All-State honors on the Southside: RTHS star baseball player Tanner McLain honored by Chicago White Sox

CHICAGO — Monday was a night made for playing baseball on the south side of Chicago. But for Tanner McLain as well as his family, friends and coaches, the most important moment of the night came before the first pitch was even thrown.

Don't call it a comeback: Armstrong-Potomac's Abbie Stewart determined after an ACL tear cut her junior year short


That one word followed by those three letters can immediately strike fear and devastation into the heart of an athlete. The emotional pain of that moment and the days, weeks and months that follow can almost be as severe as when the injury occurred.

In the Corner Pocket: Happiness only real when shared

Sure, the skin on my nose is peeling from sunburn, and the several mosquito bites on my arms, legs and chest are still quite itchy, and my left eye is a bit red from getting sand in it, and I’m still walking with a limp after my plantar fasciitis flared up after running on the beach with my dogs and playing 54 holes of golf in four days.

Eater baseball, softball and cross country tryout dates set


The J.W. Eater Junior High School athletic department has set dates for Bulldog tryouts for the baseball, softball and cross country teams.

Tryouts for the baseball team will begin at 9 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 4, at Wabash Park and will end at 11 a.m.

Players interested should be on the field and registered by 8:45 a.m..

Baseball camp set for July 28-31


The Rantoul Township High School baseball coaching staff as well as collegiate baseball players will host an infield defensive skills camp July 28-31.
There will be two separate camps — one for ages 7-12 and another for ages 13-17.
Contact Jon Donovan at or 217-369-5080 for payment and registration information.

Giflats break out the brooms against Paxton

PAXTON — It was a tale of two teams in Saturday’s Eastern Illinois Baseball League doubleheader between the Gifford-Flatville Giflats and Paxton Swedes.

New Orleans Saints coach comes back to his Rantoul roots

The King of Rantoul meets you at Ott’s Drive In. Where else?

His ride is a little nicer. His paycheck is a little bigger. His hair is a little grayer.

Otherwise, Greg McMahon is the same guy who attended Rantoul Township High School, moved on to Eastern Illinois and eventually turned his love for football into a career.

Area Sports Schedule July 23-29

July 23
Rantoul American Legion Post 287 Senior Baseball Division Tournament*
Rantoul American Legion Post 287 Junior Baseball Division Tournament*
7 a.m. — Fisher Football Camp at Fisher High School
July 24
Rantoul American Legion Post 287 Senior Baseball Division Tournament*

Ladies and gentlemen, your 2014 Little League Champions

The Rantoul Recreation Department's Little League Championship teams from the 2014 season.

Fisher All-Stars finish fourth in Paxton tournament

PAXTON — For a brief moment, the Fisher All-Stars 12-and-under team seemed to show signs of life in Sunday’s third-place game of the Paxton All-Stars Tournament.

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