E.I. Baseball: Royals stung by Stars' walkoff dinger

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.

E.I. Baseball: Buckley wins league title on walkoff homer against Giflats

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.

Jordahl, Stalter to play softball in Dominican Republic for America's Team

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.”

In the Corner Pocket: Digging for gold and finding treasure

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.

RTHS looking to score a goal with soccer team

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.

Swimmers honor Monticello's Schofield at conference meet; Rantoul takes second place

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.

Three RTHS athletes competing at AAU Olympic Games in Iowa

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.

American Legion Baseball: Back-to-back hopes dashed

CHARLESTON — If Garry Smith could sum up last week’s American Legion playoff run in two words, they would be “missed” and “opportunities.”

Maroa saying sayonara: Maroa-Forsyth to leave re-formed Okaw Valley Conference in 2016 for Sangamo

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.

RTHS board passes updated concussion policy for all sports

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.

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