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Sports Editor Matt Daniels’ three reasons we love sports this week.
1. Fisher Hall of Fame. Much work goes into the event the school will conduct on Saturday before its boys basketball game against Flanagan-Cornell. From Hall of Fame chairman Bub Bayler to committee members Rick Deer, Ken Ingold, Bob Martin, Bill Motzer Sr., Norm Polk and Pam Seim to Fisher athletic director Ben Derges to members of the Fisher Booster Club, Saturday’s Hall of Fame ceremony induction will feel like a mini-high school reunion for those involved. It’s a great way for past athletes to still feel connected to the school and at the same time, making sure current high school athletes are aware of what has happened in the past.
2. Family affair. Basketball was a much-discussed topic in Dick and Carolyn Taylor’s household when two of their sons, Sean and Mike, were growing up in Rantoul. Still is. Sean, who was inducted into the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame last spring, and Mike will face off against one another on Saturday night when Marian Catholic (Mike’s team) travels to play Sean’s Quincy Blue Devils. It’ll be a long drive for Marian Catholic, but well worth it. Quincy’s Blue Devil Gym is one of the true Meccas of the sport in this state, plus it should be an entertaining game. Sean’s Blue Devils are 11-2 while Mike’s Spartans are 14-1.
3. The Rantoul Township High School girls basketball team has struggled to come out with wins in Hannah Wascher’s four seasons with the Eagles, but what the senior forward has accomplished in terms of scoring is pretty remarkable. The program’s all-time leading scorer now has 1,602 points and counting with eight regular season games left.