perfect time for Rantoul Township High School to bring a team on board.
While that is exactly what has happened, the wheels on this have been turning for months and years before the action in Brazil got started.
RANTOUL — Saturday’s conference swim meet at the Hap Parker Family Aquatic Center was filled with close races, cheering fans, demonstrative coaches, loud music, warrior paint and coordinated team entrances.
Rantoul Township High School track and field athletes Mercedes Porter, George Washington and Charles Cargo performed well enough at the AAU Region 13 meet at Northern Illinois University at the end of June to qualify for this week’s AAU Junior Olympic Games at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa.
CHARLESTON — If Garry Smith could sum up last week’s American Legion playoff run in two words, they would be “missed” and “opportunities.”
RANTOUL — Administrators from Rantoul Township High School, Monticello, St. Thomas More, Unity and St. Joseph-Ogden are in a bit of a scramble to find another school to join the newly reformed Okaw Valley Conference after the Maroa-Forsyth school board voted unanimously to leave the conference in 2016.
RANTOUL — The Rantoul Township High School board of education voted unanimously earlier this month to pass an updated version of the student athlete head injury and concussion policy as suggested by the National Federation of State High School Association.