Prep Sports

Catch my drift: Backstop Baker provides leadership from behind the plate

FISHER — On April 8, St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina and Arizona Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo got into a heated exchange on the field, resulting in a bizarre benches-clearing dustup and each receiving a one-game suspension.

Catch my drift: Backstop Jones has shined on defense, offense for Rantoul

RANTOUL — In a 14-8 loss to Charleston last Wednesday, it was not the final score that stood out to Jon Donovan.

Rantoul’s baseball coach, in his eighth season guiding the Eagles, was able to pinpoint the most striking note from that game in a heartbeat … the defensive showcase put on by his catcher, Luke Jones.

Rantoul, PBL discuss potential wrestling co-op

RANTOUL — At a meeting held Monday, April 9, the Rantoul Township High School board discussed the possibility of a cooperation with Paxton-Buckley-Loda in wrestling.

Trojan teams struggle

The Armstrong-Potomac baseball team lost back-to-back games last week.

The Trojans (1-9) fell to Georgetown-Ridge Farm/Chrisman, 13-2, last Wednesday. Harrison Lambert and Kyle Webster each drove in three runs for the unbeaten Buffaloes (6-0) in a five-inning Vermilion Valley Conference home win against A-P.

Rantoul boys place second at Urbana Open

The Rantoul boys' team tied for second at the 75th Urbana Open, the best finish by a local school at the nine-team meet. Jerry Harper won the 400-meter dash in 51.29 and Donnell Robertson claimed the title in the 110 hurdles in 15.66 for Rantoul's two individual wins.

Youth basketball league coming to Rantoul

RANTOUL — A new youth basketball league is coming to Rantoul.

At 3 p.m. Saturday, the Rantoul Wildcats will be tipping off the start of the new league with a scrimmage/fundraiser at the Rantoul Youth Center and are asking for as many community members who are able to attend to come show their support.

Fisher boys take second at own meet

FISHER — The Fisher boys track and field team scored 54 points to take second place at its own meet last Tuesday.

The Bunnies were bested by Iroquois West (67 points) but defeated Blue Ridge (50) and Arthur (42).

Eagles drop three straight

STANFORD — Chance went by the wayside on Thursday, as the Rantoul softball team was unable to cash in against Olympia in a 6-1 loss.

Eagles rally from nearly being no-hit, fall on walk-off

STANFORD — Nolan Roseman was nearly untouchable at times on Thursday.

Facing the Olympia baseball team, the Rantoul lefty was in control all day, pitching into the seventh inning, allowing just one earned run on three hits with six strikeouts and one walk.

Bunnies walk off in thrilling pitcher’s duel against Tri-Valley

FISHER — Following its first loss of the season last Monday, a 3-2 defeat at the hands of Monticello, the Fisher softball team looked to bounce back in a Heart of Illinois Conference game against Tri-Valley last Wednesday.

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