RANTOUL — Traci Riddle’s group has gained some momentum.Rantoul volleyball and its sixth-year head coach won back-to-back matches at the Mahomet-Seymour Invitational on Sept. 8 and parlayed that into victories over Georgetown-Ridge Farm and Urbana University High.

FARMER CITY — Fisher junior Sidney Hood shot an 84 last Monday to take fourth place overall at the Blue Ridge Girls Golf Invite at the Woodlawn Country Club.

Wrestlebacks are back.A cut day now exists in golf.And a mercy rule is in place for basketball season.Those are among the notable IHSA rule changes for the 2018-19 academic year that will affect the state wrestling and golf tournaments, as well as lopsided regular-season basketball games.

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

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.

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

EL PASO — They call each other “hacks” on the course, and it’s meant to poke some good-natured fun at each other.Whenever one of the Rantoul/Paxton-Buckley-Loda golfers takes a bad shot or finishes with a bad round, the term of endearment might get tossed around like a baseball.

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

Last Tuesday, the Fisher boys golf team traveled to Woodlawn for a quad meet with Blue Ridge, Clinton and Tri-Valley.The Bunnies finished last with a team score of 264. They were led by Sean Ward (50) and Logan Briggs at the nine-hole meet. Bradely Grieser (77), James Dunham (87) and Ham Gad…

RANTOUL — Rantoul Township High School will hold its Eagles Kick-Off Night for all fall sports on Friday.The event starts at 5:30 p.m., with food such as rowdy burgers, pork chops and “world famous fries” available for purchase at the concession stand.

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

URBANA — Rantoul athletics is looking to set the bar for excellence in sports and academics a little higher from here on out.Several student-athletes at Rantoul Township High School were honored with a special awards ceremony May 19 at the Urbana Country Club.

Rantoul Township High School celebrated its first-ever Hall of Fame game by welcoming back 26 members of the Eagles’ Hall of Fame and wearing 1990s throwback uniforms in a 79-58 win over Charleston. Hall of Fame members who were in attendance but not pictured: Jerry Zachary (1956 graduate), …

FISHER —  Fisher High School held its annual fall sports awards night on Monday.The full list of plaque winners follows along with the all-conference performers.CheerleadingMost ImprovedDaneigh Burk&Ana CampeBunnies Spirit AwardCiara JacksonCoach Award

Max Harmon didn’t have to take long to think of a response. The senior golfer knew all year his goal was to advance to sectionals, and when asked whether or not he believed he would achieve his goal he did not say, “I hope so” or, “I’m going to try.”He simply said, “Yep. I do.”Mission accomplished.

Coming off conference meets last week, both the Rantoul and Fisher golf programs geared up for its respective regional rounds.Rantoul’s Gabe Armstrong shot a team-best 83 to finish second in the Okaw Valley Conference meet last Tuesday, while Ben Amerio and Chase Moore tied for third with an 84.

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RANTOUL — The fall athletics season for Rantoul Township High School gets underway Friday with the annual Eagles Kick-Off Night at Bill Walsh Field.The event begins at 5 p.m. with dinner being served by the RTHS athletics booster club by the concession area on the east side of the home bleachers.

RANTOUL — Another year. Another new face.The Rantoul/Paxton-Buckley-Loda golf team will have its third head coach in three years as Pat Leary comes on board to take the reins.

RANTOUL — The fate of Rantoul’s Brookhill Golf Course has been on the lips and minds of many of the residents inside and outside of the community. But the hardships it is facing right now are not out of the ordinary. In fact, some would say it is par for the course.

RANTOUL — For at least one Rantoul/Paxton-Buckley-Loda golfer, the upcoming fall season will be off to a slow start.Cody Bauman suffered an injury that will keep him out for the first couple of weeks of his senior season.

RANTOUL — Few moments in golf can cause as much joy as sinking a long putt.Watching that little, white ball roll along the green as it heads straight for the hole from 30 feet away and drops right in the cup is more than enough to make even the most restrained golfer pump his fist and let ou…

RANTOUL — Willow Pond Golf Course and Golf Tech studio along with The Kids Golf Foundation are sponsoring a junior golf program for children ages 5-16 beginning June 10.

