Girls' Basketball

Top Five: Girls basketball all-area candidates

Each week, sports editor Zack Carpenter provides a top-five list in categories of sports, movies or music. This week, he details five girls basketball players who have a good shot at making all-area teams by season’s end.


Fisher’s veteran frontcourt, young backcourt hope to mesh

FISHER — Fisher head coach Ken Ingold has built his teams on defense.


Rantoul vying for success under new HC Thompson

RANTOUL — Two four-year starting guards, five seniors who accounted for nearly three-fourths of the scoring offense and a head coach who is gone after seven seasons at the helm of the program.


Back to the grind: Eagles, Bunnies, Trojans all gearing up for ‘17-’18 season

As the winter season gets underway, hope springs eternal for all three area girls basketball programs.

After finishing 9-19 last season, Rantoul will be under the helm of first-year head coach Kelly Thompson.


Roy Roemer: A life remembered

By ROSS BROWN

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.


Maxine Bohn to be honored by RTHS with scholarship in her name

RANTOUL — Even as the years have waned, the decades faded and the century turned, Maxine Bohn still holds several old, dear memories close to her chest.

Some of the funnier, livelier moments Bohn still remembers vividly happened decades ago as a teenager growing up in the 1930s.


Year in review: Looking back at the entire 2016-17 prep sports year

STRAIGHT OUT OF THE RANTOUL PRESS SPORTS VAULT STARTED BY FORMER SPORTS EDITOR MATT DANIELS, WE TAKE A LOOK BACK AT THE 2016-17 AREA PREP SPORTS SCENE AND A LOOK AHEAD TO THE 2017-18 SCHOOL YEAR

RANTOUL PRESS MALE ATHLETE OF THE YEAR

Demarius Smith

Rantoul senior: Wrestling


Figuring out new roles: A-P girls going through learning curve

CHRISMAN — It seems as if there will be a changing of the guard in 2017-18 for the Armstrong-Potomac girls basketball team — metaphorically and positionally.

After graduating seniors Angela Sieberns, Holley and Hayley Hambleton and Riley Williams, the presence of senior leadership has almost completely evaporated, save for Madi Gayheart — the Trojans’ lone senior.


Shifting their gears: Rantoul girls looking to make progress in summer ball

MAHOMET — Kelly Thompson played for the University of Illinois-Springfield women’s basketball team for two seasons, and she was the junior varsity coach for the Rantoul girls basketball team the past two seasons.


It hasn't been so easy for 'Breezy'

RANTOUL — When it comes to hard work, recent Rantoul Township High School graduate  “Breezy” Espinoza-Olivo doesn’t turn up her nose. She turns up her sleeves.

Spare time is a rarity for the teen, who immigrated from Mexico at age 2 and who credits her parents for her work ethic.


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