Boys' Basketball

Brown adds toughness, muscle to Eagles’ front line

RANTOUL — When Angelo Brown did not go out for basketball for his junior season, it left Rantoul coach Brett Frerichs without a key rotation player and potential starter for the 2017-18 season.

Brown, however, has returned in 2018. Five games into the season, the senior forward has already made an impact for the Eagles, earning his way into the starting lineup.


Won one: Eagles use transition game to notch season’s first win over Longwood

RANTOUL — For eight minutes Saturday night, it looked like the same old story for the Rantoul boys basketball team.

Rantoul was stagnant and unproductive, unable to sustain anything offensively in putting up just six points in the first quarter of a nonconference game against Chicago Longwood.


Area roundup: Franzen beats buzzer; Hambleton explodes

ARMSTRONG — Bryce Franzen’s baseline buzzer beater capped a thrilling 40-39 win for the Armstrong-Potomac boys basketball team over Iroquois West last Tuesday.

The game-winning bucket was the last of 16 points for Franzen, whose shot was buoyed by a game-high 20 points by Dalton Loschen in the nonconference win.


Early lumps: Cowper’s shooting, plus turnovers, fouls lead to Eagles’ 0-3 start

CHAMPAIGN — Bryson Cowper has been a thorn in the side of Rantoul boys basketball in the past.

Last Wednesday, it was no different as the Centennial senior guard provided more headaches for the Eagles by draining six three-pointers en route to a game-high 29 points in a 70-64 win over Rantoul.


No repeat: Bunnies come up short of GCMS tourney title defense

GIBSON CITY — All three times Keegan Zimmerman has faced the Fisher boys basketball team, the 6-foot-8 senior has had himself a night.


Area roundup: Eagles grab third-place title at Comet Classic

OAKWOOD — Renee Reed’s first foray into varsity head coaching is off to a good start.

Reed’s Rantoul girls basketball team finished 4-1 at Oakwood’s Comet Classic, capturing third place with a 48-31 win over Westville Friday night.


Athlete of the Week: RTHS Marching Band

For the week of Nov. 18, Rantoul Township High School awarded the members of the Eagles’ marching band as the Athlete of the Week. “Under the direction of Mr. Matt Chesner, the band is the backbone of school spirit,” Rantoul athletic director Travis Flesner said. “They not only perform at the football and basketball games, but also at competitions and concerts throughout the year."


Bunnies defeat shorthanded Falcons squad

GIBSON CITY — The Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley High School boys basketball team knew it would be at a disadvantage through at least its first three games of the GCMS Thanksgiving Tournament.


Rantoul guns for bounce back season after dismal 2017-18 campaign

RANTOUL — He knows where the season went south. It’s easy to pinpoint.

What ended as the worst year in Brett Frerichs’ tenure as Rantoul boys basketball coach was going fairly smooth through 16 games.


Bunnies contend with roster turnover, set expectations high once again

FISHER — It’s going to be a challenge. No doubt about it, says Cody Diskin.

The Fisher boys basketball coach knows it could be a bumpy road at first in his fourth season in charge of the program.


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