March 5IHSA Class 3A boys basketball regional tournament*6 p.m. —IESA seventh-grade volleyball regional tournament at St. MalachyMarch 6IHSA Class 3A boys basketball regional tournament*3:30 p.m. — J.W. Scholastic Bowl v. JeffersonMarch 7IHSA Class 3A boys basketball regional tournament*

Feb 265 p.m. — J.W. Eater volleyball v. Jefferson6 p.m. — IHSA boys basketball regional tournament at Fisher6 p.m. — St. Malachy volleyball v. St. Thomas7:30 p.m. — IHSA boys basketball regional tournament at FisherFeb 275 p.m. — IHSA three-point contest state tournament at Illinois State University

Feb 19■ 5 p.m. — J.W. Eater volley- ball v. Urbana■ 6 p.m. — Armstrong—Po- tomac boys JV basketball v. Georgetown—Ridge Farm■ 6 p.m. — St. Malachy volley- ball v. Schlarman■ 7:30 p.m. — Armstrong— Potomac boys varsity basket- ball v. Georgetown—Ridge FarmFeb 20■ 4:15 p.m. — Gifford volley- b…

Feb. 12Armstrong — Potomac girls varsity basketball in Chrisman Regional Tournament*Eighth-grade boys basketball sectional tournament*6 p.m. — Fisher girls varsity basketball in IHSA Regional v. winner of Judah/UniHigh at LeRoyFeb. 13Seventh-grade boys basketball state tournament*6 p.m. — RT…

Feb. 56 p.m. — St. Malachy seventh-grade boys basketball sectional tournament at St. Malachy*Feb. 6Gifford eighth-grade boys basketball regional tournament*6 p.m. — RTHS boys varsity track and field at Mahomet — Seymour6 p.m. — RTHS girls JV basketball v. Mahomet — Seymour

Jan. 295:30 p.m. — RTHS girls JV basketball at U-High6 p.m. — St. Malachy seventh-grade boys basketball regional7 p.m. — RTHS girls varsity basketball at U-HighJan. 304:15 p.m. — JW Eater volleyball at Urbana5 p.m. — JW Eater eighth-grade boys basketball at home5:30 p.m. — Fisher girls JV ba…

Jan. 22Fisher boys and girls basketball at McLean County Tournament at Ridgeview and Illinois Wesleyan University Shirk Center*8 p.m. — Armstrong — Potomac girls basketball v. Georgetown — Ridge Farm at David S. Palmer Arena, DanvilleJan. 234:30 p.m. — JW Eater boys basketball at Northridge

The 2013 year in sports was filled with regional championships, state tournament runs and even state titles. For the area’s local schools as well as the Rantoul Recreation Department, there were successes and there were struggles.

1.    Rantoul Falcons go 8-0, win CIYFL championshipThe Rantoul Falcons junior varsity football team returned home as conquering heroes with a perfect 8-0 record and a championship trophy in tow.

Nancy Moser hadn’t played golf regularly until she joined the Brookhill Women’s League five years ago.The 70-year-old rural Urbana resident played like a pro Aug. 20 when she smacked a hole-in-one at Brookhill Golf Course.“I never even witnessed a hole-in-one before, so it was a new and exci…

Success has been a constant companion for Rantoul native Katie Jean.The St. Malachy and St. Thomas More graduate was picked as the News-Gazette Girls Golfer of the Decade.She has won numerous academic awards for her studies at Illinois State University.

By DANIEL L. CHAMNESSRantoul Press correspondentRantoul resident Taylor During has been to regionals in  numerous sports. She has also been to the state championship game in girl’s basketball.

While Rantoul Township High School won't belong to the Corn Belt Conference in two years, here’s five schools the Bloomington-Normal based Corn Belt could go after.1. Chillicothe IVC — Grey Ghosts indicated a desire to join the league last spring.

RTHS volleyballThe Rantoul Township High School volleyball team picked up a 26-24, 25-19 win at Corn Belt Conference foe Eureka on Thursday to improve to 10-13 overall and 4-6 in the Corn Belt heading into Tuesday night's home match against Prairie Central (results unavailable at press time).

Upcoming high school athletic events in our coverage areaWednesday, Oct. 3Fisher varsity girls golf in Class A Mahomet-Seymour Regional at Lake of the Woods Golf Course - 9 a.m.Fisher/GCMS varsity soccer vs. Blue Ridge - 4:30 p.m.

Sports Editor Matt Daniels’ three reasons we love sports this week.1. The Rantoul youth soccer program and Shields Automart are teaming up to provide players and coaches with soccer kits filled with equipment bags, pop-up nets, sport cones, scrimmage vests, t-shirts, a sponsorship check and …