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By RYAN FERGUSON for Rantoul Press
BLOOMINGTON – No matter what the Rantoul Township High School boys basketball ball team did in its 70-63 loss Friday night to Central Catholic, the Saints had an answer.
The Eagles started the second quarter with a 9-0 scoring run. The Saints replied with one of their own.
ST. JOSEPH — Contrary to what its atmosphere and level of competition may lead fans to believe, the Leader Classic is played in the middle of December, not the middle of February.
For some coaches, however, the early-season tournament serves as a playoff-like experience that they hope will pay off when they get into real regional play come February.
DWIGHT— The Rantoul Township High School wrestling team went 3-0 to open the season by beating Unity, Hoopeston and Dwight all by 10 or more points.
GALESBURG — Rantoul Township High School head coach A.J. Richard was happy to get his first-career win as the boys basketball team defeated United Township High School 68-55 Nov. 27 at the Galesburg Tournament.
The Eagles (2-3) trailed the Panthers (0-5) early in the contest, but possessed the resilience to bounce back.
By RYAN FERGUSON
For Rantoul Press
GIBSON CITY – So far, the Fisher boys basketball season feels like a battle on a see-saw.
One night, the Bunnies are down. The next, they’re up. Then, down. Then, back on top.
PAXTON — The Armstrong-Potomac boys basketball team didn't get a win until the end of last season.
This year, the Trojans (1-3) were able to by game four.
A-P got that coveted win in a 47-38 triumph over Grant Park (0-4) at the PBL/Manteno Interstate Classic in Paxton.
Kareem Richardson is a busy man.
He is head coach of the University of Missouri-Kansas City men’s basketball team, is trying to rebuild that program and has a wife and three children.
But the Rantoul Township High School alum made time in his hectic schedule to speak at the Rantoul Chamber of Commerce’s annual banquet Friday evening.
A.J. Richard has been coaching the Rantoul Township High School boys basketball team as the varsity assistant the past five years.
He expected to happily continue in that capacity until former head coach Brett Frerichs unexpectedly resigned a couple weeks ago.
FISHER — Last year was one campaign the Fisher boys basketball team would love to forget.
The Bunnies went on two losing streaks that spanned 10 or more games en route to a 3-24 overall record and 2-11 showing in the Heart of Illinois Conference.
What head coach Ron Ragle and his athletes want to do is get the program back on track.
ARMSTRONG — Sean O'Brien hopes the Armstrong-Potomac boys basketball team has nothing in common with the 2012-13 version.
That Trojans squad, led by former coach Mike Twidwell, lost its first 25 games en route to a 1-27 record.
To get A-P back on track, the first-year head coach is preaching a team-first mentality during the summer and preseason workouts.