Boys' Basketball

Boys Basketball: Rantoul cuts down Limestone at Galesburg tourney

GALESBURG — The Rantoul boys basketball team to moved 4-1 Saturday with a 57-54 win against the Limestone Rockets at the annual season-opening Galesburg Tournament.

Rantoul was down 1-2 before going on a 9-0 run to take control of the game. The Rockets continued to battle Rantoul, coming back to take a one-point lead, 28-27, at the half.

Boys Basketbal: Fisher earns 5th place at Interstate Classic

PAXTON —Zach Griffith and brother Nick Griffith combined for 37 points Saturday in a 57-43 against Manteno in the fifth-place game of the Interstate Classic at Paxton-Buckley-Loda High School.

Zach dropped in 21, while the eldest Griffith contributed 16. Both were named to the all-tournament team.

Turkey Basketball Roundup: Rantoul girls lose tough one in Comet Classic title game

OAKWOOD — The Rantoul girls basketball team lost a heartbreaker, 35-32 against Chrisman, Friday night in the championship game of the Comet Classic at Oakwood High School. The Eagles trailed 24-14 at one point before coming back to take a 30-29 lead against the Cardinals. Breezy Espinoza's three-point attempt hit the back of the iron in the waning seconds of the game.

Boys Basketball: Fisher, Armstrong drop openers at Interstate Classic

Tri-Valley 55, Fisher 52. The Vikings snapped an 8-8 tie after one quarter and handed the Bunnies a loss in Cody Diskin’s first game as Fisher head coach. Nick Griffith led Fisher with 11 points.

Boys Basketball Preview: Eagles expected to soar high

RANTOUL — The bar is set high for this year’s Rantoul boys basketball team.

If there is one group that can shake the town out of its losing funk, this just may be the squad to do it.

A season after competing for — but falling short of — an Okaw Valley Conference title, the Eagles are not tempering their expectations. Nor should they.

Boys Basketball Preview: Family mentality pushing Fisher this season

Rantoul Press sports editor

FISHER — A couple of staples are missing from the Fisher boys basketball team this season.

Four-year starting point guard Grant Pointer and longtime head coach Ron Ragle are gone — one to graduation, the other to resignation.
But both have left a rather significant mark on the program going forward.

Boys Basketball Preview: Armstrong-Potomac has veterans leading the way

Rantoul Press sports editor

ARMSTRONG — Being a small school with a student enrollment hovering around the 130-mark can make it difficult to find the talent needed to build a solid athletics program over a marked period of time.

Boys Basketball: Site changed for Eagles, Peoria Notre Dame game

RANTOUL — The tournament game between the Rantoul Eagles and Peoria Notre Dame Irish, which was set for Wendnesday at Galesburg High School, has bee changed to 6 p.m. at Peoria Notre Dame. The game will still be played on Wednesday.

Youth Baskeball: Wildcats take third at Blue Chip Nationals

Rantoul Press correspondent

RANTOUL — Nerves happen. They happen to most athletes and most teams when they find themselves in front of a large crowd or on a huge stage.

Changes to playoff brackets coming this year

BLOOMINGTON — Beginning in 2015-16, team-bracketed sports — baseball, basketball, soccer, softball and volleyball — in Class 1A and Class 2A, as well as those outside of Chicagoland in Class 3A and 4A, will now be assigned to two sub-sectionals instead of four regionals that feed into a sectional site.

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