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Rantoul basketball is on the national map thanks to local legend Kareem Richardson.
The former prep standout who won The News-Gazette Area Player of the Year twice, signed a five-year, $1,250,000 contract March 19 to become head coach of the University of Missouri-Kansas City men's basketball program.
Many Eagles boys basketball players entered the 2012-13 season not knowing what it took to compete at the varsity level.
After finishing an uneven season with a regional game victory, however, the Rantoul Township High School program knows it will take a better effort to win next season.
ARMSTRONG — The Trojans are back to square one from last season after head coach Mark Twidwell resigned following a disappointing 1-27 campaign leading the boys basketball team.
Twidwell, a first-year hire who commuted daily from Danville, left the team a week following the season. He said he tendered his resignation to Armstrong-Potomac athletic director Darren Loschen.
FISHER — The Bunnies survived a 10-game losing streak last season on their way to regional and sectional boys basketball titles before a tough 55-40 loss to Illini Central in the Normal Super-Sectional.
This year didn’t see the same recovery as Fisher had two losing streaks 10 games or more on its way to a three-win season and a long offseason.
By MATT DANIELS
For the Rantoul Press
CHAMPAIGN — The Rantoul Township High School boys basketball team had Champaign Centennial on edge.
Key word, though, is had.
By TIM EVANS
Press general manager
St. Malachy’s Tony Worthington consistently produces many successful boys basketball teams.
St. Malachy School's fifth-eighth-grade boys basketball teams were honored at an awards banquet March 2. The Tigers just finished a successful 2012-13 season by going 13-6, won a regional title, and advanced to the sectional final before losing to Chrisman Scottland 34-27.
Champaign Centennial boys take on Rantoul at the Class 3A Boys' Regional at Centennial High School on Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2013.
By Daniel L. Chamness
Rantoul Press correspondent
It started off quite ugly.
It ended that way as well.
The Danville Vikings scored the first 14 points of the game and rolled to a 72-49 win over Rantoul Township High School 72-49 in the Eagles’ final regular season boys basketball game of the season.
By FRED KRONER
For the Rantou Press
BROADLANDS — Second-seed Judah Christian scored the first 10 points and never trailed as it ended Armstrong-Potomac’s season in a Class 1A Regional at Heritage High School last Tuesday.