Area roundup: Bunnies stay unbeaten; VanWinkle wins medalist honors for Eagles golf

FISHER — The train kept on rolling for the Fisher/Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley soccer team, as the Bunnies defeated St. Joseph-Ogden and Arthur-Lovington/Atwood-Hammond last week to stay unbeaten.

The Bunnies (10-0), now up to No. 2 in The News-Gazette area rankings, allowed their first goal of the season in the win over SJ-O last Tuesday, but a Parker Rollins goal in the 64th minute off a pass from Graham Voelker sealed a 2-1 win.

Tyler Ricks put Fisher/GCMS on the board first with a goal in the 37th minute on an assist from Caleb Bleich, but the Spartans responded with an equalizer in the 50th minute. Ethan Kasper added 10 keeper saves.

The Bunnies seized early control with three first-half goals in a 5-0 win over ALAH on Thursday, as Rollins’ goal in the 11th minute (Alex Minion assist) and Bleich’s two goals in the 13th minute and 33rd minute (Minion and Hazzard with an assist, respectively) put them ahead 3-0 at the break. Will Shook’s goal (54th minute) and Voelker’s goal (89th minute on an assist from Tyler Freehill) on a screamer from deep were all part of 30 shots on goal for Fisher/GCMS.

Due to heavy rain during the week, Saturday’s match against Clifton Central was cancelled.

Eagles fall to BHRA

A hat trick from Drew Reifsteck, along with a goal from Cameron Douglass helped Bismarck-Henning/Rossville-Alvin (5-0-1) blaze past Rantoul soccer (1-4-1) at home.

The Eagles’ match with Clifton Central on Wednesday was postponed due to the Comets making up a conference game on that date. No makeup date has been announced.

Rantoul’s game against Olympia originally scheduled for Sept. 20 was moved to Sept. 19. The game will still be played at 4:30 p.m. at Bill Walsh Field.

VanWinkle medals for Eagles golf

The Rantoul/Paxton-Buckley-Loda boys golf team won 166-170 last Tuesday over Prairie Central.

Trey VanWinkle won medalist honors with a score of 39 while Eagles teammate Chase Moore tied for third with a score of 40.

William Wake and Eli Remington shot a 45 and 46, respectively, to complete Rantoul/PBL's team score while Casey Dillman and Noah Shields each shot a 47.

Through day one of the Mattoon Invitational, the Rantoul/PBL golf team shot a 357 on Friday, finishing the day in 24th place out of 31 teams.

The second round of the Mattoon Invite, originally scheduled for Saturday, was canceled due to rain.

VanWinkle led the Eagles with a score of 82 while Moore shot a 91 and Shields and Dillman each shot a 92 to contribute to Rantoul/PBL’s team score. Wake (100) and Remington (106) each participated as well for the Eagles.

"Trey played with, with the rest of the rest of the team struggling with scored in the low 90s," Rantoul/PBL head coach Tom Wilks said Sunday. "I don't like excuses, but with the rain on and off all day, (we were in) tough playing conditions. I believe we will see a better performance in (the Champaign County Tournament) on Monday. I'm seeing big improvements overall, but we just need to play better under tournament pressure."

Ward, Kerns tie for 11th

The Fisher boys golf team finished last in a four-team meet last Tuesday with a score of 231 to Tri-Valley (167), Blue Ridge (183) and Clinton (206). Jake Kerns and Sean Ward each shot a 50 to tie for 11th place among 22 golfers.

The Bunnies’ girls golf team defeated Cissna Park 103-201 last Wednesday, with Sidney Hood (48), Grace Hansens (55) and Isabella Smith-Fawver (60) leading the way. The boys fell to Cissna Park 239-205. They were led by Ward (43) and Jacob Reynolds (55).

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