Prep Sports

Staying on top: Giflats take two from Champaign Dream

CHAMPAIGN — Ernie Banks, Mr. Cub, famously said, "It's a great day for a ball game, let's play two."

Post 287 goes 1-2

GREENUP — After winning the consolation championship at last weekend’s Mattoon Firecracker Classic, the Rantoul Post 287 baseball team of the American Senior Legion went 1-2 over the weekend.

Rantoul (8-11) fell to Eureka Post 466, 6-4, when Eureka broke a 4-4 tie with a two-RBI single in the bottom of the sixth to edge out Rantoul.

Hess introduces 2018 coaching staff

Rantoul football head coach Tom Hess has his 2018 coaching staff set. Get to know the group that will be leading the Eagles this season:

Brett Trefren

Schools unite to honor late Eagles standout Robertson

RANTOUL — Last Friday morning, the Rantoul football team's Twitter account released a moving image.

Various members of the program surrounded Monticello football coach Cully Welter, and the tweet's accompanying text expressed gratitude for the Sages' gridiron boss and both schools' athletic league, the Illini Prairie Conference.

Rantoul alum, former baseball coach Franzen eager to get going in new role with Spartans

ST. JOSEPH — Justin Franzen sat in his new office at St. Joseph-Ogden High School in late June. The white walls were mostly barren, save for a large Spartans flag and a sizable 12-month calendar.

The hallways were quiet, obviously, with the school year ending a month prior.

But Franzen's desk ... that was a different story.

Proposed IHSA format shift presents a mixed bag

As recently as two months ago, the concept of district format instead of a conference style appeared realistic for the future of IHSA football.

Perhaps it still is, but Tuscola coach Andy Romine isn't so sure anymore.

In the lab: Post 287 team chemistry starting to take shape

MATTOON — With most American Legion baseball teams, one of the most difficult aspects of putting together a consistent winning club comes down to a task that seems simple but not always is … creating chemistry.

Many Legion clubs have players come from all over the area to form the squad, and the Rantoul Post 287 Senior Legion team is no different.

Redemption: Focused Yocius amends for errors, belts walk-off single as Post 287 takes consolation crown

MATTOON — Brendan Yocius strolled to the plate in the bottom of the seventh inning looking to make amends.

Giflats remain hot, stay atop E.I. League standings

GIFFORD — After splitting a two-game set with the Buckley Dutch Masters last weekend, the Gifford-Flatville baseball team had a crucial showdown with the Royal Giants on Sunday.

League-leading Giflats split with Buckley

When Dan Plecki stated the Gifford-Flatville Giflats don't like to lose, the player/manager of the team stated the very obvious.

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