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…

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 …

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…

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.

RANTOUL — In the history of Rantoul Township High School wrestling, only two wrestlers have placed in the top four of the state tournament, only one has wrestled for a state championship, and the only year in which two Eagles earned all-state medals was 1971.

The Fisher girls basketball team defeated Washington (Ind.) Catholic 45-23 to salvage a ninth-place finish at the Blue Devil Classic in Bismarck-Henning on Saturday.The Bunnies (4-14) were led by Sidney Hood’s 16 points, as the junior hit two three-pointers, and Kylee Bishop nailed three tri…

GIBSON CITY — The Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley/Fisher wrestling team gained two dual victories in a triangular meet on Tuesday, defeating Oakwood/Salt Fork 51-21 and St. Joseph-Ogden 45-35.Payton Kean gained two wins via pinfall in the 195-pound class, pinning O/SF's Max Branigin in a time of 1…

PONTIAC — Peter McCusker and Nolan Roseman of the Rantoul/Paxton-Buckley-Loda wrestling team won the championship of the 145-pound and 152-pound brackets, respectively, of Saturday's Pontiac "The Munch" Invitational.

PLANO — The Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley/Fisher wrestling team finished third in the Reaper Classic tournament on Saturday.The Falcons scored a 138 while Erie-Prophetstown (205 1/2) and Sandwich (165) placed first and second, respectively.

ARMSTRONG — Bryce Franzen’s baseline buzzer beater capped a thrilling 40-39 win for the Armstrong-Potomac boys basketball team over Iroquois West last Tuesday.The game-winning bucket was the last of 16 points for Franzen, whose shot was buoyed by a game-high 20 points by Dalton Loschen in th…

GIBSON CITY — Cale Horsch could not wait for wrestling season to start.The sophomore played for Fisher High School's football team this past fall. The Bunnies' season ended with a loss in the second round of the IHSA Class 1A playoffs to Argenta-Oreana.

RANTOUL — The more, the merrier.That could be Mark McCusker’s motto heading into the 2018-19 season, as Rantoul’s fourth-year wrestling coach mans a squad of grapplers that welcomes in Paxton-Buckley-Loda in the first year of a co-op between the two schools.

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

RANTOUL — Eight years ago, Seth Sprandel started his football career at Rantoul as a member of the Falcons. That career, that not only encompassed the Rantoul Township High School Eagles, but the Rantoul Falcons as well. "I just enjoy playing football," said Sprandel, who also wrestled for f…

RANTOUL — At a meeting held Monday, April 9, the Rantoul Township High School board discussed the possibility of a cooperation with Paxton-Buckley-Loda in wrestling.

CHAMPAIGN — In just his freshman year, Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley/Fisher's Cale Horsch is already making a name for himself in IHSA wrestling.

Wrestling prelims from  Class 1A & 2A at the State tournament at the State Farm Center in Champaign on Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018.

STANFORD — Cale Horsch of the Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley/Fisher High School wrestling team is going to state.Horsch qualified for state by placing third in the 106-pound bracket of the IHSA Class 1A Stanford Olympia Sectional held Friday and Saturday.

CLINTON — It was "a good day, overall," for the Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley/Fisher High School wrestling team at IHSA Class 1A Clinton Regional, said head coach Josh Carter.Six Falcon wrestlers advanced to the sectional round via top-three finishes in their respective brackets. GCMS/Fisher als…

PAXTON — Nine days before the two teams are set to meet each other in the IHSA Class 1A Clinton Regional, wrestling teams from Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley/Fisher and Paxton-Buckley-Loda faced each other in a Thursday triangular meet with Rantoul.

By RANTOUL PRESSThe Rantoul wrestling team lost to Pontiac and Unity last Tuesday at an Illini Prairie Conference dual meet.The Eagles lost to Pontiac, 66-9, with the lone wins coming from Kameren Goodell, by decision, 11-13, at 145 pounds, and 152 pounds by Peter McCusker, who won by techni…

ORION — The Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley/Fisher High School wrestling team finished fifth in the Bob Mitton Orion Invite on Saturday.The Falcons had a score of 109 in the 18-team invitational while Orion won the invitational championship with a score of 205, followed by Clinton (174 1/2), Rock …

HOOPESTON — The Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley High School wrestling team won 57-23 Friday over Hoopeston Area.Cale Horsch pinned Ethan Larkin in a time of 1:25 in the 113-pound match. Drew Purvis won via 47-second pinfall over Audra Funk in the 132-pound division.

RANTOUL -— Twenty and counting.While the Rantoul wrestling team has a few holes in the lineup, they have three wrestlers who have reached 20 victories. They have one more that is within three wins of the milestone mark.

PRINCETON — The Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley/Fisher wrestling team finished 17th in the Princeton Invitational held Friday and Saturday.The Falcons had a team score of 73 1/2 in the 33-team event while Coal City won the invitational's team championship with a score of 186.Cale Horsch finished w…

DANVILLE — The Rantoul Eagles wrestling team has been taking their lumps this year and will likely take a few more.However, on Friday and Saturday, they had the unique opportunity to test themselves against some of the best teams from not only Illinois, but Indiana as well.

GIBSON CITY — LeRoy/Tri-Valley went into Tuesday's dual meet against Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley/Fisher with the No. 7 ranking in The News-Gazette's area.

PLANO -— The Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley/Fisher High School wrestling team finished second in the Reaper Classic at Plano.The Falcons finished the two-day, 19-team tournament with a team score of 151 1/2 on Saturday. Aurora Christian won the tournament with a score of 233 1/2.

FAIRBURY — The Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley/Fisher High School wrestling team went 2-2 in Saturday’s North/South Duals at Prairie Central High School.The Falcons defeated Argenta-Oreana 54-24.

The Faces of Winter 2017: Wrestling - Over 250 high school athletes showed up at the News-Gazette photo studio  for the Faces of Winter photo shoot.

GIBSON CITY — It is not every day that a coach would be happy about players being absent from practice.Through the first two weeks of practice for the 2017-18 season, several members of GCMS/Fisher wrestling team have yet to be at practice.

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