FISHER – The Fisher/GCMS soccer team went 3-0 for the week, defeating Georgetown Ridge Farm, St. Joseph Ogden and Arthur-Lovington-Atwood-Hammond. 

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STANFORD — The Rantoul offense scored early but not often as the Eagles fell to Olympia on Friday night 27-7. 

FISHER – A battle of two run-heavy teams was expected going into Friday night’s game between Fisher and Tri-Valley, and that’s exactly what it was. 

Every year it seems like there is that one loss that leaves us Illini fans shaking our heads.  

RANTOUL — The Rantoul Eagles found themselves in a similar position to last year, tied in the fourth quarter with a chance for a big win. St. Joseph-Ogden was able to pull away late, leaving the Eagles with another close loss. 

TREMONT —  The Fisher Bunnies knew they were in for a battle going into their game with the Tremont Turks. 

CHAMPAIGN – For the second straight year the Fisher/GCMS soccer team won the Uni-High tournament. The Bunnies defeated Blue Ride 6-3 in game one. Fisher/GCMS tied Uni-High 1-1 in game two and defeated Normal Calvary 2-0. 

RANTOUL – The Rantoul/PBL golf team got the week started with a 165-175 win over Monticello in a home match on Tuesday. 

Normal — The Rantoul Eagles cross country competed in the Normal Community open meet on Saturday. 

The National Football League is officially back, and boy did it ever let everyone know. 

Fairbury —  Trailing by just six points at the half, Rantoul’s Eagles fell to host Prairie Central 42-20 in the high school football opener for both teams. 

RANTOUL — The Rantoul Eagles volleyball team swept the Oakwood Comets in two sets last Thursday, winning 25-18, 25-8.

FISHER – The Fisher Bunnies felt good going into the season, but after Friday night’s varsity football opener they feel even better. 

Monticello, St. Joseph-Ogden, Unity and Bloomington Central Catholic. Anyone who pays attention to high school football in the state of Illinois knows those four teams. 

Fisher—  When Fisher football opened up practice earlier this month there was an excitement in the air.

Rantoul — The Rantoul Eagles have not made the playoffs since 2005. If the 2019 version of the Eagles wants to break that streak, it will probably have to start with a win on Friday at Prarie Central. 

RANTOUL — After 16 years of racing in the All-American Soap Box Derby, Mark and Joshua Ostrander of the Ostrander racing team, from Rantoul have participated in the family’s final First Energy All-American Soap Box Derby World Championship.

Fisher —  Coming off a  16-2-1 2018 record, the the Fisher/GCMS soccer team is primed and ready for another big season. 

As I prepared to write my first edition of Birch’s Bark I knew I wanted to talk about football, but I didn’t know that one of the wilder stories in the last 10 years of the NFL would fall into my lap. If you haven’t heard by now, Indianapolis Colts star quarterback Andrew Luck retired in wha…

RANTOUL  — Former Rantoul Eagle quarterback Angelo Brown has made his college decision and is now on campus at Rockford University. 

RANTOUL — Rantoul Township High School football has not made the IHSA playoffs since 2005. For years Rantoul has had doubters and naysayers, and most of them were right, and that’s where head coach Tom Hess enters. 

After 40-plus years of coaching Rantoul Post 287 American Legion baseball, Allen Jones Sr. is retiring. 

Greensboro N.C. — The Rantoul Rockets took four athletes to the AAU Junior Olympics this past week that was hosted on the campus of North Carolina A&T University. 

Rantoul — The Midwest Thunder AAU basketball team that is based out of Rantoul and made up of sixth-grade boys ended its season with a first-place finish in the one-day Summer Nationals Shootout. 

The Royal Giants advanced to the Eastern Illinois baseball league finals for the second straight year. The Giants won last year. 

URBANA — A Rantoul man who allegedly took part in mugging a man in that village July 24  is being held in the county jail.

RANTOUL — A discussion that was rather heated took place during last Thursday night’s Rantoul City Schools board meeting.

THOMASBORO — In a 10-minute meeting on July 22, the Thomasboro school board made some personnel changes.

POTOMAC — Potomac-Armstrong middle school boys will start baseball practice from 9 to 11 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 5. All boys entering fifth through eighth grade are invited to practice.

FISHER – The Illinois Department of Transportation has announced pavement maintenance on Illinois 47 between U.S. 136 and the Ford County line will begin Thursday, Aug. 1.

FISHER — The July meeting of the Fantastic 4-Hers of Fisher focused mainly on  show dates and details of the clothing show, 4-H Expo and livestock shows.

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The Rantoul Hurricanes took home second place in the conference swim meet on Saturday. Rantoul scored 278 total points. Gibson City took first with 309 points, Milford got third with 219, Danville placed fourth with 171, and Paxton took fifth with 166. The Rantoul boys took first place in th…

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BLOOMINGTON—The Underdogs AAU basketball team based out of Rantoul brought home some big-time hardware this past weekend, defeating the Romeoville Thunder 45-35 in the championship game.

PAXTON—The Rantoul Hurricanes swim team faced off against Gibson City and Paxton on Saturday in Paxton, taking second place behind Gibson City. The Hurricanes scored 352 points finishing 7 1/2 points behind Gibson City, which scored 359.5. Paxton scored 316.5 points coming in last place. 

Rantoul — The up’s and down’s of the Post 287 American Legion baseball season finished on a down. After opening the district tournament with a 3-2 win over Shelby County, a 12-2 loss to Danville and a 6-3 loss Charleston sent Rantoul home. 

Bloomington — The Rantoul Rockets track and field club continued its summer of dominance this past weekend at the Central Illinois Invite hosted at Bloomington Central Catholic High School. 

Rantoul Recreation Department’s major league sent an all-star team to the Paxton All-Star tournament last weekend.

Gifford— Going into Sunday’s matchup with the last place El Paso Warriors the Gifford-Flatville Giflats were chasing the Buckley Dutchmasters by a game and a half. By the end of Sunday the Giflats would be trailing by 2 1/2 games due to dropping game one to the Warriors 8-3.