PAXTON — After 12 years as Paxton-Buckley-Loda High School’s head football coach, it was hard for Jeff Graham to envision working anywhere else this upcoming fall. Then the opportunity to work in the dual capacity of superintendent/principal at Ludlow Grade School came up, and he had his off…

BLOOMINGTON — The sound of Rantoul Township High School indoor school track records breaking could almost be heard in Rantoul. On both the boys and the girls level. All the way from Illinois Wesleyan University’s Shirk Center in Bloomington.

 RANTOUL — The Rantoul Eagles and Fisher Bunnies softball game got off to a quiet and slow start.No runs were scored in the first two innings. Both teams struggled to put the ball in play, leaving runners stranded on the bases.Fisher strikes first

RANTOUL — The Rantoul Eagles baseball team did not let an inning go to waste when it came to scoring on Thursday against Decatur Eisenhower Panthers. The Eagles defeated the Panthers in just five innings, 11-1. The game ended early, because of the 10-run rule.

FISHER — The Fisher High School baseball team got off to a good start in its game against the Oakwood Comets, but just couldn’t finish in the end on Thursday. The Bunnies scored the game’s first two runs in the third inning with a two-run single by Tyler Martin. Fisher starting pitcher Cole …

Almost 250 high school athletes showed up at the News-Gazette photo studio for the Faces of Spring 2019 photo shoot.

Almost 250 high school athletes showed up at the News-Gazette photo studio for the Faces of Spring 2019 photo shoot.

The 2019 season for the Rantoul Eagles baseball team will officially start on Thursday at Wabash Park against Bloomington with the first pitch scheduled to be at 4:30 p.m.

Editor's note: The Fisher Bunnies actual record for their 2018 season was 7-16-1. The Fisher Bunnies baseball team will begin its season today if the weather permits on the road against Bismarck-Henning High School. First pitch will be at 4:30 p.m.Coach Mike Callahan will be starting his fir…

RANTOUL — The Rantoul Township High School boys basketball team had a lot of issues to deal with as it played through its season.Issues included injuries, dismissal of players from the team and losing key senior players from last year. The team found itself in a big slump starting its first …

RANTOUL — The calendar year has entered into March, which means it’s time to break out the gloves, and the bats and hit the field because it is softball season.The Rantoul Eagles softball team’s scheduled to have its season opener against Westville on Monday, March 11 at Wabash Park. Game ti…

COAL CITY — Three Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley/Fisher Middle School wrestlers earned a trip to the IESA Class A state meet. Carson Maxey finished third in the 90-pound bracket at Saturday’s Coal City Sectional while Aiden Sancken (135 pounds) and Shawn Schlickman (75 pounds) each placed third as well.

RANTOUL — When a team loses a close game, a coach can point to many reasons. The Rantoul Township High School Eagles ended their season on Monday night with a 61-55 loss to the Mahomet-Seymour Bulldogs in the opening round of the Illinois High School Association Class 3A Regional, which was …

Two indoor track meets down, four meets to go.                                  The Rantoul boys track team competed in its second indoor meet of the year, the Normal West hosted Wildcat Invitational, which was held at Illinois Wesleyan University.

Two indoor track meets down, four meets to go.                                  The Rantoul boys track team competed in its second indoor meet of the year, the Normal West hosted Wildcat Invitational, which was held at Illinois Wesleyan University.

FISHER- Finishing your season 5-25 is a tough pill to swallow. That was the case for the Fisher High School girls basketball team this season.Fisher coach Ken Ingold said he knew this year would be tough for his team because of its lack of varsity experience.

ARMSTRONG- Scoring a thousand points for a high-school basketball player is an accomplishment that isn’t easy. Dalton Loschen joined the elite 1,000-point club during Armstrong’s road game against Danville Schlarman on Feb. 1.

RANTOUL- The Rantoul Township High School boys basketball team bounced back in a big way on Saturday against Bradley-Bourbonnais for its final home game after losing a tough game the night before.

 In the history of Rantoul Township High School, there has never, ever been two medalists finish fourth place or better at the Illinois High School Association State Finals. Until Saturday, when Peter McCusker, Rantoul’s 145-pound grappler, and Nolan Roseman, Rantoul’s 152-pound wrestler, bo…

RANTOUL — The Rantoul high school girls basketball team started the first half well against the Pontiac Indians, but lost the momentum in the second half.

RANTOUL — The Rantoul Eagles boys basketball team dominated Friday’s game against the Olympia Spartans with a 67-39 win.By the end of the first quarter, Rantoul had scored 21 points while limiting the Spartans offense to only 4 points. In the second quarter, Rantoul again scored another 21 p…

By DAN CHAMNESSRantoul Press correspondentNolan Roseman is headed to the Illinois High School Association Class 2A Sectional with regional gold in his pocket.The 152-pound athlete, a Rantoul senior, wrestling for the combined Rantoul/Paxton-Buckley-Loda wrestling team, won the IHSA Class 2A …

You know me.You know me because you’ve seen me dozens, hundreds, maybe thousands of times.I’m the person who’s always happy. Constantly flashing a smile. Laughing his way through an entire conversation. Loving life. Nothing’s wrong. Nothing to see here.Appearances can be deceiving.

CHAMPAIGN — Zach Griffith's two-game playing streak ended Wednesday night against Wisconsin. But he was still plenty active for the Illinois basketball team.He jumped off his seat and participated in huddles. He encouraged his teammates when they struggled. He kept his head in the game.

FAIRBURY — Renee Reed didn’t have much to say to her team at halftime Thursday night.The first-year Rantoul coach’s team trailed by one point, but the reason for the deficit was easily correctable for her girls basketball team against Prairie Central.

GIBSON CITY — The Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley/Fisher High School wrestling team defeated Rantoul/Paxton-Buckley-Loda 60-21 in a dual meet on Thursday.GCMS/Fisher's Hayden Workman pinned Seth Forbes in a time of 30 seconds in the 285-pound match. Kaden Gream pinned Keddrick Terhune in a time of…

DANVILLE — In the final 39 seconds of the game, Kyler Stephens simply could not miss from the free throw line in the fifth-place game at the Vermilion County boys basketball tournament.Stephens’ six free throws in the final minute pushed Armstrong-Potomac Trojans past Georgetown-Ridge Farm, …

DANVILLE — Even though it was only a victory in the fifth-place game of the Vermilion County tournament, Nick Hipsher still came away happy with what he saw from his team.

RANTOUL — Peter McCusker and Nolan Roseman already are part of history.That's even before whatever occurs in next month's wrestling postseason.Rantoul grappling — now part of a co-op with Paxton-Buckley-Loda — doesn't possess an abundance of state-level success. During the 1970-71 school yea…

RANTOUL — Rantoul’s boys basketball team avenged a loss to Illinois Valley Central at the Taylorville Holiday Tournament in late December with a 58-50 win over the Grey Ghosts on Friday night.

EL PASO — What a difference a few days can make.After a 52-25 drubbing at the hands of Ridgeview on Thursday, the Fisher girls basketball team was scheduled to turn around and face the Mustangs two days later in the first round of the McLean County/Heart of Illinois Conference tournament.