Leadership, dedication make Dunner clear-cut choice for Male Athlete of Year

RANTOUL — Make no mistake. The entire 2015-16 Rantoul boys basketball team brought the people of Rantoul together to pack the gym with rabid fans and cheer on the Eagles’ incredible run.

But the man at the head of the pack leading Rantoul to one of the most memorable seasons in the high school’s history was none other than CJ Dunner.

Lopez uses his legs, brains to become first in family to attend college

RANTOUL — Eduardo Lopez didn’t run the hurdles race in track, but he might as well have.

The recently graduated Rantoul Township High School track star has jumped over his fair share of obstacles in life to become a state qualifier and the first in his family to attend college.

Rantoul Legion team blows out Lincoln 12-2

TILTON — On paper, it looked like it would be a competitive game between Lincoln and Rantoul in the American Legion baseball playoffs Saturday.

It wasn’t.

At the Carl Gruber Sports Complex in Tilton, it was a blowout as Rantoul Post 287 easily won a 12-2 decision in the first round of the American Legion Division IV Tournament.

In the Corner Pocket: The triangle of frustration

Vacation is supposed to be a time of rest and relaxation.

A time to forget about your troubles and woes.

A time to sleep in and indulge your guilty-pleasure foods.

But all that has been taken away from me.

I can’t rest or relax because I’m troubled by what’s in front of me.

I can’t sleep in because it keeps me up at night.

Campaign to raise funds to cover Kinnett's trip to AAU nationals

RANTOUL — The family of Garet Kinnett, who qualified for the Amateur Athletic Union’s National Junior Olympic Games, has started a

GoFundMe campaign to raise $5,000 to cover the costs of his and his coach George Washington’s trip to Humble, Texas, where he will compete.

Donations can be made at

Stalter named Rantoul Press Female Athlete of the Year

FISHER — Toree Stalter’s trophy case is just slightly crowded.

Rantoul Legion splits twin bill with Piatt County

RANTOUL — Rantoul Post 287 allowed the Piatt County Legion baseball team to have one good inning.

Two area athletes earn all-area track honors

CHAMPAIGN — The New-Gazette announced its all-area boys track and field team last week, and two local athletes earned honors.

Rantoul’s Garet Kinnett and Fisher’s Brandon Henson were both named to the all-area special mention list for their dedication and efforts in their craft during the 2016 season.

In the Corner Pocket: Undeniable proof

Even before all of the horrific tragedies happened last week, my cousin Shayne stood up at the wedding of my cousin Liam and his beautiful wife Rose.

I was quite happy because I was actually able to go to this wedding — I didn’t have an incredible softball team filled with a bunch of incredible people to follow to a state tournament.

IHSA puts new rules in place for heat safety

BLOOMINGTON — The Illinois High School Association (IHSA) board of directors voted to enact new heat safety guidelines for all IHSA postseason contests beginning with the 2016-17 school year. The new comprehensive policy was approved at the Board of Directors meeting on June 13.

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