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.

MATTOON — Bouncing back has been a theme for the Rantoul Senior Legion baseball team all year. This weekend in Mattoon was no different.

Peoria — After giving up 11 runs in the top of the first inning earlier in the day against Lincoln, Post 287 buckled down and didn’t allow a single run the entire game against Peoria in American Legion baseball. 

Rantoul — When George Washington IV started the Rantoul Rockets in 2016, the vision he had was to give kids an opportunity to do something athletic during the summer. 

BUCKLEY — The Buckley Dutchmasters earned a split in Sunday’s Eastern Illinois Baseball League doubleheader against the Gifford-Flatville Giflats.

RANTOUL — The Rantoul Post 287 Senior American Legion baseball team bounced back after losing a doubleheader to Shelby County on Sunday with a 5-1 win last Tuesday against Mattoon Post 88.

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RANTOUL — James Aaron worked for the Los Angeles Lakers when Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O’Neal were starting with the team.  Aarron is no Bryant or O’Neal, but he has enjoyed playing basketball as it showed on Saturday when he won the 40-and-over three-point contest at the 2019 Underdog Classic.

CHARLESTON — Competing at the IHSA State Final at Eastern Illinois University was going to be special for Armstrong-Potomac’s Austin Bridgman no matter what his results were going to be.

CHARLESTON — Dalton Burk and Lucas Chittick ended their track careers for Fisher High School at the IHSA State meet in Charleston on Saturday, but made the most out of their final performances by competing as hard as they could.

The Rantoul Eagles baseball team finished in second place with a 5-2 record in the Illinois Valley Conference and 14-10 overall. The Eagles defeated Bloomington Central last Wednesday 10-5. Then on Thursday the team took care of business against Pontiac Indians with a 7-4 victory. The Eagles…

FISHER — The Fisher Bunnies softball team got revenge against the Deer Creek-Mackinaw Chiefs with a 3-1 victory on Saturday.