Prep Sports

Carpenter: Hope and optimism spring anew this fall as Rantoul, Fisher football look to build a program, though with differing expectations on each side

The two programs share strikingly similar characteristics, yet are in starkly opposite situations.

Rantoul’s football program has already been illuminated in a bright, positive light in the first nine months of head coach Tom Hess’ tenure — a welcome transition from the past four seasons under former head coach Ira Jefferson.

Palmer, players ready for ‘make-or-break year’

FISHER — It will definitely surprise many people what the Fisher football team, not just exceedingly confident but also buyoantly hopeful, hope to accomplish this season.

They are gunning for the playoffs.

Positivity, lifelong impact are Hess’ ambitions

RANTOUL — There isn’t much of a mystery as to what the Rantoul football program’s goals are heading into the 2017 season.

An undefeated season, conference title and playoff berth are not on the minds of the coaching staff or the players. What Tom Hess is trying to accomplish goes beyond tally marks in the win column, the Eagles’ head coach says.

2017 schedules plus analysis of Rantoul, Fisher football


Date (all 7 p.m.)         Opponent

Week 1

Five easy pieces: All-area candidates

Each week, sports editor Zack Carpenter will provide a top-five list in different categories of sports, movies or music.

Q-n-A with Caleb Larkin

One of just three Armstrong-Potomac students who will be playing football this season, Caleb Larkin is looking to improve on a 2016 season in which he grabbed honorable mention News-Gazette all-area and honorable mention All-Vermilion Valley Conference accolad

Hood finishes 2nd at Blue Ridge Invite

FARMER CITY — The golf season could not have started too much better for Sidney Hood.

Eagles set Kick-Off and Hall of Fame nights

RANTOUL — Rantoul Township High School will hold its Eagles Kick-Off Night for all fall sports on Friday.

The event starts at 5:30 p.m., with food such as rowdy burgers, pork chops and “world famous fries” available for purchase at the concession stand.

Cornjerkers get early start

HOOPESTON — Saturday was the first day high school football teams could practice in full pads.

First-year Hoopeston Area/Schlarman/Armstrong-Potomac coach Trey Stille wasn’t wasting any time in making sure the Cornjerkers got to do just that. Stille led HASAAP through the paces of its first full pads practice starting at 12:01 a.m. on Saturday.

Finishing flat: Gifford-Flatville allows nine runs across final three innings, falls in E.I. League Tournament

GIFFORD —  After finding itself in a 4-1 hole in the third inning of Sunday’s Eastern Illinois Tournament game against the Champaign Dream, the Gifford-Flatville baseball team clawed its way back.

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