Football

Hess introduces 2018 coaching staff

Rantoul football head coach Tom Hess has his 2018 coaching staff set. Get to know the group that will be leading the Eagles this season:

Brett Trefren


Schools unite to honor late Eagles standout Robertson

RANTOUL — Last Friday morning, the Rantoul football team's Twitter account released a moving image.

Various members of the program surrounded Monticello football coach Cully Welter, and the tweet's accompanying text expressed gratitude for the Sages' gridiron boss and both schools' athletic league, the Illini Prairie Conference.


Proposed IHSA format shift presents a mixed bag

As recently as two months ago, the concept of district format instead of a conference style appeared realistic for the future of IHSA football.

Perhaps it still is, but Tuscola coach Andy Romine isn't so sure anymore.


Fleet-footed Bunnies rely on guile

FISHER — The rabbit typically is viewed as a fleet-of-foot animal, rushing away from potential predators and ensuring its small size isn't a deterrent.

So maybe it's fitting that coach Jake Palmer's Fisher football Bunnies must work with a similar strategy going into the 2018 season.


2017-18 Prep Sports Year-in-Review

STRAIGHT OUT OF THE RANTOUL PRESS SPORTS VAULT STARTED BY FORMER SPORTS EDITOR MATT DANIELS, WE TAKE A LOOK BACK AT THE 2017-18 AREA PREP SPORTS SCENE AND A LOOK AHEAD TO THE 2018-19 SCHOOL YEAR

Male Athlete of the Year: Jaden Jones-Watkins, Fisher senior, football, basketball & track and field


'He was such a great young man'

By COLIN LIKAS
and DAVE HINTON


RANTOUL — Individuals in Rantoul and beyond are grieving after the sudden death of Donnell Robertson.

The 17-year-old died over the weekend, less than a month after he completed his most recent high school track and field season at Rantoul. Robertson also played football for the Eagles.


Sprandel finds new athletic, academic home

RANTOUL — Eight years ago, Seth Sprandel started his football career at Rantoul as a member of the Falcons. 

That career, that not only encompassed the Rantoul Township High School Eagles, but the Rantoul Falcons as well. 

"I just enjoy playing football," said Sprandel, who also wrestled for for four years for the Eagles. "I have fun when playing."


Sign-ups set for Falcon football

RANTOUL — Sign-ups for Rantoul Falcon football will begin from 5-8 p.m. April 18 at the Rantoul Youth Center.

The event location was changed and is no longer being held at the Rantoul Rec Department.

Eligible for the youth football program are third-graders through eighth-graders.


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

10 Ingold secures win No. 150, Spenard sets school record


Life remembered: Leo Paiz was 'always positive

RANTOUL — Angel L. Paiz led a good life and was a positive influence to those around him.

That’s how those who knew him well described the Rantoul Township High School graduate, who went by the name “Leo.”

Mr. Paiz, 23, died Nov. 28 in Paxton when his car went off the road, rolling over on Illinois 9, a mile outside the city.


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