Turkey Basketball Roundup: Rantoul girls lose tough one in Comet Classic title game

OAKWOOD — The Rantoul girls basketball team lost a heartbreaker, 35-32 against Chrisman, Friday night in the championship game of the Comet Classic at Oakwood High School. The Eagles trailed 24-14 at one point before coming back to take a 30-29 lead against the Cardinals. Breezy Espinoza's three-point attempt hit the back of the iron in the waning seconds of the game.

Boys Basketball: Fisher, Armstrong drop openers at Interstate Classic

Tri-Valley 55, Fisher 52. The Vikings snapped an 8-8 tie after one quarter and handed the Bunnies a loss in Cody Diskin’s first game as Fisher head coach. Nick Griffith led Fisher with 11 points.

IHSA Football: Championship games telecast on Comcast SportsNet Nov. 27, 28

CHICAGO — For the fifth-straight year, Comcast SportsNet, the television home of the Illinois High School Association (IHSA) state championship games, will be airing live coverage of the 1A-8A state football title games Friday Nov. 27, and Saturday Nov.28 from Huskie Stadium in DeKalb.  

In The Corner Pocket: Going away to come back

Rantoul Press sports editor

Some of you might have noticed there was no sports section two weeks ago.

Some of you might have thought I had quit. Others might have thought I’d been fired.

Both are certainly possibilities, but neither was the case.

Boys Basketball Preview: Eagles expected to soar high

RANTOUL — The bar is set high for this year’s Rantoul boys basketball team.

If there is one group that can shake the town out of its losing funk, this just may be the squad to do it.

A season after competing for — but falling short of — an Okaw Valley Conference title, the Eagles are not tempering their expectations. Nor should they.

Boys Basketball Preview: Family mentality pushing Fisher this season

Rantoul Press sports editor

FISHER — A couple of staples are missing from the Fisher boys basketball team this season.

Four-year starting point guard Grant Pointer and longtime head coach Ron Ragle are gone — one to graduation, the other to resignation.
But both have left a rather significant mark on the program going forward.

Boys Basketball Preview: Armstrong-Potomac has veterans leading the way

Rantoul Press sports editor

ARMSTRONG — Being a small school with a student enrollment hovering around the 130-mark can make it difficult to find the talent needed to build a solid athletics program over a marked period of time.

Wrestling: Eagles ready to get in the circle

Rantoul Press sports editor

RANTOUL — Craig Acree is not worried about the numbers. He’s not worried about who’s not there. His only concern is on who is showing up to practice every day and putting in the work before the wrestling season starts Nov. 28.

Wrestling: Falcons head into season with something to build on

For Rantoul Press

GIBSON CITY – Last Thursday, the Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley/Fisher wrestling team held a practice session at GCMS Elementary School, preparing for a season that will start Tuesday, Nov. 24.

Girls Basketball: Trio of wins has Rantoul playing Wednesday

Rantoul Press sports editor

OAKWOOD — Easy as 3-2-1.

Three wins in two days for one Rantoul girls basketball team.

That’s one more than the Eagles had in all 89 days of last season.

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