Boys' Basketball

Hangin' Around: Williams brothers enter their senior year with big plans for the Eagles

RANTOUL — Kevonte Williams and Kevin Williams are finally seniors, which means area high school boys basketball coaches will have to contend with the
athletic front court from Rantoul for another season — much like they did last
season ... and the year before that ... and the year before that as well.

Rantoul's Henderson hopes to "Fly Like An Eagle" in college

Rantoul Press sports editor

RANTOUL — Ask most young basketball players, and they’ll say one of three people inspired them to play the game. Michael Jordan. Kobe Bryant. LeBron James.
For Tyson Henderson, it was Air Jordan.

But not the MJ on the court. The MJ on the silver screen.

Boys Basketball: Dunner's red-hot shooting wins him MVP at all-star game

CHAMPAIGN — CJ Dunner certainly didn’t look like he had been out of live-game action for 37 days when he hit the hardwood at The News-Gazette’s all-area boys basketball game at Parkland College’s Dodds Athletic Center Sunday.

Boys Basketball: Dunner keeps raising the bar

RANTOUL — When CJ Dunner wanted to walk in the door of the Rantoul gym last summer, Brett Frerichs was ready to open it.

And when the point guard found himself launching three-pointer after three-pointer, he stayed as long as his coach would allow.

“It was just being in the gym all day every day,” Dunner said, “and getting familiar with the ball going in the rim.”

Basketball: Rantoul's Dunner humbled by all-area first team honor

RANTOUL — Although the basketball season might not have ended as CJ Dunner would have liked, the 6-1 senior guard from Rantoul Township High School can safely say his 2015-16 campaign was the best of his career.

It was so good that it earned him a first-team, all-area selection from The News-Gazette, as it was announced Saturday night.

Baseball: A-P downed by Villa Grove/Heritage 11-1

BROADLANDS — The Armstrong-Potomac baseball team took another hard loss last Tuesday when the Trojans fell victim to the 10-run rule again in an 11-1 road loss to Village Grove/Heritage.

The Trojans and Hawks were tied 1-1 after 2 1/2 innings, but VG/H put up two in the third inning, five in the fourth and three in the fifth to pull away for the win.

Basketball: Stalter, Griffith compete for HOIC in all-star games

GIBSON CITY — Fisher’s Toree Stalter and Nick Griffith sang their basketball swan songs Saturday night at the Heart of Illinois v. Sangamon Valley all-star games at Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley High School.

Both competed for the HOIC, and both came away with a victory.

Basketball: Eagles turn in jerseys signaling end of season

Rantoul Press sports editor

RANTOUL — Although they could not hear the buzzer over the roar of the fans, it did not take long before the 11 Rantoul boys basketball players realized the game was lost and the season was over.

Basketball: Frerichs still can't shake regional title loss

Rantoul Press sports editor

RANTOUL — Brett Frerichs said he knew his boys would bounce back after the shocking and demoralizing 58-57 loss to Mahomet-Seymour in the regional championship game at home March 4.

He wasn’t so sure about himself.

“It hurts,” Frerichs said. “I’ve never had a loss that hurts as much as that game.”

Basketball: Fisher’s Griffith, Stalter to compete in all-star game


GIBSON CITY — Two Fisher basketball players are headed to Saturday’s all-star festivities Saturday at Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley High School after earning Heart of Illinois Conference honors.

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