Prep Sports

'Second chance': Fisher wins program's first regional title since 2012

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.

Regional championship game preview: Fisher vs. Chrisman

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. 

Fisher gets past Schlarman; will play Chrisman for regional title

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

Regional Preview: (3) Fisher vs. (7) Schlarman

(3) Fisher vs. (7) Schlarman

(3) Fisher


Conference: Heart of Illinois (10-3)

Champaign Central Regional Preview

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.

Williams makes return in loss to Danville

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.

UMKC basketball rolling: Three reasons the 'Roos could go to the NCAA Tournament

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.

Bright futures: Sophomores McCusker, Roseman look ahead to next season following state runs

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.

20/20: Eagles notch back-to-back 20-win seasons for first time in 53 years

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.

Until now.

Best ever: Smith finishes out illustrious career with 2nd-place finish

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.

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