Prep Sports

Rantoul wrestling returns three sectional qualifiers, eight letter winners

RANTOUL — Last year, the Rantoul wrestling team had one athlete earn an all-state medal.

This year, as the season starts, Mark McCusker, the Eagles’ second-year head coach, knows there are two athletes that should be on the medal stand come February.

Football playoff previews

(2) GCMS Falcons


(1) Sterling-Newman Comets

When: 2 p.m. Saturday

Records: GCMS 12-0; Sterling-Newman 12-0

Top Five: Girls basketball all-area candidates

Each week, sports editor Zack Carpenter provides a top-five list in categories of sports, movies or music. This week, he details five girls basketball players who have a good shot at making all-area teams by season’s end.

Fisher’s veteran frontcourt, young backcourt hope to mesh

FISHER — Fisher head coach Ken Ingold has built his teams on defense.

Rantoul vying for success under new HC Thompson

RANTOUL — Two four-year starting guards, five seniors who accounted for nearly three-fourths of the scoring offense and a head coach who is gone after seven seasons at the helm of the program.

Back to the grind: Eagles, Bunnies, Trojans all gearing up for ‘17-’18 season

As the winter season gets underway, hope springs eternal for all three area girls basketball programs.

After finishing 9-19 last season, Rantoul will be under the helm of first-year head coach Kelly Thompson.

Rantoul Press Football End-of-Year Awards

Most Valuable Player

Kade Thomas

Almost everyone who’s been reading up on the Fisher football team this year knows Thomas’ story by now, but here’s a quick refresher: when he was in middle school, Thomas shined as a quarterback for the community’s youth football program, the Fisher Fire.

Rantoul Press Volleyball End-of-Year Awards

Most Valuable Player

Sarah Porter

Before the season began, Armstrong-Potomac coach Candy Franzen said she feels like Porter keeps getting taller every time she sees her.

Rantoul Press Soccer End-of-Year Awards

Most Valuable Player

Garet Kinnett

Of all the area awards to dish out, this was the most loaded field to choose from.

Football Year-in-Review

Rantoul football year-in-review


After four straight dismal seasons — some of the worst for what has already been a massively struggling program — it was time for a new face and voice to lead. Rantoul brought in Tom Hess, a 2016 assistant and former Eagles offensive coordinator, to be the new head coach.

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