STRAIGHT OUT OF THE RANTOUL PRESS SPORTS VAULT STARTED BY FORMER SPORTS EDITOR MATT DANIELS, WE TAKE A LOOK BACK AT THE 2016-17 AREA PREP SPORTS SCENE AND A LOOK AHEAD TO THE 2017-18 SCHOOL YEARRANTOUL PRESS MALE ATHLETE OF THE YEARDemarius SmithRantoul senior: Wrestling

By BRENDAN QUEALYRantoul Press sports editorRANTOUL — Sibling rivalry? More like sibling harmony.Although not sisters by birth, Carson Church and Rheanna Jones have been best friends for nearly their entire lives and became stepsisters their freshman year of high school when Church’s father …

CHAMPAIGN — Hannah Wascher nearly left Rantoul for greener basketball pastures several times in her high school career, but she stuck with the Eagles through thick (becoming the program’s all-time scoring leader) and mostly thin (25 wins and 90 losses in four years).Wascher was an early comm…

By FRED KRONERNews-Gazette editorCHAMPAIGN — Hannah Wascher had the basketball skills while in high school at Rantoul.It wasn’t always accompanied by a strong mental focus. She’d let her frustrations affect her play.Two years after graduating from Rantoul, the 5-foot-10 Wascher is putting ev…