Prep Sports

Caleb Gossett put several goals ahead of him and worked his tail off to take hold of them

RANTOUL — Don’t tell Caleb Gossett he can’t do something. That will just drive him to get it done and prove his doubters wrong.

“I’m not one to give up on any challenge,” Gossett said. “There’s a lot of people who will lie down when tough times hit, but all I know is how to overcome.”

7 hours of baseball: Royal-Giflats play doubleheader and then some

Rantoul Press correspondent

GIFFORD — The classic Ernie Banks quote, “Let’s play two!” had to be modified to “Let’s play two-and-a-half!” when the Gifford-Flatville Giflats and the Royal Giants met for a doubleheader (and a postponed game from June 7) at the Gifford-Flatville baseball field Sunday

Nearly seven hours of baseball was played.

Young Wildcat cagers qualify for nationals

Rantoul Press correspondent

Central Illinois Wildcats head coach Terry Bishop had to think for a moment before coming up with his team’s overall record. It is 14-12, by the way.

Eater tryouts set in 3 sports

RANTOUL — Tryouts for J.W. Eater softball, baseball and cross country teams have been scheduled.

Rantoul to host conference swim meet

RANTOUL — Hap Parker Family Aquatic Center will be the site again of the conference swim meet.

The Rantoul Hurricanes will face off against Paxton, Hoopeston, Monticello, Gibson City, Milford, Danville and Watseka at 9 a.m. Saturday, July 25.

The Hurricanes finished in second place last year.

Changes to playoff brackets coming this year

BLOOMINGTON — Beginning in 2015-16, team-bracketed sports — baseball, basketball, soccer, softball and volleyball — in Class 1A and Class 2A, as well as those outside of Chicagoland in Class 3A and 4A, will now be assigned to two sub-sectionals instead of four regionals that feed into a sectional site.

IHSA puts limits on football live-contact, full-pad practices

BLOOMINGTON — Restrictions regarding football practices across the state are set to go into effect in August.

Happy days are here: Six-run eighth inning lifts Post 287 to big comeback win

RANTOUL — Seven runs were scored in the eighth inning of Thursday’s Senior Legion game between Rantoul and Piatt County. Fortunately for the Rantoul boys, they scored six of them to win going away 11-6.

The five-run win, however, did not come easy for Post 287.

Running on a full tank: Hazel's love of running more than just winning

RANTOUL — There is a certain peace in running that few outside of the sport or hobby can understand.

For Rantoul’s Matt Hazel, it’s a feeling he knows quite well.

Giflats, Legends split twin bill

Rantoul Press correspondent

GIFFORD — The Gifford-Flatville Giflats split a doubleheader against the Central Illinois Legends during an Eastern Illinois League baseball doubleheader in Gifford Sunday.

The Giflats won the first game 5-1 behind a strong pitching performance from Austin Tabeling.

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