Prep Sports

Catching fire: Clanton has established herself as one of the top backstops in the area

FISHER — When she was 14 years old, Becca Clanton thought about giving up softball.

Softball preview: Rantoul vs. Monticello

Rantoul Eagles vs. Monticello Sages

Date/Time: Thursday, 4:30 p.m.

Site: Rantoul



Baseball preview: Rantoul vs. Unity

Rantoul Eagles vs. Unity Rockets

Date/Time: Thursday, 4:30 p.m.

Site: Tolono


Catching fire: Tatar has emerged as one of area’s top catchers

RANTOUL — Even though she admits she didn’t realize what a perfect metaphor it was until last year, Brianna Tatar now laughs about how flawless her last name is for what she brings to the table.

The Rantoul softball senior has been crushing the ball this season, meaning her surname is a living comparison for the word tater — baseball/softball slang for “home run.”

Rantoul grabs second place at Unity Invite

TOLONO — It is a problem that Rantoul Township High School could get used to.

If you are needing a 400-meter runner or a 200-meter runner to score points for the Eagles, there is always one available. That goes for the 800-meter run, the hurdles and several field events as well. That is a nice problem to have.

Athlete of the Week: Adam Crites

RANTOUL — At this point in his young career, nobody is labeling Adam Crites as a power pitcher.

Eagles net walk-off; split vs SJ-O before falling to PBL

ST. JOSEPH — Major League Baseball legend Yogi Berra was an 18-time All-Star and 10-time World Series champion for the New York Yankees, but it’s not the on-field production most remember him for.

Terven’s big hit, May’s walk-off bomb highlight Fisher's 6-game win streak

FISHER — Kylie Terven was frustrated with herself.

In the sixth inning of Wednesday’s matchup with Heyworth, Fisher’s sophomore second baseman had a perfect opportunity to get the Bunnies out of a jam while nursing a 2-0 lead at Kellar Field.

After the Hornets got a leadoff double from Maddie Quattro, Heyworth would later have runners on the corners with one out.

Spartans down Eagles 10-0

ST. JOSEPH — One of the Rantoul softball team’s top goals coming into the 2017 season was to defeat perennial power St. Joseph-Ogden.

But after last Tuesday’s 10-0 five-inning loss to the No. 4-ranked Class 2A team in the Illinois Coaches Association poll, the Eagles are down to a third-and-final chance against the Spartans.

Rantoul girls take ninth at Falcon Invite

GIBSON CITY — Sometimes less can turn out to be more.

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