Prep Sports

Rantoul's Kyle Flessner on long walk back to the mound after Tommy John surgery

KANKAKEE — Strike three called.

Not only was the batter out, but Kyle Flessner was out, too — out of the game with one of the more common pitching injuries in baseball today.

The Rantoul Township High School alum and Kankakee Community College baseball player said he “knew right after one pitch” that his baseball career was in jeopardy.

Baseball: NFHS adopts new policy placing restrictions on pitch count in high school

For Rantoul Press

INDIANAPOLIS — High school baseball rules now will require a pitching restriction policy based on the number of pitches thrown in a game.

Baseball: Significant jump across the board in UCL repairs

RANTOUL — When Kyle Flessner ruptured his ulnar collateral ligament while pitching during an intrasquad game at Kankakee Community College, the Rantoul Township High School alum became part of the 56.8 percent of pitchers aged 15-19 years old to account for Tommy John surgeries in the United States.

RTHS baseball team honored with academic excellence award

GREENSBORO, NC — The Rantoul Township High School varsity baseball team was named as one of the recipients of the 2015-16 American Baseball Coaches Association’s Team Academic Excellence Award.

The award honors high school programs that posted a GPA at or higher than 3.75 on a 5.0 scale or 3.0 on a 4.0 scale for the academic year.

Stalter named Rantoul Press Female Athlete of the Year

FISHER — Toree Stalter’s trophy case is just slightly crowded.

Two area athletes earn all-area track honors

CHAMPAIGN — The New-Gazette announced its all-area boys track and field team last week, and two local athletes earned honors.

Rantoul’s Garet Kinnett and Fisher’s Brandon Henson were both named to the all-area special mention list for their dedication and efforts in their craft during the 2016 season.

In the Corner Pocket: Undeniable proof

Even before all of the horrific tragedies happened last week, my cousin Shayne stood up at the wedding of my cousin Liam and his beautiful wife Rose.

I was quite happy because I was actually able to go to this wedding — I didn’t have an incredible softball team filled with a bunch of incredible people to follow to a state tournament.

IHSA puts new rules in place for heat safety

BLOOMINGTON — The Illinois High School Association (IHSA) board of directors voted to enact new heat safety guidelines for all IHSA postseason contests beginning with the 2016-17 school year. The new comprehensive policy was approved at the Board of Directors meeting on June 13.

New rule in place for lane violations

INDIANAPOLIS — A new rule regarding free-throw lane violations in high school basketball has been added for clarification.

Players occupying the marked free-throw lane line spaces cannot enter the free-throw semicircle until the ball touches the ring or the free throw ends.

Doctor's Orders: Treating and preventing arm injuries for young pitchers paramount among health professionals

A blazing heater. A knee-buckling hook. A devastating slider.

Nearly every young baseball player wants to pull one of these from his arsenal at any given moment to make the guy standing in the batter’s box look silly for swinging or not swinging at a pitch.

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