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 — Just like almost every sporting event in the country, the Illinois Kids Wrestling Federation’s state tournament was canceled last month.
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”.
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.
ARMSTRONG – The Armstrong-Potomac softball team was ready to roll into the season when it had its two weeks of good practices halted by COVID-19. Head coach Gary Duden said he was pleased with his team so far.
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…
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.
PAXTON — It wouldn’t have been the least bit unusual earlier this century to see Paxton-Buckley-Loda’s athletic teams squaring off against those of St. Joseph-Ogden and St. Thomas More.
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 …
FISHER — Ken Ingold has been on the Fisher sidelines for either boys or girls basketball since 1984. That is now going to change starting next season.
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…
ONARGA — The Fisher Bunnies shocked the Milford Bearcats last Tuesday when the 14th-seeded Bunnies took down the sixth-seeded Bearcats 66-58.
ONARGA — After pulling off the upset over Milford in the first round Cinderella lost its shoe when Fisher fell to Cissna Park 73-64 in regional semifinal.
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.
RANTOUL – The Rantoul Township High School boys basketball team had an eventful week with four games in five days. The Eagles dropped all four games to St. Thomas More 58-31, Prairie Central 67-38, Pontiac 69-54 and Bradley-Bourbonnais 62-57.
RANTOUL — For some people playing sports as a kid is as easy as walking into your back yard or driveway and playing catch or basketball. For Vaughn Bruno that was an option but not his sport of choice.
Anybody who knows me or reads this column on a regular basis knows that I am an avid Illini fan. I do almost everything I can to go to every home game and have been to a fair share of away games.
LEXINGTON — The Armstrong-Potomac girls basketball team had its season end last Monday when it lost to St. Thomas More 51-27 in the first game of the Lexington Regional.
FISHER — The Fisher High School girls basketball team had a eventful week last week. The Bunnies took down Uni High 49-23 last Tuesday and then fell to Ridgeview 51-27 Thursday.
HEYWORTH – The Fisher Bunnies boys basketball team lost a heartbreaker on Friday night. The Heyworth Hornets took down the Bunnies 83-79 in a Heart of Illinois conference game.
The week leading up to the Super Bowl is always a weird and wacky week that is normally filled with story lines. This year it was little bit different, and I think there could be a few reasons for that. It is possible that a Super Bowl without the Patriots is just weird, and with two differe…
DANVILLE — The Armstrong-Potomac girls basketball team took sixth place in the Vermilion County Tournament that was hosted at David S. Palmer Arena in Danville.