CHAMPAIGN — The prospects of high school sports taking place in the fall improved during an IHSA visit to tout Champaign- Urbana’s winning bid for the boys’ basketball state finals.

Fisher head boys basketball coach John Fisher said he hasn’t had to tell one athlete to stay focused as they have been allowed to return to school for workouts during the recovery from the coronavirus pandemic.

JAKE PALMER‘s last two seasons running Fisher football have been some of the Bunnies’ best ever, resulting in a pair of 8-3 records and two postseason victories. He chatted with us heading into his fifth year on the sideline:

Three of the Sangamon Valley Conference’s longest-standing members will join the Vermilion Valley Conference when the 2021-22 school year commences.

RANTOUL — Tom Wilks guided three boys golfers out of a 2019 Class 2A regional and helped one of them to a state appearance. The Willow Pond Golf Course general manager talks about his upcoming fourth season leading the Eagles:

FISHER — John Fisher and Ross Harden are receiving an opportunity to show they have the chops to coach basketball at the high school level.


What for some time seemed inevitable is now official.IHSA officials on Tuesday canceled all spring sports state series, following the organization's April Board of Directors meeting via video conference.The decision comes on the heels of Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker last Friday putting an…

The lights at the football fields at Rantoul and Fisher high schools were lit up Friday night as schools across the state stand together through the difficult time the COVID-19 pandemic has brought.

 A month ago, when March Madness got canceled, I thought that it couldn’t get any worse. I was wrong, and now this has turned into my worst nightmare. 

I have never wanted to answer the question, What is life like with out sports? But unfortunately I and every other sports fan has had to over the last four weeks. 

RANTOUL — My old high school track and cross country coach, Wesclin’s Keith Hall, used to tell the team, “if in your mind, you can conceive it and in your heart you can believe it, then you can achieve it”.

RANTOUL — The season may not start for a while, but that doesn’t mean the Rantoul Township High School baseball team won’t be ready.

CHAMPAIGN – Former Fisher High School basketball star Zach Griffith said the injury he suffered while a member of the University of Illinois basketball team is healing. 

RANTOUL — Like all high school athletes Rantoul’s girls track team is  just waiting for word from J.B. Pritzker, the Governor of the State of Illinois. 

FISHER – The Fisher baseball team went through a major change last year. That change only lasted one year. Longtime head coach Milt Kelly stepped away and was watching from afar but is now back in the Bunnies dugout. Fisher thought they had found a replacement for Kelly which ended up not wo…

How do you go about living when the entire world is in a panic? Up until a week or two ago this was a question that you would only see answered in movies. 

As if there was anything else to write about this week, of course I’m going to talk about the impact coronavirus has had on sports. And by now I’m sure you have read 1,000 stories about this. But I feel like my story with this is unique and now I have to go at least a month or two without sports. 

RANTOUL – Although the season will not start until atleast April 4, the Rantoul Eagles softball team will have a shot at having a big season. 

Fresh off its lowest win total since 2009-2010, most of the talk around the Rantoul boys basketball team might be negative. For me this season was not a total loss.

RANTOUL — When Verdell Jones Jr. brought his Urbana boys’ basketball team into the 2019 Class 3A postseason, the Tigers were seeking to end a 30-year regional championship drought.

Rantoul’s Arizona and Pitt fifth and sixth-grade rec league teams made it to the Mahomet rec championship with Arizona winning 35-23. Both teams went undeafeded against the four Mahomet teams throughout the season. Arizona defeated VSI Photography 40-31 in one semifinal and Pitt beat Menold …

RANTOUL — Jermale Young’s mind was made up Wednesday night once the clock dipped below 20 seconds.Below 15. Below 10. Below 5. “I wasn’t passing that at all,” the Urbana junior said with a smile.His Tigers boys’ basketball teammates wouldn’t have it any other way.Young played hero for the se…

RANTOUL — Social media has a way of making competitive banter — trash talk, to some — much easier to hear heading into an important athletic showcase.High school kids know this as well as anyone. The latest example transpired ahead of Tuesday night’s Class 3A Rantoul Regional boys’ basketbal…

Anyone who knew me before I started working for the Rantoul Press knew how much I loved sports.

CHAMPAIGN — Cale Horsch did not make the medal stand at the Illinois High School Association Class 1A State Championships at State Farm Center on the campus of University of Illinois.