Prep Sports

It's a trap: Pressure defense leads to Eagles' rout of Clinton

CLINTON — Following a win over Mattoon on Saturday, Duck Gibson said he and the Rantoul boys basketball team prefers when teams try to play a fast-paced style against it.

“(Playing a fast-paced game) is what we like to do,” Gibson said. “The half court game we’re not really that good at (right now). … If a team wants to run with us, we can run with the best.”


Brother bond: Williams pair has given Eagles basketball program major boost

RANTOUL — Ever since the two stepped onto the court together in middle school, Kevin and Kevonte Williams have shared an unbreakable bond.

The brothers, now seniors and multi-year starters in the Rantoul boys basketball program, first saw action on the same team as AAU teammates in sixth grade.


Game of the Week: Fisher Bunnies vs. Monticello Sages

Fisher Bunnies (4-2) vs. Monticello Sages (3-0)

Time: Tuesday, Dec. 13

Site: Fisher High School

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BUNNIES


The Week Ahead: Girls basketball

Sports editor Zack Carpenter takes a look at the upcoming week for Rantoul, Fisher and Armstrong-Potomac girls basketball.

RANTOUL

Dec. 8 vs. St. Joseph-Ogden Spartans

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Site: Home


The Week Ahead: Boys basketball

Sports editor Zack Carpenter details the coming week for Rantoul, Fisher and Armstrong-Potomac boys basketball

RANTOUL

Dec. 13 vs. Centennial Chargers

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Site: Home


Run it: Eagles start slow, but hot stretch keys 68-56 nonconference win

RANTOUL — For nearly the entire first half, the Rantoul boys basketball team was trudging through the mud Saturday night.

The Eagles were unable to get their feet under them, starting off slow against nonconference foe Mattoon. Then Rantoul turned on the jets, sped the game up and switched to the “killer mentality” coach Brett Frerichs has been looking for on the way to a 68-56 win.


Bunnies fall to EPG, get one back vs. LeRoy

The Fisher girls basketball team went 1-2 last week, suffering back-to-back losses to El Paso-Gridley and Rantoul before ending on a win over LeRoy.

El Paso-Gridley 59, Fisher 39


Eagles fall to Urbana, STM to drop to 4-4

Sandwiched in between a 40-38 win over rival Fisher on Saturday, the Rantoul girls basketball team dropped a pair of games last week.

Urbana 87, Rantoul 68

The Eagles got off to a nice start with a seven-point halftime lead, but Arieal Scott proved to be too much.


Eagles outlast Bunnies in physical 40-38 battle

FISHER — Kanosha Williams had been held scoreless for more than 31 minutes when she finally made her first bucket of the game at the 2:30 mark of the fourth quarter.

Williams’ long 3-point basket pulled the Rantoul girls basketball team to a dead heat, 37-37, with Fisher in the game’s final minutes.


Athlete of the Week: Erick Johnson

RANTOUL — On Nov. 26 against Rockford Lutheran as part of the Galesburg Tournament, Rantoul boys basketball coach Brett Frerichs was looking for a defensive spark and aggressive rebounder on the glass.

He has found exactly that needed piece in junior guard Erick Johnson.


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