Prep Sports

Boys Basketball: Rantoul hoping for repeat against Spartans Friday

By BRENDAN QUEALY
Rantoul Press sports editor


RANTOUL — The Rantoul boys basketball team already has one conference sweep under its belt with two wins against Monticello after Friday’s 65-62 victory against the Sages.


Boys Basketball: As wins pile up, fans packing the stands to cheer on Eagles

By BRENDAN QUEALY
Rantoul Press sports editor


RANTOUL — Finding a parking spot close to Rantoul Township High School on a Friday night is getting more and more difficult each week.


With its win streak now at seven after Friday’s thrilling 65-62 victory against Monticello, the fervor around the Eagles is growing by the day — and so is the amount of fans.


Boys Basketball: Eagles No. 1 for 3rd straight week in N-G’s rankings

CHAMPAIGN — Seven consecutive wins is enough to keep the Rantoul boys basketball team in the top spot of The News-Gazette’s prep basketball rankings for a third straight week.


Wins against No. 8 St. Thomas More (71-57) and No. 10 Monticello (65-62) last week cemented the 18-5 Eagles as No. 1.


Boys Basketball: Multiple title runs goal for Eagles

By BRENDAN QUEALY
Rantoul Press sports editor


RANTOUL — The Okaw Valley Conference crown is getting closer with each passing game for the Rantoul boys basketball team.


While the players can see it in their sights, they’re not looking past what they need to do to accomplish that goal.


Wrestling: Roseman, Smith-Terhune have sights set on sectional after winning regional titles

By BRENDAN QUEALY
Rantoul Press sports editor


URBANA — At this point, Rantoul head wrestling coach Craig Acree just gets out of the way and lets two of his best wrestlers do their thing.


That strategy worked out well Saturday as both Nolan Roseman and Demarius Smith-Terhune won individual regional titles at Urbana Middle School.


Rantoul's Wankel, Curtis doing well after last Tuesday's cheerleading accident

By BRENDAN QUEALY
Rantoul Press sports editor


CHAMPAIGN — A thud … and then silence.


When Rantoul cheerleader Jaedon Wankel fell off the shoulders of Rachel Curtis during last Tuesday’s boys basketball game between the Eagles and St. Thomas More, a crowd that was deeply invested in the outcome quickly become deeply concerned about the two girls.


Response to cheerleading accident spot on

By BRENDAN QUEALY
Rantoul Press sports editor


CHAMPAIGN — While the cheerleading accident that sent Rantoul’s Jaedon Wankel and Rachel Curtis to the hospital last Tuesday was unfortunate, the response to the incident was quick and controlled.


Safety a growing concern in cheerleading

By BRENDAN QUEALY
Rantoul Press sports editor


RANTOUL — Last Tuesday’s accident at the High School of St. Thomas More was a not-so-gentle reminder that cheerleading comes with its own set of dangers.


Girls Basketball: Eagles welcome in Danville, former teammate Hall Thursday

By BRENDAN QUEALY
Rantoul Press sports editor


RANTOUL — After Thursday’s 57-37 win against Maroa-Forsyth, the Rantoul girls basketball team have a week off before getting back to action Thursday at home against Danville (16-7) in the regular season finale.


Girls Basketball: Rantoul girls No. 8 in regional

By RANTOUL PRESS

CHAMPAIGN — The Rantoul girls basketball team earned the No. 8 seed in the Class 3A Champaign Central regional set to begin Monday at Champaign Central High School.


The Eagles square off against No. 7 Clinton at 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 15, in the play-in game.


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