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.

RANTOUL — The Rantoul swim team finished third in the Central Illinois Swim Conference meet on Saturday.With 221 team points, Rantoul came up short against conference meet winner Monticello (450 points) and second-place finisher Milford (267 points).The Gibson Area swim team finished fourth …

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), …

RANTOUL — With a hot sun in a blue sky and temps in the low 90s, Saturday was a perfect day to be in the pool — and the Hap Parker Family Aquatic Center was swimming with swimmers.None of them, however, was there to lounge by the water and catch some rays. All of them were there to either co…

By BRENDAN QUEALYRantoul Press sports editorRANTOUL — While the Rantoul Hurricanes swimming team found itself with a silver medal around its neck for the fourth straight year, not a single swimmer, coach or fan thought the season was a failure.

RANTOUL — Hap Parker Family Aquatic Center will be the site again of the conference swim meet.The Rantoul Hurricanes will face off against Paxton, Hoopeston, Monticello, Gibson City, Milford, Danville and Watseka at 9 a.m. Saturday, July 25.The Hurricanes finished in second place last year.

RANTOUL — Despite temperatures in the mid-60s early Saturday, the weather could not cool off the Rantoul Hurricanes swimmers as they took on Turtle Run in the first meet of the year.“All of our swimmers were ready,” Hurricanes coach Jack Clifford said. “They’ve been practicing for three week…

Swim LessonsRed Cross approved swim lessons are taught in June and July. Classes are two weeks  long with 30-minute sessions Monday-Friday.           June 9 session – 10 a.m.-noon for children’s lessons. Registration begins May 19

Little League registration will open March 3 and close March 31.  Call for prices and league information.  If registering after the open dates, children will be placed on a waiting list.  Register for Rantoul Hurricanes  swim team

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.

We're in the midst of the dog days of summer.Rantoul has been a sleepy town lately ever since the Fourth of July celebrations.Many families have either gone on vacation or just are trying to relax before the rat race begins again in mid-August with another school year.One place providing loa…

The Rantoul Hurricanes finished second out of eight teams in Saturday’s Central Illinois Swim Conference meet at the Hap Parker Family Aquatic Center.The Hurricanes compiled 284 points, but that wasn’t enough to overtake a tough Monticello Marlins squad that collected 338.5 points. Rantoul d…

 Hurricane swim team wins again Senior Legion beats MonticelloSwimmingThe Rantoul Hurricanes swim team improved to 3-0 with a 349-71 win over Paxton on June 22.Winning relays:Girls 8&U 100 Meter Medley RelayMaryBeth Franey, Kylan Arndt,  Caya Flessner, Kierson Carver

If the Okaw Valley Conference expands, splits apart or welcomes in new members, it might have a ripple effect on high schools in Central and East Central Illinois.The current 12-school league, which is 87 years old, has not hid its plans for possible changes and how it might look by the time…

The number of competitors the Rantoul Hurricanes swim club had in the finals of the Central Illinois Swim Conference meet was noteworthy.The number of first-place finishes, however, didn’t follow suit.The Hurricanes placed third in the annual eight-team meet, held Saturday at the Hap Parker …

Senior Legion baseballRantoul Post 287 Senior Legion baseball eclipsed the 20-win mark with a doubleheader sweep of Moultrie-Douglas County Post 479 on Sunday in Tuscola.Post 287 — which improved to 21-5 with the two wins — won the first game 3-1 and the second game 6-2.

Gifford-Flatville baseballThe Royal Giants swept Gifford-Flatville in an Eastern Illinois League doubleheader on Saturday at Franzen Field in Gifford, causing a tie atop the South Division standings between the two teams.

Sports Editor Matt Daniels’ three reasons we love sports this week.1. The Illinois High School Association had a busy June meeting.Not only did it set up classifications for the 2012-13 school year last week, it also decided on its new football state championship site and set up a pilot prog…

Senior Legion baseballRantoul Post 287 Senior Legion baseball team increased its winning streak to 11 games after winning three games at home during the weekend.Post 287 (13-1) swept Manteno Post 755 10-0 in five innings and 11-1 in five innings on Sunday after  beating Lincoln Post 263 4-2 …

Winning individuals and relays from the Rantoul Hurricanes’ second-place finish at the seven-team Central Swim Championship Conference Meet on July 24 are below:RelaysBoys 9-10 medley relay: Doug VanDyke, Dylan Taticek, Dominic Magrini and Nory Stewart.

Sports editor Matt Daniels’ three reasons we love sports this week (youth sports related).Kudos to RACC and Facer Insurance baseball teams. RACC won the Minor League tournament championship while Facer won the Major League regular season title.The Rantoul Hurricanes swim club placed second o…

On Saturday, July 9, the Rantoul Hurricanes Swim Team ended their regular season with a victory over Gibson City.The team, coached by Jack Clifford and Monica Garey, ended the season with a 5-1 record. Several swimmers will represent the team at the all-conference championship meet to be hel…

The Rantoul Hurricanes swim team improved to 4-1 for the season with a victory at Monticello last Wednesday.Rantoul beat the Monticello Marlins 328-210, winning 14 of 20 relays and placing first in 25 of 40 individual events.

The Rantoul Hurricanes found the water in the pool away from home to be a bit choppier.After starting the season with a 3-0 record, the Hurricanes fell for the first time to the Turtle Run swim team in Danville 286-253 last Wednesday.Rantoul won only 10 relays, the first time the Hurricanes …

The Rantoul Hurricanes swim team continued its dominance in the pool Saturday. The Hurricanes beat the Milford Dolphins 341-175 to improve their record to 3-0.Keagan Luttrell led the way for Rantoul, winning three individual events. Delaney Fullenkamp, J.T. Franey and Dylan Taticek also won …