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DANVILLE — The feeling at this time last year for Zach Griffith, Jaden Jones-Watkins and the rest of their Fisher basketball teammates was too excruciating to bare.
Fisher Bunnies vs. Chrisman Cardinals
Date/Time: Friday, 7 p.m.
Site: Schlarman Academy in Danville
The Fisher Bunnies (20-9) will square off against the Chrisman Cardinals (21-6) in the Class 1A Schlarman Regional championship game on Friday night.
DANVILLE — Late in the third quarter of Wednesday night’s Class 1A Schlarman Regional semifinal game against Schlarman, Fisher forward Cale Zook collected a teammate’s air ball
(3) Fisher vs. (7) Schlarman
Conference: Heart of Illinois (10-3)
The Class 3A Champaign Central Regional is probably the most loaded regional in the area. It features three teams that were ranked in the top five of the latest News-Gazette Top 10 area boys basketball rankings — No. 5 Rantoul, No. 4 Champaign Central and No. 1 Mahomet-Seymour.
There is no mistaking that this each game in this field could end in one- or two-possesion games.
DANVILLE — Despite holding a 32-21 lead at halftime, the Eagles could not hang on a 76-59 loss to Danville on Monday night.
The Vikings’ Kendle Moore finished with 23 points, 14 of which came at the free throw line.
KANSAS CITY — With former Rantoul star guard Kareem Richardson leading the way as its head coach, the University of Missouri-Kansas City men’s basketball team is on a roll.
Following the Kangaroos’ 84-65 win over Chicago State Saturday, Richardson’s squad has won its last five games for the program’s first five-game winning streak in 12 years.
RANTOUL — They did not reach the medal rounds, but Peter McCusker and Nolan Roseman, both Rantoul Township High School Eagle sophomores, have an even brighter future than they had a past.
Both athletes finished their sophomore seasons at the state finals. One is hoping to jump up a couple of weight classes, while the other competitor is hoping to stay right where he is.
RANTOUL — The news was a bit head scratching, if not shocking, for Brett Frerichs.
With the long-storied tradition of a program such as the Rantoul Township High School boys basketball team, the Eagles’ coach figured there might be a mistake in the math, but it’s all accurate.
RTHS has not had back-to-back 20-plus-win seasons for its boys team in 53 years.
CHAMPAIGN — Rantoul senior Demarius Smith’s eyes were glassy as he stared ahead on the second-place step of the podium.
His finish was the best in Rantoul history for the second straight year, but his loss by a 1-0 decision in Saturday’s Class 2A 152-pound state championship match stung.