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.

Football playoff previews

(2) GCMS Falcons


(1) Sterling-Newman Comets

When: 2 p.m. Saturday

Records: GCMS 12-0; Sterling-Newman 12-0

Rantoul Press Football End-of-Year Awards

Most Valuable Player

Kade Thomas

Almost everyone who’s been reading up on the Fisher football team this year knows Thomas’ story by now, but here’s a quick refresher: when he was in middle school, Thomas shined as a quarterback for the community’s youth football program, the Fisher Fire.

Football Year-in-Review

Rantoul football year-in-review


After four straight dismal seasons — some of the worst for what has already been a massively struggling program — it was time for a new face and voice to lead. Rantoul brought in Tom Hess, a 2016 assistant and former Eagles offensive coordinator, to be the new head coach.

PHOTO GALLERY: (12) Fisher at (5) Aquin in first-round playoff game

In Fisher's first playoff game since 2013, the 12th-seeded Bunnies nearly upset perennial playoff power and three-time state champion Aquin on the road. Fisher led 27-20 at halftime, but the fifth-seeded Bulldogs won 30-27 behind a 37-yard field with two seconds remaining in the game.

Carpenter: Playoff loss stings, but Bunnies football program shocked many and re-emerged this season

I don’t like to admit when I’m wrong — most men seldom do.

But when I’m wrong, I’m wrong, and I’ll admit it.

I didn’t think Fisher had a chance against Aquin heading into Saturday.

Brutal honesty: I thought it would be a blowout.

Wow. Could not have been more wrong.

Roy Roemer: A life remembered


Rantoul Press correspondent

GIBSON CITY — Every game, every practice. Every team banquet, gathering and event. Roy Roemer attended them all.

Roemer, 67, a longtime Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley sports fan, died Thursday night after a short battle with esophageal cancer.

Top five: Area playoff matchups

Each week, sports editor Zack Carpenter provides a top-five list in different categories of sports, movies or music. This week, he details five second-round playoff games involving News-Gazette area teams.

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