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Sports Editor Matt Daniels’ three reasons we love sports this week.
1. Four students from the Shinko-Ryu Martial Arts Center in Rantoul, Alesha Cornett of Paxton, Shelby McCool of Fisher, Ronnie White of Rantoul and Megan Swanson of Paxton, fared well at Sharp’s Midwest Open Tae Kwon Do Championship Tournament in Decatur in mid-November.
White placed first in form, second in weapons and second in breaking in the 15-16 year-old division.
McCool placed first in breaking, third in forms and third in weapons in the 11-12 year-old division.
In the same age division, Swanson placed first in forms and second in weapons.
Cornett, competing in the 9-10 year-old division, placed first in forms, first in breaking and third in weapons. White also competed in sparring, where he finished second.
The Shinko-Ryu Martial Arts Center holds classes on Monday and Tuesday evenings at 6 p.m. for students ages 6 and above.
2. When Rantoul Township High School and Mahomet-Seymour meet in any sport, it has special meaning. Particularly in boys basketball recently as the rivalry between the two Corn Belt Conference schools has heated up. And particularly this Friday night in Mahomet.
Mahomet-Seymour will host a Coaches vs. Cancer game against the Eagles, which tips off at 7:30 p.m. after the Bulldogs girls basketball team hosts Bloomington Central Catholic at 6 p.m. The Eagles and Bulldogs’ junior varsity boys basketball teams will play at 6 p.m. in Mahomet-Seymour’s Fieldhouse. Bulldogs boys basketball head coach Chad Benedict said this is the fifth year for the event, which will feature teams wearing pink warmup t-shirts, pink shoelaces and pink socks.
Spectators can purchase special t-shirts, which will provide them with free admission to the game, along with writing the name of a loved one affected by cancer on the Wall of Hope, a silent auction and a 50/50 raffle. All proceeds will go towards cancer research and cancer awareness.
“We appreciate Rantoul’s willingness to get on board and help out,” Benedict said.
3. The first high school basketball holiday tournament of December is almost here: the Leader Classic at St. Joseph-Ogden starts Thursday night.