Most Valuable PlayerCaleb BleichThe most successful season in the history of the Fisher/Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley soccer program ended unceremoniously in a controversial regional semifinal loss to Unity.But on the way to that ending, several Bunnies enjoyed terrific, record-breaking seasons,…

RANTOUL — Dubbed to be “kind of like our Super Bowl” by head coach Tom Hess, the Rantoul football team’s comeback bid in a Week 8 matchup with Unity fell short.The Eagles lost to Unity 22-14 on Rantoul’s senior night, as an interception with 28 seconds remaining cost Hess’ club late.

FISHER — A season of record breaking for the Fisher/Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley soccer team continued with back-to-back wins last week.With a 3-1 win over Roanoke-Benson last Monday and a 2-0 shutout over Blue Ridge last Wednesday, the Bunnies (17-2-1) set a program record for wins with their …

FITHIAN — Prior to each match this season, the parents of Armstrong-Potomac volleyball players provide them with goody bags of different sayings attached to each bag.Last Tuesday’s supply featured pixie sticks and the inscription, “All you need is faith, trust and a little pixie dust.”

FISHER — It was as frustrated as they have been all season, and it was plain as day to see.With the offensive firepower deployed by Fisher/Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley soccer players all season, playing to a 0-0 draw last Wednesday against a strong Monticello defensive unit was less than satisfying.

Rantoul senior soccer player Ivan Diaz scored two goals against Decatur Eisenhower Sept. 15 to help him earn the school’s Athlete of the Week honors, sponsored by Dawn Babb.

RANTOUL — It has been a glaring weakness for his club throughout the first eight matches of the season.But Bryce Hartranft admits he did not see it clearly until last Tuesday, when a 2-0 loss to Fisher/Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley opened the Rantoul soccer coach’s eyes to the Eagles’ biggest pr…

RANTOUL — For a team that had been on fire through the season’s first month, perhaps it would be nitpicking to be upset at a loss.But the expectation for the Fisher/Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley soccer team. The Bunnies don’t expect to lose any game.

URBANA — A youngster stepping up, one of the area’s top goalkeepers staying focused and a veteran playmaker making a critical hustle play at the perfect time all helped culminate in hardware for the Fisher/Gibson-City-Melvin-Sibley soccer team.

STRAIGHT OUT OF THE RANTOUL PRESS SPORTS VAULT STARTED BY FORMER SPORTS EDITOR MATT DANIELS, WE TAKE A LOOK BACK AT THE 2017-18 AREA PREP SPORTS SCENE AND A LOOK AHEAD TO THE 2018-19 SCHOOL YEARMale Athlete of the Year: Jaden Jones-Watkins, Fisher senior, football, basketball & track and field

Fisher/GCMS Year-in-ReviewOverviewAfter starting 3-0-1, the Bunnies got perhaps their sternest test of the entire season in game four in a 3-1 loss to Urbana Uni High.

By ROSS BROWNRantoul Press correspondentGIBSON CITY — Every game, every practice. Every team banquet, gathering and event. Roy Roemer attended them all.Roemer, 67, a longtime Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley sports fan, died Thursday night after a short battle with esophageal cancer.

MAHOMET — Heading into last Wednesday’s 2A Mahomet-Seymour Regional semifinal matchup with the host and No. 2 seed Bulldogs, the Rantoul soccer team’s coaching staff tried to downplay its opponent’s top billing and 16-4-3 record.

Each week, sports editor Zack Carpenter provides a top-five list in different categories of sports, movies or music. This week, he offers a brief look back at the five most impressive area teams this past fall.Fisher/GCMS Soccer11-5-4

RANTOUL — The Rantoul soccer team struggled on Senior Night, falling to Bloomington Central Catholic 5-0 last Tuesday at Bill Walsh Field.The Eagles (7-13) face Champaign Central in the regular season finale today (Wednesday) at home at Bill Walsh Field.

Each week, sports editor Zack Carpenter provides a top-five list in different categories of sports, movies or music. This week, he offers up five potential area X-factor players who could make a big impact this postseason.

Each week, sports editor Zack Carpenter will provide a top-five list in different categories of sports, movies or music. This week, he lists the five performances that have caught his eye this fall.Seven shutoutsFisher/GCMS soccer

FISHER — Alec Johnson’s feet might be a little sore this week.It at least wouldn’t be shocking if the Fisher/Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley forward took some extra time to rest after racking up six goals in a 12-0 blowout win over Clifton Central on Saturday.

Each week, sports editor Zack Carpenter will provide a top-five list in different categories of sports, movies or music. This week, he takes a look at five matchups this fall to keep an eye on across the three team sports.

OAKWOOD — With a 2-0 win over Oakwood/Salt Fork on Thursday, the Rantoul soccer team tallied its first victory of the season behind one goal apiece from Garet Kinnett and Andy Girkin.