Prep Sports

Softball: Monticello’s early lead more than enough against Eagles

RANTOUL — Seven Monticello players had at least one hit and six drove in at least one run in the Okaw Valley Conference 13-1 win against Rantoul. Sam Valentine set the tone at the top of the Sages’ lineup and finished a home run shy of the cycle.

Baseball: Warriors cruise to win over Fisher

FISHER — Tuscola’s Kaleb Williams pitched an easy complete-game victory, with the Warrior’s offense providing more than enough run support in the 17-1 win. Cole Evans went 2 for 4 with a game-high five RBI for the Warriors, while Griffin Day (4 for 5, three RBI) and Nick Bates (3 for 4, two RBI) also contributed. Christian Springer’s RBI triple accounted for Fisher’s lone run.

Baseball: Rantoul loses late to Unity

TOLONO — The Rantoul baseball team battled back twice to tie Thursday's game at Unity High School, but a sixth-inning run was enough for the Rockets to slip away with the win.

Quick Hits: Rantoul’s Frerichs tosses no-no for Eagles

GIBSON CITY — Freshman John Frerichs (2-1) struck out five in a seven-inning no-hitter at Gibson City as Rantoul won 4-0 against the Falcons Wednesday. The Eagles scored all of their runs in the fifth inning. Thomas Wolken had three hits and Jared Jordahl two for Rantoul. Wolken drove in two runs. Frerichs walked no one and faced 22 batters.

Games of the Week: Big games for Fisher, Rantoul on softball diamond

Fisher Bunnies v. LeRoy Panthers (softball)
@ 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 29, at LeRoy H.S

Fisher head coach Ken Ingold has already circled this game on his calendar as one of the most important regular-season matchups for the Fisher softball team.

Athlete of the Week: Welcome to Tyler Rogers' neighborhood

FISHER — Pitchers be wary. Do not throw the ball anywhere near the vicinity of Tyler Rogers’ neighborhood, because it is quite likely he’ll send it for a ride. With a .567 average, which is good for fourth in The News-Gazette’s entire area of coverage, the Fisher senior might as well be swinging a tree trunk when he stands at the plate.

Baseball Quick Hits: Rantoul beats PBL; Fisher, A-P lose

Baseball: Eagles’ early lead holds up against PBL  (4/27)
PAXTON — The Rantoul baseball team was able to survive a late rally from the Panthers of Paxton-Buckley-Loda Monday to walk away with a 5-4 win on the road.

Boys Track & Field: Rantoul places third at Unity invite

Rantoul Press correspondent

If anyone saw Rantoul head track coach Mitch Wilson walking around with a smile on Saturday, it might be because of what happened at the Tolono Unity Invitational on Friday night.

Softball: Eagles hold off hard-charging Knights

Rantoul Press sports editor

RANTOUL — A 10-2 lead after the fifth inning looked pretty comfortable to a Rantoul squad with a powerful offense and two pitchers capable of shutting down most teams. But looks can be deceiving.

Softball: Bunnies right the ship, win four straight

Rantoul Press sports editor

FISHER — Ken Ingold was not a happy man 10 days ago.

The Fisher softball head coach had just watched his team, as he said, play a “stinker of a game” against Fieldcrest in a 6-3 loss.

But, oh, what a difference a week makes.

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