Sports

Hangin' Around: Williams brothers enter their senior year with big plans for the Eagles

RANTOUL — Kevonte Williams and Kevin Williams are finally seniors, which means area high school boys basketball coaches will have to contend with the
athletic front court from Rantoul for another season — much like they did last
season ... and the year before that ... and the year before that as well.


Preps Year Wrap-up: 2015-16 filled with thrilling games, perfect sound bytes, humility and tragedy

Games of the Year
Fisher Bunnies v. Amboy Clippers – IHSA Class 1A softball super-sectional


In The Corner Pocket: A slight reprieve from myself

Hey, let’s make it three out of the last three weeks that I write about my nephews.

To be fair, when you don’t have a lot going on, a 5-year-old’s birthday party can be quite exhilarating and often finds itself worthy of close to 1,000 words.


Football: Schedules released for Rantoul, Fisher

RANTOUL/FISHER — Just 58 days remain between Wednesday and opening kickoff of the 2016 preps football season.


Ostrander clinches soap box derby national points title

RANTOUL — Joshua Ostrander continued his impressive performance in the soap box derby racing world when he locked up the 2016 All-American Soap Box Derby Rally Masters National points title this month.


Baseball: Area athletes earn all-area honors from News-Gazette

CHAMPAIGN — Eight baseball players from Rantoul, Fisher and Armstrong-Potomac were named to The News-Gazette’s all-area baseball team last week.

Rantoul’s Brad Graybill was an all-area special mention, while teammates Keegan Brooks and Caleb Gossett were named honorable mentions.


American Legion: Improvements seen, but Post 287 still a work in progress

MATTOON — A week after a 1-3 finish at the Gator Classic, Rantoul American Legion Post 287 senior baseball team walked away from the Mattoon Firecracker Classic tournament with the same result.


The 2016 Rantoul Press Softball Awards

Most Valuable Player
Emilee Schwing — Fisher

Although she is a little on the quiet side, Schwing is more than happy to let her bat, her speed and her fielding do the talking for her.


In The Corner Pocket: Squirt guns and philosophy

While I was poolside and working on my sunburn during the rousing Fathers Day activities — which included my giving my dad a giant card with a pig on the front — at my folks’ house, I was drawn into a deep conversation with my nephew Henry.


Softball: Blue Ice claims title at USSSA state tournament

MATTOON — A blazing sun in clear skies caused temperatures on the fields to rise past the 100-degree mark during the United States Specialty Sports Association’s Central Illinois state softball tournament last weekend at the Roundhouse Sports Complex in Mattoon.


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