Area roundup: HOIC Tournament schedule released for boys, girls basketball



At El Paso-Gridley

Game 1 — No. 8 Tri-Valley vs. No. 9 Ridgeview, 11:30 a.m.

Game 2 — No. 4 Fieldcrest vs.  No. 13 Lexington, 1 p.m.

Game 3 — No. 5 LeRoy vs. No. 12 Fisher, 2:30 p.m.

Déjà blues: Eagles’ crushing loss to Mattoon at buzzer brings back painful memories

RANTOUL — Google “Mattoon buzzer beater,” and the first item to pop up is a YouTube video with more than 67,000 views from a boys basketball game played Dec. 27, 2012 at the Taylorville Holiday Tournament. 

Matchup? Rantoul vs. Mattoon.

Situation? Score tied 54-54.

Time left? 0.7 seconds.

Rantoul bringing back 5K

RANTOUL — Rantoul will be holding a 5K Run & Walk race at 5:45 p.m. and a 1K Kids Fun Run at 7 p.m. April 5, with the races beginning at Rantoul Township High School.

Vermilion County Tournament Preview: Armstrong boys look to rebound from two nail-biting losses

ARMSTRONG — It’s been a frustrating month for Deon Mennenga and the Armstrong-Potomac boys basketball team.

The Trojans (4-14) have not relished victory since a Dec. 11 win over Schlarman, losing eight straight, with the first six games in the losing streak coming by an average of 28 points.

Vermilion County Tournament Preview: Trojan girls look to continue recent hot run

ARMSTRONG — Projections for the second half of the season looked gloomy, at best, for Armstrong-Potomac girls basketball.

That was the consensus opinion following a dismal 46-16 loss to Salt Fork on Dec. 6 in the Trojans’ home building.

Morale was low, confidence even lower, and it looked like some wholesale rotation changes might be in the cards.

‘Having a blast’: St. Malachy basketball continues racking up Ws

RANTOUL — It has been a season filled with smiles and excitement for Rantoul St. Malachy boys basketball.

Two years after the Tigers’ seventh-grade team reached the 7-1A state tournament’s Elite Eight round, it looks like the 2018-19 seventh-graders and eighth-graders each have the potential to make a return trip to state.

All smiles: Eagles show no rust, force 30 turnovers in victory over IVC

RANTOUL — As Jada Mosley glided in for a buzzer-beating third-quarter layup, it was a fitting ending to the period as the ball sank through the net.

The Rantoul girls basketball senior had just recorded her fifth steal of a game against Illinois Valley Central on Saturday, stripping the Grey Ghosts’ point guard before giving the Eagles a 34-28 lead.

Unfashionably late: Slow start hurts Fisher once again in loss to Ridgeview

COLFAX — At this point in the season, it would be hard to blame fans of Fisher boys basketball if their mentality is “Let’s just survive the first half and hope they can turn it on in the second.”

Once again, the Bunnies came trudging out of the gate, their feet stuck in the mud Friday night as Ridgeview opened up leads of 13-4 at the end of the first quarter and 26-14 at halftime.

Rantoul/PBL wrestlers McCusker, Roseman earn first-place medals at Bob and Liz Schnarr Invitational

MORTON — Peter McCusker of the Rantoul/Paxton-Buckley-Loda wrestling team pinned all three of his opponents en route to a first-place finish in the 145-pound bracket of Saturday's Bob and Liz Schnarr Invitational.

GCMS/Fisher wrestlers Kean, Workman earn medals at Princeton Invitational

PRINCETON — Payton Kean placed third at 182 pounds and Hayden Workman placed fifth at 285 pounds for Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley/Fisher High School's wrestling team at the Princeton Invitational held last Friday and Saturday.

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