Boys' Basketball

A-P teams stumble

DANVILLE -— Both the Armstrong-Potomac boys and girls basketball teams dropped their first round games at the Vermilion County tournament on Saturday. The Lady Trojans lost a 42-41 heartbreaker to Westville, despite getting 13 points from Hope Hambleton and 11 from Kayle Roe. The No.


Bunnies fall flat in second half

EL PASO — For 16 minutes Saturday afternoon, the Fisher boys basketball team was playing well.

The No. 9 seed Bunnies, matched up with No. 8 Fieldcrest in the first round of the McLean County/Heart of Illinois Conference tournament, found themselves in a 20-20 stalemate.


Bouncing back: Eagles net two straight wins, toppling PBL, Mattoon

PAXTON — The boys varsity basketball teams at Rantoul and Paxton-Buckley-Loda have played in some memorable games in recent years.

In 2016, the two teams were ranked in The News-Gazette area's top five as No. 4-ranked Rantoul defeated No. 1-ranked PBL by a score of 73-70.


Bunnies regaining confidence

FISHER — Even before Fisher coach Cody Diskin's team dispatched Deer Creek-Mackinaw 70-67 on Tuesday in a thrilling Heart of Illinois Conference overtime affair, he felt his Bunnies were making strides in the correct direction.


Armstrong-Potomac downed 67-35 by Hoopeston

ARMSTRONG — The three pointers were present early and often in the boys basketball game between the Hoopston Area Cornjerkers and Armstrong-Potomac Trojans.


Grand achievement: Jones-Watkins nets 1,000th career point

FISHER — Jaden Jones-Watkins had not been held scoreless for a half all season.

Whether it was the first 16 minutes or the final 16, he always managed at least one bucket — typically way more than just one — but on Dec. 28 against North Vermillion (Ind.), he put up a goose egg across the first two periods.


Ice cold: Bunnies’ shooting woes lead to 74-36 drubbing at hands of No. 1 Ridgeview

FISHER — A quick scan across Fisher’s gym Friday night brought an odd sight for an indoor basketball game.


Predictions for Fisher, A-P tournaments

Sports Editor Zack Carpenter predicts winners and scores for the winner’s bracket games of the McLean County/Heart of Illinois Conference tournament and the Vermilion County tournament, in addition to predicting outcomes for the Fisher and Armstrong-Potomac ba


Bunnies, Trojans prepped for tournaments

Bunnies, Trojans prepped for tourneys

By ZACK CARPENTER

Rantoul Press sports editor

Boys and girls basketball tournament brackets are set for both the McLean County/Heart of Illinois Conference and the Vermilion County tournaments.


Top 10 sports stories from last six months of 2017

Sports editor Zack Carpenter gives a rundown of the best stories in sports from the past six months

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