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
The Rantoul Eagles softball team did not need seven innings to deal with the Hoopeston Cornjerkers on Thursday, due to its lineup running up the scoreboard.
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…
The Shields Auto Center softball team of Rantoul won the 11-12-year-old girls’ fast-pitch softball league over the weekend, capping off an 11-0 regular season record.
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
Armstrong-PotomacBaseballHighlightsHands-down the highest point came for A-P in a 1-0 upset win over Salt Fork. Trojans pitcher Rylee Showalter got the job done during a complete-game effort, and Austin Keen’s chopper down the third-base line plated Dalton Loschen for the walk-off run.Lowlights
Most Valuable PlayerBecca Clanton, FisherFor the past two seasons, Clanton has taken the Rantoul Press area (and The News-Gazette area) by storm as one of the best all-around catchers in central Illinois.
MAHOMET — The game plan was executed well, and the final strategic decision of the game was sound. But it still wasn’t enough for the Rantoul softball team.The Eagles fell 6-5 to the host Bulldogs in a Class 3A Mahomet-Seymour Regional semifinal game last Wednesday when Kameryn Brotherton be…
FISHER — After seeing Adyson Slayback’s dominance on the mound last Wednesday, Ken Ingold knew his club’s hands would be full.
No. 5 Rantoul (14-18) vs. No. 3 Mahomet-Seymour (14-14)4:30 p.m., WednesdayMahometStorylineEaglesIt hasn’t been as successful of a season for Travis Flesner’s group as it was last year. In 2017, the five freshman starters deployed by Flesner stepped up to surprise some people.
LEROY — In the final week leading up to the postseason, the Fisher baseball team went 1-1 at the Heart of Illinois Showcase in LeRoy on Friday.Led by Brandon Henson’s monster day in which he belted two triples and a double and scored three runs, the Bunnies defeated Ridgeview 8-4 to earn a s…
RANTOUL — The frustration began last Monday.Holding a 5-1 lead over Unity heading into the bottom of the sixth inning, Rantoul’s softball team collapsed, allowing five runs in a walk-off loss to the Rockets.
Armstrong-Potomac’s baseball team could not come up with a win last week, falling in back-to-back Vermillion Valley Conference games to Georgetown-Ridge Farm and Oakwood.
ST. JOSEPH — Allie Place's eyes were a little more red than they otherwise might be in this instance. Some leftover welled-up tears accompanied that feature.The St. Joseph-Ogden senior wasn't upset by her softball performance Wednesday against Fisher. She went 3 for 3 with two RBI and a run scored.
When asked about being the current "ace" of the Augustana College Viking pitching staff, Fisher graduate Kelcie Fredrickson had a humble and simple answer.
MINONK — The wind howling, screeching in from all directions on the softball diamond surrounded in two directions by nothing but miles of farmland that is home to Fieldcrest, turned Friday night’s Heart of Illinois Conference battle between the Knights and Fisher Bunnies into a tight pitcher’s duel.
MINONK — As soon as Sidney Hood stepped off the bus at the ballpark on the outskirts of Minonk on Friday, she noticed what could be a problem.The Fisher shortstop could see the relentless wind, made worse by the fact Fieldcrest’s home field is surrounded mostly by long stretches of farmland,…
RANTOUL — After three innings of scoreless ball, the Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley baseball team jumped all over Rantoul, plating eight combined runs across the fourth and fifth innings on the way to a 10-3 victory last Wednesday.
RANTOUL — It happened in one quick, terrifying motion.Playing for her travel softball team in South Dakota, Rantoul junior Jada Mosley slid late into third base. When she did, her foot got stuck on the bag, and her knee popped out, tearing the ACL in her right knee.“It was scary. I couldn’t …
ARMSTRONG — Zane Wright played the hero role for the Armstrong-Potomac baseball team last Wednesday, producing a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the seventh inning to give the Trojans a 4-3 win over Schlarman.
RANTOUL — Prior to Thursday’s easy 22-0 win over St. Thomas More, the Rantoul softball team had been licking its wounds.After defeating Heritage to open the Rantoul Tournament on March 31, the Eagles had lost six of their last seven games, and Travis Flesner was at a bit of a loss for words.
TOLONO — When Fisher’s softball team takes down its better opponents, it does so backed by its strong defense.Uncharacteristically, that stingy unit failed in a 5-2 loss to Unity last Tuesday.
The Armstrong-Potomac baseball team lost back-to-back games last week.The Trojans (1-9) fell to Georgetown-Ridge Farm/Chrisman, 13-2, last Wednesday. Harrison Lambert and Kyle Webster each drove in three runs for the unbeaten Buffaloes (6-0) in a five-inning Vermilion Valley Conference home …
FISHER — Following its first loss of the season last Monday, a 3-2 defeat at the hands of Monticello, the Fisher softball team looked to bounce back in a Heart of Illinois Conference game against Tri-Valley last Wednesday.
Eagles fly past HawksBy RANTOUL PRESSFAIRBURY — The Rantoul softball team bounced back from a pair of losses at the Rantoul Tournament with an Illini Prairie Conference win over Prairie Central Thursday.
FARMER CITY — It wasn’t good enough for Ken Ingold. Or for Becca Clanton. Or Sydney Eichelberger.Really, it wasn’t good enough for any of the Fisher softball players.
FARMER CITY — Ken Ingold has never really been a big pitch caller.While many softball coaches will take over and signal to his pitcher/catcher combo which pitch to pull out of the repertoire during any given at-bat, Fisher’s head coach is not prone to do that.
FISHER — Before Friday’s first softball pitch between Tuscola and Fisher, one could assume any mistakes made in a matchup of reigning top-two postseason seeds would prove costly.And miscues ultimately were kept to a minimum. This nonconference game, however, included one feature that certain…
Sports editor Zack Carpenter details a list of five area softball players who are in prime position to earn all-area status by season’s end:Becca ClantonFisher softball
RANTOUL — Prior to the second inning of Friday’s nonconference softball game against Armstrong-Potomac, Rantoul coach Travis Flesner got a little frustrated with his team.“I told them, ‘I don’t know why you guys continue to watch your ball when you hit it. We haven’t hit any home runs all ye…
Fisher (5-0) at Tuscola (7-1)Friday, 4:30TuscolaStorylineBunniesFisher got a good game from a talented Rantoul team on Thursday, but this has a chance to be an even bigger litmus test.
Rantoul (4-2) vs. Armstrong-Potomac (1-2)Thursday, 4:30RantoulStorylineEaglesAfter finally getting the monkey off their backs by defeating rival Fisher last season in a thriller, the Eagles were unable to make it back-to-back last week in a 4-1 loss to the Bunnies.
ARMSTRONG — When the ball was hit, Gary Duden turned to his three assistant coaches, gave a small smile and took a couple steps to head out of the dugout.Armstrong-Potomac’s softball coach watched last season as his seventh-seeded Trojans surrendered a 13-8 lead to third-seeded Woodland in t…
Winter is nearly over, and spring is right around the corner, which means it’s almost time for pitchers and catchers (and infielders and outfielders) to sprint back onto the diamond as the 2018 softball season gets underway.
Sports editor Zack Carpenter gives a rundown of the best stories in sports from the past six months10 Ingold secures win No. 150, Spenard sets school record
Rantoul senior Lindsay Jordahl signed her letter of intent last Monday to continue her softball career at Spartanburg Methodist College.Jordahl is the Eagles’ No. 1 pitcher, leading them in wins, innings pitched and strikeouts a season ago. She returns for her final high school campaign in t…
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.